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Gaming Console
    (October 1977-1984)
    Released by Warner Communications (parent company of Atari)
    Also known as the Computer Video System
    Discontinued in 1984
    Popular games include 'Pac Man,' 'Ms. Pac Man,' 'Space Invaders,' 'Centipede,' 'Pong,' 'Donkey Kong,' 'Breakout,' 'Pitfall!' and 'Asteroids'
    Its pre-production prototype was referred to as 'Stella.'
    The games produced for it did not have to be certified by Atari for quality. As a result, tons of crappy games were made.
    Gaming companies started making games based off of movies, thinking that the popularity of the movie would translate over to killer game sales.
    The pinnacle of the crap was the game version of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' widely considered to be the worst game of all time.
    Costing over $20 million to make (an astronomical figure), so many people sent the game back to the Atari company that they had to steamroll and bury all the returned copies in New Mexico.
    One of its games, called 'Custer's Revenge,' involved General Custer raping an Indian woman.
    After the system died, it caused a crash in the gaming industry that was only fully recovered by the Nintendo Entertainment System.
    Atari has never produced another widely successful console.
    It was the first widely successful cartridge system.
    It was so successful in its prime that it provided over half of the revenue for Warner Communications.
    It introduced the idea of gaming beyond PONG to the world.
    Many gaming companies learned from its crash and have safeguards to prevent it.

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