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    Young adults love to play games and they're thirsty for social interaction, but a lot of bar and restaurant experiences are quite unsatisfactory on the social level. What young people need is a place that has the feel of an unhosted party where they find themselves interacting with like-minded strangers.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    The subtle generational cues that make one thing cool and another uncool aren't always obvious to a parent. My children are my dinner-table sounding board. I've come up with some wonderful ideas that they universally dismissed as 'lame.'
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: children  child  ideas  parent 
     
    These days when you say 'videogame', people think of immersive games that take over your life and require three thumbs to control. My goal is to create games that almost retreat into the background. I'm interested in bringing them back to their role as a social facilitator, the way party games help people to interact.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: people  control  help  goal  games 
     
    When I was running Atari, violence against humanoid figures was not allowed. We'd let you shoot at a tank... but we drew the line at shooting at people, with blood splattering everywhere.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    Atari showed that young people could start big companies. Without that example it would have been harder for Jobs and Bill Gates, and people who came after them, to do what they did.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: people  young  job  company  example 
     
    I founded Atari in my garage in Santa Clara while at Stanford. When I was in school, I took a lot of business classes. I was really fascinated by economics. You end up having to be a marketeer, finance maven and a little bit of a technologist in order to get a business going.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    Women were very, very good at 'Pong'. It was part of the dating scene. The number of people who told me they met their wife or husband playing 'Pong' was huge. They were shoulder to shoulder, talking and playing. It was body contact and verbal contact.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: people  women  body  dating  wife 
     
    We didn't do a square ball in 'Pong' because we thought it was cool. We did it because that was all we could do.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: thoughts 
     
    In the early days of the video game business, everybody played. The question is, what happened? My theory - and I think it's pretty well borne out - is that in the '80s, games got gory, and that lost the women. And then they got complex, and that lost the casual gamer.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    Radical innovation is difficult to fund. It seems scary. And the really radical things seem even more scary.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    I think 'Something Ventured' is a nice piece because it celebrates venture capital in a unique and powerful way.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: powerful 
     
    I basically look at PR as something you do if there's an object in mind. But my ego doesn't need it.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: ego  mind 
     
    Today, companies have to radically revolutionize themselves every few years just to stay relevant. That's because technology and the Internet have transformed the business landscape forever. The fast-paced digital age has accelerated the need for companies to become agile.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    Creativity is every company's first driver. It's where everything starts, where energy and forward motion originate. Without that first charge of creativity, nothing else can take place.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: energy  creativity 
     
    One of the big concerns I have is that most of the HR departments in a lot of companies are hiring away from creativity and they don't know it. For instance, they are requiring everybody to have a college degree. The most creative people I know couldn't deal with college.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    Hire for passion and intensity; there is training for everything else.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: passion 
     
    A lot of what is wrong with corporate America has to do with a culture filled with antibodies trained to expel anything different. HR departments often want cookie cutter employees, which inevitably results in cookie cutter solutions.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    Everybody believes in innovation until they see it. Then they think, 'Oh, no; that'll never work. It's too different.'
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: work  believe  innovation 
     
    I want to fix education in the world. As soon as I work on that, I am going to work on world hunger and then world peace.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: peace  work  world  hunger  education 
     
    Selling Atari when I did - I think that's my biggest regret. And I probably should have gotten back heavily into the games business in the late Eighties. But I was operating under this theory at the time that the way to have an interesting life was to reinvent yourself every five or six years.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: time  regret  business  games  year 
     
    Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I guess I'd like to be known for being an innovator, fostering creativity, thinking outside the box. You know, keeping people playful.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    I've always thought legal addictions are a great way to create a business. Starbucks is a wonderful example.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    Everybody copied Atari products. So we started messing with them and it was fun. We bought enough chips that we could get them mislabeled. So we bankrupted at least two companies which copied our boards, and bought all the parts but they were the wrong parts, so they're sitting on all this inventory they can't sell because the games don't work.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: work  fun  wrong  games  sell  company 
     
    A good interviewer is able to ferret out what the applicant is really passionate about. Ask them what they do for fun, what they're reading, try and find out if they have a life outside of work.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: work  fun  reading 
     
    In 1989, SimCity introduced an entirely new brand of game play.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: games 
     
    Learning ballroom dancing is great for your brain. But it only works for three to six months. After that, you've got all the benefit you can get, and so you have to move on to yoga, and then Tai Chi, and then bridge, always keeping on the steep part of the learning curve.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: work  brain  learning 
     
    The thing we don't want to do is overstate the benefits, but there is all kinds of proof that exercise, both physical and mental, increases brain activity.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: mental  brain  exercise 
     
    I've been in navigation systems, robotics, restaurants, communications systems, touch screens, and now I'm back in games. I like to say I have five-year A.D.D.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    People like secrets. Creative people really like secrets.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: secret  people  creative 
     
    I just want the future to happen faster. I can't imagine the future without robots.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: future  imagine 
     
    I try to get a vision of the future, and then I try to figure out where the discontinuities are.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: future  vision 
     
    There are a lot of things about having money that are perceived to be cool but that aren't. Maybe if you're a CEO jerk who likes going coast to coast by himself in a G4, then that's fine. But that's not me. And it never will be.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: money 
     
    Innovation is hard. It really is. Because most people don't get it. Remember, the automobile, the airplane, the telephone, these were all considered toys at their introduction because they had no constituency. They were too new.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: people  innovation 
     
    Remember that we can only in our forebrains handle 5-7 items. Our backbrains can handle massive amounts. So when you're given a problem, think about it before you go sleep, and chances are you can solve it by the next morning.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: chance  sleep  problem 
     
    Walk to work, even if it's four miles. Ride a bike to work. Drive a different way. On your way there, try to find beauty. You'd be surprised how much more of the neighborhood you can perceive and experience when you're looking for unique spots of beauty.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: beauty  work  experience 
     
    You wanna build your IQ higher in the next two years? Be uncomfortable. That means, learn something where you have a beginner's mind.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: mind  learn 
     
    I'm the only one who was predicting the Nintendo Wii would beat Sony's PlayStation 3.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    All schools will end up using game metrics in the future.
    — Nolan Bushnell
    tags: future  school  games 
     
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    nolan bushnell
    Birth    : February 5, 1943
    Occupation  : Entrepreneur

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