Have You Played Your Atari Today?

Have You Played Your Atari Today?

Have You Played Your Atari Today?

0 comments 📅15 August 2016, 13:28

Many of you who listen to the show or know me in other ways know that I have a love for old retro video game consoles. Okay, it may borderline into hording or obsession but I love it! I have collected around 20 different consoles from the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) to the Xbox One. I have also collected about 5 times that many classic games. I guess I should start with a little bit of my history with video games. I was born in 1986 the year after the original Nintendo and the same year the Sega Master System was released, I used to go over to a neighbor’s apartment in the complex I lived in to get a taste of the NES. We used to play Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, and Battle Toads for hours, this I would say where, like millions of others, I became hooked. Though the NES was my first gaming experience the first console that my parents purchased for me was the Sega Genesis. My brother and I played games like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Echo the Dolphin, Mortal Kombat, and Power Rangers, this was my child hood. I went on to own many other consoles over the years but its more recently that I obtained one of the first highly successful home video game systems, the Atari 2600.

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The Atari 2600 was released on September 11, 1977, same year as Star Wars: A New Hope. The Atari 2600 has such games as Pong, Pac Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids and many more. The Atari company was founded by Utah 19a680f1af99b17ce09b9fad1fcc5964native Nolan Bushnell as well as his partner Ted Dabney, co-creator of the game Syzygy, in 1972. The 2600 system came with two joystick/wheel controllers which were perfect for playing the games that were available at launch. Atari was THE name in video games mostly due to Al Alcorn the inventor of Pong.
They released some amazing and groundbreaking games in their hay day but this also lead to the crash of the video game market. They really had no regulation on the quality or amount of games being released for their system and the market became saturated. The shining example of which can be seen in the Atari game E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. Some say that this is the game that caused the collapse but it was just one of many.

Most Popular Game: Pac Man

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Listen, everyone has played some iteration of Pac Man in their lives so I really don’t need to describe it to you. I’ll just leave you with a Waka-Waka-Waka…………

Personal Favorite: Pitfall!

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This game is my favorite because I see it as the first plat former game ever. This game led to the birth of games like; Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, and Mega Man. Fun tip if you play the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance game, when you go up against the villain Arcade, he forces you to play a game of Pitfall! and it is equally as enjoyable as the original.

This is the first of many articles talking about my old gaming systems, next up will be the good ole Nintendo Entertainment System!

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Luke Hunsaker
Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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