We Got The Woz!

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You have likely heard of Steve Wozniak. It's hard to mention Steve Jobs in the early days without mentioning his Apple Computing co-founder, Steve Wozniak. Stories such as "Steve Jobs was paid $5,000 to design the game 'Breakout' for Atari and had Steve Wozniak do all of the work, giving him $350 in the end saying "They only gave us $700 because you couldn't get the game designed with fewer than 40 chips" are common surrounding the two, one of whom was a brilliant designer and the other of whom was a brilliant marketer and receiver of credit. Steve Wozniak was responsible for a ton of innovations in early computing and is one of the most influential founders of both computing and electronic gaming. In addition to Breakout, Steve Wozniak helped create the chips that Atari used to render arcade games in color and remained a gamer his entire life, even crediting video games for helping him recover from anterograde amnesia following a plane crash.

But what is the Woz's favorite game? The answer may surprise you. 

Now, while I'm not sure what he means by "Alpha sets"; I imagine he's referring to Collector's Edition, but it's amazing to hear one of the most influential men of the 20th century express the same reverence for the game as the rest of us. Maybe someone can convince him to come off of those collector's edition sets although it doesn't seem all that likely - with a net worth of over $100 million he probably doesn't need the money.

If Wizards will invite people who are vaguely aware of Magic like Day 9 or people who are not even real like Kenny from South Park, why not invite the Woz to a Pro Tour event? We have a lot to thank him for, after all.

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Jason Alt

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