Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 1, NO. 1 / APRIL 1982

What's in a Name?


Many old timers know that ANTIC is the name of just one of the large scale integrated (LSI) circuits inside the ATARI. This chip functions as a graphics controller and allows the ATARI to perform graphics better than almost any machine in it's price range and many costing much more. We liked the name ANTIC because of it's connotation of playfulness and it's direct connection with our machines. Our reference on the cover to "resource" means that we want to be a source of supply, support, or aid. We intend to live up to our name and have registered it as our trademark. Watch for software under our label.


Many of you probably are not aware of what the term ATARI means. The word itself originates from the ancient game GO. The term is used to warn one's opponent that capture of territory is imminent. It's a polite way of saying "attack." Since I am a GO player, I've always appreciated the name given to my favorite computer. (JC)