The History of the Atari 2600 Video Game Console

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Let’s take a look at how this console set the stage for the future while simultaneously almost bringing the console game industry crashing down.

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The story of the Atari 2600 begins in the early 1970s when founders Ted Dabney and Nolan Bushnell established Atari in 1972.

History

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To create a new generation of video game systems, Atari founder, Nolan Bushnell, would have to seek out partners to help develop the future.

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Developing New Technology

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Warner Communications and Atari began negotiations in early 1976 and would agree to a purchase price of $28 million by the end of October.

Selling to Warner Communications

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The world first saw the Atari VCS at the Summer 1977 Consumer Electronics Show, at which time Atari indicated a planned launch for October of the same year.

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Go for Launch

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The Atari 2600 is born with its name derived from the manufacturer part number, CX2600.

Name Change

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