Ed Logg was a computer programmer by trade who had grown up playing chess and checkers.

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Ed Logg

Ed Logg was a computer programmer by trade who had grown up playing chess and checkers.

In 1978 he joined Atari, designing Super Breakout (1978) and Video Pinball (1978). Following a suggestion from Atari vice-president Lyle Rains, Logg programmed and designed Asteroids (1979), which became Atari’s most successful coin-operated game. With its minimalist graphics and sense of boundlessness, players had a new freedom to move around the screen. Asteroids was also the first game that allowed high-scoring players to enter their initials.

Logg and Dona Bailey co-designed Centipede (1981), which was one of the earliest games to attract large numbers of female players into the arcades. Following Atari’s split into two companies – Atari Games and Atari Corporation – Logg designed the multi-player Gauntlet (1985) for Atari Games. In 1996, Logg moved to Midway Games and worked on the conversion of arcade games to home console versions.

 

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