Noelie Alito, Atari Game Developer – rare interview

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“In 1980, when Computer Science was a young discipline, my MIT software class was about 1/3 female, which might have been Peak Female for that department. After that, women tended to infiltrate the traditional white-shirt-and-pocket-protector ranks of the long-established engineering disciplines… and men went into software” (Noelie Alito, Atari game developer).

Interview quote from written interview with Noelie Alito conducted by Rob Wanenchak, AtariSpot

Rob Wanenchak discovered a ‘personalised’ Moon Patrol Atari Game Cartridge: Zorfon signed by Atari Woman Noelie Alito. These personalised games was a ‘christmas gifts’ from developers to their families. In this rare interview Noelie Alito answers a few questions about her education from MIT and her work on Atari Games.

Atari Women Wikipedia edit-a-thon

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History is what makes it into wikipedia – thus to celebrate and establish the important work and contribution of underrepresented minorities for Atari games in the 70s and 80s, Atari Women are organising an asynchronous wikipedia edit-a-thon to re-establish the important work into history. For this work, Atari Women are collaborating with Wikipedia Women in Red – which is a Wiki project dedicated to turn ‘redlinks‘ into blue links focusing on women biographies, works and contributions. Everybody is welcome to join, and if you need help to get started editing wikipedia, please do not hesitate to contact us!