The inventor of Pong and founder of Chuck E. Cheese is getting back into
the restaurant game. Adults welcome.
By Brad Stone
June 6 issue - There are plenty of ways to describe Nolan Bushnell.
Technology visionary. Catalyst of the computer-game industry.
Unrelenting entrepreneur with sparkling successes and catastrophic
failures. A man who was actually able to create a successful restaurant
franchise with the name Chuck E. Cheese. Even maybe a matchmaker.
Bushnell, who started the early video firm Atari and imposed Pizza Time
Theatre on the masses, credits another of his creations for minting a
whole generation of marriages. The pioneering '70s videogame Pong, once
ubiquitous in college-town watering holes, gave guys and gals an opening
to challenge each other to digital duels on its tabletop black and white
screens. As a result, he says, "literally thousands of people have told
me over the years that they met their wife or husband playing Pong."
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics