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DLC seems to be a hot topic in gaming these days. At E3 2012, it was probably one of the most used terms at the conference. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all have their own ways to provide downloadable content to gamers. Atari had their own way too….back in 1983! It was called GameLine.
GameLine is the brainchild of William von Meister (what a name!), an entrepeneur who began in the cable industry. It initially began as a way to provide music to cable companies (via satellite). When the record industry stepped in and threatened legal trouble, the cable companies said “no thanks” to Meister. Looking for a way to use his new technology, he founded Control Video Corporation (CVC) and created GameLine.