Atari

Atari VCS 2600

Atari 2600

Officially released on October 14, 1977, the Atari VCS (renamed the 2600 in 1982) is a second generation home video game system. While not the first game system to use removable games, Atari is credited with making this type of system popular. Prior to this, game systems were built with games pre-installed, relying on a variety of different methods for game selection. The Atari 2600, however, proved so popular that its name became synonymous with video gaming in the 1980s. Eventually though, this popularity led to Atari's downfall. While many factors played a role in the Video Game Crash of 1983, Atari's glut of mediocre software is considered a leading cause. Furthermore, Atari's policy of not recognizing programmers' efforts led to the "third-party" system, where outside companies produced games. Activision is the most famous of these third-party institutions.

Bundled with Combat (later Pac-Man), the VCS included two controller ports, an RF output switcher, and originally retailed for $199.

DREAM's collection currently showcases a 1977 VCS "Sunnyvale" (aka "Heavy Sixer" due to its six switches and heavy weight RF shielding). The "Sunnyvale" was produced in California over the course of one year. The following year, production was sent to Hong Kong, where a re-design was implemented to lower costs. Of the more than 30 million Atari 2600s sold over a 10 year span, only 250,000 Sunnyvales were ever built. Not surprisingly, these units are highly sought after collector's items.

Games:

  • Adventure
  • Air-Sea Battle
  • Asteroids
  • Backgammon
  • Battlezone
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Blackjack
  • Breakout
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Bridges
  • California Games
  • Canyon Bomber
  • Casino
  • Centipede
  • Championship Soccer
  • Checker
  • Combat
  • Demons to Diamonds
  • Desert Falcon
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Fishing Derby
  • Football (Atari)
  • Football
  • Frogger
  • Galaxian
  • Ghostbusters
  • Golf
  • Grand Prix
  • Hockey
  • Home Run
  • Human Cannonball
  • Indy 500
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Keystone Kapers
  • Missile Command
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Name This Game
  • Night Driver
  • Outlaw
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man Jr.
  • Pitfall
  • Phoenix
  • Q*Bert
  • Racquetball
  • Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • Realsports Football
  • Realsports Soccer
  • Snoopy and the Red Baron
  • Sorcerer
  • Space Cavern
  • Space Invaders
  • Space Shuttle
  • Star Raiders
  • Star Voyager
  • Starmaster
  • Star Ship
  • Street Racer
  • Summer Games
  • Superman
  • Tennis
  • Towering Inferno
  • Video Chess
  • Video Olympics
  • Video Pinball
  • Winter Games

Atari 7800 ProSystem

Atari 7800

Designed as a replacement for the Atari 5200, the 7800 was originally released in June of 1984. Unfortunately, the sale of Atari Inc. to Tramiel Technology Ltd. halted production and required a relaunch in January of 1986. This put the 7800, a third generation, 8-bit video game system, in direct competition with both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Master System. Using a modified 6502, the 7800 used a processor similar to popular home computers of the day (e.g. Apple II, Commodore 64), as well as the competing NES. Because of its high-grade processor, the Atari 7800 was capable of closely reproducing arcade games. Ultimately it was the popularity of the NES and Nintendo's strict licensing policy that killed the Atari 7800.

In response to complaints about the Atari 5200, the 7800 was completely backwards compatible with the Atari 2600. It included two controller ports, digital controllers like the 2600, as opposed to the analog controllers of the 5200, and an RF port. The launch price was $139, $60 cheaper than its predecessor.

DREAM's existing 7800 model was purchased new in 1986, replacing a non-functional "Hong Kong" 1978 VCS unit.

Games:

  • Ace of Aces
  • Choplifter
  • Dig Dug
  • Joust
  • Karateka
  • Pole Position II
  • Xevious

Technical Specifications

Specifications
Console CPU Resolution Colors RAM ROM Type ROM Capacity Output Backwards Compatibility
Source: Wikipedia
Atari VCS 2600 MOS 6507 @ 1.19MHz 320x200 8/128 128B cartridge 4KB RF N/A
Atari 7800 ProSystem SALLY 6502 @ 1.19-1.79 MHz 320x240 25/256 4KB cartridge 48KB RF 2600