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Programmers

Back in the days of the Atari 2600, most games were created by a single individual who did the design, programming, graphics and sound. These days it takes large teams of people many months (years!) to create a single game. But back then, if you had the skills you could program a 2600 game by yourself in a few short months (weeks!) As time passed and the capabilities of systems improved, more people were needed in order to produce a quality game.

The information provided below comes from many different sources. Some companies, such as Activision, were pretty open about who their programmers were. Others, such as Atari, kept this info in the dark (probably to keep other companies from stealing their talent!) Several classic gaming programmers have publicly spoken about their accomplishments, and for those individuals information is generally comprehensive. We also used The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers as a reference in compiling our list of programmers for Atari systems. And some games have the programmer's name listed in the manual, on the cartridge, or somewhere in the game itself.

The list below is by no means complete. For that matter, this list is only a small subset of programmers who worked on titles for Atari systems. Unfortunately, as time goes on it's likely that such information will be even harder to come by. If you know someone who worked in the classic game industry, please let us know! We'd love to hear from them and would like to fill in as many blanks as possible. And we're not just talking about programmers here, we'll also acknowledge designers, artists, musicians, and so forth.

 

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Zach Matley
William J. Sheppard
Wes Trager
Warren Schwader
Warren Robinett
Tommy Montgomery
Tom Sloper
Tom DiDomenico
Todd Marshall
Tod Frye
Tim Martin
Thomas Jentzsch
Sylvia Day
Suki Lee
Stuart Ross
Steve Wright
Steve Woita
Steve Tatsumi
Steve Stringfellow
Steve Kitchen
Steve Jobs
Steve Hales
Steve DeFrisco
Steve Crandall
Steve Cartwright
Steve Beck
Steve Baker
Steve Aguirre
Stephen Landrum
Stance Nixon
Simone Serra
Simon Quernhorst
Silvio Mogno
Shirley Russell
Scott Smith
Scott Nelson
Sam Comstock
Russell Babylon
Rorke Weigandt
Ron Surratt
Robert Zdybel
Robert Vieira
Robert Neve
Robert Mundschau
Robert L. Esken Jr.
Robert H. O'Neil
Robert Barber
Rob Zdybel
Rob Fulop
Rick Skrbina
Rick Maurer
Richard K. Balaska Jr.
Richard Dobbis
Rex Bradford
Randy Bowker
Randall Hyde
Preston Stuart
Piero Cavina
Phat Ho
Peter Hirschberg
Peter Engelbrite
Peter C. Niday
Paul Willson
Paul Slocum
Paul Newell
Paul Donaldson
Patricia Lewis Du Long
Nolan Bushnell
Nick Turner
Nathan Strum
Mimi Nyden
Mimi Doggett
Mike Schwartz
Mike Sanders
Mike Reidel
Mike Lorenzen
Mike Brodie
Miguel Castillo
Michael Sierchio
Michael Rideout
Michael Kosaka
Michael Greene
Michael Green
Michael Case
Michael Callahan
Michael Buetepage
Matthew Hubbard
Mark VandeWettering
Mark Turmell
Mark R. Hahn
Mark Lesser
Mark Klein
Mark De Smet
Manuel Rotschkar
Lee Actor
Laura Nikolich
Larry Zwick
Larry Wagner
Larry Minor
Larry Miller
Larry Martin
Larry Kaplan
Larry Gelberg
Kirk Israel
Kevin Norman
Kevin Miller
Ken Smith
Karl T. Olinger
Jossef Wagner
Joseph Tung
Joseph Biel
Jon Leupp
John W. Champeau
John Van Ryzin
John Russell
John Perkins
John Payson
John Palevich
John Marvin
John K. Harvey
John Harris
John Emerson
John Dunn
John Bronstein
Joe Wagner
Joe King
Joe Hellesen
Joe Grand
Joe Gaucher
Joe Decuir
Jim Rupp
Jim Jacob
Jim Huether
Jess Ragan
Jerry Lawson
Jerome Domurat
Jeff Ronne
Jeff Ratcliff
Jeff Gusman
James Andreasen
Ivan Machado
Isabel Garret
Irwin Gaines
Igor Barzilai
Howard Scott Warshaw
Henry Will IV
Harley H. Puthuff, Jr.
Hal Finney
H.K. Poon
Greg Troutman
Greg Easter
Grady Ward
Glenn Axworthy
Gerald Moore
Gary Stark
Gary Shannon
Gary Palmer
Gary Littleton
Gary Kaplan
Garry Kitchen
Fred Quimby
Frank Cohen
Fabrizio Zavagli
Ernie Runyon
Erik Mooney
Erik Eid
Erik Ehrling
Eric Ball
Eric Bacher
Edward Griffiths
Ed Temple
Ed Salvo
Ed Riddle
Ed Logg
Ed Hodapp
Ed Federmeyer
Ed English
Eckhard Stolberg
E. F. Dreyer
Duncan Scott
Doug Neubauer
Doug Macare
Don Ruffcorn
Dennis M. Kiss
Dennis Koble
Dennis Debro
Dennis Caswell
Dawn Stockbridge
David Weavil
David Vazquez
David Ross
David Lubar
David Lamkins
David Galloway
David Crane
Dave Staugas
Dave Rolfe
Dave Neuman
Dave Jolly
Dave Johnson
Dave Hampton
Dave Exton
Dave Engman
Dave Akers
Darrell Spice Jr.
Dan Wolf
Dan Thompson
Dan Oliver
Dan Kitchen
Dan Hitchens
Craig Nelson
Courtney Granner
Connie Goldman
Colin Hughes
Christopher Tumber
Christopher Omarzu
Chris Walton
Chris Read
Chris Crawford
Charlie Heath
Charles F. Gray
Chad Schell
Chad Lare
Carol Shaw
Carla Meninsky
Bryon Parks
Bruce Pedersen
Bruce de Graaf
Brian Watson
Brian Prescott
Brian McGhie
Brett Stutz
Brad Stewart
Bob Whitehead
Bob Smith
Bob Polaro
Bob Montgomery
Bob Curtiss
Bob Colbert
Billy Eno
Bill Hood
Bill Hogue
Bill Bryner
Bill Aspromonte
Ben Burch
Ban Tran
Armin Vogl
Anthony Henderson
Andrew Fuchs
Andrew Davie
Alex Leavens
Alex G.
Alex DeMeo
Alan Roberts
Alan Murphy
Alan Miller
Adam Thornton
Aaron Curtis