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Founded in 1972

Atari was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. 1)


The company's first product was the Atari Pong arcade game, which became a popular success in the 1970s. 2)

Atari 2600

Atari released its first home console, the Atari 2600, in 1977. 3)

Interchangeable cartridges

The Atari 2600 was one of the first home consoles to use interchangeable cartridges, allowing players to switch between games. 4)

Some of the most popular games for the Atari 2600 include Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Asteroids. 5)

Line of home computers

In addition to gaming consoles, Atari also produced a line of home computers, including the Atari 800 and the Atari ST. 6)

Atari 800

The Atari 800 was released in 1979 and was one of the first home computers to include a built-in keyboard and support for high-resolution graphics. 7)

Programming and game development

Atari's home computers were popular among hobbyists and were used for programming and game development. 8)

Leading company in the home video game market

In the early 1980s, Atari was the leading company in the home video game market, with a market share of over 60%. 9)

Intense competition

Atari faced intense competition from other companies, such as Coleco and Mattel, and struggled to adapt to the changing market. 10)

Atari 7800

In 1984, Atari released the Atari 7800, a new console that was intended to compete with the Nintendo Entertainment System. 11)

Not as successful as the NES

Despite the 7800's improved technology, it was not as successful as the NES, and Atari's market share continued to decline. 12)

Acquired by JTS Corporation

In 1996, Atari was acquired by JTS Corporation and the company's focus shifted away from gaming and toward other areas. 13)

Various products

Atari brand continued to be used for various products, including a line of retro-style consoles and a range of mobile games. 14)

Active brand

Today, Atari is still an active brand and continues to release new games and consoles, including the Atari VCS in 2020. 15)

atari.txt · Last modified: 2023/01/18 01:14 by aga