Atari 2600 (Darth Vader) VCS Game System
(Atari - 1982)
In October of 1977 Atari released the iconic 2600, known as the VCS (Video Computer System). It was one of the most successful cartridge based home video game consoles of it's day. Over the years, they released different variations of the same unit, including this one, an all black unit in 1982 that diverged from their trademarked look with the woodgrain finish. This black unit was dubbed the Darth Vader because of it's sleek black look.
The Atari 2600 was such a big piece of Americana in the late 70's and early 80's that it worked it's way into everyday vernacular as every kid either wanted an "Atari" or played with them at their friends houses and it became a generic term for a home gaming system. It dominated the market for years until 8-bit home computers like the Commodore 64 and other, more powerful, dedicated gaming consoles like the ColecoVision came into the picture.
Hundreds of game cartridges were released for the system over the years and new homebrew games are still being released by Atari fans even though the system is no longer produced. The Atari community is still going strong as witnessed by the countless forums and websites dedicated to the 2600 and other Atari systems.
I myself had never owned an Atari 2600 as a kid, but I played many Atari games at my friends houses. My father opted to buy 8-bit computers instead of a dedicated gaming console which helped mold my future as I am now a programmer by trade with decades of programming experience behind me. But I still recognize the importance of the 2600 console in gaming history... Which is why I own one now, to re-live the gaming sessions I had with my friends back in the late 1970's.
- Erik Schubach
My Atari 2600 (Vader) Collection
These are the Atari 2600 (Darth Vader) items that I currently have in my personal vintage technology collection. I am always open to sell or trade any of my duplicates. I am also looking for other Atari 2600 items for my collection... see my wish list below.
Boxed Atari 2600 (Vader) Video Computer System (x1)
Boxed Spectravideo CompuMate Atari 2600 Keyboard (x1)
Boxed Marjac ROM Scanner Control Center (x1)
Boxed Battlezone (x1)
Boing (Xonox Style) (x1)
Boxed Centipede (x1)
Boxed Dig Dug (x1)
Boxed Donkey Kong Jr (x1)
Boxed Galaxian (x1)
Boxed Ghost Manor Spikes Peak (Double Ender) (x1)
Boxed Joust (x1)
Boxed Kangaroo (x1)
Boxed Miner 2049er (x1)
Miner 2049er Volume II (x1)
Boxed Missile Command (x1)
Boxed Mogul Maniac (x1)
Boxed Pac-Man (x1)
Boxed Pole Position (x1)
Boxed Quest for Quintana Roo (x1)
Boxed Racer (x1)
Boxed Robin Hood Sir Lancelot (Double Ender) (x1)
Boxed Tutankham (x1)
Boxed Xenophobe (x1)
Atari 2600 Items Wanted
I will buy your Atari 2600 VCS items. I will pay cash or trade you for the items listed below or anything you do not see in my personal collection listed above. CONTACT ME
Boxed Atari 2600 Consoles
Boxed Atari 2600 Accessories
Any Boxed Atari 2600 Game Cartridge
Any magazine or book article that features the Atari 2600.
Atari 2600 Items For Sale or Trade
These are the Atari 2600 VCS items that I currently have for sale or trade from my personal vintage technology collection. CONTACT ME