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Atari Glossary '0...9'
After renaming its gaming consoles' product range, Atari renamed the 'VCS' (Video Computer System) to Atari '2600'.
Nickname for the Atari (VCS) 2600 model with 4 switches (power, color/bw, select, reset).
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Atari's first 8bit home-computer models, nicknamed 'Candy' and 'Colleen'.
In 1982 Atari released its most
sophisticated video game system of that time: the Atari 5200 Super System. The
system was announced as the 'Atari Video System X', but was renamed
Nickname for the Atari (VCS) 2600 model with 6 switches (power, color/bw, select, reset, difficulty a, difficulty b).
In the year 1983, Atari wanted to do
everything better; everything they did wrong on the 5200 Super System. Atari
tried to find out what the fans of video-games expected from a new system. So
they made interviews with thousands of people to gain some ideas for their new
project called 'Atari 3600'. Later it was renamed to
But when the Tramiels bought Atari, something terrible happened: the 7800 was shelved, because the Tramiels wanted Atari to become a leading company in the home-computer business and they didn't see any need to build and market game-consoles!
Nearly three years later, in 1986,
Nintendo and Sega were ruling the video-game market. Atari thought that it now
(!) would be the right time to release the Atari 2600jr and the Atari 7800
ProSystem, both developed three years ago.
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