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What does Atari mean?

In Japanese Video Games on April 9, 2013 at 8:15 am

アタリ
Atari (no meaning)

ATARI

ATARI

Been asked this question 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Guess I should address it.

Atari was an American company. The name was chosen at random (apparently). The decision may or may not have been reinforced by the Japanese word 当たり atari which means something like “hit” or “strike” or “to be right.”

Most Japanese people have never even heard of the old Atari game systems. Nintendo was much bigger over here.

We had the Atari 400 in my home as a kid.

We had the Atari 400 in my home as a kid.

  1. Weird. I totally thought Atari was Japanese!

  2. No comment about Atari in Go?

  3. This is entirely incorrect. The founders of atari played Go and named their company after the go term.

  4. 当たり (atari) is indeed the term from Go. It means to hit/strike as I said.

  5. That’s crazy my name is Atari I was born in 1975.I was always told the reason I was named Atari was that it meant prepare to be attacked.My father read alot and in some book he read about WWII the Japanese pilots(Kamikaze’s)would say Atari right before they would crash into the US carriers.

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