Campus Activity: Well Played: Atari Lunar Lander


October 30, 2019    
11:20 am-12:20 pm

Event Type

The Digital Studies Center is hosting four Well Played sessions this semester. Well-Played focuses on the close reading of video game mechanics and narratives. It involves students and faculty playing a game followed by a free form discussion.

This session will focus on Atari Lunar Lander. In 1979, Atari introduced its first vector-based arcade game. A large production run was planned, but the machine’s technical success lead to its own demise. After a few thousand units were built, the line was shut down to make room for one of the most beloved arcade games of all time, Asteroids. Lunar Lander paved the way, making Asteroids possible and playing a key role in the development of electronic games. This talk will examine the history and influence of this piece of forgotten arcade history.

Well Played sessions will be held during free period in the Digital Commons, food will be provided.