Posted Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:25 AM
It's a pet peeve of mine when current reviewers go on and on and on about the controllers.
Only myself and one friend had 5200's....they didn't even sell them in my hometown in Canada, so we both had to get them on trips the US!
He got his first, and yes, the first time I picked up a controller to play Pacman, I was shocked and unable to play at all!!! It took a few minutest to adjust....we quickly figured out that you had to try to smoothly preset the joystick, and soon we all were playing competently. Ideal? No, far from it, but I became very proficient at it, as did everyone I know.
With PacMan, Galaxian, DIg Dug, Centipede, Defender, Joust, and football, I was very happy. My buddy also had Buck Rogers.....
Great system, and had Atari simply released self-centering controllers, and the Superpacman, Tempest, Jr. Pac, millipede, stargate, etc protoypes we all now know were out there....the system would have taken off!!
What held them back in my opinion was not the lack of a 2600 adaptor initially, it wasn't the controller, it wasn't the fact that it was an Atari 8 bit....it was simply the fact that the original line-up was lackluster. Centipede...and the great defender helped......then Dig Dug and Joust were awesome....with moon patrol, mario bros, and the newest releases never even had time to take hold before they pulled the plug....along with the protoypes...finally the catalog would have been starting to rock!