Tragic. I might be a Nintendo nerd, but I do try to recognize, learn about, and properly attribute the influences, contributions, and successes of other gaming figures as well. We lost a great one yesterday: Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore, responsible for the classic 8-bit Commodore 64 home computing console, along with having a notable role in keeping Atari afloat after the video game crash. Personally, I also find his early life rather remarkable, as he was an Auschwitz survivor as well. One quote from him: “We need to build computers for the masses, not the classes.” We could use more people in the industry like Tramiel, honestly.
Read more about the man and his influences: http://shar.es/rrLCr
[Note: I normally would not post a non-NES item on this blog, but am doing so now for two reasons: 1) It is of worthy consideration to remark on the influence that the 8-bit Commodore 64 system had on the NES, and the versions of games that were actually superior on that platform, such as Rambo, Elite, and Gauntlet. 2) To be quite frank, my news piece about Tramiel's passing is somehow generating notable Google search traffic to NintendoLegend.com, despite no related content here. So this is a placeholder, for those seeking such information.]