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  • Inside Atari 1981 Atari Promotional Video

    Go inside Atari in this informative expose on the legendary video game company. From their humble roots in Sunnyvale California, to their rise to fame in the late 1970’s, Atari is the company that laid the foundation for the modern video game industry. This video is a rare look inside the company during the height of its fame and power. The video gives a brief overview of the rise of Atari, from their first hit with Pong to their acquisition by Warner Communications.

    This classic corporate promotional video explores the three divisions of Atari. Coin-Operated Arcade Games, the Computer Division, and the Home Video Game Console Division. This video was frequently shown to investors and at consumer electronic trade shows.

    The original Atari, Inc. founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney 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 electronic entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid-1980s.


  • A Crappy TV or Replacement Parts for a Rare Arcade Monitor?

    This just goes to show you never know what you may find on the side of the road:


    I saw a pile of trash on the corner on my way home, so of course I turned my ass around and checked it out. There was a stereo receiver (pass), some DVDs and books (pass), and this sad looking 13″ 1980s color TV half underneath a backpack. Being an unrepentant garbage person, I loaded it right up.

    Got it home and cracked open to see what I found. I had a good feeling about this one when I saw the yoke, and got even more excited when I pulled the neckboard and found this:

    That’s a CR-24 tube neck, which is used by all color vector displays… This is VERY good.

    Tube is 13VBSP22… This rings a faint bell.

    Yes! This is an identical replacement for a 13″ Amplifone color vector monitor. These are some of the rarest arcade monitors ever made, because they were specially built for the Atari PAT 9000, which only had a production run of 250-300 — And I have one! Huge, huge, score, I never thought I’d see one of these. It’s terrific to have a spare tube for this rare monitor.