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Game cover Lady Bug (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Ladybug, insect-themed maze arcade, shall be by universal and games released in 1981. Its gameplay was inspired by Pac-Man, but with a few additions from the formula, such as the ability to change ...

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Game cover Laser Base (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Laser Base - game in the genre of shooters, which will have to shoot up at enemies. It takes place in space and vicious enemies are trying to destroy you.

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Game cover Laser Blast (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Laser blast -odnopolzovatelskaya video game developed and published by Activision in March 1981 for the Atari 2600 video game system. Designed by David Crane, one of the co-founders of Activision, ...

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Game cover Laser Gates (Atari 2600 - a2600)

In the vast Laser Gates automatic computer protection has failed, and the players man Dante Dart flexible spacecraft, in a last-ditch attempt to disarm the computer before it self-destructs. And th...

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Game cover Lilly Adventure (Atari 2600 - a2600)

History Lilly adventure, it is unlikely to be as confused as the game itself. Concept of a walk-gameplay from left to right and jump over both static and moving objects, not new, but Lily adventure...

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Game cover Lochjaw (Atari 2600 - a2600)

This game was later released as a shark attack. The name was changed in connection with a claim for the similarity of name is in the movie "Jaws". There are some subtle differences betwee...

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Game cover Lock

Castle 'N' Chase - 1981 is a maze arcade game developed and published by the East date in Japan in 1981, and was later published in North America by Taito. The game was later Mattel license...

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Game cover London Blitz (Atari 2600 - a2600)

During World War II German bombers turned everyday life into a nightmare in London. Most of the bombs exploded on impact, but some will sit for a few hours, days or weeks before detonating. This wa...

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Game cover Looping (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Wear safety glasses, engine speeds and take-off! Your looping plane soars over the world, unlike any you've ever imagined. bullets in fire stsation rocket to open the gate.

Beware of ...

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Game cover Lord of The Rings (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Lord of the Rings? But this can not be !, You think to yourself. Until Parker Brothers version, this great text adventure Adam Thornton takes you twice as far in history with half the memory. In th...

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Game cover Lost Luggage (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Concept Lost baggage - removing suitcase from the airport "carousel" - a unique, but the gameplay is not. Action mostly slower, less intense, less pleasant view on the broads! formula. Pl...

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Atari 2600 (a2600)

Manufacturer: Atari
Type: Game console
Generation: Second
Release date: October 14, 1977
Units sold: 40 million
Media: Cartridge
Bestseller: Space Invaders
Predecessor: Atari PONG
Follower: Atari 5200

CPU: 6507, Of 1.19 MHz 
RAM: 128 bytes, in VLSI 
ROM: 4K Max 
Video controller: Stella, a graphics chip that controls the sync with the TV and all other video processing tasks 
Frequency controller: 1.19 MHz 
Media: cartridges
Control: 2 joystick

Atari VCS, later called the Atari 2600, came Christmas 1977 and became the dominant game console of the late 1970s — early 1980s. It was the first successful console with games cartridges. In the 1980s in the United States, the word "Atari" was synonymous with "Atari 2600". The model is usually supplied with two joysticks or two paddle controllers and one game — first it was Combat, and then Pac-Man.

In 1975, Atari acquired a research company Cyan Engineering to develop game systems of new generation. For some time he conducted the work on creation of the prototype known as "Stella" (the name of the bike one of the engineers). In contrast to the systems of previous generations, contains several games programmed in the form of a set of logic elements, - Stella was a real CPU, which used a MOS Technology 6502 in a cost-reduced version, known as the 6507. He was associated with the chip memory and I / o MOS Technology 6532 as well as video and sound chip, TIA (Television Interface Adaptor) own design. In addition to these three chips, the first version contained one — chip standard CMOS buffer. Thus, the number of chips was very small and the construction cost was relatively low. In later versions of the console chip buffer was removed. First, the use of cartridge not expected, but seeing the likeness of the cartridge on another system, engineers realized that they can put games on cartridge, only adding to it the socket and packing.

In August 1976 Fairchild Semiconductor released their Video Entertainment System based on a microprocessor. Stella is not yet ready for production, but it becomes apparent that she needs to be released before will be a series of products in the style of "me too" — as happened after the release of PONG. Atari simply did not have enough money to quickly complete the development of the system, as sales of PONG have come to naught. In the end, Nolan Bushnell goes to Warner Communications and sells them for $ 28 million with the promise that Stella would be released as quickly as possible.

A key contribution to the success of the console was the hiring of Jay miner (Jay Miner), a developer of chips that managed to simplify the circuitry in such a way that TIA was placed in a single chip. After that, the system has been tested and was ready for release. At the time of release in 1977, the development costs of the console was about $ 100 million.