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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? (415 member(s) have cast votes)

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

  1. 0 - 4 (I'm a prodigy) (48 votes [11.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.57%

  2. 5 - 9 (Got me in my formative years) (174 votes [41.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.93%

  3. 10 - 14 (Past the age of reason) (135 votes [32.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.53%

  4. 15 - 24 (Really should have been concentrating on other things) (46 votes [11.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.08%

  5. 25 - 39 (Just call me the Andy Stitzer of the 2600) (12 votes [2.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.89%

  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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#26 bones OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:19 AM

Thank god the question wasn't about when you first played with your Wii.



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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:53 AM

I was 9 back in 77 when I first played an atari 2600 game.

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:30 AM

Thank god the question wasn't about when you first played with your Wii.

:D :rolling:

#29 Shawn OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:34 PM

3 years old. I'm a Prodigy as far as this pole is telling me.

Edited by Shawn Sr., Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:58 PM.

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:51 PM

Thank god the question wasn't about when you first played with your Wii.

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Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:15 PM

Christmas '79. I was 4. After all of the presents were opened there was one last one. We had to go to the basement where it was located. And there it was! With Space Invaders! The greatest Christmas ever!

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Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:06 PM

I played it for the first time in '77 or '78 so I was 6 or 7. I didn't get one of my own until 1980.

It was painful to wait that long for my own!

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Posted Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:57 PM

I was 7 or 8 in 81 when I first played at a friend's house. Never got my own, but got the adapter for the 5200 when it first came out.

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:29 AM

October '77. I had just turned 15 yo.

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:47 AM

I was 9 in 1980 when I first played the 2600 at my friend Jerry's house and it wasn't until Christmas 1981 that I got my very own 2600 ;)

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:06 AM

5 years old in 1980.

<--still have the original Atari

#37 Gabriel OFFLINE  


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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:50 AM

I played it safe and voted as if my first exposure to the 2600 was at the age of 10. But I might have been nine.

It was really before videogames were becoming "hot". I had played Tank at local carnivals and loved it. I had also been exposed to Space War and enjoyed it just as much.

The 2600 (Sears TeleGames) was in the gardening section of Sears. The monitor was up high and they had Target Fun/Air Sea Battle running on it. I tried to play it a little bit before a Sears employee (a man with greying hair) yanked the joystick away from me and told me that it wasn't a toy (and a similar thing happened a few years later when my mom was shopping for computers and I was checking out an Atari 800 running Missile Command).

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:21 PM

I believe I was 4 when I played PacMan the first time.

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Posted Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:09 PM

I was about 12 or 13 when I got one (thats 1980/81) end eventually even got a job mowing my and my neighbor's lawn so I could buy new carts for it myself :)

only wish I'd kept a few of those, had some rarities

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Posted Sat Dec 23, 2006 9:37 PM

Let's see, Space Invaders came out for Christmas of '78. That was when I decided I must have and Atari. My parents didn't get it for me for Christmas, so I had to use my own hard earned dollars to buy it in early '79. That would make me 14 at the time.

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Posted Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:03 AM

This is a hard question, my older brother had a 2600 at some point,
but I was only 4 in 1985. So, I recall seeing or playing Pitfall.
I think That's about it. I don't remember if I played it but feels like I did. My old gaming memories are more with the Odyssey2.
Sooo.. the first time I played a 2600 must have been when my mother got one at a sale, when I was about 8? (I think it was Atari 2600??)
I was 2nd grade-ish, I had a female friend over and we played some game my mom set up for us,
Where there's a Frog and Rabbit leaping upwards. It was a blast.
However, my mom threw it away a few days later, so I have no idea what I was playing. lol. Shame, but its okay. I'm proud I was able to play these older games because it takes more thought and challenge then new games do. My vote is 5-9. Give or take ;)

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Posted Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:06 AM

Thank god the question wasn't about when you first played with your Wii.

:D :rolling:

LOL.. that's classic. I can't afford a Wii, but Nintendo rocks. :D
Their machines last the test of time.

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Posted Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:05 PM

I must have been about six. Around summer of 1980- my older brother (who was 9) kept talking about how the kid up the street had "Atari". I had no idea what this (or any video game) was- I thought it was some kind of board game.

Around the fall of that year, I laid my eyes upon my first Pac-Man coin-op at the local skating rink and the world changed.

I finally played Atari at a little department store in our town- it had one of those huge displays where you could press the button of the game you wanted to play and then try it out for 90 seconds or so. I played Superman over and over and over...



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Posted Mon Dec 25, 2006 3:10 PM

I started playing when I was 8. Four days later I turned 9. I am now 35 will be 36 12-29-1970. This was entered on Christmas Day 2006.

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Posted Tue Dec 26, 2006 1:33 PM

I discovered the Atari when I was roughly 19-20 years old in 1998. Until then I was an NES brain washee and the only systems I knew of were made by Nintendo and the 2600 was just some sort of odd system sitting in a dusty box at garage sales and flea markets. My first system was a 7800 because it could play both games, but now I have two 2600s, two 5200s, and one 7800. :D

#46 Dan Iacovelli OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:00 PM

I got my 2600 when it first came out for xmas,so since it was around 1977 and Iwas born june 13th,1966 I'll would have been 10-14 age bracket.

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Posted Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:03 PM

What if I played an Oddysey 2 first, does that screw up the results?

I still remember playing the first killer ap's Space Invaders and Adventure at a friends house.The background music was AC/DC's Back In Black album, so it was around 1980,that made me 13 years old.
(You can put the calculator down, I'm 40 this year)

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Posted Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:49 PM

my first atari 2600 experience was in 1984. i was three.

thanks to this, i can roll the score in several games without dying once.

i tried wearing a blindfold once in Pitfall, just to show off, but that was a tragic mistake. ha!

Edited by bomberpunk, Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:50 PM.

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Posted Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:01 PM

My first experience would have been in 1997-1998. Yes, thats old in 2600 chronology but i was only 10 back then and the eperience was the same

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Posted Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:19 PM

I was in my late teens. I bought a plug n play unit, it turned out to be Activision. I thought it'd be old NES games or something. Either way, I liked them and bought the PS2 Activision/Atari Anthologies, then went ahead and bought a console.

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