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4. Playing Classic Console Games > Emulate the Atari 7800

Emulate the Atari 7800

Bring a woefully ignored console back from the dead.

The poor thing never had a chance. Originally designed as the true successor to the incredibly successful 2600 VCS [Hack #34] , the Atari 7800 fell victim to all sorts of internal power struggles and botched management decisions. First, while the 7800 was still in development, Atari hacked its existing line of computer hardware, turning it into the quick-fix Atari 5200, to fend off the Colecovision in 1982.

Two years later, as the system that was supposed to be the next big thing was about to be released, Atari execs decided they didn’t want to be in the video games business anymore, and put the manufactured 7800 systems and games into storage. Only after Nintendo revitalized the video game market did Atari ship the 7800 in 1986. But they immediately followed it with the XE Game System, an incompatible console that played the same games as the company’s line of computers.


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