Vintage video game piracy: the Vidco Copy Cart
By James Grahame
The gaming industry likes to paint piracy as a terrifyingly modern problem, but the truth is that "backup" systems have been around for decades. The Vidco Copy Cart for the Atari 2600 is a wonderful example of state of the art copy technology, circa 1983.
Atari Age reports: "It was sold in a bundle with the cartridge duplicator and the game Dishaster. Basically, the copier was a double-ended apparatus in which you would insert the copy cart in one end and the source cart in the other. Press a button, and the code is copied to the copy cart. The cartridge could be erased and reused. This item is very difficult to find." They rate the device as "unbelievably rare."
Vidco Copy Cart Atari 2600 duplicator (via an old ad on pocketcalculatorshow.com)