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Jan. 22, 2013 | 6:36 p.m.

Atari bankruptcy: Remembering the 2600, 7 bestselling games

Gaming pioneer Atari, renowned for producing games such as "Asteroids," "Pong" and "Centipede," has filed for bankruptcy in the United States. Above, visitors play Atari games at a gaming convention in Germany in 2005. (Andreas Rentz / Getty Images)
Word that the U.S. operations of iconic video game maker Atari had filed for bankruptcy protection was greeted with a certain amount of sadness, mostly on the part of Gen X-ers who spent hours and hours of their childhood manipulating crudely rendered blobs of light on their parents’ Trinitron television sets. Introduced in 1977, the Atari 2600 game system sold more than 30 million units and paved the way for the Nintendo Entertainment System and countless other consoles. Without “Space Invaders,” there might never have been a “Halo,” a “Call of Duty” or a “Grand Theft Auto.” With that in mind, here’s a look back at the bestselling Atari 2600 games of all time. 7. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982): 1.5 million copies sold. Despite its place on the list of Atari’s all-time top-selling titles, this release is one of the […]
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