The Atari Video Computer System dominated the home video game market so completely that 'Atari' became the generic term for a video game console. The Atari VCS was affordable and offered the flexibility of changeable cartridges. This book offers a study of this influential video game console from both computational and cultural perspectives.
Nick Montfort is Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT and the coauthor of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009). Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, and the coauthor of Newsgames: Journalism at Play (MIT Press, 2010).