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Questions tagged [atari-2600]

a 1977 home video game console by Atari, Inc, in the second generation of video game consoles. This tag should be used if the question is about the Atari 2600 hardware, features, cartridges/tapes, or a game feature truly unique to the Atari 2600.

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How to get an Atari game console to work on a flat screen TV? [closed]

My TV does not have a cable in for my Atari. Is there a device that converts from RF coax or UHF to HDMI or other common ports found on flat screens? Is there a aftermarket console that can play the ...
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What tools were used to analyze & challenge the records for Dragster?

I was reading an article on Polygon which was talking about a longstanding record for an Atari Game called Dragster. In the article it was talking about how people challenged the record by using "...
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

I am part of a community charity, GeekZone, that collects retro consoles, including but not limited to the NES, Megadrive, Atari 2600 and N64, for example. Unfortunately, many games were not made ...
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Unsold Atari videogames dumped in a desert?

I've heard about a massive amount of Atari consoles and video game cartridges (most of them were unsold copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) buried in a sort of dump in the middle of a desert in the ...
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Was the Atari 2600 the first home console to have a screen saver?

The Atari 2600 had a screen saver feature, where the colors of objects in the screen were randomly changed. Was it the first home console to have such feature, if not who holds the title?
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Why do the scores on my Atari 2600 games have random symbols in them that don't resemble numbers?

For some reason every game I play on my Atari 2600 has a score that looks like a combination of numbers and random symbols. Every game does this. Only wherever counters/timers are in every game, ...
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What does the 'Special Feature' teddy bear sticker mean on some games for Sears/Atari 2600?

I recently found some games and a system in a closet in my folks house. Two of them, Warlords and Defender, have a white sticker on the back with the head (I assume) of a teddy bear, that says "...
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What factors contributed to E.T's reputation as a bad game?

According to a documentary on Atari called Game Over it is stated that "ET" is the worst video game ever made. Why is that? I played the game when it was released, and although very young, I ...
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Is the paddle speed unlimited in the Breakout port for Atari 2600?

Is the paddle speed unlimited in the Breakout port for Atari 2600? This video illustrating this paper seems to show that the paddle speed is unlimited but I'd like to confirm. ...
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Why does my Pole Position 2 Cart play Qbert?

A guy I work with just gave me his Atari 2600 and a bunch of games, I hooked it up and thought what should be the first game I try (after 5 hours of playing Destiny) so I popped in Pole Position I ...
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What happens at the end of NightHunter?

Ok, so this is a question brought to you by the wayback machine. There used to be a game on the Atari something-or-other that was called "NightHunter". In it, you played Dracula as he wandered around ...
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What happens after “level six” of Midnight Magic?

In the Atari 2600 game Midnight Magic, the board starts out as pink. if you hit all five of the colored bars at the top, the board changes to a navy blue (the color of the leftmost bar). If you then ...