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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Destiny + Two Weeks (Or Thereabouts)io9, September 21st
No congratulatory cutscene, no "here's what you do next" prompt, just a big explosion and a forgettable observation from the DinkleBot. It felt weirdly old school, like something from an Atari 2600 game, where you have to supply your own story and...Read more
Female gamers: 'The concept of gamers as a community was new to me – to all ...The Guardian, September 20th
In my next earliest memory, in the same apartment, my birth father is playing Mountain King on the Atari 2600. There were other games in our family library: Berzerk, Asteroids, Haunted House, Adventure. But Mountain King, released in 1983, was mystical...Read more
Texas could be home to video game museumHouston Chronicle, September 19th
This artifact, sure to be featured at a video game museum, is an Atari 2600, a gaming console from the 1980s. By Benjamin Wermund. September 19, 2014. Like books, movies and other pop culture phenomena before them, video games have evolved from ...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
Alone in the Dark Remake Revealed - Classic HORROR Revival From Atarimoviepilot.com, September 16th
Atari is also developing a re-imagined version of Haunted House, a 1982 Atari 2600 game. Haunted House: Cryptic Graves is a first person single-player game where players must use psychic abilities to solve puzzles and fight spirits and monsters that...Read more
E.T. Atari 2600 : 800 des cartouches retrouvées dans le désert bientôt sur eBay !Jeux Actu, September 12th
Rappelez-vous, en avril dernier, Microsoft organisait une fouille archéologique du côté du Nouveau-Mexique, afin de mettre un terme à une légende urbaine : la présence de cartouches Atari 2600 du jeu E.T. enterrées dans le désert. Financée par...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
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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