Breakout

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This Fontstruction was produced after plugging in the Atari 2600 the other night and falling in love all over again with the minimalist simplicity of the game Breakout.

A little Jobs/Wozniak drama from the development story of the game Breakout:

"Breakout, a discrete logic (non-microprocessor) game, was conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, after the latter had "rejoined" Atari after the merge of Atari subsidiary Kee Games.

"Al Alcorn was assigned as the project manager, and began development with Cyan Engineering in 1975. The same year, Alcorn assigned Steve Jobs to design a prototype. Jobs was offered USD$750, with an extra $100 each time a chip was eliminated from the prospected design. Jobs promised to complete a prototype within four days. Jobs noticed his friend Steve Wozniak—employee of Hewlett-Packard—was capable of producing designs with a small number of chips, and invited him to work on the hardware design with the prospect of splitting the $750 wage.

"The original deadline was met after Wozniak didn't sleep for four days straight. In the end 50 chips were removed from Jobs' original design. This equated to a $5000 USD bonus, which Jobs kept secret from Wozniak, instead only paying him $375."

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Info: Created on 28th October 2008 . Last edited on 19th November 2008.
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5 Comments

Comment by afrojet 28th October 2008
Let me be the first to congratulate you! Long live Fontstruct. The sampler is gorgeous.
Comment by intaglio 28th October 2008
What a sampler!

It looks exactly like a scanning of an Atari game package from the 80s!
Comment by Em42 29th October 2008
Oh Snap! Don't make me break out with ColecoVision! I'm surprised you still have a working 2600. I had no idea Steve Jobs worked with game design. It's interesting to see that there's a breakout type game that comes with the ipod.
Comment by geneus1 2nd November 2008
@geneus1: Bring it. The ColecoVision rocks. Maybe a fontstruction based on Congo Bongo ;-)

The old 2600 is curtesy of my brother and his pack rat tendencies. Looks like Atari has released an official Super Breakout for the iPhone.
Comment by afrojet 2nd November 2008

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