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An Atari 2600.


Company name, founded in California in 1972, from Japanese 当たり (atari), with reference to the game of Go.


Atari (plural Ataris)

  1. (video games) An Atari video game system or computer, such as the Atari 2600 or Atari ST.
    • 1988, Jerry Bledsoe, Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder[1], Dutton, →ISBN, page 204:
      Asked what they liked best about visiting their father, both named playing his Atari game. "What if he didn't have an Atari, would you still go visit him?" Dr. Davis asked.
    • 2003, Ruby Ann Boxcar, Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park Guide to Livin' Real Good[2], Citadel Press, →ISBN, page 76:
      Even my husband, when he takes a break from playin' his Atari on the TV, makes comments about how weird the livin' room looks without the rain lamp.
    • 2005, Chris Kohler, Retro Gaming Hacks[3], O'Reilly, →ISBN, page 8:
      Whatever the reason, you've found yourself wanting an Atari once again. Yes, the very first video game company did produce many different consoles, but when I say "an Atari" you know what I'm talking about: the Video Computer System, a.k.a. the VCS, a.k.a. the 2600, a.k.a. the Atari.

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Atari m (plural Ataris)

  1. (video games) Atari (an Atari video game system or computer, such as the Atari 2600 or Atari ST)