The Atari 2600 formerly known, Atari Video Computer System, is a game console released by Atari Inc. in October 1977. It was one of the consoles appearing in the second generation of video games. The console went from 1977 to 1982 when the Atari 5200 was released. It is one of the first consoles to use cartridges that contain game code. It is said that the 2600 was the first console to use the plug in idea. The controls include two joysticks and pair of paddle controls. The 2600 was largely successful becoming the best selling video game console of its time and Atari had become a regular name among many people.

Design and Creation and ReleaseEdit

Atari Inc. were looking into next generation video game systems by giving the job to Cyan Engineering to research on it. They built a prototype which they called Stella which the core was made into a complete CPU. The total chip count became four. While most video game and computer programming were stored on disk and cassette tape, Atari Inc. decided to put the programming of the games on cartridges. Bushnell sold the company to Time Warner to get the system to produced fast. Later a chip designer put an entire load of equipment making Tia into a single chip. In 1977 it was released and ready for shipping. The price for the VCS was 199 in the U.S> and the pack in game was Combat. During this time the VCS took on the Fairfield VCS (Video Computer System). Many companies went out of business for their numerous Pong clones leaving Atari and Fairfield selling games to the public. The VCs was nicknamed the "Heavy Sixers" for having six switches on the front. Soon more and more people stared buying the 2600s. Fairfield left the industry and Atari Inc. had no real competition. As of Christmas of 1979 the 2600 was selling as the best Christmas gift selling over 1 million units. Then the Atari VCS became known as the 2600. became rally know Sears continued selling these calling them Tele-Games. However developers of games for the 2600 started making games that were sold poorly and mocked by people. Atari Inc. had developed a game based off the movie E.T. Extra Terrestrial but the game became known as the worst video game in history. A company called Mystique developed the game Custer's Revenge, a pornographic game. Many people including Native Americans and woman's rights movements became angry at this game calling the game a simulation of rape. However the Atari 2600 continued to sell through out the years even though the Atari 5200 was introduced in 1982.
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An Atari 2600 with all the switches up front.

The Atari 2600 was redesigned many times and really discontinued in 1992. It is the longest running video game console of all time and has sold more than 40 million units as of 2004.

List of Games on the Atari 2600Edit

Some of the game released on the Atari 2600 have been remade from the original arcade games.














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