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Poll: How old were you when you played your first Atari 2600 game? (392 member(s) have cast votes)

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

  1. 0 - 4 (I'm a prodigy) (44 votes [11.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.22%

  2. 5 - 9 (Got me in my formative years) (162 votes [41.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.33%

  3. 10 - 14 (Past the age of reason) (130 votes [33.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.16%

  4. 15 - 24 (Really should have been concentrating on other things) (45 votes [11.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.48%

  5. 25 - 39 (Just call me the Andy Stitzer of the 2600) (11 votes [2.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.81%

  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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#76 lastkill3r OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:05 PM

First when i was 4 i played Warlord, next time this year, when i bought Atari. Now i have got 12 years.

#77 Zoyx OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:25 PM

I'll join in on this old thread revival!

14 for me. I had to buy my own system and games... also walked 10 miles to school up-hill both ways in full gear.

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Posted Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:48 PM

I Was 13-14 When I played My first Atari 2600 game:
"PAC-MAN"

#79 almightytodd OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:26 PM

17, 1977 - Target Fun at the store display at Sears. A few weeks later, our Atari Heavy Sixer catalog order arrived for us to wrap and put under the Christmas tree. Of course, the pack-in game was Combat back then...

#80 Koopa64 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:29 PM

16 or 17 perhaps. It wasn't very long ago I got a 7800 with at least one real 2600 game. Not much to look at, but I'll be damned if these games aren't fun. :D

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Posted Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:33 PM

Cannot recall if I have previously posted on this thread!

My first Atari 2600 was a present from my sister on my 27th birthday, in 2007. Before that, I had owned a Flashback 2.

#82 toptenmaterial OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:34 PM

17, 1977 - Target Fun at the store display at Sears. A few weeks later, our Atari Heavy Sixer catalog order arrived for us to wrap and put under the Christmas tree. Of course, the pack-in game was Combat back then...

Todd, I must ask, what was your perception of it then? Was it mind blowing?

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Posted Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:35 PM

I had an Atari games on my first computer (Windows 95) and I was about five years old. Remember it had Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Missile Command, and Tempest. I didn't actually play the Atari 2600 until I was 8 or 9, so by then I was used to the arcade version of those games. Still, had a really fun time with games like Pitfall, River Raid, Adventure, and Yar's Revenge so that didn't really matter in the end.

#84 KingGhidorah OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:06 PM

I put four. I was born in 1985, I played my cousin's 2600. It think it must have been 1989 or 1990 because this was before he got an NES and he got an NES before I remember Super Nintendo coming out. He had 20 or 30 carts. I remember Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Barnstorming being faves. Kind of a random selection. We played it once in a while after he got an NES, because the NES was hooked up to the family TV and his atari was hooked up to an ancient 13" in his room. I bought my first atari 2600 in 96 or 97 with allowance money. I doubt it cost me more than $20. A guy in town had a junk shop and he sold 2600 games for $3(!) or 4 for $10 which seemed reasonable to me as I enjoyed the games. I acquired 20 or 30 this way before my dad started taking me around to thrifts. I got about 240 of the 260ish carts I have between age 11 and 16. I have bought the other 20 or so in the last 10 years.

#85 Ransom OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:17 PM

I was probably around 10 when I played my first 2600 game at a neighbor's house. It wouldn't be until shortly after I turned 12 that my parents gave me my own VCS.

#86 bmcnett OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:35 PM

i remember my family had the 2600 w/launch titles, so that was 1977? i was five years old.
most of the games required two people. my brother and i played a lot of indy 500 and combat...

it didn't occur to me until years later that games could look any better than that.

#87 almightytodd OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:47 PM

17, 1977 - Target Fun at the store display at Sears. A few weeks later, our Atari Heavy Sixer catalog order arrived for us to wrap and put under the Christmas tree. Of course, the pack-in game was Combat back then...

Todd, I must ask, what was your perception of it then? Was it mind blowing?

It was like a transition from the pre-computer age to the world of the future. The fact that a family could own a device that coupled a microprocessor with a video interface that could display graphical representations of tanks and airplanes on our television set; and that we could interact with those images - it was extraordinary. The period between 1975 and 1980 was really a magical one in terms of the advance of technology. I don't think I was able to fully appreciate the amount of money my parents were laying out for us to explore this new technology. $200 in 1977 was the equivalent of $742 in 2010 dollars. If that was the going price for a current XBox 360 or Playstation 3, everyone would complain and no one would buy it. But at the time, it was a chance to purchase a piece of the future - to jump ahead in time...

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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:24 PM

^^ That sounds like a magical time indeed! Combined with being a kid, you must have really felt as though mankind had arrived.

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Posted Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:51 PM

I was in 2nd grade and the game was 2600 Berzerk. Good times. :cool:

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Posted Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:45 PM

Probably about 6 or 7. I don't think I was even really aware of the VCS when it first came out, at least not that I recall, but by '79 or so I had played one. It was already magical for me, but it wasn't until I later played Asteroids at a kiosk in LaBelle's department store that it really came alive for me. Then I got my own for Christmas, with Asteroids, which was still pretty new.

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Posted Wed Mar 2, 2011 8:45 PM

I bought my first atari when i was 14.When I had a bmx bike to get me to the local goodwill everyday(10 years ago, the good times when collecting was insanely cheap, .50 to a dollar at most for any cart on any system).

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Posted Wed Mar 2, 2011 9:04 PM

My Dad for no reason at all(very unlike him) bought my 2600 off someone at work who's son didn't play with it anymore for 75.00 in 1981. It was very unlike him to buy anything for my sisters or I other than Christmas or our birthdays, but for some reason when I came home form Little league practice in June of 1981 he had it there waiting for me when I got home. I couldn't believe it, I only knew a couple people who had one and we didn't have a lot of money so I wasn't expecting one at all. I may have been the best(material) gift I ever recieved.

Oh, by the way I was 9.

Edited by atari181, Wed Mar 2, 2011 9:06 PM.


#93 classicgamer_27330 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 4, 2011 10:30 PM

I think I was like 4 or 5. Combat was my first game

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Posted Fri Mar 4, 2011 10:57 PM

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


I was 5 yrs old when I got my first Atari 2600, bur prior to that I had a Telstar Ranger system prior to that I got in 77'. I thought that Telstar was the shiznit..then I found my true love....2600 Nirvana.

#95 isatonmyhat OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:07 PM

I think I was 4, but maybe a little younger. The console was ours but it was kept at our grandparents house. I'm not exactly sure what was the first game I played but the one I really remember was crackpots. I think that was the first time my older brother let me pick the game and I have a feeling that I chose that one because it had a purple lable. :roll: Purple was my favourate colour when I was little.

#96 marlinlee OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:37 AM

Probably around 81 or 82 which would have made me 24 or 25. I went with 25 because it was more likely in 82.

#97 atarigal OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:04 AM

We didn't get our Atari until around 1980 or '81, but our friend across the street had one for a while before that. So I'd say maybe around age 7, then got my own at age 8 or 9.

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Posted Sun May 1, 2011 4:55 PM

I was 11.

#99 svenski OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 3, 2011 6:12 PM

I probably played on a friend's 2600 when I was younger but can't remember. I was around 32 when I got my first 2600 - started out with an Atari 8-bit in 1984 - never had anything before that apart from a pong clone. Sad, I know :D

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Posted Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:59 PM

I believe I was about 7 the first time I played Atari that I can recall anyways, and I never actually REALLY played until I was in my twenties when I bought an Activision plug and play controller that I thought was full of NES games. It worked out either way, because I'm here, right?




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