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    Atari VCS joins toy "Hall of Fame"

    Yes my first bit of random news (incase people think this isnt my true return)-

    The starting point for a few gamers gets recognised
    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=30471
    The Atari 2600 videogame console, which recently turned 30 years-old, has been inducted into the Strong National Museum of Play's toy "Hall of Fame."
    While not the first home videogame console, it quickly became the most popular when it was released in 1977.
    It is the first electronic "toy" to be inducted, joining such classics as the Etc-a-sketch, Frisbee, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh, the yo yo, jigsaw puzzles, the hula hoop, and Legos.
    "It may look primitive compared to the advanced video game systems available today, but it helped make these possible," said the museum's curator, Patricia Hogan.
    The Atari 2600 was inducted along with Raggedy Andy (brother of the Raggedy Ann doll, who was inducted five years ago), and the kite.
    While the videogame system is the most recently invented member of the hall, the kite - believed to have originated in China almost 3,000 years ago - is probably the oldest.


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    Congrats Atari...well deserved

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    As a result this weekend im plugin my Atari into my 50" tv and playing yars revenge


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    Oh man, the number of hours I spent playing that system...

    Game technology today has spoiled kids. I didn't grow up with Zelda, I had Adventure. You were a square that moved around. You could get a sword that looked like an arrow. There were dragons that looked like ducks. If you knew what you were doing, you could finish the game in 10 to 15 minutes (that's on the harder level where the item locations are randomized and there are three castles). Did you hear me complain? No way! I still pourd hours into that game!

    I found this video on YouTube. It's an entire walkthrough of game 1 of Adventure. It's 33 seconds long - that's right, you can finish the easiest version of the game in half a minute!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE6MSXqouSk


    And a previous poster mentioned Yar's Revenge. A true classic!
    Here's the commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ1Qg-Ny75g
    (and people think Wii commercials are silly!)


    Oh man, don't get me started or I'll spend all day here talking about old Atari games!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skippy
    Oh man, the number of hours I spent playing that system...

    Game technology today has spoiled kids. I didn't grow up with Zelda, I had Adventure. You were a square that moved around. You could get a sword that looked like an arrow. There were dragons that looked like ducks. If you knew what you were doing, you could finish the game in 10 to 15 minutes (that's on the harder level where the item locations are randomized and there are three castles). Did you hear me complain? No way! I still pourd hours into that game!
    Im currntly learning to code on a bbc micro.
    I like good gameplay (not as in the "actual gameplay" things I see on addverts as that is not gameplay) in my games
    Oh man, don't get me started or I'll spend all day here talking about old Atari games!
    Fine by me


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    And all you young whipper snappers out there with Wii Sports Boxing - check this out. We didn't have anything fancy like that, we had Boxing from Activision and we loved! You would not believe the heated matches against my uncles.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNJx0jCvuTM
    Hours of fun!


    And to connect this back to Nintendo, here's Mario Bros. for the 2600 from Nintendo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liZ-yuCzyTc
    I didn't actually have that one. I did have Atari 2600 Donkey Kong though (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVWbF1XE74) , and then later the ColecoVision version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDWuhkHHpw) which blew it away.


    What I find interesting too is that a lot of old Atari 2600 sound effects still turn up fairly frequently. Like sometimes on TV shows where someone is supposed to be playing a game and you can't see it, the sounds are almost always from 260 games, sometimes more than one game sound layered on top of each other.

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    Well the Mario on it wasnt the Mario we all know.
    It was the pipes one


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    Hurray for video game's building blocks.

    Also hurray for DP's return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssbb_lover
    Hurray for video game's building blocks.

    Also hurray for DP's return.
    Lego games ?


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