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Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney thought that video games had a future. Now that perception seems obvious, but in 1972 it had a point of madness. They did not care: they created Atari and made it one of the legendary companies in this segment. Now they have just turned 50, and they have done so with a small but unique celebration.

a troubled story. it all started with ‘Pong’, and the launch of its VCS console —popularly known as the Atari 2600— was one of the great triggers for the video game industry. then they would arrive disasters like ‘ET’ and machine failures like the Atari Jaguar.

Atari reinvents itself (or tries to). after passing by several hands and being acquired and reacquired by various companies, today Atari is made up of two divisions: one that tries to develop new versions of its classic games and apparently wants to become in developer of new titles for PC. The other that is dedicated to products related to the blockchain. Phew.

The chaotic life of Atari after a bankruptcy that left them with almost no video games: social casinos, openly LGTBI games and themed hotels

50 years later. The company has receded into the background in the field of top-tier video games and its role is now that of a company that essentially live from your past. This is demonstrated by the launch of the Atari VCS retroconsole, which was slow to arrive and which also did so at a high price ($400). Nostalgia was once again the main argument, as with other products in this line.

In its dedicated website At that 50th anniversary it is clear how everything is focused on her legacy as a pioneer, and not so much on her current role, much more dedicated to retrogaming. Or to the construction of a theme hotelsomething surprising for a company of this type.

Physical cartridges, a curious idea... The truth is that Atari has come up with a curious idea to celebrate this anniversary: ​​they have released two limited edition cartridges for the Atari 2600. They are a reissue of the mythical ‘Missile Command’ and ‘Adventure’.

They are fully functional cartridges and can be used in a classic Atari 2600 console, and they have a new art design and a curious acrylic logo that lights up when you are playing. They also respect the standards that were already in place more than four decades ago, when that console was launched.

… and face. The problem is that access to these cartridges will not come cheap. Each of them costs 100 dollars, when original cartridges are usually up to 10 times cheaper on auction sites. The latest generation games for PCs and current consoles usually reach 70 euros, which also makes comparisons inevitable.

These releases are also not the only “retrocartridges” that the firm has launched: they have a family of products called “Atari XP” that included other important titles in the company’s history such as ‘Yar’s Revenge’ and ‘Sabouteur’.

Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney thought that video games had a future. Now that perception seems obvious, but in 1972…

Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney thought that video games had a future. Now that perception seems obvious, but in 1972…

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