questionsdid anyone else have a pre-atari gaming system?

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Before I got my first Atari, my Mom had bought me the Coleco game with pong from a yard sale. We played it all the time, which then led to the Atari, then the Nintendo, then the X-Box and finally the Wii.

My Mom's in her 70's and still has the Atari and Nintendo hooked up to a spare tv in her house, and yes, she still plays them. :)

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I remember that we had some kind of 'Pong' game offering multiple games all based on a ball bouncing around on screen, but do not recall the brand or model.

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@lmensor: We still have both the Atari and Coleco back at Mom's also. Theoretically they still work, although I seem to remember the power wall wart on the Atari was bad...

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Yes. Paper, dice, and imagination. It's still the gaming system I use the most.

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@moondrake: LOL, not what I was thinking, but kudos to you! :)

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We had one of the pong consoles when they first came out in the mid 70's.

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@mlsapack: We had something similar. It was a big box, probably about the size of the Atari 2600. It played four different Pong-like games. One was standard Pong. Another had paddles on the side and the top or maybe the top and bottom. I don't remember the other ones. It may have been the "TeleMatch 4" http://www.flickr.com/photos/29528782@N06/5235319544/in/photostream/
My grandfather found the game in someone's trash pile, picked it up, possibly fixed it and gave it to us. I remember playing a good bit before we got the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64.

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@tsfisch: That's cool! Well keep them, from what I've seen if you have originals, you can get some good money for them, just in case you would ever need it!

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Oh yes, pong on a Magnavox Odyssey! I'm pretty sure it pre-dates the Coleco model. It was so cutting-edge at the time, and my brother and I felt so cool to have one!

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Just a plain old Pong game, bought about 3rd or 4th hand at a garage sale. We thought we were in heaven!

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I don't know if it was pre-atari or not but my brother's friend once gave us his Intellivision system complete with about 20-30 games. For free. He was just sick of the games I guess.

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@tippypaws: The Intellivision debuted in 1978. I picked one up a few months ago. :)

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Nope. Saw them, but when we bought our first (for our kids, mind you) Atari was what we bought.

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@tippypaws: Intellivision came out shortly after Atari. Much of their marketing at the time focused on how much better their graphics and sound was, and thus their games more realistic. Never did catch on as much as the Atari though.

I remember back in the day stores like Sears and Target had demo displays where you could play all the game consoles and home computers, including the Atari, Intellivision, TI 99/4a, etc. It's how we killed time as kids while Mom was shopping :)

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I still have my Atari, Colecovision and Mattel Intellivision.

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@lmensor: +1 on having a kick ass mom in her 70's

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Not sure if I had a pre-atari, but I sure broke several atari joysticks and then started buying the repair kits. Good times.

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@coondogg97: Thanks, she is pretty cool! :)

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My neighbors had a Colecovision. I remember playing Frogger in their basement.
I still have my Atari 7800 and NES. The NES is still connected to my tv. I still play Zelda quite often.

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@jsimsace: I had no idea they had repair kits. I know I took them apart and tried to fix them several times (the metal discs would often slide out of place) and we had numerous replacement ones as well.

I always wanted the Atari wireless joysticks, but never got them. They looked just like the normal ones, but with a HUGE bottom part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acy18dbv94o

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We has a Sears 4 in 1 pong game. I still remember the games: practice, tennis, hockey, and squash.

The controls and the game system were all one piece so both players had to sit very close to each other when playing.

Good times.

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@shavelikeaman: Does that count since Pong was made by Atari?

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No, though it was a close tie between a 2600 and a Vectrex at the time. Naturally I chose the one which is worth dirt today. Oh well.

I did play in arcades a lot prior to getting a home system though. Loved pinball, Space War was pretty awesome, Pong was...ok I guess.

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We had a Fireball Pinball machine while I was growing up. When I was around 11 we got the Mrs. Pacman arcade machine and a Skeet ball machine. I got an Atari in my teens, and my brother got the Intellivision. We rarely played the console games.

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@tsfisch: Sorry I'm way late with this reply. IIRC, there was a plastic piece, similar to a tripod but with four points, so I'll call it a quadpod. When you moved the joystick the quadpod would be the touching point for the electrical pressure points....lean too hard one way too many times and it would fracture/break. The quadpod was replaceable and that was how I fixed mine. Sorry for my poor terminology. :(