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Warren Robinett

Developer Biography

Warren Robinett was the designer of the first graphical action-adventure game (Adventure) for the Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS). By the time it came out in 1979, he had already left the company.

Prior to working for Atari, Robinett had graduated from Rice University in 1974, majoring in "Computer Applications to Language and Art". He then went to work for Western Geophysical as a Fortran programmer. He joined Atari in 1977.

He became the chief software engineer as a co-founder of The Learning Company in 1980. There he created Rocky's Boots in 1982, one of the first successful educational games that taught Boolean logic using a puzzle game format. He has also worked on virtual reality projects for NASA and the University of North Carolina.

Contributed by Jeanne (76328) on Feb 09, 2005. [revised by : 64er (574), Sciere (706951) and Unicorn Lynx (181491)].