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Cracking Open the Atari 2600 video game console

Oh boy, Space Invaders!

Introduced all the way back in October 1977, The Atari 2600 Video Computer System is one of the more fondly remembered video game consoles. For its time, the Atari 2600 was a breakthrough in entertainment technology and foreshadowed what would eventually become a multi-billion dollar industry. In this TechRepublic Cracking Open, we take a look at what made the Atari 2600 tick.


Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.