Did you have Atari in the 80s? It was our first, and only video game system. Various friends had Pong, Colecovision, and Intellivision, but we got Atari for Christmas either in 1977 or 1978, and it was one of the most exciting Christmases ever! Even my dad liked playing Asteroids, and my mom was pretty good at Space Invaders!Here's a little history about the version we still own. Yep, it's in the basement!
Atari VCS 2600 (From http://www.thegameconsole.com/videogames77.htm)
The Atari 2600, released in 1977, is the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. It was originally known as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System, and the name "Atari 2600" (taken from the unit's Atari part number, CX2600) was first used in 1982, after the release of the more advanced Atari 5200. The initial price was $199 with a library of 9 titles. In a play to compete directly with the Channel F, Atari named the machine the Video Computer System (or VCS for short), as the Channel F was at that point known as the VES, for Video Entertainment System. When Fairchild learned of Atari's naming they quickly changed the name of their system to become the Channel F.
Did you have a home video game system when you were a kid? Do you have one now? Isn't it amazing how far they've come?!