Thursday, March 12, 2009

Asteroids & Space Invaders

It's Thursday, and time to take a walk down Memory Lane with Suzanne from Colorado Lady and the other Vintage Thingies Thursday participants. It's a lot of fun to see what people have held onto for all these years, or what vintage items they collect from flea markets and yard sales. I hope you'll stop over and check them out.
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?!
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25 comments:

Miri said...

My nephew had an Atari...we joined in later (1980s)when the kids were little with a Nintendo.

Its great that you stil have it!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

interesting history of the atari..my kids had one in the late 80s too :)

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I was the 'Pac Man' champion of Colecovision at my apartment when my sisters and I used to play. I gave the system to my nephew, but don't know if he still has it or not. I even had the Atari conversion piece that came out for Colecovision to give more game choices. Loved playing it. You brought back a lot of good memories with this post. xxoo

Janet, said...

Interesting post. We have been cleaning out the bedrooms lately because we're having carpet put in. We are pack rats who don't get rid of anything. You won't believe the video game systems that we have had and kept. They are now all neatly lined and stacked in a row on the top shelf of the kids bedroom closet. Remember the TI-99A video game system (I think that's what is was called). We bought 2 of those when they came out and one was never used, its still in its box. My oldest son loved those, their version of pac man was called munch man.

Smilingsal said...

lol Did I have a home video game when I was a child? lol Elizabeth! I was 9 years old when we got our first TV. We were the last ones on our block, but still ... . There were no video games back in the covered wagon days!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Ah, the memories this brings back! Oh how my friend, Diane, and I loved to play Space Invaders!
Our first system though was Odyssey.

Justine :o )

Susan said...

Ah, yes we were all mesmerized when it first came out.

ClassyChassy said...

Loved the pack man games, myself! What a step back in time!

Neabear said...

We had that Atari game system when the kids were young. I used to like playing Space Invaders and Pac Man. We may still have it. I would have to look out in the shed to see if we do.

Raggedy Girl said...

I once babysat for my grandson and they had a video game where a little frog had to go across a river and I kept losing. It turned out he was suppose to jump from log to log and I thought he had to swim!!!!

Have a Terrific Thursday
from A Raggedy Roberta Anne

Juls said...

I LOVED our atari when we were little... I can still remember my mom and dad getting into heated arguments over whose turn it was to play

Bea said...

I forgot about Atari. We never had one, but friends did. I thought they were the coolest thing since...color tv. =)

CarolynQuilts said...

Yes! We had an Atari game. I don't know what ever became of it though.

CC said...

Yes, we had an Atari game. Space invaders used to drive me nuts..:).
Happy VTT..have a great dat.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

When I was growing up we didn't have a TV till I was 9, most people didn't ...lol..ok, I know I.m telling my age. But my boys had Nintendo in the 80's. Now they all have Wii's, playstation and all the other games. I never did play, got whipped ever time I tried..lol..

mannequin said...

Oh my goodness. Emil would croak if he saw this. He has a Wii and a PS2 but he absolutely loves the retro systems. You have yourself a gem there (thanks to that mom and dad of yours)! I have looked for him an Atari in such good shape and it's near impossible. Oh you lucky girl you.

We both like the retro games the best, even with all the new gadgetry.
DO you remember Pong?
You just never cease to amaze me Elizabeth.

Roslyn Atwood said...

I remember Atari, but my boys first was pong & we two adults had a screaming Funny time that Christmas trying to play it! Our boys still remember & we have the pics to prove it,LOL! Thanks for the memories!
Roslyn

Protector of Vintage said...

What a neat post. Pong was the first video game that we played. Take care~

Coloradolady said...

We had one of these too, I sold ours and about 65 games on ebay about 4 years ago for well over 250.00. I loved the old pong...that was about all I was good at playing....

Oh, Elizabeth...I got my pay it forward package and I am surprised you did not hear me yelling all the way to your house! I am going to post about this over the weekend! Loved it!!! Thanks you so much!

T Lee said...

Seems like I remember Pong and that is it as far as video games at my house growing up. Never played them then and don't now, but we have them...my two teens play them and my son loves them!

Dawn said...

Oh yes, the Christmas of the Atari was an exciting one! I was not so good at wrestling the control from my brother. Since we've been married, we've had and still own and even sometimes play: Nintendo 64, and a Nintendo Gamecube. My daughter has a Playstation and both have had Game boys. And one has a....ummmwhat's it called--you play brain age on it! I guess mine is really low right now! :)

Dawn said...

Oh yes, the Christmas of the Atari was an exciting one! I was not so good at wrestling the control from my brother. Since we've been married, we've had and still own and even sometimes play: Nintendo 64, and a Nintendo Gamecube. My daughter has a Playstation and both have had Game boys. And one has a....ummmwhat's it called--you play brain age on it! I guess mine is really low right now! :)

Dawn said...

Oh yes, the Christmas of the Atari was an exciting one! I was not so good at wrestling the control from my brother. Since we've been married, we've had and still own and even sometimes play: Nintendo 64, and a Nintendo Gamecube. My daughter has a Playstation and both have had Game boys. And one has a....ummmwhat's it called--you play brain age on it! I guess mine is really low right now! :)

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

we had one in the 80s.. was fun playing with my brother.. at that time, just the two of us before another set of brother & sister join us.. thanks for reminding me of this atari.. now i got to ask my mom where she keeps it.. hehehehe.. have a nice day!

Rebecca said...

I had Atari! I loved it. I kicked butt in Tetris and Space invaders! Technology has come a long way! Thanks for the memory!