With the production starting in October 1977, the Atari 2600 turns 30 this month. With as large an impact on gaming today its hard to imagine that the 2600 almost did not happen. The history of the 2600 began in 1973 with an original codename of Stella. After the launch the Atari 2600 had incredible success and produced eight versions over a 14-year lifespan, in addition to three Sears branded models and at least a dozen clone systems. The Atari 2600 sold over 40 million units and has well over 1300 game titles.
While sitting in front a television and playing a console with a “tv type; color or b-w” switch may seem a little old for many, its hard to deny the fact that the Atari was huge for gaming. Consider the fact that people are still today paying for and playing games that were originally made for the 2600 on everything from cellphones, to hand held units to modern consoles. It makes you wonder if any games that you are currently playing will still be around in 30 years.