Originally founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.  Atari's first hit was Pong, while very basic it was a huge hit.  After this they built home consoles with inter-changable cartridges.  Their Console the Atari 2600 is credited as starting the computer console age.  They also produced the Handheld Atari Lynx and the ill fated Atari jaguar.  After the Jaguar's failure Atari went back to being third party game developers.

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