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Posted by thenodfather (Member # 8732) on :
 
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Did you have one and what were your favourite games?
 
Posted by thenodfather (Member # 8732) on :
 
Nobody? Nobody had one?

I loved this machine and still do. There are some amazing games on it.

Some of my favourites are Pac Man, Space Invaders, Berzerk, Combat, Missile Command, Frogger, Mario Bros., Dig Dug and Defender.


What were other people's favourites?
 
Posted by JCWBobC (Member # 2525) on :
 
I pulled this out of my mom's attic a few years ago and sold it on Ebay for a nice amount.

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Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
JCWBobC. How did you put one of your pics on here? I would love to know. I love seeing Rewinders putting pics on of their actual possessions.

I still have mine and my sisters from when we were kids. It is a Darth Vader version which is all black with no Wood grain.
Scored another at an estate sale last year with 15 games or so for $12.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
I've got an Atari 2600,it's the Jr version,the slimmed down one,I've got quite a few games and still play it a fair old bit.

In the slot at the moment is enduro.

When I get chance I'll list my games or take some photos of them.

Great console.

I don't know what my favorite games are,but phoenix,enduro,chopper command defender 2(Stargate) score pretty highly.
 
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
Warrior. Phoenix was a fav of mine in the arcades.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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atari 2600 game - chuck norris superkicks.

http://youtu.be/Uow0-0ox2RI - classic game room review of atari 2600's - chuck norris superkicks.

i can't recollect this one at all,i'm not sure if this was widely available here in the uk or not?


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surely this can't be much of a challenge considering chuck norris can never be defeated [Big Grin]

and did you know
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Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
pheonix has always been one of my favourite shooters terdnthepoolggb.


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another underatted shooter i have on the atari 2600 is activision's - spider fighter - http://youtu.be/WDHTtq2sOwk.


this is basically just like any other shooter it gets more & more intense with each level but this one goes seriously manic.

it's a lot of fun but an absolute killer on the hands.

those old atari controllers were definitely not designed with comfort in mind!
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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atari 2600 jr.


this is the same as the version of the atari 2600 that i currently own at the moment,it's the atari jr,it's a lot smaller and also a lot more modern looking in design than the older versions.


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the all black finish atari 2600


this is the same as the version i previously owned,it was the all black 2600 in the style of the earlier wood finish versions,it just died on me one day forcing me to replace it with the jr 2600.

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Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
Warrior. That's what they call a DARTH VADER
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
Terdnthepoolggb ,so that's the Darth Vader version,you managed to pick one of these up plus about 15 games for just 12 dollars. Wow!

Now that is a bargain.

Sometimes I have a browse on eBay to see if there's the odd title going I'm still after.

Wouldn't mind picking up - frogger,freeway,river raid,pitfall 1&2,kangaroo,empire strikes back,kaboom!berserk,Jr pacman and activision's h.e.r.o at the moment.

They done some really cool games on the 2600.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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Originally posted by JCWBobC:
I pulled this out of my mom's attic a few years ago and sold it on Ebay for a nice amount.

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From your pic jcwbobc I've got pacman,combat and vanguard.

I would like a copy of demon attack,astroblast I can't recollect that one,I'll have to look that one up.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
This is a site I have bookmarked that's worth checking out for Atari 2600 game reviews - the video game critic - http://videogamecritic.com/2600.htm
 
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
i checked the site out Warrior. Pretty cool. What the heck is the game attack of meaty potatoes .
 
Posted by Jakey V (Member # 37348) on :
 
I got mine in '83 or '84 when I was in first grade and amassed over 100 games! Even weird ones like "Kool-Aid Man." I could beat anyone in the neighborhood at any game back then. Fun memories!
 
Posted by P_a_u_l (Member # 1022) on :
 
I still have an original Atari 2600, with the controllers and a bunch of games. What I DON'T have any more is the power supply, so I'm on the lookout for a cheap replacement, then I may get the console out of the attic and plug her in...

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Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
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Originally posted by Jakey V:
I got mine in '83 or '84 when I was in first grade and amassed over 100 games! Even weird ones like "Kool-Aid Man." I could beat anyone in the neighborhood at any game back then. Fun memories!

