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[28 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,854 views]
Atari 7800 — playing second fiddle to the NES

As any gaming enthusiast who was around in the early 1980s knows, Atari’s star faded during the Video Game Crash of 1983.
To figure out just where Atari stood after the aforementioned crash, it’s important to understand a bit of history about the company. Atari was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney and then sold to Warner Communications in 1976. Warner made a ton of cash off its Atari brand until the bottom dropped out of the console gaming market.
Warner decided to keep the arcade gaming division of …

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[21 Nov 2010 | 4 Comments | 3,497 views]
ColecoVision — finally bringing the arcade home?

One of the things that drove home video console sales was the availability of hit arcade games translations.
While the Atari 2600 thrived on solid translations of games such as Asteroids, Frogger, Missile Command and Space Invaders, there was no denying that the graphics of those home versions were well behind what players had come to expect in the arcades.
By 1982, that had started to change. Personal computers were becoming more common and systems such as the Apple II, Atari 400/800, Commodore 64 and TRS-80 Color Computer were capable of providing …