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Classic Game Postmortem: Yars' Revenge


Howard Scott Warshaw, the veteran programmer, author, filmmaker and therapist best known in the game industry for his pioneering work at Atari on titles like Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, will be delivering a Classic Game Postmortem on the classic Atari 2600 title Yars' Revenge at GDC 2015.

A contemporary renaissance man, Warshaw has leapt between several successful careers in the past few decades and currently works as a licensed psychotherapist in addition to performing speaking engagements and serving as a contributing artist to New York's Museum of Modern Art. His efforts at Atari in the '80s helped advance the practice of game design, and he played a role in some of the pivotal events of industry history. His work on Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the earliest examples of highly successful licensed game development; the unreasonable pressures put upon him to create a game with the E.T. license led to a financial failure that presaged the North American game industry crash of 1983.

Now he's coming to GDC to speak at length about his work designing and coding Yars' Revenge, widely believed to be one of the best Atari 2600 games ever made. He'll also make time to speak about his work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and answer questions from GDC attendees.

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