Welcome to 5 minute gaming and a new series of clips I wanted to create outlining the history of gaming as I know it. That’s right, 35 years of the various systems I have owned and loved since I was six years old. Today I’ll be taking a look at the Atari 2600 system.
In 1983 I had no idea what a video game was. Then my father brought home an Atari system for us kids to play on. To be honest I think he wanted to try it out too. My mother and Father were divorced when I was 3, and my twin and I would see my father every 2nd weekend. It was during one of these weekend fiestas when my old man introduced me to a machine that would somewhat shape the future of my life –although I’m sure he had no idea how much gaming would affect me at the time.
One of the first games we owned was Donkey Kong –in fact, it might have been the very first. This game introduced us to Mario and Donkey Kong and I remember my dad and his girlfriend being amazed by this new gadget where you could actually control what was happening on your TV screen. I personally did not purchase any of these initial games, but I remember my dad saying to his girlfriend –“It’s a pretty good buy. Where else can I get entertainment for the kids for $5?” So I am assuming the cartridges were around that price for a game. They were certainly under $10.
Aside from Donkey Kong, the other early games I remember playing a lot were space invaders and asteroids, both great games that produced dozens of hours of entertainment for us kids. Back then we didn’t play to beat the games we just played to have fun. I don’t remember making it too many levels into Donkey Kong, but man did we play the hell out of the first 3 levels.
Other notable games in my brother’s and my collection were – Missile Command, Defender, E.T, Jungle hunt, Infiltrate, Combat, and Solaris, if I remember correctly it even had a special gamepad that came with solaris.
The Atari was a magical home system that really changed the playing field o…