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Remember Atari's Ted Dabney by replaying classic games

You can relive your childhood playing many classic Atari games using your web browser.

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Atari co-founder Ted Dabney died Saturday at the age of 81, after a battle with esophageal cancer, according to Eurogamer. Atari's mark on the video game industry stretches decades, and, thanks to several websites, that history is well-preserved and free to play.

Pong, which was made during Dabney's time at Atari in 1972, has been made and remade several times. The Atari website has a version of it that is available as a Flash game. The company's second game, Space Race, was originally released in 1973 and has a re-creation on the website Scratch.

Dabney founded Atari with Nolan Bushnell in 1972 after together releasing the game Computer Space in 1971. While Computer Space didn't take off, the pair created a firm first named Syzygy Engineering and later changed to Atari. Their experience making Computer Space contributed to the first version of Pong created in 1972, a big success for Atari.

Dabney left Atari in 1973 after a falling out with Bushnell, reports Wired.

For Atari games that were made after Dabney's time at the company ended, the Internet Archive's Internet Arcade contains emulated versions of many titles that can be played on an internet browser. These include a game based on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Food Fight, Gauntlet and many others.

And if all you want to do is play Breakout, Google has a version that can be played either by clicking here or by searching for "Atari Breakout" in a search. The page will first resemble an image search for Breakout, and then morph into a widescreen version of the game.

Video game historian Leonard Herman posted a remembrance to Dabney that announced his passing on Saturday.

I just learned that my good friend, Ted Dabney, the co-founder of Atari, passed away at the age of 81. RIP dear friend. Your legacy will live on a long time!

Posted by Leonard Herman on Saturday, May 26, 2018

Other people tweeted their own tributes as well.

First published May 29, 2018 at 10:01 a.m. PT.
Update 1:20 p.m. PT: Adds more games.