Kaplan studied at the University of California, Berkeley from 1968 through 1974 and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. He initially worked at Atari from August 1976 and was responsible for a lot of their sales. Due to the lack of recognition for his work, he left Atari becoming one of the five co-founders of Activision in 1979. Since leaving Activision in 1982, Kaplan has worked at Amiga, Atari Games, Silicon Graphics, Worlds of Wonder, and MicroUnity.
Kaplan wrote the following Atari 2600 games:
- Air-Sea Battle (1977, Atari) one of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
- Street Racer (1977, Atari) one of the nine Atari 2600 launch titles
- Brain Games (1978, Atari)
- Bowling (1979, Atari)
- Bridge (1981, Activision)
- Kabooom (1981, Activision)
- Stilphen, Scott. "... Larry Kaplan". DP Interviews. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
- Yarusso, Albert. "Programmers – Larry Kaplan". AtariAge. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
- Larry Kaplan's profile at MobyGames
- Listing of Kaplan's library of work at AtariAge
- Interview with Larry Kaplan at Digital Press
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