May 2nd, 2015 —
Yolo County Public Library,
Mary L Stephens
Davis branch —
Games and More
Systems and Games
Here are the systems you'll be able to play games on
at Atari Party 2015
- Atari VCS/2600
(1977–1992) The cartridge-based home game system that took the
world by storm in the early 1980s
- Atari 5200 SuperSystem
(1982–1984) Based on hardware used in the Atari 400/800
home computers, this was Atari's short-lived attempt at the next
generation home console
- Atari 7800 ProSystem
(1984/1986–1992) Backward-compatible with the 2600 out-of-the-box,
this home game system had a brief appearance in 1984, and was relaunched
by Atari's new owners
- Tempest arcade game
(1981) A "tube shooter" style shoot 'em up video game utilizing
color vector graphics and a rotary "spinner" controller.
- Atari 8-bits: 800, 1200XL, 600XL, 800XL
(1979–1992) Atari's first offering of home computers, sporting
1.779MHz 6502 CPUs, and custom co-processor chips that provided graphics
and sound that were well beyond its early competitors.
- Atari 16/32-bits: 1040ST, STe, TT030, Falcon
(1985–1993) The next generation Atari home computer included
integrated MIDI support, a graphical desktop environment, and
16- and 32-bit CPUs, making it popular for music, CAD, desktop publishing,
- Atari Lynx handheld
(1989–1994) The world's first handheld game system with a color LCD
(and backlit, to boot!), which could also zoom and rotate sprites,
supported 4,096 colors, and could network up to 18 systems for multiplayer
games. (It was release the same year as the black-and-white GameBoy!)
- Atari Jaguar
(1993–1996) Atari's final game system, the 64-bit Jaguar
was a cartridge-based system with a CD-ROM peripheral, support for
networking systems, and bore a number of cult classic games (like
Tempest 2000 and
Alien vs Predator).
- Coleco ColecoVision
(1982–1985) Competing with Atari's massively popular 2600, and
more recent 5200 offering, Coleco's home game system came bundled with
a home version of Nintendo's popular Donkey Kong arcade
game (the first appearance of the world-renowned "Mario" character).
Coleco's "Expansion Module #1" made the ColecoVision
compatible with most Atari 2600 titles.
- Nintendo Entertainment System
(1983–2003) With popular series like Super Mario
Bros and The Legend of Zelda,
the NES became the best-selling gaming console of its time, and helped
revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash
of 1983. A number of early Atari arcade titles, as well as
contemporary Atari Games titles (mostly published via their
Tengen subsidiary) were produced for the NES.
- Sega Genesis
(1988–1999) Sega's 3rd home game system (and the 2nd to hit US
store shelves) is their 16-bit offering, and thanks to the 1991
release of "Sonic the Hedgehog", helped
Sega overcome Nintendo's 5-year market dominance.
Contemporary Atari Games titles (mostly published via their
Tengen subsidiary) were produced for the Genesis.
- Commodore Amigas: 500 & 2000
(1985–1996) One of the leading home computers of the 1980s and 1990s,
the Amiga series of 16- and 32-bit computers from Commodore, like its
Atari counterpart, sported a graphical environment. It was used for
gaming, graphics, video editing, and 3D rendering and visual effects
(e.g., early Babylon 5 episodes). While in the end
a Commodore product, the original Amiga was conceived by numerous
people involved in the development of the Atari VCS/2600 game
system and Atari 400/800 computers!
- Sony PlayStation
(1994–2006) Sony's incredibly popular CD-based game console
is home to a number of classic game collections (such as
Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1).
- Sony PlayStation2
(2000–2013) Sony's backwards-compatible follow-up to the original
PlayStation packed more power, and saw even more classic game
collections (like Atari Anthology and
- Nintendo Game Boy Advance
(2001–2008) Nintendo's third generation handheld (after the
original Game Boy and GameBoy Color, both based on
the 8-bit Z80 CPU) uses a 32-bit ARM CPU, includes a Z80 for
backward-compatibility, can do scaling and rotation. The SP
model (finally!) added backlight support. All this power means classic
arcade and 2600 games fit in your pocket.
- Atari Flashback 2
(2005–2011(?)) A modern 'all-in-one' system containing 40
Atari VCS/2600 titles, and includes a reproduction of the
original VCS circuitry (you can even add a working cartridge port to it!),
unlike some other models of Flashback.
- Raspberry Pi
(2012–) A series of credit card-sized single-board
computers created with the intention of promoting the teaching of
basic computer science in schools, which run Linux, and are extremely
popular for creating various computing projects by hobbiests.
Popular Atari emulators like Stella (Atari 2600/VCS)
and atari800 (Atari 8-bit line of computers) are
available for it.
Atari Party gives you the chance to see countless games running on
real Atari hardware, using real game controllers, not a PC keyboard!
That includes classic licensed titles like
Space Invaders and Superman on the
2600, which have never been included in official "anthology" collections.
You'll also revisit arcade titles via modern systems like the
Sony PlayStation & PS2. Rarer Ataris, like the Lynx handheld
and 64-bit Jaguar home console will be there, too! And don't forget the
growing collection of recent homebrew titles that continue to come out,
long after the systems stop being produced!
Numerous facts sourced from various
- Atari 800 Exposed
See the inner workings of a dismantled Atari 800 home computer
- Dan "The Trak-Ball Man" Kramer's memorabilia
Dan Kramer worked at Atari, Inc. between 1980 and 1984, where he
championed the creation of the Trak-Ball Controllers for the Atari
2600 Video Computer System (VCS), 400/800 home computers, and the 5200
SuperSystem — and holds a U.S. patent for the digital-to-analog
interface used in the latter. Working in the consumer engineering
group, he was involved in a wide range of products, including the
8-bit computer line, the unreleased "Cosmos" holographic game system,
the 2600, 2700, 2800, 5200 and 7800 home game consoles, and designs
for game controllers for a variety of those systems. Among numerous
other responsibilities, Dan also provided technical support at trade
shows, and even took part in the dissection of an "Intellivision",
one of Atari's competitors in the home video game console market.
A collection of classic and modern books and magazines about
the early Atari systems will be available for perusal at this year's
* — We'll also be giving away copies of these books during our
free prize drawing
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