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Unplayed but not forgotten

Mezrabad

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The slogan may be "Every game. Chronologically" but the philosophy is really "Every game I can find and afford, or, if not, emulate. Chronologically."

 

There have been a few games that I to plan to get even if they didn't make it into my first six years of chronogaming.

 

Atari PONG - The first killer ap for home videogames.

Odyssey 300 - Because it was my first.

Coleco Telstar Arcade - I'm honestly not dying to play it, but I can't forget about it, either.

Coleco Combat - Ditto for this.

Atari Stunt Cycle - Ditto.

Atari Video Pinball - See above.

 

APF MP1000 carts with the following on them (some are on same cart)

UFO - Ooo! Another attempt at sci-fi! Possible imaginative game on MP1000 or not?

Sea Monster - It might not suck.

Dungeon Hunt - Earliest Fantasy based home game?

Backgammon - I'm wondering if they had opponent AI.

Boxing - Curious about this, too. Would've been first Boxing title.

Roulette - Haven't seen a Roulette game since the 1972 Odyssey.

Keno - what the hell is Keno anyway?

Slots - First example of Slots on a home system.

 

If there's anything that I haven't listed, I must've forgotten it already!

I'll simply live without the experience and move on with my life, namely, 1979.

 

Of course, there's a danger here in not being completely obsessive compulsive about it. By nature, I'm pretty lax, so it's easy to say, "well, I won't worry about playing such and such" every now and then. I mean, I HAVE a life, surely I can forgive myself for not playing EVERYthing! However, I must be careful about saying it too often, because I'm certain I'll end up missing something that I would have thought was worth playing. Either that or I'll wake up in the middle of the night 20 years from now and say "Slots!!! I never played APF Slots!!!" So, I'll try to be lax, but um, vigilant at the same time, if that's even possible.

 

I'll list the games for 1979 next entry.



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I realize this is probably an evil question... but do you have any plans to include some of the handheld games from back then? (Of course, not all of them, but maybe a few of the more popular ones...)

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I realize this is probably an evil question... but do you have any plans to include some of the handheld games from back then? (Of course, not all of them, but maybe a few of the more popular ones...)

 

No, I'm staying away from handhelds at this time. Though I get a little nostalgic for my Merlin every now and then. :evil:

 

When I was growing up in 1979, Microvision didn't give me a burning desire to play other handheld games, (though I did enjoy one of the handheld Football games. Not sure if it was by Mattel or Coleco). I was fascinated by video/computer games, and to this day, I regret not having had as much exposure to the whole "fad" at the time it occurred. It wasn't that I didn't have an Atari or a Commodore 64, hell who didn't? It was that I really didn't burn the time on them that I would've liked to. I had neither the time nor the money back then between school and, um, having no money. Anyway, that's what I'm aiming for: capturing the youth I missed while I was worrying about school and school activities. If I ever do handhelds, I'll do them after I've done videogames, computer games and arcade games, at least up to the crash. If I ever get to live my life over, next time I'm going to be much more of a geek. Heh.

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I realize this is probably an evil question... but do you have any plans to include some of the handheld games from back then? (Of course, not all of them, but maybe a few of the more popular ones...)

 

I'm glad that site doesn't list them chronologically! *phew*

 

I had neither the time nor the money back then between school and, um, having no money.

 

LOL

 

Well, now it's time for me to finish up 1978. Computers, here I go again! Hmm, maybe tomorrow.

 

See you soon, blog!

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On 3/27/2006 at 5:23 PM, Nathan Strum said:

I realize this is probably an evil question... but do you have any plans to include some of the handheld games from back then? (Of course, not all of them, but maybe a few of the more popular ones...)

 

Here in 2021, I've encountered something I never expected that would have made the handheld games better to play sooner rather than later: Eyesight!

 

Playing handhelds is a bit of a chore now. I can take off my glasses and hold things close to my face, but it's just not as pleasant as sitting at a desk or on a couch in the living room. I'm in my early 50s now and was in my late 30s when writing these entries originally. I just had no idea that it would become a hassle to play something on a tiny screen some day. (This eye sight kicked when I was about 45. I can play on handhelds with my glasses off, but if I'm wearing my contacts forget about it.)

 

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Yep - my eyes did the same thing to me when I hit 40. The next time I go to my ophthalmologist, I'm getting a second pair of glasses for working at the computer. My progressives just don't work at that distance.

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