questionswho remembers their first atari game? (happy 40…

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Pitfall annoyed me. Pitfall II delighted me. :) I loved Megamania, which was a really weird game. Actually, I was a total Activision fan girl - anyone remember the patches they used to award if you mailed in high scores?

edit: WHEEEE! A gallery of them!

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I got my Atari 2600 for Christmas 1981 (or what it '80) - any ways I had just two games to start: Shooting Gallery and Space Invaders.

Followed by Pac Man, anything activision and the dreaded E.T.

I loved the faux wood grain!

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@inkycatz: With River Raid, I sent in a 35mm screen shot of my final score - took three pictures in case any of them did not develop.

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Street Racer, Air Sea Battle, Combat, Video Olympics (Pong) -- good times!

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Pac-Man and Combat were my first, followed by Golf, Space Invaders, and Yars Revenge.

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@inkycatz: I'd totally forgotten about that.

And here's a few videos of some games, including my favorite, and inkycatz's annoyance :)

http://dvice.com/archives/2012/06/image-of-the-da-397.php

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Combat with my father was my first game. Always have to shoot off the wall.

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Combat FTW. There was a very early pseudo 3D space simulation that I really used to like, can't remember the name.

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My favorite was always Yar's Revenge. I could play it for hours and never get a game over.

I had a couple of Activision patches, but it's been so long I can't remember which ones. I just remember begging my parents to take a picture of the screen and waiting forever to get the patch.

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PacMan & some little guy trudging around - forgot - must look up.

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I have my 2600 hooked up still. Nothing helps wind down like a game of Trapeze

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@inkycatz: I was always more of an Activision fan myself...thanks for the memory jog with the patches. I preferred H.E.R.O., Kaboom, River Raid and Pitfall. As for the OP, that was a long time ago. I remember playing Asteroids many, many times. Thanks for the flashback.

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Oh my gosh, we had the Atari 7800. Pole position was my favorite by far. Also loved Pitfall, river raid and Q*bert.

Speaking of video games, anyone in the DC area that hasn't had a chance to see this exhibit at the Smithsonian is missing out.

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Hell I still say "prepare to qualify, beep beep BEEEEP" at red lights as they are about to change. And how old did Journey's song get in the Journey game?

Shout out to Moon Patrol.

I would have been awesome but "something is wrong with this controller."

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...prepare to qualify...
The first one I got was Pole Position II. It came with the 7800.
I was good at Suzuka and Test Track only.
I can't remember what I got next. I got Choplifter later and loved it. Joust was awesome.
I had Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, Galaga, and Mario Brothers (note: not Super Mario, just Mario & Luigi stomping on bugs and hitting the BAM! button).
The most frustrating was Impossible Mission, mainly because of a bug in the program that truly made it impossible.

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The 4-bit Pac-Man (for 2600) was pure awful. It sounded like you were playing on a touch-tone phone.
BGOO-DIUU-DOO-DUUU......GONK GONK GONK GONK GONK.....BLOOP DLOOP DLOOP DLOOP.

edit: Crap! I totally forgot Rampage! That was an awesome Activision game! Still one of my favorites! You're a giant monster and you punch the buildings to eat the people. Stay away from the toasters!

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@wilfbrim: Battlezone? http://videogamecritic.net/2600bb.htm

I played the crap out of Air Raiders

The link I posted has lots of great games that I loved....

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@lumpthar: Ah Rampage...Tearing through a city as a monster. Some things never get old.

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Space Invaders was the first video game I played - screamed until I lost my voice while dodging the desending attackers... I believe that was somewhere about 1982....

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Off topic, but I remember playing Frogger on my neighbor's Colecovision. Circa 1984.

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Space Invaders. And if you inserted the cartridge and held down the reset button when turning it on, you got double firing capabilities.

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Pong - the original, hooked up to an old black and white TV, until it burned out the TV.
The 2600, I used Space Invaders, Pacman and Donkey Kong, til my kids took the game away, and I went to an Apple II computer.

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R.i.p. Steve Jobs - he started at Atari

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@lumpthar: Huh? The 2600 is an 8-bit system. There were no 4-bit home consoles released.