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- The story of the Atari 2600 System...
Released initially in 1977 by the American video game and home computer company Atari Inc.,the console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the 1982 release of the Atari 5200, the VCS was renamed "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600.
The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat and later Pac-Man.
The Atari 2600 was wildly successful, and during much of the 1980s, "Atari" was a synonym for this model in mainstream media and, by extension, for video games in general.
The unit was originally priced at US$199, and shipped with two joysticks and a Combat cartridge (eight additional games were available at launch and sold separately).
As the number one video game console maker, Atari was a driving force behind 80s game play both at home and in the arcades, and the precursor to all the video and online gaming that has come since.
Atari began an entertainment revolution that is still going strong today with games like Pong, Centipede, Asteroids, Missile Command, Space Invaders,etc,etc,etc.
Who can forget the burned in image of Pong on your TV screen long after the game was turned off ?
It was a badge of honor that you had spent entirely too much time trying to get to the next level of whatever you were playing.
Thanks to the innovative designers of Atari, people of all ages were given a form of entertainment unlike anything seen before.
Today lovers of the games which started it all can play their favorite 80’s arcade games online thanks to the Internet.
The Atari 2600 was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York in 2007.
In 2009, the Atari 2600 was named the second greatest video game console of all time by IGN, who cited its remarkable role as the console behind both the first video game boom and the video game crash of 1983, and called it "the console that our entire industry is built upon."#Atari #RetroGaming#Gaming #Oldschool#Atari2600System #80sPopCulture#Console