In the late 1970s and early ’80s, the toy most coveted by kids was the Atari 2600 Video Computer System. While the graphics seem rudimentary by today’s near photo-realistic 3D gaming standards, when the VCS was released for Christmas of 1977, it was revolutionary to be able to interact with your TV set in such a way.
In fact, Atari set the whole video-game craze in motion with its 1972 coin-operated arcade game Pong. Even though Nutting Associates technically produced the first arcade computer game, 1971’s Computer Space, no one paid attention to this new form of entertainment until the game’s creator, Nolan Bushnell, formed a new company of his own called Atari and released Pong. During the arcade years that followed, Atari made several coin-operated hits: Breakout, Atari Football, Asteroids, Battlezone, Missile Command, Centipede, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Marble Madness, Gauntlet, and even Star Wars.
Atari also did not introduce the first home video-gaming console, but it did make the most successful one of the era. Kids would cram around TVs in rec rooms, fighting over the black joysticks with red fire buttons, playing games like Canyon Bomber, Adventure, Kaboom!, Superman, Spike’s Peak, Barnstorming, Yars’ Revenge, and Pitfall! Atari churned out hundreds of game cartridges, including some of popular coin-operated machine titles like its own Pong and Midway’s Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, as well as games based on movies.
At the height of its success in 1982, Atari introduced the new 5200 system. Even though the company was advertising its games during prime Saturday morning cartoon time, Atari now faced tough competition from the Commodore 64 and ColecoVision. Atari faded out of fashion by 1985, when the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was introduced.
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Fond du Lac area library news: Week of Sept. 28Fond du Lac Reporter, September 28th
Try Atari 2600 video games including Pong, Pac-Man and Yar's Revenge. Free. STEAM Story time: 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3. For preschoolers ages 3 to 5. Children will explore the world of spiders through stories, music, movement and activities, and building...Read more
Retro Vault: Battletoads & Double Dragon, Mario Bros, Jurassic ParkComputerandvideogames.com, September 27th
Mario Bros, for example, was ported to the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 5200 and Atari 7800. The Atari 2600 and 5200 versions were developed by Atari itself, who created its own television advertising campaign complete with an ...Read more
Haunted House: Cryptic Graves Preview: Atari Fills Out Horror LineupGame Front, September 26th
Taken together, both titles show Atari exercising its back catalog, although only Haunted House: Cryptic Graves looks as though it might really revitalize the old brand. Haunted House first hit Atari 2600 way back in 1982, and has seen little action...Read more
Domestic Dog Review: For your Atari dog simulation needsTechnologyTell, September 26th
I have a hard time believing I typed the title that I typed, and yet, here we are. I am reviewing a game that is an Atari 2600 style domestic dog simulator. If you're curious as to what that means, it means almost exactly what you think it means. The...Read more
Gamers rejoice: Unearthed copies of the 'worst ever' Atari game are going up ...Daily Mail, September 16th
The game was developed for Atari to coincide with the theatrical release of Steven Spielberg's now-classic film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But it turned out to be a complete dud, leaving Atari with mountains of copies it kept in a warehouse in El Paso...Read more
Atari 2600 Excavation Findings To Go Into Auction and Museum CollectionsKabir News, September 11th
The excavation took place in April and contained a good amount of titles that were responsible for Atari Shock—better known as the Video Game Crash of 1983. One of the main reasons for the crash was a number of titles were simply of bad quality and...Read more
Deep-dive Q&A: How Atari's new bosses plan to bring the company back from ...PCWorld, September 11th
We also do licensing, so we are launching Atari Flashback, which is a replica of the original Atari 2600. And there will be more. We're also launching two casino platforms, one that is for real money outside of the US and in selected states in the US...Read more
lifeUSA TODAY, September 2nd
In the crowdfunded indie film, available via Vimeo on demand today and Blu-ray/DVD in November, the Nerd has long refused to review the infamous 1982 Atari 2600 game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, widely deemed to be the worst video game of all time...Read more