Before "Halo," World of Warcraft" or any "Grand Theft Auto," there was "Pole Position," "Donkey Kong" and, yes, everyone's favorite, "Dig Dug."
And Cort Allen has the documents, designs and diagrams to prove it - at least for another day.
On Thursday, his collection of all-things Atari goes up for bid at Sotheby's New York. It is expected to sell for between $150,000 and $250,000.
Allen, 60, a Pleasanton resident and semiconductor design consultant, laughs at the estimated sale price. Back in 1985, he just thought it was a lot of cool stuff.