The Perks of Being a Developer
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It’s hard out there for your typical startup employee: making more money than the average American, enjoying perks like stress-relieving massages, free beer and maid service, and worse, being forced to indulge in the numerous gourmet food offerings freely provided to you on literal silver platters.
In the heady year of 1977, from that slice of meteorological heaven called San Jose, Nolan Bushnell–the cofounder of Atari–had a charming idea. In a fit of inspiration, he decided to fuse two of the best things on earth and then also tack on one of the creepiest (but who are we to judge?): Pizza, arcade games and animatronic animals so scary they make children hide behind their parents’ legs.
He would build it, furnish it with a stinky ballpit, and they would come: it would be called Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre.