Atari 2600 Video Computer System, 1982-1983

Summary

The Atari 2600 "Black Vader" was the company's most popular console system, produced for 14 years. It marks a transitional period -- the last console produced by Atari before the "Video Game Crash of 1983." This collapse occurred due a flooded market, the rise of personal computers as gaming systems, and highly anticipated (but poor quality) games like "E.T." and "Pac-Man."

The Atari 2600 "Black Vader" was the company's most popular console system, produced for 14 years. It marks a transitional period -- the last console produced by Atari before the "Video Game Crash of 1983." This collapse occurred due a flooded market, the rise of personal computers as gaming systems, and highly anticipated (but poor quality) games like "E.T." and "Pac-Man."

Artifact

Game console

Date Made

1982-1983

Your Place In Time
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Your Place in Time

Object ID

2015.56.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Metal
Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 in.  (box)

Width: 19 in  (box)

Length: 13 in.  (box)

Height: 3.5 in.  (console)

Width: 13.75 in.  (console)

Length: 9.125 in.  (console)

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