Atari Video Computer System CX2600 was the most successful
classic video game console. This article by Keith Ainsworth from
RETROGAMER fanzine tells you how it all began.
had a VCS. Most people had an old Tennis/Pong game around, some
had an Intellivision but in Britain if you liked video
games the VCS was your man.
is now famous for it's huge size, corrugated plastic top and woodgrain
frontpiece (its not hi-tech, its part of the furniture). There
are six silver switches across the top including one for black
and white televisions which changed the colour palette to make
things show up better if you used such a set.
were two separate difficulty switches for player one and player
two. This was a hangover from the Pong days and in games like
Breakout you could make one bat smaller than the other to act
as a handicap. It was bundled with two joysticks which had this
unusual ribbed rubber cover to them.
also had the word TOP printed on the upper front just in case
you were completely thick. Also in the pack was one pair of paddle
controllers (two controllers attached to the same plug), an AC
adapter, a TV switch and the CX2601 Combat game cartridge.
Combat was great. Today's consoles are just again discovering
the joys of two player games. Combat was two player ONLY.
had to play with a friend, family member, anyone you could drag
in off the street.