The Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS) - Gamasutra's "A History of Gaming Platforms"
Gamasutra has posted the latest book excerpt, this time on the Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS), as part of their "A History of Gaming Platforms" series.
From the article:
Gamasutra's A History of Gaming Platforms series continues with a look at the seminal Atari VCS, also known as the Atari 2600, the undisputed star of the early console rush - at least until the Great Crash of 1984. Need to catch up? Check out the first three articles in the series, covering the Apple II, the Commodore 64 and the Vectrex.]
Although not the first video game console and astonishingly primitive by today's standards, the Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS) became a fundamental part of Eighties culture and remains one of the most revered 8-bit gaming platforms ever designed. However, the explosive growth triggered by the 2600 led to The Great Videogame Crash of 1984, which toppled the industry and threatened the future of electronic gaming in America.
Even though they rearranged things as usual in the article, they only dropped one image this time, which was just a Kaboom cartridge scan, which I posted on Armchair Arcade.
The next article will be on the Intellivision, followed by the finale for Gamasutra, the Atari 8-bit. Enjoy!