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Atari VCS / 2600 | The Console that Launched an Industry

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Few systems can say they changed or created an industry. The Atari VCS is one of them, and this is the story of how it came to be and what became of it following the North American Video Game Crash.
Thank you to Neil for loaning his 2600 collection to The Cave.

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20 Comments

  1. A special thank you to Neil who loaned his 2600 and games collection to The Cave to share with you. The 2600 was a generation before I got on board with computers and gaming, and it wasn't anywhere near as big in the UK as the US so I enjoyed learning more about it. What are your memories of Atari's line of consoles? Neil – RMC

  2. Atari, outsold by X-Box, does that include free machines issued to cover broken drives for X-Box? Apparently, Microsoft did cover all breakdowns. Atari Messed up software, X-Box hardware, not perfect; neither perfect, both appreciated.

  3. GameBoy, original version, is a few pixels, in screen resolution, h & v,, just over the 2nd gen definition. Great, well researched video, thank-you.

  4. 6:24 Jesus dude. Why is no one talking about this neck beard? That's literally the worst I've ever seen..

  5. "but he didn't want a dingo to eat his baby" crikey guessing this is an aussie channel then? lol!

  6. Excellent research and presentation of information. Very good work. 👍👌

  7. No internet, no problem! … those days before things would bug out if u have somewhat bad internet

  8. THANK YOU for using a 6-switcher Atari as the example of the "original" Atari VCS. It's a pity it's not the rare heavy-sixer but at least it's not a four-switcher.

  9. The 2600 is still getting new games to this, Champ Games has been releasing some trully impressive games for that system lately. The Atari Age store is full of awesome new Atari games.

  10. Got one in 1980 when I was 5. I played it before school and after school. I had my own room and Tv with my Atari 2600. I miss trading Atari games in school. I purchased the slimmer 2600 model in 1984. In 1985 I purchased a SEGA master system. I had Rambo 2 for it. To bad everyone else had the NES.

  11. Imagine going to 1972 and showing an avid pong fan a video of someone speedrunning doom eternal

  12. As someone who grew up in the 80's I can tell you what caused the crash was simply Parent's were going to keep buying new consoles. It's very different today. It took us kids non stop begging for us to upgrade from the Radio Shack Electronic Scoreboard . We got the 2600 so when the 5200 came okut My father so said. and that was the case for everyone. People stopped buyign because people weren't going to keep buying new consoles.

  13. I was a post-crash gamer kid in the 80s but my first console was a hand-me-down ColecoVision from my older brothers and I played that to death even while the NES was dominating the console market here in the States. I was of an age of being oblivious that a crash even happened and approaching every game's experience that was new to me with an open mind, even the older stuff in the arcades. It's one of those things where if you weren't there for it firsthand, you're more likely to not have a biased outlook on it one way or another. Frankly, I really dig the 2600, it's a system with many good examples where smooth and responsive gameplay will always be more important that better visuals (Looking at you GORF).

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  15. I think people who entered this field at the start probably had one of these. I had played in the arcade, followed by a home pong machine. I can't quite remember but got a VCS in 80/81. Next was Spectrum, C64, Amiga, PS1, PS2, Win XP PC along with PS3 up to current date.

  16. An old story from 80s, in Palaio Faliron, at "Dekaton Dimotiko Sxoleio" (Tenth Primary School)
    I remember back in 1986, one of my schoolmates, was trying to sell me the Atari 2600 that his (pretty) cousin owned. To do this, he started calling me to visit his home and play together with his personal 2600. It was my first introduction to a game system. The plan was to show me how nice it is, to get me addicted, and then throw 7500 drachmas to his cousin. The plan backfired though, no matter how many hours we played, my 10 year old eyes and my brain instructed me that these games were nothing special and i did not like the huge dots – clarity suffered. The only games that were acceptable were the : River Raid and Phoenix, but even these, became boring very fast. I passed on this video game console and that was a good move without knowing it. Besides, the era had expired, people were already in home computing era and in NES/Master System generation. So when i was introduced to CPC6128, and i saw that i could write commands and tell the machine what to do, i was sold! Also the games were 10 times better – expected as the technology was 10 years more advanced than the VCS 🙂

    PS: one of the funniest he had told me to promote this was : "it is unused!, my cousin has started it only 10 times!: Her Game System was sold along with her 20 games. Do the math, something does not compute huh ? 😉

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