All the Video Game Consoles I’ve Ever Owned in Chronological Order, Pt. 1 of 4

Atari (circa 1982-1984)

I was apparently a two to four year-old fixated on playing a game called ‘Juggles House’ on Atari. Similarly vague visual memory permits the intrusion of a large black shape, the integration of stark red branding. To a modern individual Atari is not a ‘console’ but a brand, having been in recent years cannibalized, gutted and made ‘for all intents and purposes’ into a software distributor by a faceless and likely oblivious French corporation called Infogrames. I have probably written numerous ‘news pieces’ regarding Infogrames that include the word ‘TROUBLED’ in the headline.

The proliferation of Atari t-shirts and mainstream misappropriations of the Atari logo feels like a great tragedy, but given that a reasonably qualified person (author indicates herself) prefers to discuss the ‘brand’ rather than the monolithic intrusion of a red-and-black cartridge-devouring ‘console’ is evidence enough that it is far too late to re-associate the brand with anything more noble than ‘cel-shaded’ fighting games based on an anime called Dragon Ball.

Feel like ‘tweens’ of today would enter a Hot Topic store, purchase an Atari t-shirt while saying ‘cool, Atari’, and not ‘look, it’s Atari’s Fuji’. The peaked logo is called a ‘Fuji’, which recalls both Japan’s mountain and the concept of being ‘at a pinnacle’ [regarding Atari’s once largely-uncontested market dominance]. They would probably purchase a Dragon Ball t-shirt in the same Hot Topic visit without ever having heard the original Japanese dialog.

Buying t-shirts at Hot Topic has little to do with my Dad calling me ‘Muffer’ in a sweet voice and encouraging me to play ‘Juggles House’ with what might have been an iceberg-sized red and black ‘controller’ possibly featuring a ‘track ball’ or not.

Wrote an article ~2 years ago concerning the first time in some years that Atari did not fly its ‘Fuji’ at the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo due to financial difficulties.

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  • http://twitter.com/thefremen thefremen

    In before the haters!

    I remember when you posted those pics of you around the Old Computer a while back. It's amazing I've never played with any of these other systems though. You are quite the gamer.

  • nunhead

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    • Molly

      Yeah, no kidding.

  • Lucia

    I love this series and the other similar ones on here. Someone needs to do “All The Magazines I have Ever Subscribed To”

  • no u

    LOOK AT ME! I'M A GURL GAMER! CHECK OUT THESE SYSTEMS my dad USED TO HAVE! ATARI! TURBOGRAFX! YOU NERDS LOVE THAT SHIT RIGHT?! GIVE ME ATTENTION! UT? WATS THAT?! WOW AND PEGGLE ARE MY FAVOURITE GAMES LOL

    • tehtehteh

      owned

      • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

        Did you really just give your own comment accolades?

      • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

        That is so unchill.

    • YA U

      LOOK AT ME! I'VE NEVER MET A GURL! CHECK OUT MY RAGE AT THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY WRITES BETTER THAN I DO. WORLD OF WARCRAFT IS MY FAVOURITE (GUISE IM TOTALLY SOPHISTICATED AND BRITISH) GAME LOL

  • http://twitter.com/WellReadWife The Well-Read Wife

    I just strarted reading this series today. Nice job Leigh!
    I loved Atari. But I have this horrible memory of playing the very poorly rendered Indiana Jones game on Atari everyday for probably a year when I was in Maybe 2nd grade(?).

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