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Name: Atari 2600 VCSp
Seller: Ben Heckendorn
Date: 2001
Display: LCD
Comments: The 2600 makes a spectacular comeback in this portable version.  It is a fascinating combination of original, handcrafted art and videogame technology.  The first of its kind!

Look at the nice job Ben did on the design: wood grain around the screen; aluminum strip with classic atari style rainbow line; autographed sticker with version and serial number; 2600 joystick outputs; and link ports!  Warlords anyone?

He also did a nice job on the casing - custom routed plastics for the body and some of the controls.  Here you can see a joystick controller, a very nice quality paddle controller, A/V output, and power input.

Since this has joystick ports and the A/V port, you could also use this portable as a regular 2600 hooked up to a TV set!

More fabulous designs: volume and brightness dials; lithium battery compartment with cover; select and reset buttons; joystick fire button, paddle controller button, and 2 difficulty A/B switches.  I must say, very nice response with all the controls.

The world's smallest 2600 Donkey Kong.  Yet every single pixel is quite clear and visible.

River Raid kicks serious butt on either a 45 inch home theatre projection screen OR a 2.5 inch lcd : )

Here are some pics from CGE-2K1, which are particularly special to me since these famous gaming pioneers are playing MY atari VCSp (serial# 27)!  Thanks guys, for making these games and machines that I grew up playing.

Joe Decuir - one of the original designers of the Atari 2600 hardware.  He also programmed Combat and Video Olympics.

David Crane - programmer and founder of Activision (THE FIRST third-party software company in history).  He programmed on classics like Pitfall I and II, Decathlon, Fishing Derby, Freeway, Laser Blast, Kaboom, Grand Prix, and many others.

On the right is Ben, the mad-scientist behind this 2600 VCSp portable.  View my links page to find Ben's site and learn more about his video gaming laboratory experiments.

Rob Fulop - an early Atari programmer who made an exodus to Imagic.  He programmed on classics like Demon Attack, Missile Command, Night Driver, and Cosmic Ark.