You need to play the system or the controllers stop working properly. The 5200 does take upkeep, but it isn't like a Vectrex or an Astrocade. Also, I have had good luck with the system, while the Colecovision is what I finally said no more repairs to and I pre-ordered a Phoenix. The 5200 is my favorite console. The carts and the manuals and everything just showcases Atari in its prime. On the other hand, the 7800 with its black and white manuals and sad cart labels make you realize Atari was in decline. Also, except for Bounty Bob, you can fairly easily collect a complete collection. It's a quirky beast that is more than worth it to me.