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This is an interesting read.  Check it out here:  When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers.

A lot of early video game consoles secretly wanted to be home computers, too. Their makers either sold keyboard add-ons or failed miserably in the process.

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Re: When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 16:06:52 PM »
While an interesting read it I did not see Atari mentioned. Atari used the keypad adaptors  and the Atari was called the Atari Video Computer System or VCS for short.  ;D

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Re: When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2017, 19:11:40 PM »
This particular article focused on the Intellivision but there were indeed attampts made for the VCS as well.  I only know of one keyboard attachment that was released and it was not made by Atari. 

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Re: When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 15:09:15 PM »
It was an interesting article. Agree. The failure was slanted away from Atari products. Did not know about the keyboard. I was thinking of the keypad that came with Star Raiders and the Sesame Street kids games.

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Re: When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2017, 22:34:01 PM »
Oh yes, there was a keyboard prototype that Atari had developed which enhanced the 2600 and that was supposed to have exclusive games.  Unfortunately, that never happened.  I know there was one from Spectravideo that was released.


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