RIP Steve Jobs

I know, I know. I’m sure you could go plenty of other places to read about Steve Jobs’ passing. Besides, what does the creator of Apple have to do with retro video games?

Uh, a lot, actually.

It was the 1980s. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were young punks who hung around Atari’s headquarters, chatting it up with the employees. The two Steves went on to found Apple Computer, and when they did, they had something special in mind: “They made sure the computers they developed had the technological capabilities to handle gaming” (pg. 50, Electronic Media: An Introduction by Lynne Schafer Gross).

Isn’t it ironic (don’t you think)? The Mac, the computer we least associate with gaming today, was once built with gaming a prime feature in mind. What happened, Steve? What made you, or whoever, turn the Apple computer into a proprietary workhorse? We could ponder, but that would make this post unnecessarily long, and I have a paper to work on.

Anyway, another thing worthy of note: Trip Hawkins, an Apple employee, left Apple to found Electronic Arts in 1982. Jobs was supposedly a huge influence on his workers, especially in the early days, so I’m sure Hawkins left Apple, inspired by Jobs, to create EA (that’s not to say Jobs was directly responsible for EA or anything like that, though). Unfortunately, Hawkins only stayed with EA until 1991, when he founded 3DO and, well, you know how that turned out. His current project is “Digital Chocolate”, a company that develops primarily for mobile (all Wikipedia).

Steve Jobs was a great man who achieved many things in his lifetime. I may not be the biggest fan of Apple, but Jobs wasn’t just a company. He was so much more, and I respect him greatly for the impact he made on this world. Rest in peace.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I almost forgot: Steve Jobs did actually work for Atari at one point.


~ by The Retro Gamer on October 5, 2011.

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