It’s a good thing it’s still on display in a Silicon Valley museum.
It’s a 1976 Atari 2600 console with a classic black casing.
That’s right, the original Sega Genesis with its iconic cartridge slot and six-color LED screen is on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) convention, one of the biggest gaming events in the world.
“This was my first Atari 2600,” says Eric Gans, the owner of the old-school arcade cabinet, which sold for $3,000 at auction in 2013.
He’s also the owner and curator of the Atari Arcade Museum in Santa Clara, California, where the cabinet is on loan from the Electronic Games Archive at Stanford University.
“I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people out there that know about this thing,” Gans says, pointing to a rack of Atari 2600 games on the display.
“This was just a piece of hardware, and I’ve been collecting Atari 2600s since I was a kid.
It’s just a very special piece.”
Gans’ Atari 2600 was one of more than 150 Sega Genesis games on display for the first two days of the show.
The collection, which spans more than 40 years, includes classics like the “Space Invaders” series and other classic arcade games like “Terminator,” “Bubble Bobble” and “Metroid.”
Gays, lesbians, women, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community are among the attendees, along with the tech world’s elite.
But it’s the diverse audience that’s most exciting.
“It’s the people that have been out there and who are just so passionate about their hobby, and the technology that they love,” Gons says.
“You don’t see a lot of these people at the show.”
In the decades since it debuted, the Atari 2600 has become one of gaming’s most iconic machines, a powerful machine that made gaming possible for a lot more people than just the people playing it.
In this June 17, 2017 file photo, an Atari 2600 cartridge sits on display inside the Electronic Gaming Archive at the Stanford University Computer Science Center in Palo Alto, California.
The Atari 2600’s history dates back to the early 1980s, when Sega released a version of the console called the Sega Mega Drive that was far more powerful than its successor, the Sega Genesis.
Sega took the Sega’s console to the US and Europe, and Atari became the first console to reach more than 100 million units worldwide.
But in the years since, the console has lost popularity, with its cartridges becoming less and less common, thanks to the rise of new games and the popularity of video games on smartphones and tablets.
That’s what prompted Gans to find the Atari arcade cabinet in the attic of his home in Santa Cruz, California in 2003.
It was in the cabinet that Gans found the cartridge slot, which was still in the original unit, he said.
“I didn’t know how old it was.
I had no idea.”
Gons said he started collecting the Atari when he was a teenager and spent $200 on a Sega Genesis that he bought at an auction in 2011.
After he put the Sega machine in the case, he got a call from Atari that asked if he wanted to buy the Atari, and he agreed.
The game he wanted the Atari was “Metronome,” which was the first arcade game from Sega that Gens played on his Atari 2600.
The game was an original arcade game that came out in the early ’80s, and Gans had never played it before.
He played the game on his Genesis, and it was fun.
It was simple, he says.
And the graphics were crisp.
It took him several tries to get the game to run on the Atari.
Gans got it to run, but it was “not as smooth as it was on the Sega,” he says, and “it just wasn’t as satisfying.”
So, he decided to buy an Atari.
It sold for about $500, and in 2005, he sold it.
The Atari has been in storage at his house ever since.
Gans bought it to use as a game cabinet, but he didn’t like the game so much that he wanted it returned.
“It was a bit of a lost cause,” he said of the arcade cabinet.
So he gave it to the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles, which is where it will remain for the next 20 years.
“When you think of it, I probably didn’t even know what an Atari was,” Gains says.
“We didn’t have the hardware in the house, but the museum staff were there.
They said, ‘If you have the money, we’ll take care of it.'”
Gans also hopes the arcade cabinets will inspire more people to buy a Sega Mega, and that Sega will donate the arcade consoles to the museum.
He plans to use the cabinets as part of the museum’s programming.
The collection of Atari cartridges is part of