An interview with Chris Crawford, who was creator of the Atari 8-bit games Eastern Front (1941), Energy Czar, Scram, Gossip, Excalibur, and Legionnaire. He also created the games Balance of Power, Patton Versus Rommel, Trust & Betrayal, Guns & Butter, Patton Strikes Back, Balance of the Planet, Le Morte D’Arthur. He is co-author of the book De Re Atari and author of The Art of Computer Game Design.
The interview was conducted on September 9, 2013 via Skype. The interviewer is Kevin Savetz (http://savetz.com) This is the complete, unedited version of the interview. An edited version is in episode 4 of "Antic -- the Atari 8-Bit Podcast" (http://www.AtariPodcast.com).
Chris Crawford's web page is at http://www.erasmatazz.com and the source code for some of his programs is available (http://www.erasmatazz.com/library/source-code.html) The full text of De Re Atari is at http://atariarchives.org/dere/ and http://archive.org/details/ataribooks-de-re-atari ... More information about Eastern Front is available: http://www.atariarchives.org/APX/showinfo.php?cat=20050 and http://www.atariarchives.org/creativeatari/Eastern_Front.php and http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue57/computer_game.html
Topics of discussion: Jacksonville, Oregon; Trust and Betrayal; Balance of Power; Eastern Front (1941); the Battle of Waterloo;
Atari Program Exchange (APX); Eastern Front source code; Eastern Front scenario editor; Last of the Incas;
Western Front (1943); galilean relativity; interactive storytelling; Alan Kay; challenges of
computer game design; indie game development; video game developers vs. Hollywood mindsets; working at
Atari Corp.; programming the Atari 2600; Energy Czar; SCRAM; the first software evangelist; writing De Re Atari;
Ray Kassar; Atari research and development; Gossip game; Excalibur game; Atari software development support group;
Atari management; Atari layoffs.
Another interview with Crawford is here: http://archive.org/details/getlamp-crawford
May 13, 2021 Subject:
Great interview! Chris Crawford was about the only programmer, on any platform that I knew of by name back in the day. I wasn't deep into knowing who was who but for some reason I had heard of the name Chris Crawford and to me, he was and remains a star!