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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Buried Atari 2600 'ET' games net over $100000 in online auctions
Mashable, August 31st

The search for the games was the subject of a documentary, Atari: Game Over, that was released in November 2014. The film's director, Zak Penn, told Mashable at the time, "I really wanted to examine why people cared about Atari so much, and why E.T...Read more

Operation Supply Drop Releases Educational Video
The Patriot Ledger (blog), August 29th

Game On is written by Cape Cod Times Columnist CM Boots-Faubert, who started gaming in 1972 on Pong, quickly moving on to the Atari 2600 and Intellivision when they were released. His current gaming systems include the Xbox360, PS3, Wii, NDS, and ...Read more

20 Things Only 30-Something Gamers Will Understand
WhatCulture, August 29th

These early-adopters were lucky enough to unwrap an Atari 2600 from Father Christmas, some did well at school and convinced their parents to shell out for a Commodore, Spectrum and Amstrad from Dixons and a few hard to take the long road but when ...Read more

Sale of Atari 'ET' games nets $108K
Santa Fe New Mexican, August 28th

The Atari game cartridge unearthed earlier this year along with about 800 other Atari games, some ET and some others from a heap of garbage buried in the Alamogordo desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian...Read more

Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: favourite game of all-time
Metro, August 28th

So, after starting my gaming life on a friend's Atari 2600 way back when, I've considered all the options and I'm going to say Resident Evil 4 on the GameCube and Wii. It was the first Resident Evil game I'd ever played and I had no idea what to expect...Read more

Atari 2600, NES y Sega: En esta tienda del C.C Arenales puedes encontrarlos todos
Diario Perú21, August 20th

Ahora Carlos ya no tiene solo un Atari. El joven que pasaba sus tardes ideando cómo salvar a una princesa cumplió su sueño y ahora cientos de consolas desfilan a su costado en unas iluminadas vitrinas. Lo hacen también más de mil cartuchos que ...Read more

Hilariously Deceptive Atari 2600 Box Art
Yahoo 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

The only way to play 'Pole Position' is with a real car
Mashable, August 12th

If you've been playing Atari's classic Pole Position with a joystick, I'm sorry to say, you've been doing it wrong. What you really need is a car. For an art installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, inventor and Jalopnik editor Jason Torchinsky...Read more