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Venetian Blinds

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UP - Raise blinds
DOWN - Lower blinds

The backstory to this game is very interesting- I'll try to sum it up as best I can...
Activision was the first third-party games publisher in the world, putting out games made by all different developers on the Atari 2600. The company was founded mostly by ex-Atari employees.
One of those men was Bob Whitehead, an ex-Atari programmer who came up with a very important programming technique he called "venetian blinds". What it did was make it possible to show 8 sprites in a row on the old Atari, while it was famously limited to usually only show 6 at a time. So it was a great new way to get around one of the system's major flaws.

However; when Bob formed Activision, he took the technique with him and used it in several new games. Atari claimed that venetian blinds was something they owned, and Bob had STOLEN it.

When Atari's lawyers questioned him about the situation, Bob sent over THIS demo, Venetian Blinds, as a joke. Atari didn't find it so funny and went on to sue the shit out of Activision.
But in the end they lost, because it was a dumb case to begin with.

Venetian Blinds!

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Rise and shine world! This game is made of happiness

Funny and informative!

As a historical piece, this is amazingly cool because it shows how video games were developed during their early days and how the industry was run back then. As a joke flash, this had me chuckling quite a bit at how silly it was.

Thanks for putting it on the portal Tom!

Venetian Blinds

An instant classic. Functionally perfect! Classic old school graphics give this gem a unique look that are only second to its smooth and responsive controls. An interesting backstory that seems so grounded in reality you'll never look at videogame stories the same. A stark lack of music only further enhances the experience that is "Venitian Blinds". Minute(s) of fun and excitement are to be had in this FREE flash game!

-1 Point for it's slow pace. Some people are into that, I wasn't.

Wut, uh...

mine broke, the blinds becamce a plastic sheet and now it is stuck, do i get a refund for buying this?

JK-ing about the refund bit, but still, do i get time back for breaking your animation?

Life Changing

This work has... has literally changed my life, now. I feel inspired to leave the house, talk to strangers, maybe even get a job. I feel confident in myself for the first time in years, watching those slats go up and down.

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3.60 / 5.00

Dec 27, 2010
10:14 AM EST