|Dave Nutting - from the cover of his book "Secrets to a Creative Mind"|
[Jeff Frederiksen] …they had a Burroughs 36-bit mainframe computer system
A short time later, Frederiksen left the Air Force and returned to Milwaukee to finish his degree then went to work for MCI. While MCI primarily designed electro-mechanical games, on at least one occasion they allegedly dabbled with video games in an effort to see how the machines worked.
MCI wasn't long for the video game world. One of their customers was Aladdin's Castle, a series of arcades being opened in shopping malls. MCI's investors wanted MCI to get into the mall arcade business, they shut down the video game division and started their own arcade chain called Red Baron, with 20 locations. Nutting wanted no part of it so he and Frederiksen took two MCI techs and formed their own design firm called Dave Nutting Associates.
Here's a bonus photo from CAX 2014 that was just posted to the KLOV forums.
What is it? It's what's left of Larry Rosenthal's hand made prototype for Space Wars. I talked to Larry several years ago and again a couple of months ago and I was quite glad to see that he was a guest at this year's CAX. I wish I could have been there to here his presentation (I wish someone would record these things).
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