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Classic Pitfall Postmortem – David Crane – GDC 2011

September 11, 2011

GDC 2011 – March 4, 2011

David Game, game designer and programmer, started his programming career at Atari, making games for the Atari 2600. Crane left Atari in 1979 and co-founded Activision. His games won many awards while he was at Activision. At Activision, he was best known as the designer of Pitfall!.

Pitfall! is a video game released by Activision for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It is one of the best selling games ever made for the Atari 2600, with over 4 million copies sold.
David Crane talks about his design challenges creating Pitfall for the Atari 2600.

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