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The CONSOLE that revolutionized VIDEO GAMES

The sprawl of Adventure. The addictiveness of Breakout. The intensity of Space Invaders.

Once upon a time, you could only experience this kind of excitement at the arcade. But in 1977 that changed forever. You, and maybe a friend or a sibling, could instantly teleport from your own living room to a dazzling new world—with nothing more than a small plastic cartridge.

This was the promise of the Atari 2600—and it was delivered in ways no one ever expected. No, the games it put on your TV weren’t what you saw when you plunked in your quarters at the convenience store or in the noisy, smoky business on the other side of town. But they brought the arcade home—and it hasn’t left since.

With Adventure: The Atari 2600 at the Dawn of Console Gaming, Jamie Lendino takes you to the front lines of the home gaming revolution, exploring the history of the world-changing console and delves into the coin-op ports and original titles that still influence gaming today.

Before your next trip to a magical universe with your Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Switch, see how the home gaming industry truly began.

Jamie Lendino is the Editor-in-Chief of ExtremeTech. Previously, he managed the consumer electronics and mobile teams at PCMag. He's written for the print, Web, and digital versions of PC Magazine for more than 13 years, and has frequently covered the retro gaming community in both places. He has also written for Popular Science, Electronic Musician, Consumer Reports, Sound and Vision, and CNET. Jamie has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, CNBC, WCVB Channel 5 Boston, Fox News, Reuters TV, and dozens of terrestrial radio stations across the country. He lives with his wife and daughter in Collingswood, New Jersey. He is also the author of Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation.

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