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Atari ST

1985 - No generation identified

The Atari ST is a home computer that was manufactured and released by Atari Corporation in 1985. The "ST" in the name stands for "Sixteen/Thirty-two," referring to the Motorola 68000's 16-bit external bus and 32-bit internals. It was designed to compete with the Commodore Amiga and the Macintosh. The Atari ST featured a Motorola 68000 microprocessor and had a total of 512KB of RAM. It came with a built-in keyboard and featured a color graphics capability of 320x200 pixels and a palette of 512 colors. It also had a built-in MIDI port, which made it popular among musicians and music producers. The Atari ST had a variety of operating systems, the most popular of which was the TOS (The Operating System). The Atari ST was widely popular in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, where it was used for a wide range of applications, from business and education to music and gaming. It had a large library of software and games, many of which were developed by independent European developers. The Atari ST was discontinued in 1993, but it had a significant impact on the home computer market during its production run and it is still considered a classic computer by many enthusiasts. Some popular games that were released for the Atari ST include: Elite, Dungeon Master, Rick Dangerous, The Sentinel, Space Harrier, Shadow of the Beast, Stunt Car Racer, Super Sprint, Test Drive, Xenon, R-Type, Robocop, Another World, Flashback, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It's worth noting that the Atari ST had a large library of games, many of which were developed by independent European developers, and covered a wide range of genres from action, adventure, platformer, strategy, simulation, and more. Some of the games were ports from other platforms, others were exclusive to the Atari ST.