Sunday, February 2, 2014

Atari "Video Computer System," Indeed!

Today's quickie post is not RPG-related or OSR-related or even tabletop-game-related, but it IS mega-super-nerdy-geeky cool, so here we go:
My pal, Phil Hergatt, surprised me on Friday with an Atari 2600 VCS with a set of paddles. He knows I love the old retro gaming systems, so I was surprised and pleased with his gift:
He smiled and explained that this wasn't an Atari VCS anymore, but rather he had converted it to a TRUE Atari "Video Computer System" by gutting the non-working electronics from the game system and replacing the innards with a high-speed, Intel-driven computer. The cart slot now held two fans to cool the system, the joystick ports were now UBS ports, and those paddles I mentioned were converted to a pair of speakers. Here it is up-and-running:
And how well does it work? Well, what do you think I'm making this blog post on? ;) Thanks again, Phil!


  1. damn! That is amazing and I'm more than mildly jealous.

  2. Now that IS super-geeky-cool. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I had a regular Atari 2600 as a kid, but it burned out from overplaying. :)

    Also a minor heads-up for the post-apocalypse fans here, the 1988 PC game "Wasteland" has been re-released to run under DOSbox over at

    It's even on sale price for 12 more hours.

  4. Sweet! And ingenious use of the paddles too.

  5. The coolest thing since the Nintoaster or the Super Genintari. As a PC, it could play classic games, regardless of system, through emulators.