Learn Why Larry Kaplan Left Activision In This 1983 Interview!

By the time that game designer Larry Kaplan broke off from Atari in 1979 due to the company not giving recognition to the hard work of its programmers, he had already cut his teeth programming the likes of Street Racer, Air-Sea Battle, Codebreaker, Brain Games, and Bowling. Kaplan became one of five co-founders of the Activision where he delivered Bridge and the megahit Kaboom!

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But in 1982, a year before Kaboom! would hit the one million sales mark he left Activision to work on what would become the Amiga computer before returning to Atari as Vice President! In this 1983 interview with Video Games magazine, Kaplan is pretty open about why he ended up leaving the company that he helped co-found.
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Re\Visioned: Activision takes a Humorous Look at Classic Atari 2600 Characters

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Re\Visioned: Activision is a six episode animated web series produced by Elliot Blake for GameTap. Each episode takes a humorous looks at a different classic Activision title for the Atari 2600. They have so far skewered Cosmic Ark, Freeway, H.E.R.O, Kaboom, Pitfall and Pressure Cooker. They brought some great voice talent into the project a quick run through the credits and you will see Clay Croker, Dave Foley, Ed Begley Jr., and Nicole Sullivan. Not bad for webisodes.

The videos demonstrate a masterful understanding of both humor and the Atari classic (a rare combination) and I can only hope that they are successful enough to warrant 6 more.

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KABOOM

PRESSURE COOKER

H.E.R.O

FREEWAY

COSMIC ARK