I love looking through old magazines. I have a comic that has the ad for KoolAidMan. Its pretty cool.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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Originally posted by P_a_u_l:
I still have an original Atari 2600, with tyhe controllers and a bunch of ghames. What I DON'T have any more is the power supply, so I'm on the lookout for a cheap replacement, then I may get the console out of the attic and plug her in...

I reckon eBay for a power supply Paul,an original Atari one might cost a few Bob but you could always try your luck with a cheaper replica part,just be careful when choosing one if you do decide.

I own a Atari Jr 2600 which came with an original power supply and that one heats up like mad,you'd dare not leave it plugged in and go out.

I reckon I could come home to no home!

Not sure what game that is terdnthepoolggb with the potatoes in it,but it sounds pretty bonkers to me.
 
Posted by JCU (Member # 2851) on :
 
Just about everyone had one whether it whether it was the Atari or the Sears version. Market Saturation did it in.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
Here's a couple of not very good pics ( google nexus with front facing cam = awkward) of some of my Atari 2600 titles.


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Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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Picked up these Atari 2600 games over the last couple of visits to my town centre of canterbury,they were only 1 UK pound each with the exception of solar storm which was 5 pounds (must be pretty rare) and real sports boxing which was 3 pounds.


Tried out a couple - real sports volleyball and real sports boxing which were both good fun,also blue print which has some really challenging and original gameplay.


https://youtu.be/ZZr8pbHzcZM realsports volleyball game review.


https://youtu.be/uLIuWP7DyqA - atari 2600 blue print gameplay video.


https://youtu.be/f06QK9SwLxY - sky diver gameplay video.

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Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
 
Great finds, warrior!
 
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
Your getting quite a collection Warrior
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
I'll have to count them up to see how many I have got now,from the last bunch I picked up a couple of them I can't yet play,you would think with the amount of games that I've picked up so far I would have got myself some paddle controllers.


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Need to pick up a set of these.


Solar storm I wasn't aware is controlled by paddle controller's,I have the atari driving paddle controls but they are actually slightly different to the paddle controllers (above) that I need ,also the game star raiders that I picked up you need an additional touch pad control that Atari devised for the game,never mind I'll have to try and track one down as well.


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Also need to pick up one of these touchpad controllers to be able to play Star raiders .

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Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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I picked up an Atari 2600 copy of mousetrap a little while back of eBay it was cartridge only minus the box for 2 UK pounds.

Pretty addictive game this one which may just look like a pacman clone but it's slightly different in the fact that at the touch of a button when you are near one of the dark green door's you can change the actual layout of the maze sometimes trapping the pursuing cats .

This is a really fun game that you could easily spend a good few hours on the only downside for me is the cartridge I purchased is little bit glitchy even after cleaning the connectors on it so I reckon it needs another go.

https://youtu.be/94Xvk_SP9QA - here's a helpful video of how to clean the connectors of an enclosed Atari cartridge,I've cleaned all my cartridges with some alcoholic cleaning solution i purchased and it ain't half made a big difference!


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http://youtu.be/5KIJarKFHtQ - mousetrap video review
 
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
Nice find Warrior! Mousetrap was a blast. Thanx for posting it, I had forgotten about it.
 
Posted by Alien (Member # 37378) on :
 
I had an Intellivision as a kid. [Frown]
 
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
I remember thinking the INtellivision was so much better than the Atari. My friends and I would go to this kids house and be in awe of his Intellivision.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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Not a very clear photo I've found but was it anything like this alien,I can remember these systems but I think they were more popular stateside than here in the united kingdom.
 
Posted by Alien (Member # 37378) on :
 
Yeah, that's an Intellivision. The Intellivision was indeed superior to the 2600, but ALL of my buddies owned a 2600 -- so I felt a little out of the loop.

Also, there were far more games developed for the 2600, and the Intellivision had probably the worst controllers ever devised.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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https://youtu.be/rIaWAyHIqok - Atari game over trailer.


Anybody seen the trailer for this - Atari game over - documenting the rise and fall of the Atari video games corporation,looks pretty interesting!


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Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
 
Awesome trailer, i want to see this!
 
