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Video game console - Atari 2600

    Atari 2600 was one of the first video-gaming consoles using changeable modules with games so-called cartridges. Until then, the majority of consoles was dedicated and have built in one or more games without replacement options. The console was constructed by Joe DeCuir and Jay Miner during 1976, who later worked on the development of 8-bit Atari computers. The console went on sale in 1977 under the name Atari VCS (Video Computer System). In the eighties, it was renamed to Atari 2600 and stayed on the market until the early nineties of the 20th century. Until today, the console still belongs to the best-selling video game systems ever.
    Its hardware was fairly simple. As the CPU, processor MOS 6507 from MOS Technology company was used. This processor is stripped-down version of the 6502. It had 128 bytes of RAM memory, which was integrated in the chip RIOT (MOS6532). The graphics and sound were contolled by chip TIA. As a controller 8 directional digital joysticks with one trigger, paddle and trackball numeric keypad with 12 keys were used.
    The consoles were manufactured separately in version NTSC, PAL and SECAM. Games from individual regions were not compatible and if were used in the console from another region, the colors were displayed badly. Cartridges (modules) with games contained mostly ROM memory of 2 or 4 kilobytes. Later games were up to 32 kb in size. System of cartridges at the time was not encrypted, which allowed third companies to easily develop and sell their games. The most famous example of such producer was Activision company. Thanks to zero encryption, the library of games for the Atari 2600 has more than 1,000 titles.
    The initial price of game consoles in 1977 was set at 199 dollars and was supplied with two joysticks and game cartridges with Combat game. Almost immediately it noticed phenomenal success, and in 1979 these consoles were sold over a million copies, in 1980 two million and in 1982 even eight million. In 1985, an improved version of the console unofficially known as the Atari 2600 Jr. was released. This new variant was smaller and was sold for only $ 50. Its development was a result of the commercial failure of the Atari 5200 console (released in 1982), which should replace the popular 2600 version.
    Since today, Atari 2600 is for many people unforgettable symbol of its time. There are still a lot of fans producing new games, despite the fact that in 2007 the Atari 2600, celebrated his incredible 30th birthday.

Alphabetical list of the games for Atari 2600 hosted at RetroGames.cz:

