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Atari

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Hidden : 05/26/2002
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The Atari cache is part of a continuing series of caches at former big Silicon Valley companies. The companies have now gone bankrupt, or are mere shadows of their former selves.

For a very nice web site on the history of Atari, please visit: http://www.atari-history.com/. They have a very nice site dedicated to the subject. A brief history

  • 1972: Atari released the coin-operated arcade game called PONG. It was the first successful video game. At the time, only pin-ball machines, fortune tellers, etc, were common. Atari continued to produce arcade games until 2000.
  • 1975: PONG for the home. During Christmas 1975 people waited up to 2 hours to sign up for the waiting list for an Atari At-Home PONG. 150,000 were sold that Christmas.
  • 1977: The Atari 2600 VCS (Video Computer System) got its start. It was a multipurpose game console using cartridges for various games. Various programmers found they could program for the console, and Space Invaders became the first licensed game.
  • 1982: Things don't fare well for Atari with it's release of the Atari 5200. The game market dries up, seen as a fad by those of it's time.
  • 1982-1987: Various home personal computers are designed and sold.
  • 1987: Atari introductes the Atari PC-1. It's an IBM XT compartible computer with built-in hard drive, serial ports, parrallel ports, keyboard, mouse, and a video port.
  • 1993: All company resources are directed into the Atari Jaguar 64. A 64bit console.
  • 2000: Atari Games Corp announces the last game with the Atari name will be San Francisco Rush 2049. All future games will be from Midway Games Corp.

The cache in a small Tupperware container is located at old Atari Corporate Headquarters from 1984-1996. It is a very distinctive and well-known building on Borregas.

The initial cache contents are:

  • Log + Pen
  • Geocaching log
  • Small Bop-It game
  • Penguin Mints (sorry decafinated)

If you have any small Atari stuff, it would make a great addition to the cache. I'll visit some local old computer stores and see if I can find anything

Please be very discreet when visiting this cache. I'd recommend after business hours

This applies to new users! I've had several logs recently of users visiting the cache and attracking attention. This cache has been plundered once, and I'de like to have it stick arround. Please pay attention to your actions!


Pictures

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)