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ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast


hosts: Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold
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Sep 14, 2017

Patricia Mitchell, Thorn EMI
 
Patricia Mitchell started at Thorn EMI in 1981.  She worked in the home computer software division, evaluating software that had been submitted by programmers. 
 
Thorn EMI published many games for the Atari 8-bit computers, including River Rescue, Carnival Massacre, Orc Attack, Kickback, Submarine Commander, Computer War, and Jumbo Jet Pilot.
 
Later she worked at Virgin Games.
 
This interview took place on April 27, 2017.
 
In it, we talk a little about about Steve Green. Steve bought Patricia's old Atari computer on eBay, which included pre-production versions of five Thorn EMI games. Steve made ROM dumps of those games and uploaded them to Internet Archive. 
 
A video version of this interview is available.
 
"One of the most embarrassing things for the management at the time was they turned down a game that was submitted that was called Elite ... It was the first 3-D graphics that were rendered in wireframe."
 
Steve Green’s ROM dumps:
River Rescue Pre-Production
Orc Attack Pre-Production
Major League Hockey Pre-Production
Computer War Pre-Production
Carnival Massacre Pre-Production