04/04/2016

☆ The A To Z Of Atari - X is For ☆ #Retrogaming #GamersUnite

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Atari XE/XLOf the many Atari reincarnations down the years, one of the most fondly remembered is the Atari 400 & 800 XE / XL Series of games machines / computers.

The XE/XL range was where I got my first taste of Atari as an owner of the Atari XEGS.

The XE/XL range has a massive back catalogue of video games that are compatible with the Atari 8 Bit Family of computers, which is the collective name for these legendary machines.
My XEGS as an awesome machine to look at as it had a detachable keyboard that attached itself to the games console style main cartridge hub. 

It also came with a cool looking light gun and a classic one button Atari joystick in the grey of the machine. 

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There was also a tasty tape deck peripheral which sat alongside the main computer. This meant I could play Atari cartridges and Cassettes on my XEGS. At the time it felt massive for me to be able to do this with my XEGS.
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I also loved the pastel coloured buttons on the games console style cartridge hub. It was something completely different from what I had ever seen before. 

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In January 1992 Atari officially dropped all support of the 8 Bit  XE/XL Series and thereby the end of the XE/XL machines was sealed.

These machines are highly regarded amongst the Retro Gaming community and I for one am a big fan of these beauties.

One day I will get my XEGS back into my collection and collect up as many of the cartridges as I can find.

What's Your XE/XL Memories?

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