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Atari Turns 40: Are You an Old-School Gamer?

thezilch 2012/07/02 18:00:00
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Atari, an iconic video game company, has got plenty of history. Steve Jobs used to work there before he founded Apple. "Pong," one of the first video games ever, was founded there. Heck, even the creators of "Call of Duty" used to be game developers at the company. And now, the company is officially 40 years old!
Weekend Ar(t)s recalls June 27, 1972—Atari's birthday (now 40 and active!)

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  • Wesloco 2012/07/11 20:51:28 (edited)
    Yes, I'm old school
    Wesloco
    +4
    I love NES! I just found an old system at the flea market and have rediscovered the joys of Super Mario Bros

    Super Mario bros

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  • NickTheAceBassist 2012/07/19 16:11:50
    Yes, I'm old school
    NickTheAceBassist
    I still play these whenever I go to an arcade. Galaga machine Pac Man machine Tommy pinball machine
  • CrazyDeen0 2012/07/19 15:55:20
    Yes, I'm old school
    CrazyDeen0
    I still have one of the first Ataris and it still works
  • Squatch 2012/07/18 20:36:51
    Yes, I'm old school
    Squatch
    +1
    I remember playing Atari and my mom buying me the first Nintendo with Mario Brothers. One of my all time favorites was the original DOOM.
  • Jim 2012/07/18 09:08:47 (edited)
    Yes, I'm old school
    Jim
    +1
    Atari, Colecovision, and anyone remember Balley's Great Escape Arcade in Lakewood CA. back in the 80s?



    old school video games



    old school video games
  • MyJadedHeart 2012/07/17 21:05:43
    Yes, I'm old school
    MyJadedHeart
    +1
    My favorites were Asteroid and Pitfall!
  • txtornado 2012/07/17 06:56:31
  • lurch 2012/07/16 22:32:07
    Yes, I'm old school
    lurch
    +1
    KISS - Keep it Simple Stupid. Atari games, and their simplicity, made them fun and less addictive. No storyline to follow, When the game ended, it was over and you needed to start at the beginning. I miss Millipede.
  • Michelle 2012/07/16 06:23:23
    Yes, I'm old school
    Michelle
    +1
    As much as I love epic adventure games that can be bought now, there's just something so charming about the simple game play and linear objectives....
  • killernick~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/15 23:00:39
    Yes, I'm old school
    killernick~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Love this system .... still have one too

    Atari      sea
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/07/14 21:59:26
  • stevegt... stevegt... 2012/07/14 22:00:35
  • Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩ 2012/07/14 15:44:10
    Yes, I'm old school
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
  • Vision of Verve 2012/07/14 14:19:42
  • Michael=Constitution & Liberty 2012/07/14 07:02:31
    Yes, I'm old school
    Michael=Constitution & Liberty
    +1
    pong and good old Atari :)
  • stevegt... Michael... 2012/07/14 22:01:20 (edited)
  • Rocko 2012/07/14 06:38:00 (edited)
    Yes, I'm old school
    Rocko
    hmmm i have different info ...



    I

    The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in October 1977 by Atari, Inc. It is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. The first game console to use this format was the Fairchild Channel F; however, the Atari 2600 receives credit for making the plug-in concept popular among the game-playing public.



    The console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the release of the Atari 5200, in 1982, the VCS was renamed "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat[5] and later Pac-Man.[6]



    The Atari 2600 was wildly successful, and during much of the 1980s, "Atari" was a synonym for this model in mainstream media and, by extension, for video games in general.[7]



    The Atari 2600 was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York in 2007. In 2009, the Atari 2600 was named the second greatest video game console of all time by IGN, who cited its remarkable role as the console behind both the first vi...

    hmmm i have different info ...



    I

    The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in October 1977 by Atari, Inc. It is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. The first game console to use this format was the Fairchild Channel F; however, the Atari 2600 receives credit for making the plug-in concept popular among the game-playing public.



