Today marks the 40 year anniversary of my generation’s first popular gaming console, the Atari. Founded in 1972 by engineers Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, Atari was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and home computers. Atari is even where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple got their start. I actually still have my original console alongside a dozen or so game cartridges back at the home I grew up in and probably will never get rid of it. All I can think looking at the photo above is that it would be pretty awesome if a modern age game console was designed with a wood finish instead of the clunky cheap plastic that has dominated product design for almost three decades. Whatever the case, in celebration of the anniversary this week’s Throwback Thursday is a make-shift documentary about the history of the gaming console, exploring the rise and fall of the one-time giant. Grab some popcorn and a comfy chair because it’s an hour and a half long but well worth your time if you are a life-long vidiot like myself, and if you’re not? It’s at least worth a couple minutes of your time to fast forward to the end to watch the crazy Star Wars game ad.