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Nolan Bushnell: A Life in Pixels

3 January 2012
Nolan Bushnell explains how he came up with the idea for the first electronic arcade game.BAFTA / Mark Hoberman

The Atari founder Nolan Bushnell discusses the past and future of video games in this video on BAFTA Guru.

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The full length Nolan Bushnell interview video is available to watch now on BAFTA Guru.


Having overseen the release of Atari’s two-player tennis game Pong in 1972, Nolan Bushnell is widely credited as kick-starting both the arcade and home console industries. With over 30 years' experience of creating interactive and social entertainment technologies he remains at the forefront of the gaming world.

Games are good for you. They make you smarter, they help you solve problems. They delay the onset of Alzheimer's. Anything we can do to promote gameplay, the better off we are.

In this BAFTA Guru video, Nolan is interviewed on stage by games expert Andy Nuttall, and tracks the development of the video games industry and examines the future possibilities of gaming. He speaks with passion about the stereotypes of video gaming before answering questions submitted by video games fans on the BAFTA website.

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