I'm missing something here, because my Atari 2600 has a copyright date of 1979 on it.
Different company. The company that did the 2600 you're looking at was Atari Inc. The company that did the VR display and merged with JTS was Atari Corp., a completely different company. Atari Corp. was originally called Tramel Technology Ltd. (TTL), formed by Jack during the spring of '84 to create a new computer to compete against what he felt was a coming onslaught of the Japanese in the US market (which wound up never happening). In July '84 he bought Atari Inc.'s Consumer Division assets, folded them into TTL and renamed TTL to Atari Corp. Assets purchases are not sales of a full company or even the spinoff of part of a company, and do not include employees. They're the purchase of IP, facilities, contracts, stock, etc. Normally in an assets purchase, people from the one company are hired over to the other to maintain the assets. That's exactly what happened over July, where Atari Inc. employees were interviewed and then hired over to Atari Corp. Those that were not either stayed on at Atari Inc. or (as what happened with a lot of the people from the Consumer Division) were let go, receiving their final severance or paycheck from Warner Communications. Atari Inc. itself was immediately renamed to Atari Games Inc., and over the next six months was paired down to just the Coin Division, which had majority (controlling) interest sold to NAMCO in '85 and was renamed to Atari Games Corp. Both Atari Corp. and Atari Games Corp. shared the Atari brand name for a time.
Unfortunately, some of the press coverage of the time (just like the ones recently about Atari SA), were throwing out incorrect information right and left, stating Jack had "bought Atari" and that Jack was firing all those people. They knew full well that anyone that they didn't hire over would most likely be let go by Warner, and felt horrible about it. But it being an assets purchase he wasn't their boss, Warner was, and they were the ones letting these people go.
Wasn't there some talk about Sega merging a while back when the Dreamcast came to a end to keep that company alive? I think it was American Sammy, if my memory is serving me correctly, but the shareholders blocked it or something. Well, Sega seems to have refocused and they are doing alright, although on a much smaller scale. I think the day is coming that Nintendo will pull out of the hardware market also.
They did merge. SEGA became a division of SEGA Sammy Holdings in 2004. Sammy chairman Hajime Satomi was installed as SEGA's CEO.
Edited by Retro Rogue, Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:52 AM.