Atari Accessories

Manufactured by: CVC

Gameline Modem - The Gameline network and modem were set up by CVC founder Bill Von Meister after an attempt to set up a Music cable service had failed. All the modems were connected via regular phone line. The big gameserver was located in Vienna, Virginia. In fact, this was the only attempt ever made for a classic console, not counting the Japanese SEGA SC-3000 and Mark III (sort of SMS consoles) networks. The Control Video Corporation's (CVC) GameLine package contains a Master Module (modem), a telephone connection cord, a duplex T-adapter and some goodies, like membership cards and booklets. In the Dealer package was also a poster and a binder to hold the Gamelines magazines.

Manufactured by: RGA

Game Brain - Fit up to six games into the slots, plug the connector into the VCS, and select each game with the touch of a button!  [More Pics]

Manufactured by: Marjac

RomScanner  - Same idea as the Game Brain, except this unit has to be fitted over the top of the VCS. 

Manufactured by: Spectravision

Compumate - "Why just play video games?" was Spectravision's motto when they boldly announced the CompuMate, a keyboard add-on for the 2600 that retailed for just under $100. The CompuMate offered 16K of built-in ROM, 2K built-in RAM, built-in Microsoft BASIC and a 42-key sensor touch keyboard. All programs were to be stored by attaching the CompuMate to any cassette recorder via the cables that were packaged with the keyboard.

Manufactured by: Exus

Foot Craz - Jogging down the mean streets of America can get downright dangerous these days--so jog indoors, with Foot Craz! The 24" X 30" foam pad has micro switches embedded beneath five color-coded spots. It's sold with two games. In Video Jogger, you control an animated character by jogging on the pad. You score in Video Reflex by stepping on symbols on the pad that match those randomly flashed on-screen. From Exus, Foot Craz originally sold for $99.

Manufactured by: Atari

Walk-Up Dealer Test Console - Having problems with your joystick?   Your 2600 isn't turning on anymore and you need to check your power supply before spending some big bucks on having your 2600 console serviced. Well just run on down to your local Atari Authorized Dealer and walk up to the dealer test console. Atari sold these consoles to its dealers to provide a quick and easy way for Atari 2600 owners to test their joysticks and power supplies to see if they needed repair or replacement.   Atari also sold a convenient display stand with Atari joysticks, Paddles, Power supplies and other assorted accessories for making your trip to the store quick and convenient and of course to help boost additional sales.

Manufactured by: Milton Bradley???

Cosmic Command - An elaborate joystick sold with the game Survival Run, meant to appear like a futuristic space age controller. Functions like a regular controller, not sold separately from the game.

Manufactured by: Milton Bradely??

Flight Commander - Packaged with Spitfire Attack, an elaborate joystick meant to look like a fighter plane gun mount. Similar button/handle configuration to the Cosmic Commander, still functions like a regular controller. Not sold separately from the game.

Manufactured by: ??

Joyboard - Sold with the skiing game Mogul Maniac, the joyboard is a platform that you control by standing on it and leaning in different directions. Basically, itís a large flat black board with red lettering that you stand on to control.  By rocking back and forth. or side-to-side, you simulate the joystick motions. An additional port in the Joyboard allows you to plug in a stick for use with games that need a button. It shipped with a skiing game called Mogul Maniac.

Manufactured by: ??

Pointmaster Fire Control - A large flat connector that would interface between your joystick, and the 2600.  This device would give rapid-fire capability to the 2600 games.  Just hold down the joystick button, and the system would continuously fire without having to repeatedly punch the fire button.

Manufactured by: PVI and Atari

Keyboard - It was thought that Atari's only venture into a computer keyboard add-on was "The Graduate" Computer that was developed by PVI for Atari and was canceled in the fall of 1983 when James Morgan took over Atari. However this oddity turned up and it  appears that Atari was toying around with the idea of either its own add-on computer system or perhaps this was a possible restyling of  "The Graduate" into a 3/4 sized version of the Atari 2600jr case which was also being considered for the unreleased "Voice Commander" module for the Atari 2600 line.  This unit is just a mockup, there are no internal electronics.

Manufactured by: Arcadia

Starpath Supercharger - Large cartridge that plugged into the 2600 slot  had a cable with standard 1/8" jack for plugging into tape recorders.  Games came on regular audio cassettes with previews of upcoming  releases.  The unit itself contains 6K RAM and 2K ROM.  ROM is in top 2K and RAM is banked in lower 2K (2600 only has max of a 4K ROM).

Manufactured by: Vidco

Copy Cart - This allowed transfer of a game onto a blank cartridge.     Battery powered, not all games can be copied because of memory  limitations.

Manufactured by: CSK and Yoko

Yoko Game Copier -  Originally produced by Yoko and distributed in Europe by CSK around 1983. The EPROM carts that hold 2 games each were sold separately. You can only use the carts once though. The copier unit uses the power adapter for the 2600. [More Pics]

Manufactured by: Answer Software

Personal Game Programmer-1 - The Personal Game Programmer (PGP-1 for short) by Answer Software is the classic-era equivalent of the Game Genie and Pro Action Replay. The PGP-1 was a nifty device for the 2600 which enabled aspects of your video games to be changed. For example, in River Raid, the game could be modified using the PGP-1 so that one could fly over land as well as water. In Pac-Man, you could have the ghosts move slower than normal speed while you move as quickly as ever.

Manufactured by: Compro Electronics

Videoplexer - This is a very unique and extremely elusive Intellivision peripheral that was produced by Compro Electronics, Inc. (CEI) in 1982. The Videoplexer allows you switch between 8 different games without having to manually change cartridges. Not much is known about how many of these were actually made or many still exist. I would have to say that this falls somewhere between the original keyboard component and the Playcable on the rarity scale. Another interesting tidbit about the Videoplexer I found in the manual is that there was a similar model produced for the Atari 2600. It looks very similar to the Intellivision version, except that it requires an AC pass-through and connects to the 2600 via a ribbon cable and a dummy cart.


Manufactured by: Questtar

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