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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Museum of Talking Boards
Elliot Avedon Games Museum
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Atari Video Games
Source: Google News
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
The man who made Atari's E.T. names his worst video game of all timePolygon, July 26th
Howard Scott Warshaw would still like to be remembered as The Man Who Made the Worst Video Game Ever. That doesn't mean he thinks E.T. for the Atari 2600, which he built over five weeks in 1982, is the worst video game of all time. "Charlie's Angels ...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
História dos Videogames: o Atari 2600 e seu sucesso em terras brasileirasCampo Grande News, July 24th
Com certeza o primeiro que vem a mente do leitor é o Atari 2600, conhecido aqui apenas como Atari. Ele não foi o primeiro videogame, porém foi o primeiro que atingiu sucesso suficiente para popularizar um mercado que até então era desconhecido dos ...Read more
MT: Atari 2600La Casa de EL, July 20th
Rescatamos la sección de la Máquina del Tiempo para recordar lo que en su época fue la videoconsola de más éxito del momento, a saber, la 'Atari 2600'. Hay que destacar el hecho de que cuando salió esta videoconsola, allá por octubre de 1977, ...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