Eric wrote:Yep 2600. Always thought "Video Computer System" was more a description than a name.
martyg wrote:usually use 2600 for ease of reading by people not familiar with the name changes
Jagfest_UK wrote:2600 was still on the box though as it was still the model / part number and Atari themselves even called the old machines that too.
Eric wrote:Martyg, was it known as the VCS here in the UK or did it launch directly as the 2600 here?
martyg wrote:Jagfest_UK wrote:2600 was still on the box though as it was still the model / part number and Atari themselves even called the old machines that too.
No, at Atari it was still referred to as the Video Computer System up until '82. For instance I have a huge junket of theirs used by the marketing department to collect press clipping on a 6 month basis for internal use for marketing meetings. It's entitled Atari Video Computer System Press Clipping 1981, June-Dec.
All products released by the company, be it consumer or coin, had product numbers. Even the various PONG consoles had these on their boxes. They didn't have anything to do with the title or marketing, they're used for internal reference. The move to using the product number as the title for consoles didn't happen until 1982 when the 5200 came out and the "darth vader model of the VCS was promoted as the "Atari 2600". That continued of course with the 7800.
stvd wrote:martyg wrote:usually use 2600 for ease of reading by people not familiar with the name changes
Same here but it annoys me when people refer to it as the 2600 when describing it's launch or pre '82 when it was re-badged as the 2600.
It makes them sound like they don't know what they're talking about.
Darran@Retro Gamer wrote: I can understand why it might wind some up though.
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