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.