Name Released Number of hits User rating
3-D Tic-Tac-Toe 1980 6463x 59%
Adventure 1980 11654x 80%
Adventures of TRON 1982 8733x 64%
Air Raiders 1982 11000x 69%
Air-Sea Battle 1977 7267x 58%
Alien 1982 6346x 71%
Amidar 1983 8869x 78%
Artillery Duel 1983 7977x 56%
Assault 1983 2982x 51%
Asteroids 1979 11205x 72%
Atlantis 1982 7214x 77%
BMX Air Master 1989 5299x 80%
Backgammon 1979 4851x 58%
Bank Heist 1983 6768x 68%
Barnstorming 1982 5807x 61%
Basic Math 1977 3904x 62%
Basketball 1978 8643x 74%
Battlezone 1980 10134x 77%
Beamrider 1983 5892x 66%
Beany Bopper 1982 1451x 50%
Beat ’Em & Eat ’Em 1982 13104x 64%
Berzerk 1982 6448x 77%
Blackjack 1977 2772x 68%
Bobby is Going Home 1983 5203x 81%
Bowling 1979 6261x 61%
Boxing 1980 14047x 73%
Breakout 1978 9598x 82%
Bridge 1980 1329x 70%
Bump ’N’ Jump 1982 5993x 89%
BurgerTime 1982 4956x 83%
California Games 1987 4322x 56%
Canyon Bomber 1978 5177x 53%
Carnival 1982 8170x 76%
Casino 1978 2631x 53%
Centipede 1980 9647x 81%
Checkers 1980 4069x 71%
Chopper Command 1982 6649x 66%
Circus Atari 1980 6904x 75%
CocoNuts 1982 834x 77%
Combat 1977 8117x 74%
Combat Two 1982 3653x 68%
Commando 1985 3684x 53%
Commando Raid 1982 4295x 85%
Communist Mutants 1982 1128x 78%
Condor Attack 1983 4592x 67%
Congo Bongo 1983 4003x 80%
Cosmic Ark 1982 4029x 77%
Cosmic Commuter 1984 2999x 63%
Cosmic Swarm 1982 1139x 30%
Crackpots 1983 4287x 75%
Crossbow 1983 992x 85%
Crystal Castles 1983 5037x 72%
Custer’s Revenge 1982 44810x 63%
Dark Cavern 1982 6477x 61%
Dark Chambers 1988 737x 56%
Deadly Duck 1982 2121x 64%
Decathlon 1983 9735x 66%
Defender 1980 6919x 74%
Defender II 1981 5733x 85%
Demolition Herby 1982 1484x 85%
Demon Attack 1982 9525x 80%
Dig Dug 1982 6074x 65%
Dishaster 1983 466x 40%
Dodge ’Em 1980 8040x 58%
Dolphin 1983 1425x 85%
Donkey Kong 1981 13798x 68%
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 7113x 67%
Double Dragon 1987 4847x 64%
Dragon Defender 1982 500x 50%
DragonStomper 1982 3132x 72%
Dragonfire 1982 4819x 73%
Dragster 1980 2167x 68%
E.T. 1982 20419x 46%
Eddy Langfinger 1983 1781x 58%
Elevator Action 1983 5675x 60%
Enduro 1983 18015x 73%
Escape from the M... 1982 2717x 62%
Fantastic Voyage 1982 1941x 52%
Fast Eddie 1982 6100x 71%
Fast Food 1982 5495x 84%
Fatal Run 1989 4636x 88%
Fire Fighter 1982 4958x 75%
Fishing Derby 1980 5458x 78%
Flag Capture 1978 1770x 55%
Flash Gordon 1983 757x 77%
Football 1978 2476x 72%
Frankenstein’s Monster 1983 807x 52%
Freeway 1981 6709x 78%
Frogger 1981 9049x 67%
Frogger 2 1984 5093x 83%
Frogs and Flies 1982 5871x 76%
Front Line 1982 3070x 86%
Frostbite 1983 11355x 77%
Galaxian 1979 25724x 72%
Gangster Alley 1982 3643x 68%
Gas Hog 1983 486x 50%
Ghostbusters 1984 1321x 60%
Golf 1980 1388x 56%
Gopher 1982 3994x 76%
Gorf 1981 5268x 69%
Grand Prix 1982 6793x 68%
Gravitar 1982 2925x 69%
Gyruss 1983 2390x 57%
H.E.R.O. 1984 11697x 84%
Hangman 1978 6329x 61%
Haunted House 1981 6810x 69%
Human Cannonball 1978 4799x 63%
Ice Hockey 1981 6336x 72%
Ikari Warriors 1986 4795x 74%
International Soccer 1982 4420x 80%
Jawbreaker 1982 9095x 75%
Joust 1982 4256x 65%
Jr. Pac-Man 1984 12400x 72%
Jungle Hunt 1983 13389x 74%
Kaboom! 1981 5823x 62%
Kangaroo 1983 9255x 61%
Karate 1982 6554x 49%
Keystone Kapers 1983 13188x 70%
King Kong 1982 10010x 56%
Klax 1989 3236x 75%
Kung-Fu Master 1984 5811x 83%
Lady Bug 1981 5842x 70%
Laser Blast 1981 3281x 62%
Laser Gates 1983 4681x 64%
Lock ’n’ Chase 1981 1239x 60%
M*A*S*H 1982 3569x 63%
Mario Bros. 1983 12992x 63%
Master Builder 1983 2919x 74%
Maze Craze 1980 7206x 77%
Mega Force 1982 3275x 66%
Megamania 1982 14334x 80%
Midnight Magic 1984 5807x 82%
Millipede 1982 3968x 92%
Miner 2049er 1982 4325x 78%
Miner 2049er II 1983 780x 75%
Miniature Golf 1979 2635x 70%
Missile Command 1981 5816x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 24488x 68%
Moon Patrol 1982 9514x 82%
Motocross 1983 3744x 74%
Mouse Trap 1981 1207x 85%
Mr. Do! 1982 4577x 91%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 4195x 73%
Name This Game 1982 4438x 63%
Nuts 1983 920x 40%
Oink! 1983 4540x 61%
Othello 1980 2585x 65%
Outlaw 1977 6648x 71%
Pac Kong 1983 5440x 54%
Pac-Man 1980 37043x 65%
Pelé’s Soccer 1980 6411x 54%
Pengo 1983 4897x 73%
Pete Rose Baseball 1988 3861x 80%
Phoenix 1980 13043x 74%
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 9649x 79%
Pitfall! 1982 38389x 75%
Planet Patrol 1982 3855x 73%
Plaque Attack 1983 5480x 66%
Pole Position 1982 18095x 75%
Pooyan 1982 4647x 89%
Popeye 1982 4926x 86%
Pressure Cooker 1983 4547x 82%
Q*Bert’s Qubes 1983 1957x 51%
Q*bert 1982 4291x 69%
Racquetball 1981 2400x 65%
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1982 9521x 58%
Rampage 1986 3883x 50%
RealSports Boxing 1987 2215x 80%
RealSports Soccer 1982 3618x 60%
RealSports Tennis 1983 937x 42%
RealSports Volleyball 1982 4385x 75%
River Raid 1982 76600x 68%
River Raid II 1988 7958x 70%
Road Runner 1985 5159x 89%
Robin Hood 1983 1129x 50%
Robot Tank 1983 4807x 78%
Room of Doom 1982 3454x 66%
Save Mary 1990 4930x 60%
Save Our Ship 1983 1697x 56%
Sea Hawk 1982 4356x 66%
Seaquest 1983 12874x 76%
Secret Quest 1989 4445x 76%
Skiing 1980 4905x 73%
Sky Diver 1978 2793x 68%
Sky Jinks 1982 2726x 73%
Slot Machine 1979 683x 43%
Slot Racers 1978 1297x 40%
Smurf: Rescue ... 1982 6633x 79%
Sneak ’n Peek 1982 9849x 71%
Snoopy and the Red Baron 1983 4175x 80%
Solar Fox 1983 5475x 76%
Solaris 1986 5141x 69%
Space Cavern 1982 646x 23%
Space Invaders 1978 12361x 73%
Space Jockey 1982 748x 53%
Space War 1978 2964x 53%
Spider Fighter 1982 5340x 73%
Spider-Man 1982 9163x 73%
Sprint Master 1988 3649x 64%
Spy Hunter 1983 3428x 87%
Stampede 1981 5380x 65%
Star Fox 1983 1586x 35%
Star Raiders 1982 4086x 53%
Star Wars: Return of ... 1983 2217x 75%
Star Wars: The Arcade ... 1983 4068x 83%
Star Wars: The Empire ... 1982 3612x 65%
Starmaster 1982 3778x 69%
Strategy X 1981 3864x 88%
Sub Scan 1982 4763x 58%
Subterranea 1983 2857x 86%
Super Breakout 1979 9574x 57%
Super Challenge Baseball 1982 1626x 24%
Super Challenge Football 1982 1467x 49%
Super Cobra 1981 5554x 63%
Superman 1978 6750x 65%
Surround 1977 5503x 70%
SwordQuest: EarthWorld 1982 1749x 60%
SwordQuest: FireWorld 1982 1741x 50%
TRON: Deadly Discs 1982 2878x 77%
Tanks But No Tanks 1982 6106x 69%
Tapper 1984 7178x 75%
Taz 1983 5555x 61%
Tennis 1981 6031x 81%
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1983 6042x 80%
The Official Frogger 1984 4413x 86%
Thunderground 1983 3988x 64%
Time Pilot 1982 2693x 78%
Tom Boy 1982 6208x 62%
Towering Inferno 1982 1125x 40%
Track & Field 1984 3400x 80%
Trick Shot 1982 3926x 77%
Tunnel Runner 1983 4781x 84%
Turmoil 1982 4383x 76%
Universal Chaos 1983 3716x 60%
Vanguard 1982 6239x 71%
Venture 1981 1565x 55%
Video Checkers 1980 2294x 59%
Video Chess 1979 2930x 71%
Video Pinball 1980 6151x 62%
Wabbit 1982 3950x 64%
Wall-Defender 1983 1211x 55%
Warlords 1981 6040x 58%
Winter Games 1985 7926x 81%
Worm War I 1982 4015x 81%
X-Man 1983 18040x 58%
Xenophobe 1988 3518x 66%
Xevious 1982 3801x 63%
Yars’ Revenge 1981 5238x 68%
Zaxxon 1982 5877x 71%

