Atari 2600

2 Oct

Sadly, my downstairs neighbors, Marc y Mark, moved out a few months ago.  There is, however, usually a silver lining to every cloud.  In this case, it was free stuff.  I was gifted a number of vinyls, a few DVDs including Fellini’s “Amarcord” which saves me $30 (fucking greedy Criterion Collection), a statuette of the Stay Puft marshmallow man, a Mr. Beer kit and an Atari 2600.

The system, released in 1977, admittedly predates my time, though I did play some growing up with older cousins.  I have amassed a sizable collection of video games which I will continue to post on.  The Atari fills an important void in my collection of home consoles as it was really the first of its kind.

I actually have the 1982 “Darth Vader” model.  This is not the first Atari I’ve owned.  In fact I sold three Atari consoles and approximately 100 games in the summer of 2005 when I tried to make a job out of garage sale-ing.  If I could go back in time, punch myself in the face and tell me that a part time job would have allowed me to make more money and keep all of my wonderful findings, I would.  Oh well, it did keep gas in the tank and bought a number of 30’s of Budweiser.

Now, thanks to the generous gift, I have an Atari once again!

The games included were:

Adventure
Asteroids
Basic Programming
Battlezone
Berzerk
Blue Print
Bowling
Carnival
Chopper Command
Circus Atari
Combat
Defender
Dodge 'Em
Donkey Kong Junior
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Football
Indy 500
King Kong
Lost Luggage
Maze Craze
Megamania
Missile Command
Pac-Man
Pitfall!
Q*bert
Space Invaders
Spider Fighter
Stampede
Super Breakout
Super Challenge Baseball
Video Pinball

You may have notice that the games are in alphabetical order and in excel spreadsheet font (more on that in a post to follow shortly).  In any event, I will be playing Super Breakout very soon.  Thanks again, guys!


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One Response to “Atari 2600”

  1. Andee October 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    I love how straight forward you could be back then with game titles. I swear to god you could not get away with simply “Bowling” any more. It would be something like “EA Sports Presents Pete Weber Jr’s Lane Lightning Bowl-a-rama (with Drinkin’ and Tits!)”

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