While Atari first burst onto the video game scene in 1972 with Pong, for many gamers, the company's lasting legacy will always be the Atari 2600. October 14 marks the 35 th birthday of the legendary game console, which landed with a bang in 1977. It wasn't the first home video game system --that honor belongs to the Magnavox Odyssey --but it quickly became the most widely adopted and set the standard for many, many years. To celebrate the console that revolutionized home entertainment, we dug up 35 factoids you might not have heard about while you were busy playing Asteroids and Pitfall.
1. It almost belonged to Magnavox. Had things worked out a bit differently, we'd be talking about the 36th birthday of the Magnavox 2600. An earlier settlement between Atari and Magnavox over Pong gave Magnavox the rights to anything Atari produced for one year, so Atari held the
system back from 1976 to 1977 to keep it their own. Good idea..."