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Can we talk about [ATARI] for a few? Is that cool?
citizen059on a mote of dustsuspended in a sunbeamRegistered Userregular
So it's all over the news today that it's the 40th anniversary of the founding of Atari.
I know for a lot of people when they think about retro gaming, they're thinking of their NES or SNES with fond memories.
Well, I never had either of those. I didn't have a Sega of any kind. I had this:
In fact, I still have it. It's in my closet right now, with my 120~130 games. It needs a little work...contacts could use some cleaning up, reset switch is flaky...but it works, dammit. I'm not letting go.
My fascination with gaming began with my 2600 and eventually led to PC gaming when I was in high school, which put me on the path to my current job as a PC tech at a college. Maybe that's why I keep the Atari around...because I know that's where a big part of who I am comes from. That, and the fact that I invested a good ten to fifteen years of my life in the games...arcade conversions, original titles, Activision games...oh man, Activision games and those patches. sigh
Anyway, I know I can't be the only one here that spent hundreds of hours with an Atari of some kind. So, y'know, if you want...let's hear your stories.
Of course, if it's nostalgia you're after you can get plenty of that over at atariage.com/
It'll remind me of the fact that as a kid, I used to look at those full-color Atari catalogs advertising...
...and the 7800:
Not to mention when my parents would take my brother and I to Toys-R-Us and I'd stand in the gaming aisle and wish they'd buy me the ill-fated Lynx or Jaguar.