Hack the classic Atari 2600 console


When Atari introduced the Video Computer System (VCS) back in 1977, no one predicted it would be a runaway success and ultimately spawn the multibillion-dollar gaming industry that we know today. The VCS, later renamed the 2600, is now nearly 30 years old, and still has a large fan base that keeps the system alive and thriving in the 21st century. A multitude of Web sites are devoted to the game system, and a large community of programmers and hobbyists still create new games for the 2600, with access to resources the original programmers could only dream of. If you’re lucky enough to still have a functioning 2600 at your disposal, now you can amp up your enjoyment of the vintage system even further. In this sample chapter from Game Console Hacking: Having Fun While Voiding Your Warranty, learn how to do the following hacks for the Atari 2600:

  • Create an Atari 2600 left-handed joystick
  • Repair your Atari 2600 joysticks
  • Revitalize your Atari 2600 paddles
  • Use an NEW control pad with your 2600
  • Add stereo output to your 2600
  • Complete an Atari 2600 S-video/composite modification

Title: Game Console Hacking: Having Fun While Voiding Your Warranty
ISBN: 1931836310
Published: October 2004
Authors: Joe Grand and Albert Yarusso
Chapter: Chapter 8: Atari 2600
Published by Syngress Publishing

Source: Hack the classic Atari 2600 console
Originally published on Wed, 13 Dec 2006 18:57:28 GMT

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One thought on “Hack the classic Atari 2600 console

  1. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto
    a co-worker who was conducting a little research on this.
    And he in fact ordered me breakfast because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this issue here on your website.

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