Atari 2600/VCS

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Atari 2600/VCS

Post by Havie » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:55 pm

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System: Atari 2600 (aka VCS)
Variations: 6 switch, 4 swith, 2800(Japan), 2600 jr
CPU: Motorola 6507 @ 1.19hz
Memory 128 bytes
Graphics: 192x160
Max 104 (PAL), 128 (NTSC) - 16 displayed on screen
Sound: Yes
Popular Expansions: Starpath Supercharger (allows playing of cassette games), paddles

Note: Atari invented the DB9 joystick interface for the VCS which was reused for many years.

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Learn more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_2600

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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by Havie » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:58 pm

Picked up one of these the other day and although primitive, the games are pretty good fun! One that has been played most is:



Surpisingly fast and responsive.

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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by Havie » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:02 pm

Alos have this which is frankly an amazing thing to behold:


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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by Spraydough » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:26 am

I loved my 2600. Cosmic Ark was a firm favourite, as was Centipede and, dare I say it, Pacman.....
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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by AmazingJas » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:59 pm

Spraydough wrote:... and, dare I say it, Pacman.....
I agree, people think its hip to hate this version, but it was still excellent for the time.

Combat was the perfect starter


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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by j_griffin » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:53 pm

Yar's Revenge is the one everyone still bangs on about, and rightly so. It's a cracking little game with a wonderful atmosphere. I still have fond memories of getting stuck into that one late at night in a dark room on the trusty old portable black-and-white telly.



I enjoyed Outlaw at the time but it gets repetitive really quickly. Combat's probably your better choice for one-on-one multiplayer.



Some of the system's best games use the Paddle controllers. Super Breakout is great, but the one you should really get a hold of is Warlords. Fucking ace to this day, probably the best thing on the system.



It's a damn shame Paddles/Spinners fell out of favour, they're lovely things and it'd be great to still be able to design things around 'em.

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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by Ian » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:42 pm

Warlords does indeed look like great fun for multi-player. I've seen a game recently that looked very similar (ie almost identical in concept, but different graphics). Can't remember where though, or what it was called.
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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by caffeinekid » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:11 pm

Another thumbs up for YARS. Devlin gave me a Atari 2600 and the game cart so I could play it properly on real hardware when I was doing my vector style remake. :)
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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by AmazingJas » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:32 pm

I played Warlords much later in the arcade i think, very clever game.
My Atari came with paddles included, but no games that used them. Probably hoping you'd go out and buy some. Maybe not the best marketing strategy, but a nice inclusion I guess.

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Re: Atari 2600/VCS

Post by Havie » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:39 pm

Had a retro party for Little Hav (not so little anymore) and one of the games most played was Ms Pacman on the VCS. Really well done considering the limitations and even has an attract mode of sorts...


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