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Memories of Atari 2600

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:51 pm
by Prof. Wagstaff
Over the weekend, I finally dragged my box full of Ataris (I mean that literally - I have 5 consoles) up from the basement and gave my house the video game system it has always deserved.

My set-up's pretty sweet: Swanky, stream-lined Atari 2600 Jr. from 1986 with remote control joysticks (currently in need of some new 9-volt batteries) allows me to play from the comfort of my couch with ease (at least until my hand cramps up) and for full-on arcade-style Missile Command action, I have a genuine, old-school Trak-Ball. I've even got the driving paddle good for use in TWO (count'em two) games! Whew!

And what about all those glorious, still-never-topped games?
I'm talkin' sweet home video originals like Yars' Revenge, killer Activision titles like River Raid and Kaboom! (stupid wiggly paddle controller - I was ripped-off!), arcade-classics like Phoenix, Moon Patrol (perhaps the best game ever made for the 2600, IMHO) and Carnival and bizarre rip-offs like Plaque Attack. If I'd've had all the games I have now back in the day, I'd have been the coolest kid in my middle school without a doubt.

So, Schick - when're you coming over for some sweet miniature golf action?

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:57 pm
by supaunknown
When BM helped pack my van this weekend it looked like Tetris. Unloading it was Breakout.

Do you have Pitfall? Defender?

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:02 pm
by Madcity Expat
supaunknown wrote:...Pitfall?...


When I was 10 or 11, my folks pledged to pay half towards a 2600 if I earned the cash for the other half. It took me months to earn about 50$, which was close enough... (I think the total was around $120, or so). One of my first cartrages was Pitfall. I played it until my eyes bled.

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:05 pm
by Prof. Wagstaff
supaunknown wrote:Do you have Pitfall? Defender?


So ... I finally got around to actually playing Defender last night and wow - I had completely forgotten how utterly crappy it is!
The controls suck, you have to fly off the screen to use smart bombs and it looks like complete garbage.
BOO!
It's similar to Pac-Man in just how lame of an arcade adaptation it is.
(As opposed to Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man, which both rule.)

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:08 pm
by supaunknown
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:I'm amazed that I have FIVE working controllers (not counting the remotes) so I ain't complainin' ...

Wow! That is special. Killa.

Re: Memories of Atari 2600

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:08 pm
by Chuck_Schick
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:So, Schick - when're you coming over for some sweet miniature golf action?

Very soon, my friend. Very soon.

Re: Memories of Atari 2600

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:11 pm
by Prof. Wagstaff
Chuck_Schick wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:So, Schick - when're you coming over for some sweet miniature golf action?

Very soon, my friend. Very soon.

You're going dow-in!

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:15 pm
by Chuck_Schick
Dow-in?

Is that what they called those pro-napalm sit-ins back in the sixties?

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:01 pm
by dave esmond
I think I've still got a bag of Atari carts somewhere in the house even after I dumped 100's of 'em a few years back. And probably 3-5 consoles including a 7800 and an assload of controllers.


If you'll use 'em they're yours for the takin'.

d

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:13 pm
by Prof. Wagstaff
dave esmond wrote:I think I've still got a bag of Atari carts somewhere in the house even after I dumped 100's of 'em a few years back. And probably 3-5 consoles including a 7800 and an assload of controllers.
If you'll use 'em they're yours for the takin'.

!!!!!
A real, live, honest-to-goodness 7800!!?!
Whoa, dude! That's some heavy shit. Do you have the power supply?

I've been dreaming of such a thing since ... well ... since, 1986.

When's your next show?

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:22 pm
by dave esmond
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Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:23 pm
by Shpiker
I don't usually think you're too cool Prof, but if you're sportin' the Atari gear, then you're alright in my book... (at least for the purposes of this thread)

Pitfall rocked as did Pole Position...

I wish my parents had kept ours!

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:04 am
by Prof. Wagstaff
Shpiker wrote:I don't usually think you're too cool Prof, but if you're sportin' the Atari gear, then you're alright in my book... (at least for the purposes of this thread)


Come on, people now,
Smile on your brother,
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now ...


Oh, and how friggin' cool are The Interwebs?
How about, so fucking cool that I can download scans of buttloads of game instruction manuals - and if I can't find'em there, somebody probably bothered to manually type them out (complete with ASCII graphics!) and post them here!
Now I can play the otherwise nonsensical Reactor!

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:18 am
by minicat
Holy shit.

I'll be over directly. Heh.

And I'll bring Pitfall II.

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:34 am
by Kyle Motor
RIVER RAID!!! I lent that to some bastard in grade school and never got it back. That was my favorite game.

I had a friend a few years ago that actually had a 5200 and a big box of games. I never saw one of those consoles before that.