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David Crane Gameography

David Crane is a video game designer and programmer who is best known for creating Pitfall! and A Boy and His Blob. Crane began his career in hardware design with National Semiconductor before starting his programming career at Atari.

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Pitfall! is a platforming video game developed and published by Activision. The game was designed and programmed by ex-Atari programmer David Crane for the Atari 2600. Players take control of Pitfall Harry in his quest to collect 32 treasures through the jungle in a 20-minute time limit while avoiding obstacles and hazards. Released in September 1982, PitFall! is one of the first platform video games and helped define the side-scrolling platformer genre.

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Plaque Attack

Plaque Attack is a shooter video game developed and published by Activision for the Atari 2600. Designed by Steve Cartwright the game is a unique take on the shooter genre that was made popular by Space Invaders.

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Ghostbusters is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Activision that was based on the feature filmed of the same name. The game was originally designed for home computers and would later be ported to home consoles.

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H.E.R.O. is an action video game developed and published by Activision for the Atari 2600 in March 1984. The acronym stands for Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation, which also describes the plot of the game.