Atari co-founder Al Alcorn talks about creating Pong and modern game industry

Atari co-founder and Pong programmer Al Alcorn has challenged contemporary game designers to "take risks to do new things" arguing that ballooning budgets discourage experimentation and have led to stagnation in the industry.

Speaking to VentureBeat, the grandfather of the games industry said: "I think it was a lot more fun when it was just a little thing and there were no expectations."

"If you look at our games – the earlier games – they were all really wildly different," he continued. "We tried all kinds of things. It was a great time to experiment. Now, the money is so big, we're afraid to take risks. We took a lot of risks and we had a lot of fun doing it."

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