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One day at the Atari Labs in the 1970s, they looked at Breakout and said, “Yeah, this is pretty good. But we can make it better. We have the technology. We can make the paddle smaller. The balls bouncier. The colors colorier. And we can make ‘colorier’ a word too. We’re Atari and there is zero chance we’ll implode in a video game crash just a few years hence.”

The result of this bravado was 1980(?)’s Atari game SUPER BREAKOUT. Is the game indeed super? Well, no. No, it’s not. Spoilers hurt sometimes.

But this episode definitely is SUPER. I’m wearing the cape and codpiece to prove it.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring.”

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