Back when you could still buy them new in stores, I was the owner of an Atari VCS (2600). Technically, mine was a Sears Video Arcade, purchased from my local Sears store. I owned many of the classic Atari games such as Asteroids, Combat, Missile Command, Space Invaders, many Activision games for Atari. After three or four years, I bought a Commodore 64, then an IBM compatible, and the 2600 got put in a box. During one of our moves, the Atari was given to a neighbor and I never really thought about it again.
My daughter had given me one of those 10 games in 1 systems as a gift. It had some classic 2600 games and, after playing for a few minutes, I knew that I wanted to get a game system. I don’t have the time to spend hours learning how to play today’s sophisticated games, so I looked into a ‘retro’ game system. After a few hours of research, I settled on buying an Atari 7800. Originally, I didn’t know much about the 7800 as it was released in 1986, after I had moved on from my 2600. The 7800 plays most 2600 games as well as those specifically designed for it.
The Adventure Begins:
I found a long time Atari dealer that sells refurbished 7800’s and placed my order for a 7800 and a few games. I also found a few games, very reasonably priced, at another on-line dealer and placed an order for a few more. I figured that I would get the 7800 and 10-12 classic games and I would be all set. Little did I know….
October 15, 2012 at 11:10 am
The Hupsu Detective turned me on to this. Lord, did I play early Atari… I especially loved Activision games, but Choplifter and Galaga were two favorites of mine. Like!
October 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm
I had the same Sears Video Arcade re-branded Atari VCS, and it was also given away eventually. I managed to find a mint-condition 2600 in a thrift store with the console case, joystick and paddle controllers, and a bunch of games; all for something like ten bucks. I still have it, but haven’t had it hooked up in quite a while. I also have a 5200, 7800, and a first-run Intellivision; but I don’t know if any of them still work. Need to find a convertor box for the Intellivision and 7800.