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My Atari 7800 Kiosk


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I thought I'd share some pictures of my Atari 7800 Kiosk that I assembled during the earliest days of this website, in 2001. This is not an original kiosk from Atari as to my knowledge there was never an official Atari 7800 retail kiosk, aside from Atari's display at the 1984 Consumer Electronics Show - so I decided to make my own. Unfortunately this kiosk no longer exists and these are likely the only pictures I have. I may attempt to build another one of these kiosks sometime in the future.

 

I made this kiosk mostly using the structure of a generic Toys R Us game kiosk from that time, along with some other components and custom parts. The Atari 7800 Kiosk is about 80% complete in these pictures. Custom "Atari 7800 ProSystem" signage, controller mounts, custom wiring and a larger Sony Trinitron TV were added a bit later on. Custom Atari artwork was made for the sides of the kiosk which you would not have been able to see in these pictures. Additional games would hang from the back pegboard panel on either side of the first 7800 box, and a more substantial set of games were displayed on the two shelves below. Atari 7800 systems and accessories were displayed on the bottom shelf, and Atari Lynx systems and games were displayed on the upper shelf. All items displayed were brand new.

 

I had considered mounting a flat screen monitor against the back panel where you see the first Atari 7800 box hanging, but I opted not to do this. While I wanted the kiosk to be really cool, I also wanted it to look and feel as if it could have plausibly been used in a retail space during the 7800's lifespan. Flatscreens were pretty new in 2001, and that wasn't really the feel I was going for.

 

These pictures popped up when I found some old images from the earliest days of this website (2000-2002) on an old laptop this week. There's some really cool stuff in there that I can’t wait to share with you over coming weeks. I'll be posting more soon in a new thread giving you a glimpse into life at Atari I/O / Atari7800.com back in the day. Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram as I'll be posting on there too! Enjoy  :commodore_joystick:

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That, my friend, is a thing of beauty....

 

Only thing i'd (personally) change on a rebuild?

 

Swop positions of TV (it's too high) and the 7800 Pro System box...if that's possible, some TV brackets of back is strong enough to support them?.

 

:)

the demontration units at the local Wal-marts these days have the monitors very high up , I think the idea is that the blood circulation to your brain is cut off makeing you more likly to make an impulse purchase ..... although I could be wrong

 

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THANK YOU for all the awesome compliments, guys! The kiosk almost made a public appearance at PhillyClassic 3 in April, 2002 but unfortunately that didn't happen. The kiosk was a lot of fun, and very very cool to have hanging around a tv room. I look forward to doing something like this again.

 

 

very handsome.

 

I like the pro-line controller hanging there.

 

are those button illuminated ?

 

 

Thanks chas! No, but that's a cool idea  ^_^  :commodore_joystick:

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