Archive for the ‘Atari’ Category

August 3, 2011 2 comments
In my youth I used to play a lot of video games. Well actually I still play a lot but that’s a whole different story. Well anyway as I was saying, in my youth I played a lot of video games and typically I’d play with a select few friends. Now by select few I would actually mean only three friends. Of these three friends, I only keep in touch with one. The other two have long since fallen by the wayside and I have not talked to them for many a year. Now Stephon I still keep in touch with even though we actually live quite literally a thousand miles apart. I would go so far as to say he is my best friend.
Recently he came to visit me and my family and it was a time that I was excited for yet dreading. Now I was excited because it had been over a year since we had last been in each other’s presence. We talk on the phone often but really it’s not the same as enjoying the weather with beer in hand or visiting a local restaurant for lunch. What I was dreading was the hand off of all of his gaming hardware and software to me. Now this may sound like a good thing to most of you but here’s the problem with it. It signals to me that he has officially moved on from the gaming scene. We have discussed it before but through this physical exchange, it has become official and ultimately set in stone. My one greatest gaming ally has moved on and it saddens me to no end. It’s like ToeJam without Earl, Marcus without Dom or even Ratchet without Clank.
Anyway enough of the sob story. I’m sure you’re only reading this to find out what was handed over so here’s what was in the official exchange. I’ll even post some pics for you to enjoy.

Game Collection Handoff


Atari Jaguar and games

Atari Jaguar Console CIB
Alien vs. Predator CIB
Raiden CIB
Tempest 2000 CIB


NES Compact and games

NES Compact Console (NES ver2) CIB
Castlevania CIB
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse CIB
Donkey Kong Classics
Life Force  CIB
Mario Bros.
Rad Racer CIB
Rad Racer II CIB
Rush ‘N Attack
Super Contra
Super Mario Bros. CIB
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 CIB


Playstation 2 and games

PS2 Slim Console CIB
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence  CIB
Devil May Cry GH CIB
R-Type Final CIB
Resident Evil: Code Veronica GH CIB


PSOne and games

PSOne Console
Castlevania: SotN GH CIB
Metal Gear Solid GH CIB
Resident Evil 2 CIB


SNES Compact and games

SNES Compact Console (SNES ver2) w/Kirby Super Star CIB
Axelay CIB
Castlevania: Dracula X CIB
Contra III: The Alien Wars    CIB
Final Fight
Final Fight 2 CIB
Firepower 2000 CIB
Gradius III CIB
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy CIB
Street Fighter II Turbo
Super Castlevania IV CIB
Super Mario All Stars CIB
Super Mario Kart CIB
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island CIB
Super R-Type CIB
Top Gear CIB

It pleases me that he thought of me to hand these off to. Unfortunately it still was a sad day for me. The end of an era so to speak.


First Overwhelming Gaming Memory

September 14, 2010 7 comments

In my youth I remember playing many many games. It all started with some generic home console that had 4 built in games. A Pong-ish game was one of them. I don’t remember what it was called. My memory fails me. hell I don’t even know if it had 4 games come to think of it. I was about 5, what can I say?

The next system I recall frequently using was the Atari 2600 which by the way I still have. Combat was always a fun one as well as Missile Command. There are many games which are still quite fun but I just can’t justify having 15 consoles attached to my TV. I barely have enough space for the 3 current gen systems. My limited space just doesn’t cut it.

The Atari 5200 followed this but it had a rather short life. Primarily because the controllers were almost literally pieces of crap. You look it up online. They were notorious for failing. It’s the one system that I don’t have in working order. Not because it won’t turn on but because there would be no way to control the game. I’ve not bothered to order replacements. I honestly don’t plan to ever play it again. Centipede and Pac-Man were awesome but I’m sure I could find an emulator.

Ok now all this leads up the the one gaming moment that probably set my path towards my gaming obsession. It’s probably the first moment in my life where my jaw dropped to the floor. I believe it was in the fall of 1986. I was nine and I came home from school. Dropped off my stuff in my room and I went to the “kids” room where my older brothers and their friends were sitting in front of our TV playing Super Mario Bros. I was floored! I thought to myself, “WTF! That’s a little man with a mustache in suspenders jumping onto mushrooms with eyes and turtles! I can actually make out details and not have to fill in the blanks with my imagination!!!”. Ok that WTF acronym never existed when I was a kid but you get the point. It was then that I realized I must use my powers for the good of gaming kind. My rapid fire thumbs served me well in the coming years. Appropriate that 25 years ago Super Mario Bros was born and only a year later, when he came stateside, he left such a lasting impression on me. It will stick with me for the rest of my life. Happy anniversary Mario.

So tell me, what are some gaming memories that you are fond of or would never be able to shake. If you were to become senile and have Alzheimer’s what gaming memory would you still have? Give it to me 😀