Can One Person Kill an Entire Industry? ‘Once Upon Atari’ with Howard Scott Warshaw

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Howard Scott Warshaw

Howard Scott Warshaw is a video game pioneer, an award-winning filmmaker, an innovative technologist, an author, and a Museum of Modern Art artist. He now employs this eclectic skillset as a psychotherapist in California’s Silicon Valley. His latest book, “Once Upon Atari” (subtitled How I made history by killing an industry) details his exploits at Atari and how they reshaped his life. Howard talks about why we should remember that goals are only achieved through hard work and perseverance. He also discusses the value to be found in understanding what it is that we really want in life.


Howard Scott Warshaw

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Once Upon Atari
Once Upon Atari

2 Top Career Tips

1) Be prepared to pay your dues when it comes to your career. Dreams are all well and good, but always recognize that hard work is required in order to achieve them.
2) Understand what it is that you want, and the you that you really wish to be, and then start a journey that takes you, day by day, towards the version of yourself that you wish to be.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

While working on Yars Revenge, Howard insisted on carving out his own path for the game but was forced to admit later that the game he’s insisted upon was not good.

Career Highlight

While being interviewed by Steven Spielberg in order to discuss a game version of Raiders of The Lost Ark, Howard not only got to meet his hero, but also was allowed to tour the Warner Brothers Studio.

The Future

IT is so wide open. One piece of tech can often give birth to whole new worlds and ways of thinking. The future is almost boundless when it comes to innovation.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Computers in college showed Howard a life he wanted to pursue.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

That the world of technology is chaotic!

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

That he was throwing his life away to make video games.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Howard would focus more on handheld apps

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Howard enjoys taking longstanding problems and applying new ways of solving them.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?


What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Always try new things and seek out new challenges.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Movies, TV shows, and exploring new places in his own mind.

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