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Atari is a corporate and brand name owned by several entities since its inception in 1972. It is currently owned by Atari Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the French publisher Atari SA (ASA). The original Atari Inc. was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. It was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and home computers. The company's products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600, helped define the computer entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid 1980s. In 1984, the original Atari Inc. was split, and the arcade division was turned into Atari Games Inc. Atari Games received the rights to use the logo and brand name with appended text "Games" on arcade games, as well as rights to the original 1972 - 1984 arcade hardware properties. The Atari Consumer Electronics Division properties were in turn sold to Jack Tramiel's Tramel Technology Ltd., which then renamed itself to Atari Corporation. In 1996, Atari Corporation reverse merged with disk drive manufacturer JT Storage (JTS), becoming a division within the company. In 1998, Hasbro Interactive acquired all Atari Corporation related properties from JTS., creating a new subsidiary, Atari Interactive. IESA bought Hasbro Interactive in 2001 and renamed it to Infogrames Interactive. IESA changed the company name entirely to Atari Interactive in 2003. The company that currently bears the name Atari Inc. was founded in 1993 under the name GT Interactive. IESA acquired a 62% controlling interest in GT Interactive in 1999, and renamed it Infogrames, Inc. Following IESA's acquisition of Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, Inc. intermittently published Atari branded titles for Infogrames Interactive. In 2003, Infogrames Inc. licensed the Atari name and logo from Atari Interactive and changed its name to Atari Inc. On October 11, 2008, Infogrames completed its acquisition of Atari, Inc., making it a wholly owned subsidiary.

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1 E.T. Began a new festival called Burning Cartridge '82
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2 Atari 5200 New system wasn't much better than the 2600
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Bought by Infogrames Made that awful Matrix game
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5 Pac Man Fever? Atari 2600 PacMan- Overhyped & Lame
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 I had that E.T. game. Played for hours and had no idea what I was doing. -- Submitted By: (HulkFan) on September 12, 2018, 7:24 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I own a 2600 and it still works perfectly fine! I also own the E.T. video game and I actually like it! -- Submitted By: (TomPettyFan) on July 1, 2018, 1:21 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I won an Atari 2600 in a contest from Crest toothpaste. Now you may think that sounds cool, but this was circa 1988! All my friends had NES! Anyways, I still enjoy retro gaming and kept all my old systems from the NES era on up. But for whatever reason, most Atari games just don't interest me anymore and I gave them all to a friend a few years ago. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on September 5, 2013, 10:07 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 As a kid, I loved my Atari. I didn't care about context, gameplay, development or whatever the complaints were. Now days, it may be more nostalgia then anything else but I can honestly say I miss my Atari. I will admit ET was pretty bogus. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on December 28, 2012, 7:57 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 However, the 2600 version of 'Asteroids' wasn't too shabby. I played the H#!! out of that one. :) -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on December 27, 2012, 1:10 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 You said it. I remember how excited I was to find out that they were coming out with PacMan for the the Atari 2600 only to be disappointed greatly when I saw how incredibly lame it was compared to it's 'Coin-Op'relative. Even then I knew that the 2600 could only do so much, but was that the best Atari could do with it or did they just slap something out in development and rush it out? Boing boing boing boing ..... ugh -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on December 27, 2012, 12:51 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Boned with the ET game and the lousy 2600 version of Pac Man -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on December 22, 2012, 6:15 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
8 The Atari games themselves have never boned, they're classics! But, Atari the company itself went downhill with the video game crash of 1983, which people blamed over their E.T. game. However, if it wasn't for Atari, it's possible that the video game systems we have today would never have been made. Atari tried to make a come back with the Jaguar and the Lynx, but they flopped. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on February 26, 2010, 12:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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