Last night was ‘The Game Awards’ which celebrated all things video games. One of the highlights for me was watching 62-year-old Carol Shaw receive the Industry Icon Award for her work as a developer for the Atari 2600 and for being a woman who helped break down barriers and make an impact in a man’s world. She went to the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1977 and later attained her Masters in Computer Science. She went on to get a job with Atari designing games and her breakout hit came in 1982 when she designed the popular game ‘River Raid’. During her speech, you can tell that she has a fondness for the games of the era she created in, but at the same time can look forward and acknowledge that the amount of change that has taken place in the medium in the last 35 years is astounding.
Here are some of the Atari 2600 games she designed, that you may have played growing up…
3D Tic-Tac-Toe (Atari, 1978)
Polo (Atari, 1978)
Super Breakout (Atari, 1978)
Video Checkers (Atari, 1978)
Othello (Atari, 1978)
River Raid (Activision, 1982)
Check out the wonderful video piece they prepared on her life and her adorable acceptance speech below.