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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Here's why Atari fans just spent $100000 on video games from a dumpWashington Post, September 4th
The games weren't worth all that much in their own right, Rick Weis, who has collected some 2,000 cartridges for Atari 2600 games, said in an e-mail. They're fairly common titles, most worth $5 or so. But the cartridges ballooned in value as collectors ...Read more
'Beyond Eyes' review: An interesting concept with visual appeal, but little to ...Washington Post, September 3rd
Christopher Byrd is a Brooklyn-based writer who has been playing video games since the days of the Atari 2600. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Barnes & Noble Review, Al Jazeera America, the Guardian and elsewhere...Read more
Antigos cartuchos de jogos para a consola Atari 2600 já foram vendidosPCGuia, September 1st
Em Novembro de 2014, diversos cartuchos de jogos para a consola Atari 2600, que foram desenterrados em Alamogordo, Novo México, foram postos à venda no site de leilões eBay. Entre os títulos a leilão estava o jogo E.T., lançado originalmente em 1982 ...Read more
Le copie di ET per Atari 2600 ritrovate nel 2013 sono state vendute per 108 mila dollariVG247.it, August 31st
Vi ricordate delle famose copie di E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial per Atari 2600 sotterrate nel New Messico e ritrovate nel 2013? ET Atari. Ebbene alcune di esse in questi ultimi due anni sono state vendute su ebay (assieme ad altri giochi per Atari 2600...Read more
Old Atari games had graphics glitches because of CPU bottlenecksEngadget, August 31st
Now that we know how the graphics worked on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, The iBookGuy wants to tell us all about how the Apple II and Atari 2600 got their groove on. In the latest video he says that the Apple II actually used two ...Read more
Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107000Engadget, August 31st
The never-ending saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that were famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to benefit the small town. Last November, a selection of games (including E.T., Asteroids and Missile Command) ...Read more
Daily News staff shares favorite Atari 2600 gamesNew York Daily News, August 31st
The legend of the discarded Atari 2600 games is more than just an urban legend—it's a jackpot. The Alamogordo News reported that 881 Atari cartridges of the classic flop "E.T." game were discovered in an excavation in New Mexico. Several other games ...Read more
Hilariously Deceptive Atari 2600 Box ArtYahoo Tech, August 14th
The Atari 2600 remains a beloved video game system. Countless old-school geeks grew up entranced by its sturdy joystick, faux-wood paneling, and of course, wealth of legendary games. But we were also suckered into buying tons of cartridges that came ...Read more