    The console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the release of the Atari 5200, in 1982, the VCS was renamed "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat[5] and later Pac-Man.[6]



    The Atari 2600 was wildly successful, and during much of the 1980s, "Atari" was a synonym for this model in mainstream media and, by extension, for video games in general.[7]



    The Atari 2600 was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York in 2007. In 2009, the Atari 2600 was named the second greatest video game console of all time by IGN, who cited its remarkable role as the console behind both the first video game boom and the video game crash of 1983, and called it "the console that our entire industry is built upon."[8]

    and p.s also i was there
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  • being me 2012/07/14 04:31:02
    Yes, I'm old school
    being me
    +1
    I bought one when they first came out at $199. My dad and I split the cost.
  • Yes, I'm old school
    ☆The Rock☆ * AFCL* The Sheriff!!
    +3
    I am not much of a gamer but I remember when I had Atari 2600..I liked Yars Revenge and Pac Man!
  • Rocko ☆The Ro... 2012/07/14 06:38:31
    Rocko
    +2
    i was so addicted to yars lol
  • sglmom 2012/07/14 04:26:27
    Yes, I'm old school
    sglmom
    +2
    Interestingly enough ..
    I still have those games ..
    and the System STILL WORKS ..
  • stevegt... sglmom 2012/07/14 22:04:10 (edited)
  • sglmom stevegt... 2012/07/15 03:08:56
    sglmom
    +1
    YES .. my children did have a go at breaking the joysticks ..
    ended up getting some generic replacements ..
    (actually like 4 of them) and they still work!
  • pete.ar... stevegt... 2012/07/15 10:19:54
    pete.arballo
    +1
    Its got a USB cord on it! I want that!
  • Prairie Wind 2012/07/14 04:15:46
    Yes, I'm old school
    Prairie Wind
    +2
    I started my kids on an Atari, but they had already preferred the Apple II, which was being replaced by Apple's LISA.
  • stevegt... Prairie... 2012/07/14 22:03:43
  • Prairie... stevegt... 2012/07/14 22:23:55
    Prairie Wind
    +1
    i don't recall them breaking, but certainly stretching to their extremes. We didn't have the paddles or at least I don't remember using them if we had them.
  • im right ur wrong 2012/07/13 03:17:34
    No, what's an "Atari"?
    im right ur wrong
    +1
    shoot back in my day i school nubes and showed boobs. you would of loved to been me.
  • pete.arballo 2012/07/12 21:38:53
    Yes, I'm old school
    pete.arballo
  • stevegt... pete.ar... 2012/07/14 22:03:08
  • pete.ar... stevegt... 2012/07/15 10:19:16
    pete.arballo
    +1
    Hmmm, I dont think so. They were built pretty damn well as I recall. But I think I've heard of a few busting.....u got busted controllers?
  • mark liam 2012/07/12 17:50:18
    No, what's an "Atari"?
    mark liam
    +2
    i have a gamecube still,does that count as old school
  • rhirhi 2012/07/11 21:19:20
    Yes, I'm old school
    rhirhi
    +1
    Im only 15 and we have one and we play it all the time
  • Amy.[: 2012/07/11 20:52:31
    No, what's an "Atari"?
    Amy.[:
    +2
    i know what an atari is but i'm not an old school gamer
  • Wesloco 2012/07/11 20:51:28 (edited)
    Yes, I'm old school
    Wesloco
    +4
    I love NES! I just found an old system at the flea market and have rediscovered the joys of Super Mario Bros

    Super Mario bros
  • Rocko Wesloco 2012/07/14 06:39:51
    Rocko
    +2
    i still have my super nes and nintendo 64 lol
  • jimf 2012/07/11 19:02:51
    Yes, I'm old school
    jimf
    +2
    60 soon and still active; had a Sinclair, a Commodore, a Dragon 32, an Atari, two Sega's and several PC's. Also have a Wii.
  • FanOreilly 2012/07/11 17:46:33
    Yes, I'm old school
    FanOreilly
    +2
    I am VERY old school
  • Kid Neon 2012/07/10 17:35:12
    Yes, I'm old school
    Kid Neon
    +2
    i play emulators alot and i love the old story telling methods used in non talking video games.
  • ejbatzer 2012/07/10 02:18:25
    Yes, I'm old school
    ejbatzer
    +2
    Does Dreamcast count?
  • aprlove 2012/07/09 20:20:09
    Yes, I'm old school
    aprlove
    +2
    all i had was atari growing up,loved it .

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