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Happy 30th birthday, Atari 2600!

See that Wii or Xbox sitting under your TV? The PSP or DS tucked away in your messenger bag? That copy of Pac-man on your cellphone which cost five bucks and expires next month? Each of them owe a debt of gratitude to the granddaddy of all videogame consoles, the Atari 2600, which ushered in an era of unprecedented television usage, and which turns 30 years old this month. That's right, the first 2600 units rolled off the assembly line in October of 1977, delighting both children and kids at heart with games like Pitfall and Pole Position, and helping distract the nation after the untimely death of the King, the tragic crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane, and Pele's retirement. So here's to you, dear 2600: Atari may only be a shadow of its former self today, but you've lived on in our fond memories, in retro Flashback products, and last but not least, in tricked-out mods from the great Ben Heckendorn.

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nanometric3584d ago

My first game console! ...oh, the good times....

Cartesian3D3584d ago

but that wasnt mine.. it was for one of my friends... I was 6 when I saw it.. lol

I remember a Driving game ( Car = 8 pixel ) and colour of screen getting changed every 3 second.. (not exacly 3 :P )

CAPS LOCK3584d ago (Edited 3584d ago )

the good old days...when consoles just played games and concentrated at that...

MK_Red3584d ago

OMG, Happy birthday 2600.
As the AVGN said, Atari 2600 defines the word classic.

Capt CHAOS3584d ago

And the controller, lol, maan didn't the controller suck eh? But for those days, it was a new beginning!

Happy bday!

Kenshin_BATT0USAI3584d ago

even better there were no fanboys.

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