The Atari 2600, originally called the Atari VCS before 1982, is a home video game console released on September 11, 1977 by Atari, Inc,
it is the godfather of modern videogame systems, and helped spawn a multi-billion, The console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, an
abbreviation for Video Computer System. Following the release of the Atari 5200 in 1982.The unit was originally priced at US$199.
dollar industry. Atari sold over thirty million of the consoles, and together with other companies sold hundreds of millions of games.
Cartridges for the system were produced across three decades, and there are still new games being produced today. But it almost
In the early 1970’s, video arcade games gained commercial success for the first time. The American public was introduced to Pong, Tank,
and other interactive video games which populated amusement parks, bars, and arcades. The games were successful enough to create interest
for home versions, so in 1975 Atari released Home Pong and it was a smash hit. Other companies such as Magnavox and Coleco followed suit
and released their own dedicated console games. Then in 1976, Fairchild Camera and Instrument introduced the Channel F system, the first
cartridge based home video game system. The industry recognized that cartridge systems were the future of video gaming, and began development
in that direction. In January 1977, RCA released the Studio II, another cartridge based system, although it only projected in black and
white and seemed to be focused on educational titles. Then, on September 11, 1977, the Atari VCS (Video Computer System), with an initial
offering of nine games, was made available at both Macy’s and Sears. This system, later renamed the Atari 2600, would come to dominate the
industry for many years.
1 – Combat
2 – Missile Command
3 – Adventure
4 – Pitfall
5 – Space Invaders
6 – Dig Dug
7 – Pole Position
8 – Super Breakout
1- Atari 2600 four-switch “wood veneer” version, dating from 1980 – 1982
2- The second 2600 model is the “Light Sixer” which has lighter plastic molding and shielding, and a more angular shape, than the 1977
launch model, the “Heavy Sixer”.
3- Later 2600 models only used four front switches.
4- The all black “Darth Vader” 4-switch model from 1982
another version of the four-switch console was released without woodgrain. They were nicknamed “Darth Vader” consoles due to their
5- Sears Tele-Games 2600
6- Atari 2800
The Atari 2800 is the Japanese version of the Atari 2600, released in October 1983. It was the first release of a 2600 designed specifically
for the Japanese market.
7- Atari 2600 Jr.
In 1986, a new version of the 2600 was released. The newly redesigned version of the 2600, unofficially referred to as the 2600 Jr.
What does the word “atari” mean?
The word atari comes from the game of Go, perhaps the world oldest board game.
What happened to Atari?
The Atari that everyone knew, loved and hated is gone. On July 30, 1996, Atari merged with disk drive maker JTS with more of whimper
than a bang.
What does the Atari symbol represent?
The Atari symbol was designed by George Opperman in 1972. Pong was very big then, and the big letter A represented two opposing video
game players with the center of the Pong court in the middle.
Which games use a lightgun?
2- Shooting Arcade (prototype only)