knows the names of the makers of classic games. It’s doubtful that most gamers
know the names Roberta Williams, Al Lowe, or Fumito Ueda, and the same goes for
the creators of Atari classic Breakout, the insanely influential brick-breaker.
Yes, the mostly forgotten Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs have toiled in
obscurity, though we like to check on the Steves from time to time. Today news
spread that Steve Jobs, former game developer, resigned from his corporate suit
and tie job at some company called Apple.
by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Steve Jobs was hired to design a new variation
on the mega-hit Pong that involved bouncing the “ball” against a “wall” that
slowly disappeared as each brick was hit, until the player cleared the whole
screen. After Jobs included his friend Wozniak in the development, they ended
up creating one of Atari’s biggest hits. Breakout became so successful it
eventually spawned an entire genre.
Classics like Arkanoid and Alleyway, all the way up to PSN hit Shatter owe much
to the unique title. It must be the most influential thing Jobs has ever done.
In his time
after leaving Atari to create some sort of tech start-up with Wozniak, Jobs has
worked on a number of things with his Silicon Valley group known as Apple,
including some sort of phone thing. After taking a series of absences from the
company, mostly related to personal health issues, Jobs today resigned from being
CEO of the company. He released this statement:
To the Apple
Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and
expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know.
Unfortunately, that day has come.
resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as
Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my
successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and
name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward
to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made
some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many
years of being able to work alongside you.
Above: Jobs and Wozniak in their earlier days
Apple luck with whatever it is they do, but we just hope that nothing is wrong
in the personal life of this innovative game maker to cause this decision. As
we wish him only the best of health, let’s remember all the great times we had
playing Breakout. Maybe we’ll download a Breakout clone for our phone right
Aug 24, 2011