Forty years ago today Atari Inc was founded, the first game released was Pong in the arcade format. Of course I was not around when Atari was new but I remember getting my Atari 2600 consul second hand from my cousin when I was very young, of the seven or eight games that I got, only two worked where worth playing, a racing car game and my favorite for Atari, Pitfall!, seems silly today to young gamers but man I loved jumping over logs, crocodiles and scorpions and swinging over ponds.
Though an onslaught of bad games with ET being the straw that broke the camels back caused the video game crisis of 1983, the 2600 did stay in production until 1992. The Atari 2600 consul was pretty much the last word in gaming before the Nintendo NES dominated the industry beginning in 1985. Though Atari never had a successful consul after the 2600, the company is still around.
What was your experience with Atari if you played and what do you think is the legacy of Atari?