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How long do you plan on playing and collecting atari games?

How long do you plan on playing and collecting atari games?  

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  1. 1. How long do you plan on playing and collecting atari games?

    • I'll be in this for the rest of my life!
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    • Another 5 to 10 years.
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    • Up to 5 more years.
      1
    • Maybe 1 year or so.
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    • Not much longer, I'm already bored :(
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How long do you plan on playing and collecting atari games?

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I think that there should be a distinction between playing and collecting.

 

I have largely stopped collecting Atari 2600 games because they have become either impossible to find at retail (there are no specialist game store remaining in this city, and I have not seen anything at a thrift shop in many years) and/or prices are far above what I am comfortable paying.  

 

That said, I do still play the games, albeit almost entirely through emulation these days. Between Stella and various commercial releases, I can play 2600 games on every electronic device that I own. My vintage hardware is all packed away due to space constraints. 

 

 

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Need something to pass the time.   If I stopped, I'd have to grow vegetables or something *shudder*

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Stopped collecting years ago once I got the Harmony cart. Now I've moved on from console hardware to Retropie. I still play occasionally, but not as much as I used to. I'm more into playing pinball now than video games.

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I have contemplated stopping many times.  Every time I have thought it was time to stop I have taken an extended break(up to a year).   Each and every time I have been bitten again by the collecting bug.  I guess I will just "know" when it is time. Finding a rare cart has always been a rush to me. I don't see it ending anytime soon.

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50 minutes ago, jhd said:

I think that there should be a distinction between playing and collecting.

There is, just not in this poll's question. And it's a critical distinction.

 

50 minutes ago, jhd said:

I have largely stopped collecting Atari 2600 games because they have become either impossible to find at retail (there are no specialist game store remaining in this city, and I have not seen anything at a thrift shop in many years) and/or prices are far above what I am comfortable paying.

True enough Long gone are the wild-eyed days of seeing an Apple //c for $3.63 sitting in a RubberMaid. Now I just find VGA cables and power adapters for obscure routers.

 

50 minutes ago, jhd said:

That said, I do still play the games, albeit almost entirely through emulation these days. Between Stella and various commercial releases, I can play 2600 games on every electronic device that I own. My vintage hardware is all packed away due to space constraints.

Most of my vintage Apple II stuff is packed away for space, preservation, and aesthetic reasons. Apple II is interchangeable with "Atari" for this discussion because when we were kids the phrase, "Let's go play Atari!" was a blanket term for anything electronic and videogame related. It meant coming inside on a cold day instead of BMX'ing in the storm drains.

 

Emulation has become my new (old) way of playing classic games after having been goaded into selling off a lot of classic game stuff in the late 80's. In retrospect and how much time & effort I would have had to spend to continue with it (old collection) it was for the better. To be completely accurate I think my then burgeoning collection became untenable once it started going beyond the 8-bit realm. Only a matter of time.

 

Emulating stuff, while obviously not the same as sitting around a 25" Zenith TV in a shag-carpet room, has increased my appreciation of the old stuff while introducing me to systems I would never have otherwise acquired. It has also provided for building and even bigger and better virtual collection. With the advantage being it can be worked on it anytime anyplace for as little or as long as desired, with minimal or no setup & teardown annoyances.

 

 

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I stopped trying to collect for anything other than a couple of much more modern systems (Wii, Xbox 360 [which is dirt cheap right now]) quite some time ago once I got my Harmony Encore. I have some solid attachment to both of the latter systems that I just don't have with Atari since its heyday was well before my time. I still use my 2600 regularly, though! Love the thing. But I don't collect for it and have sold off just about all of my old carts, I think.

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Hard to say. I'm running out of Atari 2600 stuff to collect, besides really rare stuff. 😅

 

Weird controllers and peripherals are always out there. And since I always collected loose, I guess I could fill in a lot gaps in the manual department. 🤷‍♂️

 

I'll say "for the rest of my life." Even though my 2600 collecting has slowed down a lot in recent years, I can't see there ever being a point where I would pass on a good opportunity to add something missing from my collection.

 

As for playing, specifically: For the rest of my life. Full stop. 😁

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I just bought some carts today, I got a Harmony on the way but I'll mostly use it for my least favorite games and games just too darn expensive to own anymore which are sometimes good and bad heh.

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The inexorable pull of the venerable VCS remains eternal. Powerful. The only force capable of stopping it is the continued desire for an AIO, occasionally bolstered by annoyances and other inconveniences inherent in acquiring vintage material through traditional means. Repeatedly prices remain high for items in good condition. Furthermore, purchasing from ebay isn't nostalgic. Not like getting in gramma's car and making a day of trekking to the supermarket and coming home with groceries and a cartridge or two in the bags.

 

The AIO concept is living. An entity. Growing. Evolving. Continuing to gain capabilities and versatility. And it is this way we continue to collect and enjoy the vintage games of times past.

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The only Atari games I buy now are from here. As long as new games keep coming out and they don't suck......I'll keep buying them. 

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