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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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#101 Animan OFFLINE  


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Posted Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:32 PM

I was 13. Got my Atari 2600 about two years ago, and even had it signed by Nolan Bushnell at SGC 2009! (too lazy to dig up the thread where I showed it off)

#102 Austin OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:38 PM

I was really, really young.. Maybe two or three years old, in 84 or 85!

#103 toiletunes OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:30 PM

Slightly older than this thread, but not by much.

#104 _rimusa_ OFFLINE  


    Space Invader

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Posted Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:16 PM

18 years old, about a year ago :D

#105 retrorussell OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:06 AM

Probably 8 or 9. Before we bought one I played it at Sears or some other department stores.

#106 A_Locomotive OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:51 AM

I was I think around 8 years old or so. A friend of mine who lived on my street who was quite a bit older then me had one. More often then no when we hung out and played games it was his NES we played(he had damn near every game ever made for it) but on a few occasions he busted out the 2600, it was only just this year I finally got one for myself. :P

Edited by A_Locomotive, Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:51 AM.

#107 Blues76 OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:18 PM

I was almost 6

#108 R.O.T.S OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu Dec 1, 2011 10:12 AM

It would be way back,i remember going round a school friends house and playing on an Atari 2600 (VCS) for the first time and that would be the early stages at high school (82-87).So it would be in the early part probably 82/83 which means as i was born in1971 that i would either have been 11 or 12.
Good memories though of Missile command,Pacman,Pele`s Soccer,Space Invaders.

#109 Jifremok OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:48 PM

There was already a 2600 where I lived when I was born; I have no memories of before gaming.

#110 Megaman Legends OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:04 PM

The only reason why I bought my atari with my small amount of allowance was that I heard about how combat was so awesome and i played it at my friends house ALOT

got me in my formative years ;-)

#111 adamchevy OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:51 PM

8 years old, at my uncles house. I didn't realize that's what it was until I purchased one 5 years ago.

#112 djour OFFLINE  


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Posted Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:10 PM

I was 8 in 1978 and played combat on a display at K-Mart. I don't think I talked about anything else for four months and Santa left one under the tree that year.

#113 Video OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Jul 2, 2017 9:08 AM

Tons of combat and maze craze. I've been playing since before I can remember.

#114 VectorGamer OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Jul 3, 2017 7:28 AM

I was 10 when we got the Atari 2600 with a Space Invaders cartridge

#115 Good_Times OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon Jul 3, 2017 7:44 AM

4-6 years old when my sisters got the woodgrain model.  Before that, I remember being a toddler and messing with some of the dedicated 'Pong' machines, namely a strange set-up with a light gun and a discounted Odyssey.  My brothers, mom, and aunts seemed to enjoy those along with a few drinks, heh.

#116 masschamber OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Jul 4, 2017 11:28 AM

I first got a 2600 when I was like 8, but no switch box so we never got to play it.  But man was I fascinated by it... video games from before nintendo what could they be like?  and in the end I discovered..... not bad games like asteroids and space invaders were just as good as one should expect.

#117 BassGuitari OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Jul 4, 2017 4:08 PM

December 1999. I was 14 going on 15 (January b-day).

I did get Activision Classics for PlayStation a year or two earlier, though.




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Posted Tue Jul 4, 2017 6:50 PM

A WAY lot older than most of you :-)



Still love the system.


Wish I could get all of the homebrews!   Keep bring wonders to this system!




#119 retrorussell OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Jul 4, 2017 8:10 PM

Probably played it a friend's house in 1978 or 1979 at 7 or 8 years old.  We got our own around 1981.  Asteroids and Adventure got the most attention early on.  My dad would play Golf when we got it.

#120 Hoessi666 OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:09 AM

I got mine, a Darth Vader-Model, for Christmas 1982 (was seven Years old then). It came with Pac-Man. I'm still glad that my Mom bought it although it was not on my Wishlist; in fact, I didn't know that the Console existed until I got one :-D.


Seems a lot of People in Germany started in that Year '82, `cause the Console wasn't released here as early as in the States. Often you bought your Stuff through Mailorder-Catalogues like Quelle, Neckermann or Otto: I was always happy when a new Catalogue arrived to see new Games for "my" Console (but was as often disappointed when looking at the Prices  :( ..): A new Game costed about 130 DM - about 65 Dollars, I think. Later, when the 2600 wasn't the hot Stuff anymore - at least in the Eyes of most Customers - you could get original Games for about 40 DM as silver or red Labels (must have been around '84-'88).

In Germany, you could often find the (in)famous Clones of those Mailorders Dealers as a cheaper Alternative: those were e.g. 20 DM for the Quelle-Version of Enduro (Super-Ferrari), but most of the Times these were no clones of the "Hit-Games"...

Edited by Hoessi666, Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:11 AM.

#121 Jinroh OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:38 AM

Mid-80s, since about 2 or whenever I could hold the controller, my parents had one when I was born. Got a bunch cheap during the crash. My dad was a local Pac-Man champion, but he played VCS Pac with me haha must have been painful for him.


Then the Christmas of '87 we got an NES Action Set, so the VCS took a bit of a back seat as I was super enamoured with Super Mario Bros.

Edited by Jinroh, Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:41 AM.

#122 AW127 OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:57 AM

I was 9 years old and it was 1981 in a friends house. One year later, i get my first own Atari VCS-2600, which i still have here and in which the Harmony now runs. It was a "darth vader" model, therefore i always had a special connection to this total-black edition.

#123 jmtech OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:34 PM

I got my first 2600 from a friend who had a friend who worked at Atari.  It was a refurbished six switch version.  I played the heck out of Demon Attack on it.

#124 Serrameade6 OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:44 PM

Still remember playing Adventure and Moon Patrol on a woody 4 switch atari 2600 with my twin brother back in 1982. Our very first game console when we were 6.

#125 AtariLeaf OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun Oct 1, 2017 6:28 AM

I think it was 1979. My cousins had one and we played a lot of air/sea battle. I didn't get one myself until like a year later.

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