Despite the fact that it wasn't the very first programmable video game console (that honor belongs to the Fairchild Channel F), the Atari 2600 was simply the most common method of the late '70s and early '80s, which means it is now the most sought following method by these searching to revisit the Golden Age (pre-Nintendo era) of video games. The 2600 (initially referred to as the Atari VCS) was released in October of 1977 and wasn't officially declared dead by Atari till January of 1992, producing it the longest lived video game method in the history of the sector. And, at extra than 30 million systems sold, it is also a single of the most commercially thriving.

When compared to today's offerings, Atari 2600 games have incredibly primitive graphics. Having said that, the actual gameplay of numerous of the system's titles have a timeless high-quality that can't be denied. Some of the extra enjoyable releases consist of: Space Invaders and Phoenix (shooters) Jr. Pac-Man and Jawbreaker (maze games) Kaboom! and Dig Dug (action games) and Super Breakout and Warlords (ball-and-paddle games). These searching for extra complicated titles ought to seek out games like Adventure (a spiritual forefather of The Legend of Zelda), Pitfall! (a progenitor of Super Mario Bros.), and Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space (an revolutionary flight simulator). Hundreds of games have been released for the 2600, which means players of all stripes ought to be capable to come across one thing to their liking.

In 1979, Mattel Electronics released the Intellivision, providing birth to the very first correct console war. Marketed as a extra sophisticated, extra strong option to the aging Atari 2600, the Intellivision boasted games with superior visual detail and extra realistic characteristics. The system's common, groundbreaking sports titles (such as Significant League Baseball and NFL Football) have not aged as properly as some of the 2600's extra action-oriented efforts, but armchair athletes will surely come across the Intellivision to be the Golden Age method of option when it comes to sports. Exciting non-sports games for the method consist of Beauty & the Beast (a Donkey Kong-like game), BurgerTime (a good port of the arcade classic), Diner (the sequel to BurgerTime), Demon Attack (a game that Phoenix fans will appreciate), and Thin Ice (a cute take on the Qix formula).

Nineteen-eighty-two saw the release of two subsequent-gen systems, the ColecoVision and the Atari 5200, each of which blew away preceding consoles in terms of sheer audio/visual energy. Bolstered by marvelous ports of such coin-op classics as Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Mouse Trap, Lady Bug, and Zaxxon, the ColecoVision was the very first method to give gamers the correct sensation of playing their preferred arcade games in the comfort of their personal properties. Released just a couple of months following the ColecoVision, the 5200 was also a results in terms of arcade high-quality, providing gamers exceptional ports of Defender, Moon Patrol, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Robotron: 2084, and numerous other folks. Sadly, each systems have been victims of The Fantastic Video Game Crash of 1984, which, for a assortment of causes, brought the sector to a virtual standstill (till 1985, when Nintendo released the NES to wide acclaim).

In addition to the aforementioned fab 4 (Atari 2600, Intellivision, ColecoVision, and Atari 5200), there have been a assortment of other systems released in the course of the late '70s and early '80s, which includes the obscure APF MP1000, the fascinating Arcadia 2001, the underrated Astrocade, the Odyssey2 (which had its personal keyboard), the Vectrex (which had its personal monitor), and the Microvision, which was the very first programmable handheld method.