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Nolan Bushnell

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Nolan Key Bushnell (born February 5, 1943) is an American engineer and entrepreneur who founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain. Bushnell has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, received the BAFTA Fellowship and the Nations Restaurant News “Innovator of the Year” award, and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America.” Bushnell has started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. He is currently on the board of Anti-Aging Games, but his latest venture is an educational software company called Brainrush that is using video game technology in educational software, incorporating real brain science, in a way that Bushnell believes will fundamentally change education. Nolan, who is co-founder and Chairman of Brainrush, believes that Brainrush will be his biggest success.

A Lighthearted Conversation About Learning Culture

Nolan Bushnell, creator of Atari and CEO of Speed to Learn, sat down with DLD Chairman Yossi Vardi in what turned out to be an entertaining round of equal parts teasing and talk about how to improve today’s learning culture.

Nolan Bushnell’s round with Yossi Vardi was lighthearted and entertaining without losing focus of the issue at hand; computers and education.

Faced with the Vardi’s teasing, Bushnell got a laugh and a half, as the round progressed.

However, Bushnell stayed on course. His views on modern education are perhaps controversial, but the computer game legend does make a compelling argument. 

“ADHD is misspelled - it’s actually boring teacher syndrome,” Bushnell began, outlining his ideas.

The traditional system, he continued, is not up-to-date on what kind of learning processes are needed to keep students engaged.

Here, the education system could learn from computer games. Get rid of lecture and homework, and introduce individual learning styles. Incorporate notions of different learning cultures, and add the power of computers, and you have a winning recipe for an education revolution.

Bushnell’s Speed to Learn initiative aims to do just that. Teachers cannot handle the difficult levels of students, but computers can. Through using software that mimics the structures of computer games, initiatives like Speed to Learn can speed up education processes and help the individual students fulfill their potentials. 

“Matching difficulty with ability,” Nolan said, “Makes teaching fun." 

Another theory about Five Nights at Freddy's.

I think it’s possible that the game is a homage to Nolan Bushnell, the man best known not only as the founder of Chuck E. Cheese’s, but also the founder of Atari.

Now why is the fact of him as the founder of Atari significant? Well that’s simple. Aside from a few hits like Pong, Centipede, and Asteroids, Atari is also known for having introduced the original concept of survival horror.

This was done in the game Haunted House, a game that has recently been remade for Wii, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC. However, it was not given that exact description, and such a description would not be used until three generations of consoles later on the original Resident Evil for the PlayStation.

It’s possible that in addition to taking the concept of the eerie looking figures that performed for us as kids and making them into cold-blooded killers, he developer was also paying tribute to two works that are somewhat connected to each other. The Atari game Haunted House, and Chuck E. Cheese’s animatronic shows.

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World 1-1 Documentary

Hello followers,

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1128229743/world-1-1 

I told you I would have exciting news! I have been working on pre-production for a documentary on the history of Atari. We would not be where we are in terms of technology or video games if it wasn’t for the pioneers who made it happen. Among those confirmed to be interviewed is the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell himself. 

We seek to tell that story in an interesting way, but we need help to fund the project and begin production. We created a Kickstarter with rewards to promote and fund our film. Just reblogging this will be of great help, but any small donation you are willing to give will help. This is all or nothing, meaning that if we do not reach our $15,000 goal, we get nothing. Thank for taking the time to read this and for supporting us! I will keep everyone updated on our progress. 

Check our page for more information, a list of rewards based on donation tiers, and a video! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1128229743/world-1-1