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The '''''Atari 2600''''', originally called the '''''Video Computer System''''', is a video game console created by [[Atari]] and first released in 1977.
 
The '''''Atari 2600''''', originally called the '''''Video Computer System''''', is a video game console created by [[Atari]] and first released in 1977.
  
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 had a later Atari Jr. model.
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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.
  
 
==Favorite Games==
 
==Favorite Games==
 
Of the games I've played on the system, I have particularly enjoyed:
 
Of the games I've played on the system, I have particularly enjoyed:
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* [[Adventure]]
 
* [[Combat]]
 
* [[Combat]]
 
* [[Defender]]
 
* [[Defender]]
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===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* Having only one button on the joystick made it pretty much impossible to make a complex game.
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* 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 vast majority of the games released on the platform are terrible.
* The system's audio capabilities are pretty bad.
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* The system's audio capabilities are very primitive.
 
* The controller ports are stupidly placed on the back on the console.
 
* The controller ports are stupidly placed on the back on the console.
  

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A wood panel 4-switch model.

The Atari 2600, originally called the Video Computer System, is a video game console created by Atari and first released in 1977.

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.

Favorite Games

Of the games I've played on the system, I have particularly enjoyed:

Review

Good

  • 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.

Bad

  • 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.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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