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Speaking in a new interview, Industry pioneer and founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell has hit out at modern video games, describing them as “unadulterated trash” embroiled in “a race to the bottom”, while calling for more social, fun and educational titles.

David Jenkins, Blogger

October 22, 2007

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Industry pioneer and founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell has hit out at modern video games, in a new interview on website Electronic Design. Dismissing them for a perceived lack of focus on fun, social interaction and education, Bushnell commented: "Video games today are a race to the bottom. They are pure, unadulterated trash and I'm sad for that.” While evangelizing for his new entertainment themed restaurant uWink, which allows dinners to play tabletop games and use other interactive devices, Bushnell, who is also the founder of the Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time restaurant chain, appeared to decry the decline in offline multiplayer options in modern games. "Social games represent something that has been missing. Most of the board games are purchased by women for families. It is this gaming world that can be re-energized. We used to have families sit down and play a game together," said Bushnell. "A lot of video games today are very isolated. You don't see mom and dad, sister and brother, sitting down like they used to play, say, Monopoly," he added. "That represented good mentoring time for families that just isn't happening now."

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David Jenkins


David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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