Happy Birthday, Atari 2600!

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Wow. 35 Years young. If my math is correct (and if I carried the six, I guess it is) then I was all of just over 3 years old when this amazing machine hit the market. I never had one until I was about 6, and I’m pretty sure it was second-hand because it crapped out after a year. However, one of my good friends had one and we used to play the Hell out of that mess. Growing up surrounded by arcades, it was amazing being able to get relatively reasonable facsimiles of such classics as Asteroids, Berzerk, Centipede, and Dig Dug (alphabetized for your convenience). Speaking of which, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at just how innovative and epic some of these games were.

Haunted House

Boo! No. Seriously: BOO! Okay. I'll stop.

Skate Boardin’

When your game has a jump button that never needs to be pressed during game play, there is failure on your horizon.

Fishing Derby

Nothing's more fun the video game fishing! Except maybe shooting yourself in the face.

Raiders of the Lost Arc

I guess the fact that it was the World's first official movie licensed video game garners it some redeeming value. Playabilty wise... not so much.

Custer’s Revenge

The sexiest pixellated Native American ever.

Gremlins

Hey look! It... kinda looks like a Mogwai. Or yellow poop.

Congo Bongo

This game is exactly what insanity looks like.

Bachelor Party

This game is a fair representation oh my bachelor party, actually.

Superman

This would be the very first in a long and storied line of disappointing and terrible Superman games.

E.T.

As infamously shitty video games go, E.T.'s history is rich with, well, shittiness. If you aren't familiar, check out the link. Trust me, it's both said and really, really funny.

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