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30th Anniversary of Our First Games Shipped

Thirty years ago today, EA’s first employees—including founder Trip Hawkins--modestly packed and shipped EA's first five games.

Senior Director of Global Media Solutions Nancy Fong  was there on the fateful day in a South San Francisco warehouse that started it all. Fifty to sixty employees took a break from their usual job duties—programming, advertising, etc.—to instead get together in the warehouse, pack games into boxes, and then load them into UPS trucks. Unlike today, there was no dedicated game store or digital distribution that offered the option to let you download the game straight to your Commodore 64. That meant that these orders were going to mom-and-pop brick-and-mortar stores

Why was the whole company needed in the warehouse? Nancy reflected, “It was the only way we could have made it—we only had a couple of warehouse employees at the time. It was a great team bonding experience.” She added, “It was hard, but we had fun. The average age of workers at the time was around 25-26.” Once they finished packing, the tight-knit team at EA continued team-bonding over a BBQ, and commemorated that day with shirts sporting the slogan: “I survived: May 20th 1983.” When the day was over, Nancy recalled, “everyone was so happy, that was the culmination of so much hard work.”

So what was in the initial EA lineup? The first five games were: Hard Hat Mack, Archon: The Light and the Dark, M.U.L.E, Worms?, and Axis Assassin. Hard Hat Mack is truly "EA's first game", and featured a construction worker ascending a building in a similar fashion to Donkey Kong.

Want to hear more about that first shipment? Read more on Origin News here!

Comments (3)

  1. +1 -1
    when origin store will be supported for all country it's take too long and its not that complicated !!!
    May 22, 2013
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  2. Comment Flagged +4 0
    Hi, I really dont know if some1 will read this, however for this topics it will be a good question. Do you think as EA company to support or order a development of Frank Herbert Dune real-time strategy, It seems to be long time when we played this, Dune2, Dune 2000 or Emperor, this way unique strategy with three balanced rases as starcrat, and conquer the dune map was brilliant idea. Or remake Emperor battle for Dune to HD version and release on Origin?
    May 29, 2013
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      yes i want this game to come back. i have looked on origin please bring back
      Jul 7, 2013
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    2. +1 0
      ye thats nice idea... i love the dune. I want new game about dune
      Jun 13, 2013
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  3. +1 0
    YES, I just found my old game and REALLY would like to see an updated version!
    Jul 17, 2013
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