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You have just found the treasure on the sea bed, and now you have to defend it! You control a diver at the bottom of the screen, and there is a giant octopus and a shark and you have to deal with. ...

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Game cover Night Driver (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Night Driver - is a racing game, which takes place at night! Your goal is to score as many points for the race through one of four different tracks. Points are awarded when passing checkpoints loca...

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Game cover Nightmare (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Nightmare - game in the genre of arcade game published and developed by Sancho in the distant 1983.

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Game cover No Escape! (Atari 2600 - a2600)

You will not leave! it will be taken in response to a breakout style game, giving an evil twist on this popular genre. You control Jason, a hero that can throw stones to temporarily defeat their en...

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Game cover Nuts (Atari 2600 - a2600)

Nuts - a game for one person in the shooting style, published by TechnoVision back in 1983.

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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

Specifications
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.