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How old were you when you played your first Atari 2600 game?


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Poll: How old were you when you played your first Atari 2600 game? (346 member(s) have cast votes)

How old were you when you played your first Atari 2600 game?

  1. 0 - 4 (I'm a prodigy) (35 votes [10.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.12%

  2. 5 - 9 (Got me in my formative years) (144 votes [41.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.62%

  3. 10 - 14 (Past the age of reason) (115 votes [33.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.24%

  4. 15 - 24 (Really should have been concentrating on other things) (41 votes [11.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.85%

  5. 25 - 39 (Just call me the Andy Stitzer of the 2600) (11 votes [3.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.18%

  6. 40 - 64 (I'm a real late bloomer) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. 65+ (I had to do something to amuse myself in my Golden Years) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 Rhindle The Red OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:54 AM

It's the classic system, but when did you first give it a try? Was it something you grew up with, or did it come to you later in life?

#2 Madcap OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:04 AM

I'd say about 7 or 8.. not to sure but I still remember where I was and what I played... A friend had just got his 2600 and had 3 games, Space Invaders, River Raid and Midnight Magic.
It was enough to hook me on playing games for life.

#3 Atariboy OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:11 AM

Pretty sure it would've been shortly after turning 5 for Christmas in 1987.

#4 vdub_bobby OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:02 PM

The first 2600 I played wasn't even mine, or my friends' - it was my piano teacher's:
My brother and I both had piano lessens once a week, me first for 30 minutes, then my brother for 30 minutes. While one was having a lessen, the other would play video games on an ancient B&W TV in another room. I didn't know what it was at the time, but thinking back I'm 99% sure it was a 2600. I remember the blocky graphics, the simple gameplay...good times. This was probably something like 20 years ago, when I was about 10.

#5 Rogmeister OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:21 PM

So far I'm the old man here :) I was playing it when it was brand new...that would've been what, 1978 or oso? I was 26 that year. Even if it was a year or two later, my choice is the same...25-39.

#6 jaybird3rd OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:14 PM

I got my first 2600 and my first computer (a TI 99/4A) around the same time ... about five or six years of age, in 1981.

#7 AussieAtari OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:54 PM

I was 12 and it was 1978.

#8 Lemmi OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:57 PM

9yrs old almost 10 (20 days from my 10th yr) is when i finally got mine

but my first time playing it was at the age of 8 at a friends house

#9 PressureCooker2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:31 PM

started playing VCS when i came outta da womb in '81.....gained better scores when i got older
my whole childhood was the 2600 and the C=64

#10 madhatter667 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2006 10:16 PM

First gameplay I recall was around 4 or 5...around 1985-86.

#11 8th lutz OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:08 PM

I am not sure. I know I bought a 2600 jr when I was 9 going on 10 years old. I didn't play videogames much till 1988. It is possible that I played a 2600 game sooner since I remember having an intellivision 2 with an 2600 game adaptor.

#12 Big Player OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:18 PM

I first played a 2600 game at my friend's house in 1977 or '78, when I was 8. He got it when the system first came out. His father was an engineer and loved that type of stuff. My father took a lot more convincing. I didn't get my 2600 until Christmas of 1981.

#13 Mezrabad OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:28 PM

Got mine from my dear departed granmom for Christmas in 1980. Spent a week in February on my couch with a badly broken leg playing Adventure. That was the best week of my entire 8th grade year. :)

#14 Uzumaki OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:38 PM

I was only 5 in 1977 when I discovered my cousin's 2600 and my parents had a hard time getting me away back then. My brother and I got one for ourselves not long afterward.

I still have that old 2600 console put away.

#15 Crazy Climber ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:43 PM

1981 ;)
I was just a pup in those days. Me and my Dad would play Combat and Megamania for hours.
Many years later my sister was old enough to play, I had a lot of fun kickin her ass in Air Sea Battle.

#16 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:51 PM

Probably around 1981, when I would have been 11. Asteroids and Space Invaders were like crack to me. I wouldn't have my own machine until a few years later around the crash. $1 cartridges made me even more obsessed, and I still carry the compulsion to play simple, fun games to this day.

#17 atwwong OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:16 AM

Trying to figure out how old we are? Nice try... ;) Still, I voted... :D

#18 glitch OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:20 PM

I was 14 in 1980 (no need to do the math :P ) and played at my friends house, Adventure & Space Invaders were the primary games we played. We had a Bally then also so we had lots of arguments as to which space invaders was better. I didn't actually own a 2600 until early 2000, which I bought just to play Adventure again. That was the beginning of the end for me :D

#19 Paranoid OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:58 PM

I'd say 8 or 9, at a friend's house.

Got my first one when I was 10. 1980.

#20 82atari5200 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:34 PM

5 years old in 1981 baby!!!!!

#21 supercat OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:00 PM

It's the classic system, but when did you first give it a try? Was it something you grew up with, or did it come to you later in life?


A better question would be what year people first tried the system.

#22 mos6507 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:06 PM

I was like most, got hooked by Space Invaders when I was 10. I saw the game at a kid's house down the street and was blown away by it on a big color TV. The color and the sound was amazing. I had a crappy pong system before that and it was like night and day.

#23 CHIP72 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:38 PM

I think the first time I played a game on the Atari 2600 was January 1981 at a classmate's birthday party. I remember playing Space Invaders. If that was my first experience with the Atari 2600, I would have just turned 8 years old. I finally got the Atari 2600 for myself in March 1983 when I was 10 years old.

Edited by CHIP72, Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:39 PM.


#24 Room 34 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:52 PM

I've already told my story multiple times in long-buried threads. Suffice to say, it was 1982, and I was 8.

#25 ATARImarcus OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:25 AM

I played the first time with seven years in 1982, it was pacman and the console of a friend of my parents.

Edited by ATARImarcus, Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:26 AM.





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