Atari fit pretty much every early '80s stereotype you can imagine -- especially the drug ones.
"We had a pretty intense security team; they had orders to keep police away from our building. We did a lot of stuff behind those walls. There were a lot of substances consumed, and there was some wild and raucous activity."
Howard shared one particularly bizarre anecdote:
"Some of the halls weren't that wide. [Programmer Tod Frye] discovered that he could put his feet out onto the wall and hold himself up. And then he could run down the hallway 5 or 6 feet above the ground. So, you'd be in your office, and you'd hear 'boom boom boom,' and you'd go, 'Oh, jeez, I better not open the door or else I might send Todd flying.'"
Sadly, no one had the foresight to put him on a Spider-Man game.
"One time, he was running way up near the ceiling, and you know how sprinklers have sharp edges? He hit his forehead and crashed to the floor; he's bleeding everywhere. They took him to the emergency room; he got stitches. They ask how it happened. Todd explains, and so they write on the report: 'Programmer injured while climbing the walls.'"
Howard himself wandered the halls with a whip while working on Raiders Of The Lost Ark. You know, for inspiration.
Via Howard Scott Warshaw
The inspiration for those pants remains a mystery.
The internet is full of stories that make '80s Atari seem like the dork version of The Wolf Of Wall Street: meetings in hot tubs, cocaine, and pot smoke wafting out from under office doors -- one VP had a Friday afternoon tradition where he would just hand someone his car keys and corporate credit card and order that person to return with all the booze they could find. All of which may explain why one of their most famous games is about fighting off giant bugs in a field of mushrooms.
With cabinet art clearly taken from the airbrushed van of the dealer that sold them mushrooms.