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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The Landfill Dig for the World's Worst Video Game
Motherboard, April 23rd

Mike Burns: As a young kid who had an Atari 2600 and played the horrible ET game when it first came out, I think it's just something that held an interest through most of my life. There's a lot of urban myths out and about in the video game world, and...Read more

E.T. - Ausgrabung nach Atari 2600 Modulen findet am Samstag statt
Playfront.de, April 22nd

Am kommenden Samstag wird sich wohl endgültig ein Mythos bewahrheiten oder eben auch nicht. Dann findet die Ausgrabung nach den 'E.T.' Spielmodulen vom Atari 2600 in der Wüste von Alamogordo statt. Seit längerem hält sich der Mythos, dass Atari´s ...Read more

"ET" für Atari 2600: Am Samstag wird gegraben
WinFuture, April 22nd

E.T. für Atari 2600 Wird das Rätsel nächsten Samstag gelöst? Wir sind gespannt... Angeblich jedenfalls. Denn die verbuddelten Exemplare des Spiels gelten als so etwas wie ein moderner Mythos, zu dem es zahlreiche widersprüchliche Aussagen gibt...Read more

Rumored Atari E.T. Landfill to be Unearthed
Gaming Illustrated, April 21st

Recently, Fuel Entertainment acquired the rights–with the help of local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski–to unearth the rumored spot where the landfill exists, potentially revealing the remains of millions of unsold E.T. Atari 2600 cartridges. The...Read more

Buried Atari ET video game desert dig about to happen
HITC, April 15th

Followers of videogame history will be aware that some games just don't sell as well as the publishers and developers would hope for and one of the most famous games that sunk faster than a boat made out of Swiss cheese was E.T on the Atari 2600...Read more

See the buried ET Atari 2600 cartridges get dug up in person
Polygon, April 10th

Fans of video game history may want to book flights to New Mexico. On April 26, a team of documentarians and garbage contractors will excavate the fabled landfill where E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 cartridges are said to have been buried three ...Read more

Snappy & Flappy: Two Atari 2600 Homebrews That Boot From The XMB
MMORPG, April 6th

Looking for some more RetroXMB homebrew packages? Check out these new Atari 2600 games with a slightly modern flair! STLCardsWS has once again packaged a couple new homebrews to demonstrate the worth of Doobz's RetroXMB. Usually you ...Read more

E.T. Atari 2600 Landfill Set to Be Excavated by Microsoft
TechnoBuffalo, April 4th

E.T. for the Atari 2600 is a game heralded by many as the absolute worst ever made, and while that is not even remotely true, it is a proper poster child of an age when Atari saw fit to capitalize on crummy shovelware. The company rushed to develop E.T...Read more