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Atari vs. Telegames Back in the Day: Which was Cooler?

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On 9/20/2020 at 1:17 AM, eightbit said:

People who knew (and read the sticker on the bottom of the console) knew that the Sears Tele-Games consoles were manufactured by Atari. But unquestionably without a doubt (in my humble opinion) that Tele-Games Heavy Sixer trumped the Atari version. The wood finish was just so much better! 

 

Here's mine:

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Freakin' LOVE this thing. It is the star of my entire collection.

I love them both. Don’t ask me to choose.

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13 hours ago, sramirez2008 said:


 

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I hate 70s woodgrain, so that wouldn't be a deciding factor for me.   I would choose the Atari one because it doesn't look as generic as "Telegames".  

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Sears was still way to ubiquitous and mainstream to have been cool.  I did personally think it looked better as my friend Eli had one, a Video Arcade 6 switcher with a Wico joystick.  Sears made so many branded versions of things, that it seemed very natural at the time that they would have their own version. 

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 https://youtu.be/Rsc5-pghunk

 

 

I like this review of the Sears Tele-games Atari branded console by Mark at Classic game room. It’s really sad he doesn’t do great reviews like this one anymore.

 

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In fall 1977 - 1980 Sears in Chattanooga was the only place that sold the console and games.  I don’t remember any other store with Atari branded games before 1981.

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The Sears one looks better than I though it would. I prefer its woodgrain but I prefer the black background on the Atari switch panel.

 

Atari logo wins every time though.

 

Take the Sears console, add the black switch panel background and the Atari logo. :)

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On 10/3/2020 at 3:21 AM, Rob Mitchell said:

In fall 1977 - 1980 Sears in Chattanooga was the only place that sold the console and games.  I don’t remember any other store with Atari branded games before 1981.

I grew up in Nashville (after Atari’s time) and I love hearing about the retail history of older games and hardware like this. The farthest back I can remember is buying Game Boy games at Best Buy or Toys R Us.

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The 2600 was the "better" version.  I grew up playing a Coleco Gemini and even that felt like a cheap knockoff at the time.  Now, I almost prefer the Gemini and want a Sears console.

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