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David Theurer

Also Known As

  • Dave Theurer

Game Credits


Tempest 3000 (2000)   (Original Tempest Design)
Tempest 2000 (1996)   (Original Game Designed By)
Tempest X3 (1996)   (Original Tempest)


World Series Baseball 2K2 (2001)   (Tools Programmers)
Pit-Fighter (1990)   (Support Programmers)
Toobin' (1989)   (Software tools)
Tempest (1981)   (Programmed by)
Atari Football (1978)   (Programmed by)


Obsidian (1997)   (Special Thanks to )
Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1 (1996)   (Special Thanks to the Original Atari Team Members)
Gauntlet IV (1993)   (Special Thanks to)
Capcom's MVP Football (1992)   (Special Thanks To)


APB (1987)   (Staff)

Developer Biography

David "Dave" Theurer is a game designer who created several notable arcade games at Atari including Missile Command and Tempest.

Theurer graduated from Chicago's Wheaton College with a Psychology degree. He had originally studied Chemistry and Physics, but changed subjects mid-way through the course. His first job was at the data processing centre of the college which was followed by stints at Bunker Ramo Corporation, as a junior programmer and National Semiconductor.

Theurer left Atari in 1990. In 2012 he was honoured with the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award for his work on arcade games at Atari.

Last updated: Oct 22, 2016