Nutting Associates

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Nutting Associates was an arcade game manufacturer based in Mountain View, California, incorporated in February 1967 by William Gilbert Nutting.[1] In 1977 the company was purchased by William "Si" Redd and eventually absorbed into the company Sircoma.

History[edit]

Bill Nutting became involved in the coin-operated amusement industry when he took over marketing a device called the Knowledge Computer (1964), a trivia game created by the company Edex. In 1965 the company was purchased by Raytheon and Bill Nutting took over marketing of the machine himself. In January 1966 he founded Nutting Associates to market the Knowledge Computer and a redesigned version of the device called Computer Quiz (1967) created by Richard Ball of Marketing Services. In 1968 the model was redesigned into a solid-state version.[1][2]

In 1971, Nolan Bushnell sold Nutting Associates on manufacturing the game Computer Space (1971). About 1,500 units were manufactured.[1] Afterwards, Bushnell wanted a large ownership stake in the company to continue creating games for Nutting Associates, but left after not being given that opportunity to form Atari Inc. with Ted Dabney.[3]

Nutting Associates continued manufacturing video games up until 1977 when the company was sold to "Si" Redd. A new Nutting Associates company was established in Nevada before being absorbed into the larger company Sircoma, a video poker manufacturer.[4]

Nutting's brother, Dave Nutting, also worked in the video game industry. He formed Dave Nutting Associates, a consulting firm that produced many of Midway's games during the 1970s and early 80s.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A Nutty Idea". They Create Worlds. 2015-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  2. ^ Smith, Keith (2016-06-02). "The Golden Age Arcade Historian: The Ultimate (so Far) History of Nutting Associates - Part 1". The Golden Age Arcade Historian. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  3. ^ Smith, Keith (2016-06-10). "The Golden Age Arcade Historian: The Ultimate (so Far) History of Nutting Associates - Part 2". The Golden Age Arcade Historian. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  4. ^ Smith, Keith (2016-06-21). "The Golden Age Arcade Historian: The Ultimate (so Far) History of Nutting Associates - Part 3". The Golden Age Arcade Historian. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  5. ^ Smith, Keith (2014-07-12). "The Golden Age Arcade Historian: The (Pre) History of Night Driver - Part 4: 280 Zzzap - prehistory". The Golden Age Arcade Historian. Retrieved 2017-09-26.