Custom Atari 2600 PC

The year was 1982. My sister and I had decided to pool our resources and together we saved up enough cash to buy the ultimate gaming console: the Atari 2600. We spent many hours playing games on that console, and I can still remember the sound of the tanks driving in Combat. I would later move on to the Commodore 64, the PC platform, and now have an Xbox as well. Even so, there’s always going to be an affinity for me with the Atari 2600 platform. I still admire its fake wood grain on the front, the cool aluminum toggle switches on the top, and the old-school joysticks that I used both with the Atari, and with my Commodore 64.

Fast-forward 30 years, and still have some serious fans of all things Atari. Feeding on this energy, the Internet Explorer team decided to team up with Atari to develop a modern arcade – eight classic Atari games using HTML5 and supporting multi-touch. You can see and play these at http://arcade.atari.com. What’s more, the team that built these games has created an Atari SDK so that you can build your own games for the Atari platform.

As a part of this classic Atari re-launch, a limited quantity of original Atari 2600 gaming consoles were retrofitted with modern PC internals. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of the Atari 2600 boxes that was put together by Hard Drives Northwest, and I’ll have to say it’s one of the coolest “case mods