Breakout game cartridge

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Date Introduced
1978
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Manufacturer
Atari, Inc.
Credit Line
Gift of Christopher J. Garcia
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Alcorn, Al; Wozniak, Steve; Jobs, Steve; Games; Home game systems; Atari
Object ID
102711466

Breakout was one of the most popular games in the long history of the Atari 2600. Head Engineer Al Alcorn, assigned Atari employee Steve Jobs to design the single-player game, which was similar to Pong. Jobs in turn asked his friend Steve Wozniak to do it. But Wozniak’s design proved too difficult to manufacture – or understand - and another team designed the final version.