The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) revealed that it has added materials documenting the history of Atari's coin-op business from 1972 to 1999 to its archives. This material includes original artwork, videos, marketing materials, source code, design documents, and much more. The collection details the production of nearly every game in Atari's coin-op lineup.
This new material at ICHEG joins its already impressive archives that includes thousands of vintage Japanese games, and the archives of classic publishers such as Strategic Simulations Inc. and Broderbund.
"The collection represents the largest and most comprehensive assemblage of archival records and other documentary items related to Atari’s coin-operated games anywhere in the world," writes Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of ICHEG, in a new blog post detailing the acquisition.
Speaking to Polygon about this impressive acquisition of material, Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of ICHEG, said of this new material:
"It's the kind of thing that is very ephemeral. It's hard to find this sort of thing in an archive. The things you see here are actual field reports from field tests… It's a body of information not just about Atari, but about the industry as well."
You can read more about the new Atari collection on the ICHEG blog.