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What was you first 2600 game?

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#26 Rom Hunter ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:29 AM

Space Invaders.

A friend of mine helped me finding the right channel on a bulky old black & white television.

We heard the Tsjomp Tsjomp from the invaders first before we got the picture.

Never forget that moment.


Edited by Rom Hunter, Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:29 AM.

#27 RiderofOstriches OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:16 PM

I am a pretty new collector. My first games that I picked up were Joust and Combat, I got them knowing I would eventually have a system and wanted a small library of cartriges to play as soon as I got it.

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Posted Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:58 PM

I got a pile of 2600 games in a lot at a garage sale in the late '90s...around 25 or so.  I don't remember specifics about what was there...I mean, there was the obvious Pac-Man, Combat, etc., but the only one I remember firing up (once I got the system to work...there were issues) was Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, so I'm gonna call that my first 2600 game.  And it definitely left me with a good impression of what the system would have to offer.  Now I just need to work on actually playing more of the ~250-300 games I've acquired since then.  I've maybe played 50 of them, and that's being generous :P

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#30 MissCommand OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:11 AM

Combat came with my first system, and Pac-Man with my second. Can't express how disappointed I was with Pac-Man... at the very least that could have had a similar maze and the correct colors. Ugh. The new Homebrew 8K Pac-Man is absolutely fantastic... it is the definitive version.


Two favorites that I played the heck out off were Adventure and later Enduro.  :)

#31 GeekDragon OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:09 PM

I finally got combat last year.  When we got the Gemini system, it came pack with 2 games, Mouse Trap and Donkey Kong(both games came with a sticker on the back that reads "Bonus cartridge included with Gemini purchase.  Non-refundable.  I consider this a variation for these games with I haven't seen on any sites.)  Those may have been my next 2 games.  Then the flood gates were iopened.

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Posted Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:43 PM

I got mine in summer 82, and I think my first games were Combat and Haunted House and Pac-man. Probably didn't get any more until fall.

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Posted Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:54 AM

Beat em and Eat em. I was 6.

#34 kennetzel ONLINE  


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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 10:33 AM

Aside from Combat which came with the unit when you bought it...the first game independent of that was Space Invaders. I bought the unit so I can have Space Invaders. I was nuts for that game when it first came out.

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 11:27 AM

I liked the VCS version of space invaders better than the arcade back then, and now - perhaps more.

#36 sloth-machine OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 1:21 PM

The 2600 was given to me from my parents with a bunch of games in the mid 80s when I was 7 or so. BUT the first game I bought with my own money (it was post crash, so games were cheap) was a fresh boxed copy of Yars' Revenge and it was awesome....still is.

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 9:48 AM

I was born in 1983 so for my 5th birthday initially got 3 games and a 2600jr. Anyway yeah i used to play a friend of the families Atari prior to my birthday and really loved Missile Command. So of course they bought me Missile Command along with Midnight Magic and Realsports Boxing.


I have a feeling Midnight and Boxing were included as a pack with the 2600jr here in Australia (not sure?). Wasn't long after i received everyone's hand me down's so that was pretty cool. Got to say though, if i haven't played the 2600 for awhile, the first game usually fired up is Missile command :)

#38 Deteacher OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 10:22 AM

Combat (pack-in game.)  We also got Air-Sea Battle, Breakout and Video Olympics at the same time.  Best Xmas ever! 

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 10:25 AM

I got my first Atari 2600 around Christmastime in 1999. It didn't come with any games but a friend from my boy scout troop had some games and paddles that he brought over when we had a troop meeting at our house, which we played downstairs afterward. The games were Combat, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders (red label), Breakout, Super Breakout, M*A*S*H*, Chopper Command, and Warlords. I fired up Combat first since I wanted to replicate the "new 2600 experience" as closely as I could, as Combat was most people's introduction to the system. It didn't disappoint! Pac-Man was something of a hit as well. Surprisingly, I don't recall Warlords getting that much traction with the other kids, even though there were four or five of us.

He let me borrow the stuff but we grew apart as we got into high school and I got out of scouting, and it was forgotten about. I still have most of them, except the Space Invaders and Donkey Kong carts (the end label was ripped off anyway), which I reacquired. I have no way to tell which of my umpteen Combat carts is my "original" one, though, unfortunately...but it's one of them! :)

#40 PhilipTheWhovian OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 10:36 AM

Asteroids, although not on a 2600, instead on the Atari Anthology collection.

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Posted Wed May 3, 2017 7:03 AM

Beat em and Eat em. I was 6.


I've often wondered... how many kids actually had parents that had one or more of these games.


And much like I'm sure many of us have a memory of stumbling upon our first dirty magazine, they have the gloriously retro-nerdy story of how their first brush with porn was on the VCS.

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Posted Thu May 4, 2017 8:07 PM

When I first got an Atari 2600 I got it with quite a few games but the one I remember playing the most was River Raid.

#44 bohoki OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed May 10, 2017 12:18 AM

well if you dont count the combat pack in im pretty sure my first was air sea battle


got a few of the paddle games but the common problem is one paddle works great and the other one was a jittery mess so me and my brother always fought over the "good" paddle


me and my brother loved the game with the blue wheelchair avoiding the crayons

Edited by bohoki, Wed May 10, 2017 12:24 AM.



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Posted Thu May 11, 2017 4:40 AM

We got the system with Combat for Christmas along with Frogger.

Hey GeekDragon. You're from Chicago? Did you watch Son of Sven Ghoulie?

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Posted Sun May 14, 2017 10:54 PM

I grew up watching svengoolie.  Still do to this day.  He's national now.  I've met him quite a few times also.

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