ANTIC Interview 294 – Carol Shaw, Atari and Activision

Carol Shaw, Atari and Activision Carol Shaw was a software engineer at Atari from August 1978 though 1980. She programmed for the Atari 2600 and Atari 8-bit computers. She programmed on 3-D Tic Tac Toe for the Atari 800 and 2600; and the math application Calculator. She worked on Video Checkers, Othello, and Super Breakout for the 2600. She also co-wrote the Atari BASIC Reference Manual. Carol joined Activision in 1982, where she created the hit game River Raid, which she programmed for the 2600 then ported to the Atari 8-bit computers, and Happy Trails for the Intellivision. This interview took place on June 29, 2017. “Originally it was going to be a boat going up a river, but my boat was kind of boring looking … How about an airplane going up a river? We’ll have it kind of a canyon or something like that.” Colleen Calculator Atari Calculator Cartridge Specification Colleen Floating Point Routines Atari BASIC BNF – Backus–Naur Form Benj Edwards’ 2011 interview with Carol

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