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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Weekend Open Forum: What was your favorite tech gadget as a kid?
TechSpot, February 12th

In this week's open forum we what to know: What was your favorite 'tech' gadget as a kid? Think 70s - 90s gadgets and toys, from the beloved Atari 2600, to Tiger Handheld games, perhaps your first “portable” camcorder or the trusty Casio calculator watch...Read more

These Custom Made, Retro-Futurisitc Consoles Are Too Beautiful For This World
moviepilot.com, February 12th

It's a link between the present and the past and a tribute to gaming." This foldable, pocket console is made from solid walnut, and, due to its in-built emulator, can store and play games from various classic consoles, like the NES, Atari 2600 and/or...Read more

'Firewatch' review: The mix of subjects will appeal to office-bound dreamers ...
Washington Post, February 11th

Christopher Byrd is a Brooklyn-based writer who has been playing video games since the days of the Atari 2600. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Barnes & Noble Review, Al Jazeera America, the Guardian and elsewhere...Read more

'H1Z1' latest news: Zombie shooter will come in two games
MNR Daily, February 10th

There are numerous survival horror games that are currently still now stuck within Steam's Early Access program, with majority of the games apparently not being able to move forward into becoming full releases. One of those games is the sandbox...Read more

Quer jogar BreakOut do Atari 2600? Conheça seus melhores clones
Globo.com, January 29th

BreakOut é um dos jogos mais populares do Atari e nasceu na década de 70. Ao longo dos anos, o game recebeu outras versões e releituras, incluindo edições modernas e lançadas para consoles mais atuais, dispositivos móveis, computadores mais ...Read more

Stella 4.7 Free Atari 2600 VCS Emulator Gets Paddle Emulation Improvements
Softpedia News, January 27th

The development team behind the Stella open-source, free and cross-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator software has announced the release of Stella 4.7, a major version that adds several new features and many under-the-hood improvements. According to ...Read more

Legendárne hry z konzoly Atari 2600 dostanú verziu pre po?íta?e
Živé.sk, January 24th

Kolekcia hier Atari Vault bude zah??a? tituly ako Asteroids, Warlords, Tempest a ?alšie herné klenoty, ktoré sú v sú?asnosti distribuované prevažne ako neoficiálne obrazy diskov pre emulátory konzoly Atari 2600. Niektoré z hier budú obohatené o lokálne...Read more

Atari is bringing 100 classic games to PC
The Verge, January 22nd

You can finally throw away that old Atari 2600 you've been hanging on to all of these years: Atari is releasing a massive collection of classic games on PC later this year. The bundle will include iconic titles like Asteroids, Warlords, and Tempest...Read more