ANTIC Interview 44 – Joe Decuir, Atari 400/800 Designer

Hello, and welcome to another interview edition of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast. I am Randy Kindig. I am extremely honored to bring to you today an interview with one of the true pioneers of the personal computer, one of the primary designers of the Atari 400 & 800, Mr. Joe Decuir. Joe worked closely with Jay Miner, Steve Mayer and others to design a computer in the days when personal computers were just in their infancy. Joe shares with us the thoughts and reasoning that went into the design of the 400 & 800 and thus brings all of us a little closer to being a part of an amazing time in computer history. Please enjoy!

Teaser Quotes:

“we wanted to build the next great game system and we wanted to build a computer”

“we were designing for home users not office people”

“We don’t get to have slots; that drove us crazy”

“In retrospect, I wish we had built an 800-series machine with one built-in disk drive that was right on the bus”


Portland Retro Gaming Expo PRGE 2013 – Joe Decuir

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