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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'Atari: Game Over' Doc First Trailer About 'ET' Video Game FiascoFirst Showing, July 29th
The documentary ells the story of Atari, which went from being the fastest growing company in American history, to the producer of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, a game that failed so miserably Atari ended up burying thousands of unsold...Read more
The complete history of Star Wars gamesTelegraph.co.uk, July 29th
JJ Abrams has recently been teasing fans with brand new Star Wars info, so CVG have put this video together to celebrate the world's most successful sci-fi franchise. From the early days of The Empire Strikes back on the Atari 2600, all the way up to...Read more
GS News - Rainbow Gaystation Unveiled; Are PCs “decimating” consoles?GameSpot, July 28th
I'm guessing you are too young to have gamed through the Atari 2600 - NES era? Until about the time the Playstation rolled around, PC's were horrible game machines. Around that time someone starting thinking, hey, what would happen if we dropped the ...Read more
See the first trailer for the Atari: Game Over documentaryWarp Zoned, July 27th
Spoiler Alert! When Microsoft went digging in the desert this past April, they found the fabled resting place of thousands of Atari 2600 cartridges (including hundreds of copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial). Over the years, many people tried to pass...Read more
Qual è il videogioco più brutto di sempre secondo lo sviluppatore di ET per Atari ...gamesblog.it (Blog), July 27th
Il ritrovamento della leggendaria "fossa di E.T." e l'imminente lancio del documentario realizzato da Microsoft per ripercorrere gli eventi che hanno indotto i vertici di Atari a seppellire nel 1983 le cartucce per Atari 2600 del loro titolo di punta...Read more
Historia konsol – druga generacja, ta z Atari 2600Antyweb, July 25th
Dla osób ?yj?cych w PRLu, które mia?y szcz??cie posiadania hojnej rodziny za granic?, albo jakim? innym cudem uda?o im si? zdoby? dobra powszechnie uwa?ane za absolutnie ekskluzywne, historia konsol zazwyczaj zaczyna si? od Atari 2600, czyli drugiej ...Read more
The 10 worst Atari 2600 gamesCL Charlotte, July 16th
In the last two columns of "Console Me," I discussed the Top 10 games ever made for the Atari 2600. The harmony of the universe depends upon an eternal balance, and so it is my duty to bring you the 10 worst games ever programmed for Atari 2600. 10...Read more
Stella makes it easy and fun to emulate classic Atari 2600 VCS gamesBetaNews, July 2nd
When it comes to tapping into our fondness for old computing and gaming platforms, Stella has always been at the forefront. This cross-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator first saw the public light of day back in 1996, and now -- 18 years later -- it may...Read more