I stumbled across a great series of videos this week that I hadn’t seen before. Into The Valley of the Space Invaders was a mini documentary produced by Field Communications back in 1982 – at the very height of the Golden Age of video games. It managed to go behind the scenes at Atari’s coin-op division and shine a light on the burgeoning industry in Silicon Valley.
The sense of Atari’s euphoria and confidence comes through from everyone interviewed, including segments where Game Designer Lyle Raines, Atari Vice president of Marketing Frank Ballouz, Engineer Dave Stubben and creator of Major Havoc Owen Rubin are asked about what they do and why coin operated video technology was seen as the future of entertainment.
Clearly Atari was riding high – little did those interviewed know how hard things would come crashing down in just a couple of short years. Fascinating stuff.
Lots of cabinet shots, a soundtrack by Devo, and an 80s VHS wobble to the film. What more could you want? The video is below in four parts.
Thanks to fuzzymemories.tv for originally posting these videos to YouTube – their channel was taken town, so I’ve archived them here.
Thanks for stopping by this week.