Atari 2600
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The Atari 2600 was Atari's first video game console that used cartridges. I was destined to be a gamer. My dad was a gamer. He had an Odyssey and an Atari 2600 before I was born.

I don’t remember much of either, but I do remember how we lost our Atari. It wasn’t because my dad tired of it, it was because he loved the Golf game so much that he played it so often the system got so hot, the cartridge melted into the slot! :)

I was born too late to be into the Atari craze. I was born in the NES era. :) When I started collecting consoles, I did have a ColecoVision with an adapter that let you play Atari 2600 games on it. My sister and I played Frogger for the Atari 2600 a few times on that. But, when I saw an Atari Flashback 2 at Wal-Mart I had to buy it. It was an Atari all-in-one unit that could actually use Atari joysticks (and Sega Genesis controllers!), and could be modified to use actual Atari 2600 cartridges (although I never modified mine to do that).

The built in games were fun. I always loved the simplicity of Pong, so Arcade Pong took up a lot of my playtime. I’ve always enjoyed Centipede and Millipede in the arcades, so I played a bit of them here too.

I didn’t really start getting into the Atari 2600 until recently though, since I started using ConsoleClassix. You can play Atari 2600, NES, and Colecovision games for free, so I’ve been playing some Atari games I haven’t played before.

I completed one of the few Atari 2600 games with an ending, Adventure, and now wish I still had my Flashback 2 so I could play the sequel to that game that is only available on the Flashback.

It’s actually quite amazing that the Atari can get me wanting to play it at this point. The graphics are dated now, but the gameplay is still solid. And, when it comes to games, gameplay is really what matters most.

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