People Magazine Plugs Atari, Snubs Nintendo in "Celebrate the '80s!"

The latest special issue of People celebrates the Atari 2600 as the console that "ruled the interactive gaming world" in the 1980s - no mention of the original Nintendo, Sega Master System or even Coleco Vision.

I'm not sure why People Magazine is even celebrating the 80s in the first weeks of 2009, but if they're going to trumpet everything that ever mattered between 1980 and 1989, why isn't the NES on the there? According to this exhaustively researched article by GamesRadar, the NES sold way better than the Atari 2600.

In fact, aside from a joke about the 2600 being the son of Pong, there's no mention of video games in the 80s at all. Shame on you, People!

People Magazine's "Celebrate the '80s!" special issue is on shelves now.

P.S. I think People actually meant to call out the Atari 2600 Junior. The original 2600 came out in 1977 and therefore hardly deserves to share page space with the Rubik's Cube and a Cabbage Patch Kid.


    Wow, a Nintendo fanboy rant, how original. If Nintendo were so dominant, how come they only dominated one market? Even in Japan they had plenty of competition even if Sega wasn't it, and they obviously never succeeded in Europe or Oceania. If Sega didn't mess up their licencing, who knows how things would have turned out?

    Atari 2600 Juniors were commonly just called Atari 2600's and were the most common console of the masses because the price was so low and software was just as easily obtainable. I never liked them, but meh.

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