“Atari” comes from ancient board game Go and means “to hit the target”

When we hear the word “Atari” in the West, we immediately think of the iconic console. But where does its name come from and what does it mean?

Atari comes from the ancient board game Go and it’s the nominalized form of ataru, which means “to hit the target” or “to receive something fortuitously” in the Japanese language.



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