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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Is artificial intelligence really an existential threat to humanity?
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 30th

For instance, Google DeepMind utilized a technique called “deep learning,” which combines neural networks in multiple layers, to play a variety of Atari 2600 games. Starting without any knowledge of how the games were supposed to be played, the program ...Read more

Becoming a Dad Brought Me Back to Nintendo
IGN, July 30th

My first introduction to console gaming was my grandpa's Atari 2600 but I quickly nagged my parents enough to buy us our very own - and very grey - Nintendo Entertainment System. I played it non-stop, and when I wasn't at home I filled in the gaps with...Read more

From the Forums: Old School Gamers Reminiscing About What's Missing on Mobile ...
Touch Arcade, July 30th

I grew up on video games too. Pretty much every console from Atari 2600 to Playstation 3. I only use my PS3 for movies now. I switched to mobile because I felt like gaming was taking too much time from my kids. I can play on mobile while the kids watch...Read more

What Happened to Atari? Learn Why They Stopped Making Video Game Systems
Gazette Review, July 27th

After the large success exhibited by Alcorn's practice test, Atari went on to develop a console that can play all of Atari's current gaming titles named Atari 2600. Bushnell knew that he had a potential smash hit on his hands but felt that marketing...Read more

Atari 2600 : une extension débarque 38 ans après la sortie de la console !
Gentside gaming, July 27th

La première console à succès de l'histoire va bénéficier d'une mise à jour matérielle 38 ans après sa sortie. Une extension improbable pour l'Atari 2600, et dont la sortie est prévue dans quelques jours !...Read more

Mortal Kombat. For The Atari 2600.
Kotaku Australia, July 24th

defeated in mortal kombat and banished to the Netherrealm. Your goal is to traverse its treacherous depths and find the portal that leads back to Earthrealm. If you want to play Mortal Kombat: Netherrealm Journey, you'll need the Stella Atari 2600...Read more

Ask LH: Are These Old Atari Chips Worth Anything?
Lifehacker Australia, July 21st

There's less of an overall market for retro Atari stuff compared to, say, Nintendo rarities, but that very much depends on what you've actually got. There's not that much to go on from the supplied image — I'm guessing they're Atari 2600 internals...Read more

Atari 2600 Arcade Shooter Cartridge Resurfaces From 1984: Here's How You Can ...
Tech Times, July 15th

Originally a popular arcade game, Xevious for the Atari 2600 is one of the many titles thought lost and unfinished in the crash of the video game market. The Digital Game Museum will present the game from a cartridge, which holds a version of the game...Read more