The editing on these stories is a little slack and technically incomplete. But it's an interesting piece of videogame history and probably worth a lookover.
It also goes without saying that the essential book on Atari 2600 programming is Racing the Beam:
And, as someone else has mentioned in this thread, Steven Kent's book is really well done:
Oh! And Sega, a Japanese company with (I always assumed) a Japanese name, was founded by three white guys in Honolulu as Service Games, to sell imported slot machines to American military bases (the armed services). "Sega" isn't even a Japanese word, as far as I can tell.
One of the auction sites lists all TRS-80 stuff under Tandy Leather Factory.
Hell, if you look at the footer, the copyright even uses the old "stacked" TC logo (like you used to see on TRSDOS boot)
Nintendo started out making playing cards, 3M was the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing corporation (geddit), Avon started as a door to door book selling operation, I think Wrigleys started off selling toiletries, the chewing gum was a free gift.
Nokia started as a paper mill but was later bought out by a rubber boot manufacturer
...it had it's own programming environment, sprite and background maker, and music composition tool.
Yeah, just some techie. LOL
One of the best documentaries ever
I think that Atari also did the PC version later on, which was largely a mechanical translation of a cartridge implementation (might have been the 400/800 version, don't really remember -- I only know that I never got any royalties or bonuses, and that many other people did).
As recently as two Fridays ago.
That said, the 2600 version (and Coleco version, which was basically the same thing) was incredibly popular.