Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Jamie Lendino

By Jamie Lendino

Atari 8-bit pcs are the 1st machines that really bridged the divide among game avid gamers and residential desktop fanatics. The Atari four hundred and 800 signaled the beginning of a brand new period in computing. Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit desktops outlined a Generation is the 1st e-book to hide what made Atari's groundbreaking computing device line nice: its very good photos and sound, versatile programming atmosphere, and extensive aid from the burgeoning domestic desktop neighborhood.

For these people coming of "gaming age" within the 80s, Atari video games have been easily amazing—and you will find out what revamped a hundred titles quite a bit enjoyable to play. Breakout additionally explores the Atari 8-bit platform because it stands at the present time, with a powerful fanatic and modding group, the expanding worth of Atari desktops and peripherals, and the way to start with one now or get your outdated one operating back.

Jamie Lendino is the Editor-in-Chief of formerly, he controlled the shopper electronics experiences workforce for, and has written for the print and electronic models of PC Magazine for over 10 years. he is additionally had articles released in Popular technology, digital Musician, Sound and Vision, and on and

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In the middle of these was a red power LED. 4: A September 1983 ad in Antic magazine for one of many Atari 400 keyboard add-ons. System Reset triggered a warm start, where the machine stayed on and rebooted; sometimes it still kept the currently loaded program in memory, if instructed to do so once loaded the first time. A cold boot, in contrast, was when you powered off and on the machine entirely. The right side of the machine featured the SIO port for connecting peripherals, a sliding hardware power switch, and a power input.

The power supply board held the on/off switch and power jack. The Personality board, which was positioned vertically on the motherboard, contained the CPU, ANTIC, and either CTIA or GTIA. 7: A block diagram of Atari 8-bit hardware. Credit: De Re Atari, p. [31] The display list contained where the screen data was located, what graphics modes to use, and what options to use, if any. [33] CTIA was the television interface chip. CTIA converted commands into a signal, which then went to the television or monitor.

Of the personal computers available on store shelves in 1980, the Atari 400 was the one you wanted to bring home after seeing Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the theater—or at least after popping a hazy bootleg VHS copy of it into your fake-wood-paneled VCR, and watching the movie for the fourth time on your living room’s 25-inch color TV. ) The 400 was clearly a product of its X-Wing–influenced time period. It had some of the same angular lines as the Commodore PET. It looked both different from and more attractive than the Apple II.

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