Atari 2600 (1977)

The grand daddy of videogame consoles

The Atari 2600, the grand-daddy of all game consoles... At the same time a horrible piece of hardware design, created by a bunch of pot-smoking hippies.The system was designed to run Pong and Combat, and the whole hardware design reflects that. 2 modifyable 8pixel sprites that have to be updated at each scanline, 2 missiles and a ball, a soundchip linear soundfrequency, in short: Everything a programmer could wish for.... If he was developing Pong or Atari Combat that is ;-)

That doesn't mean that i'm not a fan. Don't get me wrong i like the system and its place in history, I have a modest Atari 2600 collection that i treasure, but in no way comparable to my other collections