Posted by Pyro (Member # 7658) on :
 
Never owned an Atari. My dad had a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer though with a ton of games on it that he used to let us play once in awhile.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80_Color_Computer

I played the Atari at my friend's houses who did own them. But from what I saw, the games on my old man's computer blew the games on Atari out of the water. The NES was the very first system that my parents bought for me that was solely mine.

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Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
So the ET game killed the Atari off?

The NES was incredible.
 
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
 
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So the ET game killed the Atari off?
It's not really that simple, but it damaged the company just before an industry wide slump hit.
 
Posted by Jakey V (Member # 37348) on :
 
What caused the slump? It felt to me that people still played Atari until Nintendo came out.
 
Posted by Chris the CandyFanMan (Member # 3197) on :
 
I had an Intellivision myself. Among my favorites were Lock 'n Chase, Night Stalker, and Shark, Shark!!
 
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
 
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Originally posted by Jakey V:
What caused the slump? It felt to me that people still played Atari until Nintendo came out.

If I recall correctly - there was some overestimation of the market which caused companies to lose money, the competition increased, and people started moving from consoles to PC's, which caused investment in console games to flatline for a while and PC's took a few years to catch up in potential gameplay improvement so the whole market kind of went creaky for five years or so after a few boom years. Think of it like the dotcom bubble; boom, burst, chaos, some survivors become giants.
 
Posted by JCU (Member # 2851) on :
 
There was complete over saturation with the consoles. You could buy an Atari or the version Sears would sell. Consoles were every where. Don't forget the sheer volume of shovelware released. E.T. is just the convenient scapegoat. I'd even add something else that did in Atari and that would be when the big name programmers starting jumping ship.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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Picked up a few Atari 2600 games over the last few months -

Kangaroo
Asteroids
Laser Blast
Berserk
Air - Sea Battle.


All pretty decent,Laser Blast is a bit repetitive and Air Sea Battle only makes for a fun Two player game but both still worth the small fees that I paid.

Kangaroo was the surprise one for me as I found it quite addictive as is Asteroids and Berserk.
 
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
 
A lot of those early Atari games are still excellent and addictive. I had a couple of cartridges of Atari emulations for my Sony PSP (now a dead system too), and I loved playing a bunch of them.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
Yeah quite a few of them are really challenging and also very addictive,plus if your using one of the old Atari controllers absolute murder on your hands!

PSP is a fun little handheld,i always liked the Rocky Boxing game that they released on it,was great fun!

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Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
 
You have quite the collection going there Warrior. Do you have the Atari Technology shirt? If not you should get one. To my surprise, there have been a few people start conversations with me when I am wearing mine. Just two days ago a guy grabbed me and was talking about his 5200 and all his buddies had the 2600. He gave me the impression that the 2600 he liked better. The funny thing is that you mentioned the Kangaroo game on here and this guy that grabbed me actually brought it up. He had it on 5200 and said it was pretty good. I thought of you when he mentioned that game. I don't remember that one but will keep an eye out for it for sure.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
Kangaroo doesn't look much up on screen even by Atari 2600 standards but it plays great and is one the of the better platformer's for the 2600.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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Picked up a few more Atari 2600 titles of late

No Escape - https://youtu.be/gp-KHcFYltw

Dragster - https://youtu.be/P8x0Cp7XhRQ

Bump 'n' Jump - https://youtu.be/0WSncFdnqZs

Miner 2049er - https://youtu.be/HG81RJ5Jws8

Street Racer - https://youtu.be/63FtmGeuALU

Venture - https://youtu.be/k9HumReGLjI


Bit of a mixed bunch these turned out to be with - No Escape being my pick of the bunch followed closely by Bump 'n' Jump and Venture,Dragster by Activision (Who developed some of the 2600's very best titles) was slightly disappointing as was Miner 2049er and Street racer.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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Grabbed a couple of Atari 2600 games whilst looking around my local town centre I got a boxed copy of Decathlon and Space shooter Demon Attack which I didn't realise I already own so hopefully the shop keeper will let me swap it for another title next time I visit!


https://youtu.be/iIg4iCgbRbo - Atari 2600 Decathlon review.


https://youtu.be/UjhCh8qwFdw - Atari 2600 Demon Attack review.
 


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