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atari--the good 'ol days of video gaming

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i haven't played video games in years.tonight however i ran across some articles on the atari on the web.i remember getting my first atari in 1982 and i think i might've been in the 3rd grade at the time.i played that thing night and day and even bought the next couple atari systems that come out after that.pac man and combat came with mine.i quickly bought games like pitfall,donkey kong,centipede,e.t.,dig dug,yars revenge,keystone kapers,etc. i sure do miss it now that i look back on it.i had many hours of fun playing and i think that video games kept a lot of kids off the street and out of trouble back then....

 

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TenajComment by Tenaj - June 15, 2007, 12:46 am
I still got my oldest daughter's Atari and cartridges. She left a cartridge in and it doesn't work. I read that was the worst thing to do. You know you can get Plugin Play Pac Man or Ms. Pac for $20. It comes complete like a little box with joy stick attached and about 3 other games comes with it.   All you do is plug it in the TV.

My grandson is an avid lastest video game player but he hates it that I can beat him in Pac Man. I still have their cabbage patch dolls too. In good condition.
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - June 15, 2007, 1:01 am
i got the ms pac man plugged in right now.bought it for twenty bucks at wal-mart.i used to play an hour on one quarter at the arcade and anyone who went soon regretted giving me a couple quarters because they might be standing there a good while.i was just eight or nine years old back then when i played forever on one quarter and my uncle used this excuse to get out of the house to slam back a couple beers,lol.the store was a mini mart a couple doors down kind of like a 7/11 and by the time i played my last few minutes he was good and plastered and my aunt used to throw a fit and i would defend him,lol.of course i would defend him because he was taking me to play the arcade which when i got older i could see he just used that as an excuse to drink a couple budweisers but he was walking and he wasn't a violent person so i thought it was kind of funny when i looked back on it.back then you could stand around and drink a few in the stores in memphis back then if you weren't bothering anyone but that was back in the 80's in a different climate and as long as i was playing i wasn't worried because we were practically right next door to the house.i remember the cabbage patch dolls and my sister had a couple.they had a signature on the butt of the doll,lol i even remember it was xavier or something like that.they came with a birth certificate.the 80's were a fun decade.
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - June 15, 2007, 1:01 am
i got the ms pac man plugged in right now.bought it for twenty bucks at wal-mart.i used to play an hour on one quarter at the arcade and anyone who went soon regretted giving me a couple quarters because they might be standing there a good while.i was just eight or nine years old back then when i played forever on one quarter and my uncle used this excuse to get out of the house to slam back a couple beers,lol.the store was a mini mart a couple doors down kind of like a 7/11 and by the time i played my last few minutes he was good and plastered and my aunt used to throw a fit and i would defend him,lol.of course i would defend him because he was taking me to play the arcade which when i got older i could see he just used that as an excuse to drink a couple budweisers but he was walking and he wasn't a violent person so i thought it was kind of funny when i looked back on it.back then you could stand around and drink a few in the stores in memphis back then if you weren't bothering anyone but that was back in the 80's in a different climate and as long as i was playing i wasn't worried because we were practically right next door to the house.i remember the cabbage patch dolls and my sister had a couple.they had a signature on the butt of the doll,lol i even remember it was xavier or something like that.they came with a birth certificate.the 80's were a fun decade.
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - June 15, 2007, 1:01 am
i got the ms pac man plugged in right now.bought it for twenty bucks at wal-mart.i used to play an hour on one quarter at the arcade and anyone who went soon regretted giving me a couple quarters because they might be standing there a good while.i was just eight or nine years old back then when i played forever on one quarter and my uncle used this excuse to get out of the house to slam back a couple beers,lol.the store was a mini mart a couple doors down kind of like a 7/11 and by the time i played my last few minutes he was good and plastered and my aunt used to throw a fit and i would defend him,lol.of course i would defend him because he was taking me to play the arcade which when i got older i could see he just used that as an excuse to drink a couple budweisers but he was walking and he wasn't a violent person so i thought it was kind of funny when i looked back on it.back then you could stand around and drink a few in the stores in memphis back then if you weren't bothering anyone but that was back in the 80's in a different climate and as long as i was playing i wasn't worried because we were practically right next door to the house.i remember the cabbage patch dolls and my sister had a couple.they had a signature on the butt of the doll,lol i even remember it was xavier or something like that.they came with a birth certificate.the 80's were a fun decade.
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - June 15, 2007, 1:04 am
we need a delete button for when you mess up.my comments posted 3 times.
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SlingKingComment by SlingKing - June 15, 2007, 4:55 am
I remember playing Missile Command for hours on Atari. Then my old man got hooked trying to beat me. He always had to show us kids he could whip us at anything. He finally gave up, never did beat my highest score. Happy Father's Day Dad.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - June 15, 2007, 1:15 pm
I used to take my kids to the arcade at the bowling alley for the same reason as your uncle. I'd knock down a few beers while they were busy in the arcade. I only gave them a few bucks at a time because that would ensure they would come in the bar frequently for more money and I'd know they were OK.

Good babysitting technique.

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