What is a game cartridge?
A game cartridge is a plastic case containing a circuit board, a connector, and a ROM chip. CDs and DVDs ultimately displaced them because they offered higher capacity at a lower cost. But in the 1970s and 1980s, the only lasers our game consoles had were the ones they drew on the screens in games about aliens.
Where do the cartridges come from for homebrew games?
Have you ever wondered where all the cartridges come from for the homebrew and reproduction games we sell in our store? The answer is that we recycle common Atari 2600, 5200, and 7800 cartridges and turn them into the new games you can purchase.
Do game consoles still use cartridges?
It was the last home console to use plug-in game cartridges. Thanks to cartridges’ durability, it remained popular with young children long after its technical obsolescence. Cartridges hold up better under rough handling. Even after home consoles shifted to CDs, portable consoles continued to use cartridges.
What do you do with old Atari 2600 cartridges?
The answer is that we recycle common Atari 2600, 5200, and 7800 cartridges and turn them into the new games you can purchase. At present we do not have a source for new cartridge shells, so until new cartridge shells are available (and this is something we are working on), recycling old games is the only means available to us to produce new games.