The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, is the video game console credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. The first game console to use this format was the Fairchild Channel F. However, it was the Atari 2600 that made the plug-in concept popular among the game-playing public.
Posted by BlueWolf72 on Nov 9th, 2007
It was announced today that among the twelve toys nominated, the Atari
2600 was one of three to be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
at the Strong National Museum of Play. The other two? Raggedy Andy and the kite.