All information in this article are taken from the servers: http://www.wikipedia.org/, http://www.root.cz/ and http://www.atariportal.cz/.


Atari 2600 four-switch 'wood veneer' version, dating from 1980–82
 

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Atari, Inc.
Generation: second
Retail availability: September 1977 (USA)
January 1978 (Europe)
October 1983 (Japan)
Discontinued: January 1992
Units sold: 30 million (As of 2004)
Media: ROM cartridge, Tape
Processor (CPU): MOS 6507 @ 1,19 MHz
Screen resolution: 192 x 160
Colors: 128 (max 4 per line)
Controller input: Joystick
Paddles
Driving Controller
Trak-Ball
Keypad
Best-selling game: Pac-Man (7 million)
Predecessor: Atari Pong (1972)
Successor: Atari 5200 (1982)

 

Most popular games:

Atari 2600: Pac-Man Pac-Man

Atari 2600: River Raid River Raid

Atari 2600: Pitfall! Pitfall!

Atari 2600: Keystone Kapers Keystone Kapers

Atari 2600: Enduro Enduro

Atari 2600: Galaxian Galaxian

Atari 2600: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Atari 2600: Frostbite Frostbite

Atari 2600: Frogger Frogger

Atari 2600: Adventure Adventure

Atari 2600: Megamania Megamania

Atari 2600: Berzerk Berzerk

Atari 2600: Montezuma's Revenge Montezuma's Revenge

Atari 2600: Pole Position Pole Position

Atari 2600: Jungle Hunt Jungle Hunt

Atari 2600: Space Invaders Space Invaders

Atari 2600: Seaquest Seaquest

Atari 2600: H.E.R.O. H.E.R.O.

Atari 2600: Boxing Boxing


 

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