It's known within the industry as the "God Father". It was the beginning of what has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Even though Pong came first, it was this system that holds the top score in history.
It's 1977 and at the top of everyone's wish list is the Atari 2600, no quarters required. Launched just two months earlier, the 2600 had an initial offering of nine games including; Combat, Indy 500 Starship, Street Racer, Surround, Video Olympics, Air Sea Battle, Blackjack, and Basic Math. While the home console video game competition was extremely fierce at the time the Atari 2600 managed to come out on top. Over the next few years, Atari sold over 30 million of the consoles and together with other companies sold hundreds of millions of games.
However, in the early 80s Atari began facing some stiffer competition with the likes of Coleco, Nintendo and Magnavox Odyssey Atari needed a mega-hit game in order to squash the competition. Space Invaders would become the first video game blockbuster. Today, the games and console are still hugely popular amongst collectors with some even now writing and producing their own games complete with cartridges including the full color labels and accompanying manual.
It was 1977 and the Atari 2600 topped the wish list. Game on!