But before that, their legendary console, the Atari 2600, spawned a generation of passionate gamers. And a few still carry a torch for the gaming system, because nearly 15 years after the console officially gave up the ghost, hardcore hobbyists still program and sell new 2600 games.
As silly as it sounds, the challenge of working with the 2600s antiquated technology which demands clever resource management, minimalist game design, and pure gameplay, sans the fluff is an irresistible challenge to many a home brewing programmer such as Samuel Deiter, who developed N.E.R.D.S., a sci-fi shoot em up where players battle viruses in the human body.
Deiter, a Collins College graduate, visits his alma mater to talk about N.E.R.D.S. while allowing people to give the game a go.