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Welcome to the Video Game Collection of the Museum. Here we have displays and information on consoles we have in our collection.

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Favorite and Classic games in no particular order.

A fun look at controllers over the years.

Atari 2600 (1977)

October 1977 brought us the Atari VCS. It was not dubbed the
2600 officially for a few more years, but was known by it's model
number CX2600. 

The 2600 was not the first system to use interchangeable ROM
cartridges for it's games and software, (that honor belongs to the
Fairchild Channel F), but it did popularize it. 

It was a wildly popular system from the late 1970's to early 1980's.
The system's official production run was from 1977 to 1992. Even
today, 2600 enthusiasts produce their own games for the 1.19MHz
wonder. 


Atari 400 (1979)

Atari released it's first home computers is 1979. 
The Atari 400 was a member of Atari's 8-bit computer family.
Which also included the 800, and 1200. 

The 400 pictured here was the entry model, it featured less
memory, only one cartridge slot, non upgrade-able memory, and
the less popular membrane keyboard.

The cheaper and less powerful 400 was pushed as more of hybrid
unit: game console and computer in one.





Magnavox Odyssey 2 (1978)

Released in 1978, the Odyssey 2 was part of the second
generation of home video games consoles. The Atari 2600 was
also a member.

The Odyssey 2 featured a membrane keyboard. Which offered no
tactile feedback, but was functional. The system featured two
standard one-button joysticks. In the first version of the system,
these joysticks could be unplugged from the main unit. Later
revisions moved to a hard-wired approach.
 

The games were simple. Not quite as refined as the 2600's better
titles, but still fun. The European version (known as the Videopac)
enjoyed much more success.
  


Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (1981)

 An improved version of the TI-99/4 from 1979, the 4A was an
improvement in many area, better graphics capabilities,
full-travel keyboard, and lowercase letters character set.

Software and games came primarily in on what TI called "Solid
State Software", more commonly known as a ROM cartridge. The
system had many add-on hardware modules that would plug into
the right side of the device, and could be daisy-chained to
additional modules. 

The system fared well in the over-saturated 1980's game/computer
market, having it's share of the home computer market peaking at 35%.

  

Commodore 64 (1982)

August 1982 was the time of release for the Commodore 64.
It was a machine sold in more than just computer stores,
but in any store that was willing to carry it.
 

The 64 tends to be a 50/50 mix of game system and computer. It
seemed to work it's way into homes under the guise of being a
productive office computer (which it pretty much was), but it was
also heavily used by 80's gamers. The machine used 3 different
formats for it's games: cartridge, floppy disk, and cassette tape.

The system is also known for it's sound capabilities,
leading music artists of the 80's and 90's to use it for producing
electronic sounds and beats.


Nintendo Entertainment System (1985)

The NES is known as the system that revived home
video gaming after the Video Game Crash of 1983-84.
 

An American version of the Japanese made Nintendo
Famicom (Family Computer) (1983). The NES made it's
American debut in 1985 in New York City, and was being
sold coast-to-coast by 1986. 34 Million units were sold
in the U.S. alone.

Though it is best known for it's flagship title, "Super
Mario Brothers", the little gray box is known for being the
first step many other successful video game franchises.
Including: The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Final Fantasy,
Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania, and many more.




Nintendo Game Boy (1989)

One of Nintendo's biggest successes, the Game Boy
came to the US market in August of 1989. Selling one million
units in just a few weeks. It's pack-in game "Tetris", is
one of the most popular games of all-time.

Despite it's black and white (realistically green and
light green), the Game Boy surpassed the competition in
 popularity. Many of the early games were revamped versions
of their NES counter parts, such as Super Mario Bros and Kid Icarus, but Game Boy originals, such as Pokemon have gone
on to become extremely popular.





Atari TV Games (2002)

A retro throw-back from the not so distant past. Atari
worked with Jakks Pacific to release 10 popular Atari 2600
titles into a single CX-40 style joystick that plugs directly
into a TV via composite cables.

Powered by 4 AA batteries, the mini-console has such 2600
classics as Circus Atari, Centipede, Breakout, Pong,
Asteroids and Missile Command.
 

These are also still available through many retailers.





Namco TV Games (2004)

Another Jakks Pacific TV Games console, this time made
with the cooperation of Namco.

This AA powered console featured Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga,
Mappy, Pole-Position and Xevious.

One very interesting feature of this unit, is the twist-able
joystick. When playing the featured racing game, Pole-Position,
the players twist the joystick itself to steer the on-screen car.
This gives actual analog control to the player, enabling them to
turn the car as much as needed.


Atari VCS 2600




Magnavox Odyssey2










Nintendo Entertainment System






Nintendo Game Boy