Atari 2600 inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame

Atari 2600You’ve heard of baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, but did you know there was a National Toy Hall of Fame?

You can count one of the pioneers of gaming, the Atari 2600 video game console, as the latest inductee into this auspicious setting.

The Atari 2600 was one of the most popular gaming consoles of the late 70’s and 80’s and boosted the concept of home based gaming to millions of households.

The games were no bigger than 8k of memory, but the hours of entertainment that the little game cartridges brought were more than enough to make up for the relatively simplistic game play.

Original price of the machine? $190 in 1977. In 2007 dollars, that would be about $661. Games were $20 a piece back then or $62 dollars by today’s prices. And you thought the PS3 was expensive?

The museum’s curator, Patricia Hogan, said, "It may look primitive compared to the advanced video game systems available today, but it helped make [the present consoles] possible."

The National Toy Hall of Fame is located in Rochester, NY. For more info about this interesting place, go here.

[via MSNBC]


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