If you are old enough to have played Atari video games (I actually learned machine code on the Motorola 6500, the processor that Atari used…), then this might be interesting to you.

If you are too young to know about Atari, then (screw you!) this is a good history lesson for you. Everything has a beginning, and Atari was perhaps the most influential company in history from the video game standpoint.

Its a great article from massively reputable IEEE Spectrum.

Behind the Scenes of Spectrum’s Dive Into the Atari 2600 Design