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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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W. Sean Hennessy
Torre Meeder
Tom Loughry
Steve Tucker
Steve Kranish
Steve Kitchen
Steve Cartwright
Steve Baker
Ronen Habot
Ron Lloyd
Robert Vieira
Robert Diaz
Rob Zdybel
Peter Langston
Paul Willson
Patrick Bass
Monti Rieman
Mike Lorenzen
Matthew Hubbard
Marilyn Churchill Theurer
Loren Carpenter
Leo Salinas
Larry Kaplan
Larry Gelberg
Larry DeMar
Landon Dyer
Ken Siders
Ken Jordan
Keithen Hayenga
Keith Erickson
Keith Dreyer
Joseph Tung
John Van Ryzin
John Swiderski
John Seghers
Joe Hellesen
Joe Copson
Jim Huether
Jerry White
James Andreasen
Glyn Anderson
Gary Stark
Garry Kitchen
Garry Hare
Frank Hausman
Fernando Herrera
Eugene Jarvis
Eric Nickell
Eric Manghise
Eric Knopp
E. F. Dreyer
David Riordan
David Levine
David Fox
David Crane
Dave Rolfe
Dan Thompson
Dan Oliver
Dan Gorlin
Courtney Granner
Chris Mikolyski
Charlie Kellner
Carol Shaw
Bryan Edewaard
Bruce Poehlman
Bob Merrell
Bob Henderson
Bill Hogue
Allen Merrell
Alex DeMeo
Alan Murphy
Alan Davis