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#1 sociologist OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 3:04 PM

Hi everyone,
 
I'm a sociologist of media doing a project on early game consoles, especially the Odyssey and VCS. If you played those consoles when they came out - or perhaps slightly later versions of them - I'd be really interested to talk to you! I want to understand how these systems impacted people's relationship to consumer technology in general, and television in particular.
 
Find my previous publications / information here: https://soc.ucla.edu.../gary-yeritsian
 
Thanks!
Gary


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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 3:38 PM

That would be most of us here. :lol:



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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 3:40 PM

Plenty of us old farts around...

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 PM

Hi everyone,
 
I'm a sociologist of media doing a project on early game consoles, especially the Odyssey and VCS. If you played those consoles when they came out - or perhaps slightly later versions of them - I'd be really interested to talk to you! I want to understand how these systems impacted people's relationship to consumer technology in general, and television in particular.
 
Find my previous publications / information here: https://soc.ucla.edu.../gary-yeritsian
 
Thanks!
Gary

Well, you've come to the right place!  Many of us here on the forums were among the first generation of video game players, and as you'll see, we still maintain a collection of those "vintage" games today.

 

Feel free to send me a private message; I'd be glad to answer your questions.



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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 4:20 PM

Send me a PM.  I was a latecomer to the 2600 (didn't get one until around 1994/1995), but started out with an Odyssey2 in 1979.



#6 sociologist OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 4:23 PM

That would be most of us here. :lol:

 

 

Plenty of us old farts around...

 

 

Well, you've come to the right place!  Many of us here on the forums were among the first generation of video game players, and as you'll see, we still maintain a collection of those "vintage" games today.

 

Feel free to send me a private message; I'd be glad to answer your questions.

 

Thanks so much for the replies, and the warm reception.  :)  :lol:



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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 6:05 PM

 
 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for the replies, and the warm reception.  :)  :lol:


Feel free to stick around after the project too. :)

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 6:31 PM

Grew up in the 80s with an Atari VCS and a TI-99/4A. Other han fishing with grandpa, these occupied almost ALL of my time as a kid.

#9 doug0909 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 7:18 PM

You might not find many people here who grew up with the original Odyssey, but many of us had the Atari VCS's prime competitor (until the Intellivision came out), the Odyssey 2. I was one of them, and it was the first consumer electronics product I was obsessed with... 



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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 7:21 PM

send me a list of questions, I'll gladly help you out.



#11 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 7:25 PM

Yes. Send me questions!

#12 lokidchser OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 8:29 PM

feel free to PM me as well.  Still have my original Odyssey (yellow console) and my heavy sixer we got way back one year for Christmas.



#13 Mulletino OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 8:35 PM

I'm more than happy to answer some questions.

 

I still have the original VCS my dad got us in the late 70s.:)



#14 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 10:25 PM

I had written many short stories and recollections, archived them away in ms-word.

#15 sociologist OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu May 17, 2018 11:19 AM

Feel free to stick around after the project too. :)

 

I just might - thanks!  :grin:  Not a hardcore gamer myself, but I've always taken an interest in the history of the genre. I certainly played a ton as a kid - in particular I have fond memories of Madden and Fifa 94 on Sega. 

 

Also, don't know how many of you have encountered the book Racing the Beam: The Atari VCS, but it's probably the most widely read academic piece on the Atari: https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/026201257X



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Posted Thu May 17, 2018 7:53 PM

I started on the VCS around 1987-88; pretty young at the time, but some of my earliest lasting memories were from playing the VCS with my mom and brother, and later with my next-door neighbors.  If you think that'd be helpful, go ahead and shoot me a PM.






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