Sunday, April 12, 2009

Farewell, Atari!

I spent a good chunk of my early childhood playing Atari games. My parents gave me their old Atari 800 and I've been meaning to hook it up to the tv for years, but I never got around to it. This weekend I decided it's time to find the Atari a new home, one where it will actually be used. Because, believe it or not, it is still in working condition. I dusted the thing off for a photoshoot (with my new Canon 200SX - hopefully it has the lifespan of the Atari) before posting it on craigslist.





My parents even saved most of the documentation. This stuff is great!


Bounty Bob, the star of my favorite game ever - Miner 2049er. I don't think I ever got past level 8 of 10, despite hours and hours of trying.


Super Breakout, my second favorite game ever. This was the only game I played that used the paddle controller.


A Basic programming guide for the Atari. I never used this. It was news to me that the Atari was actually a *computer* and not just a game console. Turns out it is still one of the most powerful 8-bit home computers available. Check out the Atari Museum for more fun facts.

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