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Published on November 28th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Geeks and Beats, episode 209: Atari’s Nolan Bushnell

After a week off, the Geeks return with a bang. The father of the video game industry, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, joins us to talk about the future of eSports, his love of pinball, and how the explosion of casual mobile gaming is the legacy of the Atari 2600.

Plus: Why he feels Apple is no longer innovating, how he was pranked hard by Steve Wozniak, and why the self-driving car will be the ultimate Augmented Reality pod. This week Shane Alexander looks at the history of music in video games, and the surprising number of major rock stars who have scored soundtracks for your pew-pew-pew. But we start with this unfortunate business about Alan’s trip to Thailand for a “cleanse.” So sorry about that. Really.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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