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Console Wars Part 1 – Prelude to War – The Rise and Fall of Atari

Video games are $100 billion a year industry. Games are everywhere, from Xbox to PlayStation, Nintendo to mobiles, and of course personal computers.

Pretty much everyone has experienced a video game at some point in their lives, but it wasn’t that long ago that the idea of playing games in your home was a far-out concept yet to be conceived.

In this video, we’re going to talk about the console that started it all. Not just the idea of bringing video games into the home, but also one that introduced the world to the idea of personal computing at home. We’re going to talk about Atari, and specifically the 2600; a piece of equipment that not only gave birth to the video game industry as we know it but also sparked a technical revolution still being felt today. Long before the console war between Microsoft and Sony was the console war between Nintendo and Sega. But not so long before that, there was no such thing as a console war. There was only one console. There was only Atari.