Over the weekend, I finally dragged my box full of Ataris (I mean that literally - I have 5 consoles) up from the basement and gave my house the video game system it has always deserved.
My set-up's pretty sweet: Swanky, stream-lined Atari 2600 Jr. from 1986
with remote control joysticks
(currently in need of some new 9-volt batteries) allows me to play from the comfort of my couch with ease (at least until my hand cramps up) and for full-on arcade-style Missile Command
action, I have a genuine, old-school Trak-Ball
. I've even got the driving paddle
good for use in TWO (count'em two) games! Whew!
And what about all those glorious, still-never-topped games?
I'm talkin' sweet home video originals like Yars' Revenge
, killer Activision titles like River Raid
(stupid wiggly paddle controller - I was ripped-off!), arcade-classics like Phoenix
, Moon Patrol
(perhaps the best game ever made for the 2600, IMHO) and Carnival
and bizarre rip-offs like Plaque Attack.
If I'd've had all the games I have now back in the day, I'd have been the coolest kid in my middle school without a doubt.
So, Schick - when're you coming over for some sweet miniature golf