you are looking for answers to questions such as “what year did Atari come
or “where can I find 80s free games online,” then look no further.
took the world by storm and began the video arcade industry in
1972, when it released
the arcade game
Pong. Five years later in 1977, the company once again changed the face
of entertainment when it introduced its first home video game console or
VCS (video computer system). While Atari’s cartridge-based game console
took off with phenomenal success, it wasn’t actually the first to
market. That award goes to Magnavox for their Odyssey console, which was
released in August of 1972. The designer, Ralph Baer, began work
on its prototype as early as 1968! You can see that prototype in the
Magnavox Odyssey Console
The innovation of the VCS was that the game was housed in a changeable
game cartridge, not on the console itself. This allowed users to play an
infinite number of games, instead of just one as it was with the
original Pong. As the number one video game console maker, Atari was a
driving force behind 80s game play both at home and in the arcades, and
the precursor to all the video and online gaming that has come since.
began an entertainment revolution that is still going strong today with
games like Pong, Centipede, Asteroids, Missile Command and Space
Invaders. Who can forget the burned in image of Pong on your TV screen
long after the game was turned off? It was a badge of honor that you had
spent entirely too much time trying to get to the next level of whatever
you were playing. Thanks to the innovative designers of Atari, people of
all ages were given a form of entertainment unlike anything seen before.
Today lovers of the games which started it all can play their favorite
80’s arcade games online thanks to the Internet.
You can also now buy plug and play 80s video games that just pop into your
TVs audio and video slots. They come equipped with their own vintage 80s
joysticks and include games like: Gravitar, Asteroids, Real Sports
Volleyball, Centipede, Adventure, Pong, Missile Command, Breakout, Yars'
Revenge and Circus Atari. There is even a new
Atari Flashback 4
game console that comes pre-loaded with 75 games!
Atari 2600 6 Switch Console