The Atari 2600, originally called the Video Computer System, is a video game console created by Atari and first released on 1977-09-11.
This was the very first home video game console I ever played, somewhere around 1986. My parents bought a used system with a bunch of games, and I played it a lot. Our set included two wireless joysticks, two regular joysticks, two paddle controllers, and one of the 4-switch models (I think the all-black one). A friend of mine in 1988 had a later Atari Jr. model.
- See all Atari 2600 Games.
Of the games I've played on the system, I have particularly enjoyed:
- Crystal Castles
- Jungle Hunt
- Missile Command
- Ms. Pac-Man
- Pole Position
- Spider Fighter
- Yars' Revenge
- The joysticks were very solid and could take a lot of abuse.
- Compared to its competitors, this platform had the best game library of the day.
- For a system designed to be able to play Pong, and not much else, it did amazingly well.
- Having only one button on the joystick made it pretty much impossible to make a complex game. Several developers tried with only limited success.
- The vast majority of the games released on the platform are terrible.
- The system's audio capabilities are very primitive.
- The controller ports are stupidly placed on the back on the console.
- The joystick's cover could easily be pulled off, and required unscrewing the base to put it back on again.