Atari's venerable VCS (2600) turned 30 this year, and 1UP asked me to write a feature about the console's influence and impact on the industry. I finished the piece in October, but it didn't go up until a few weeks ago. I haven't checked to see if 1UP changed much from my original version, but if it's anything like it, the article should be worth the read for all video game fans.
The piece contains some original analysis of the 2600′s impact that you won't likely find anywhere else. For example, did you know that the first video game based on licensed non-video game IP was Superman for the Atari VCS in 1979? If that comes as a surprise to you, you'll want to read the rest of the article. Even diehard Atari fiends might learn something new.