How does an Atari VCS work?
How does a TV work?
Well, I'll summarize here, but a much better job has been done by the people at HowStuffWorks.Com, so please take a visit if you want a little more depth - no use re-inventing the wheel!
What's important, in terms of thE Atari, is the scanning of a TV's electron beam.
The beam (three for color televisions) sweeps across the screen from top to bottom, left to right, only painting the screen when traveling from left to right.
The Atari generates video for the playfield, as well as the horizontal and vertical synchronization signals that are part of a standard television broadcast, which tells the TV exactly what to draw.
Look at another section of how an Atari 2600 works:
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