r/OldSchoolCool Oct 02 '22

1982 Atari Video Game System

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u/WarrenMulaney Oct 02 '22

$420 in today’s money

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

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u/Defiant-Version-1734 Oct 02 '22

The sound was awful

the maze was awful

but it was pac man

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u/Zeptari Oct 02 '22

Yup I was just happy to have Pac-Man at home… even if it wasn’t the arcade Pac-Man it was still Pac-Man at home.

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u/SleepNowInTheFire666 Oct 02 '22

Something about not having sketchy older dudes selling hash and playing QIX in the back by the pool tables kinda ruined the experience of home play

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u/dacreativeguy Oct 02 '22

I never had asteroids, but my dad did. Couldn’t even sit on the toilet some days.

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u/mechanab Oct 02 '22

It was $189 at launch in 1977. $850 today.

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u/WarrenMulaney Oct 02 '22

Damn, that’s right. I remember that.

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u/steph4181 Oct 02 '22

I spent many hours playing Pitfall on Atari!

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u/Tac0Tuesday Oct 02 '22

It was so next level back then!

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u/Paavo_Nurmi Oct 02 '22

It was super advanced for it's time, spent many hours on that game.

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u/rckblykitn14 Oct 02 '22

That was my mom's favorite!! I remember being terrible at it and she was so good. Drove me nuts!

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u/movieball Oct 02 '22

Pitfall Ii was even better!

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u/Greeky_tiki Oct 02 '22

Oh I remember these ads.

When I got my first Atari I thought the world was all mine.

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u/Whateveryousaydude7 Oct 02 '22

Were they that much??

Maybe I was more spoiled than I thought.

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u/Paavo_Nurmi Oct 02 '22

I was also more spoiled than I realized. I was upper middle class but my Dad was super frugal. The one exception was Christmas and birthdays. I never got clothing as gifts and in 1977 I got the Sears version of the 2600. It was $200 at the time which is a lot of money when adjusted for inflation.

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u/LorenaBobbedIt Oct 02 '22

Oh wow, I had one of these. It’s an Atari 2600. I got it second hand with a dozen video games around 1987. It seemed like for every great arcade game there was a terrifically shitty version of it you could play at home. I played shitty joust, shitty pac-man, shitty donkey kong, you name it.

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u/JakesBigPhone Oct 02 '22

Shitty conkers bad fur day?

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u/RandomiseUsr0 Oct 02 '22

I remember the hours sunk on Adventure

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u/sjmp75020 Oct 02 '22

I haven’t thought about a Bradlees store in like 35 years. Brings back some depressing memories.

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u/4reddityo Oct 02 '22

Why depressing?

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u/shr2016 Oct 02 '22

Can't speak for sjmp75020, but Bradlees was a discount store back when those were considered to be mostly for poor folks. Like, where you went to buy back to school clothes when your parents couldn't afford Sears ... sigh...

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u/LittleOrangeCat Oct 02 '22

I always liked going to Bradlee's for school clothes because it felt a step above K-mart.

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u/IrishIhadadrink Oct 02 '22

How bout "Hills" department store? Anyone here remember those?

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u/minnesotajersey Oct 03 '22

Bradlees carried B.U.M. clothing before it became “must have” in the mid-80s

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u/Bebinn Oct 02 '22

My mom's boyfriend bought that for us back then. My theory is it was a bribe so he could get in her pants. I didn't know or care then, I loved my game system.

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u/BoneSpurApprentice Oct 02 '22

He wanted you to call him daddy like your mom did.

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u/Bebinn Oct 02 '22

LOL did not need that thought in my head.

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u/dreadfulwater Oct 02 '22

We now need to know what became of him and the game system.

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u/Bebinn Oct 02 '22

Don't even remember his name. I was only 11 at the time. Only boyfriend of hers I remember from that time is the one who moved in with us for a while.

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u/VersionTop1991 Oct 02 '22

I got the one after the 2600.. the 5200? Buttons on the controller were trash and a huge number pad for god knows what. But spent countless hours on River Raid and Pole Position.

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u/dreadfulwater Oct 02 '22

They are not tapes, grandpop

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u/MoonstoneGolf8 Oct 02 '22

I had the next one after this with the really stiff joystick and red button. Pole Position was great at the time especially the night time level

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u/citizenempire Oct 02 '22

I’m pretty sure my grandma got this for me at bradlees. Probably this exact year. Damn! Are you from NE also?

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u/mcjackass Oct 02 '22

Do you have a Bradlees ad for the Journey and Et game abortions?

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u/scoutsadie Oct 02 '22

i had the ET game!

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u/LakotaTbirds1970 Oct 02 '22

ET, and Indiana Jones! And I think a special game with a special controller called Star Raiders.

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u/dewaynemendoza Oct 02 '22

I loved journey escape! I didn't even know about the band until years later.

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u/mcjackass Oct 02 '22

Well, did you know they had an atari game? That blew dog and made zero sense, with the shittiest graphics ever?

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u/griff1971 Oct 02 '22

Still have mine and works perfectly. My mother was a big yard sale fanatic at one point, and she bought a laundry basket full of cartridges for 10 bucks about 10 years ago. All of them worked except maybe one or two.

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u/Tac0Tuesday Oct 02 '22

My parents were hip, we had it in 82. Combat was a lot of fun!

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u/Txphotog903 Oct 02 '22

I got one of these for Christmas. Caused me to have a seizure. It disappeared pretty quickly. Never saw it again. Lol

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u/Fire_Mission Oct 02 '22

I got one for Christmas. Man, that's a lot of money, especially for what my parents were making.

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u/LakotaTbirds1970 Oct 02 '22

I became the most popular kid in my neighborhood when we got an Atari 2600. Agree Pitfall was amazing.

Then a friend got Intellivision. And one got Colecovision.

They became popular. But nothing will beat a 2600.

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u/OldCarWorshipper Oct 02 '22

I still have one buried in a closet somewhere in my house LOL. Bradlees- now that's a blast from the past!

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u/BoneSpurApprentice Oct 02 '22

I still have my 2600 as well, a hand me down from a rich uncle. I still have a beater Timex I bought at Bradlee’s and that sucker still works flawlessly after almost 30 years.

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u/i-opener Oct 02 '22

I'm pretty sure that's the 2600, not the 1982.

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u/AlyssaJMcCarthy Oct 02 '22

The year was 1982

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u/i-opener Oct 02 '22

I should've added an /s

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u/rva23221 Oct 02 '22

I remember that well.

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u/timpdx Oct 02 '22

shortages were a thing, even 40 years ago

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u/black-rhombus Oct 02 '22

Who didn't have that? Everyone had that. The feel and sound of those joy stick controllers is something you never forget. ASMR ready for 2022.

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u/Intelligent_Sea_9851 Oct 02 '22

You got Asteroids? Nah but my dad does

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u/poppinfresco Oct 02 '22

RIP Bradlees

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u/Tall_Kayak_Guy Oct 02 '22

And Caldor, Jamesway, Two Guys.

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u/shr2016 Oct 02 '22

Omg the best Christmas present my sister and I ever got is Old. It was to both of us, our parents weren't made of money. And they probably bought it at Bradlees lol.

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u/djpromo_vqs Oct 02 '22

Never had an Atari. They were out of stock and my dad bought me a Gemini Console (Coleco) instead.

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u/bairdduvessa Oct 02 '22

Holy shit, Bradlee's

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u/yyzda32 Oct 02 '22

I saw this and Lechmere came to mind

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u/bairdduvessa Oct 02 '22

Now we just need a Zales for the old Pheasant Lane trifecta

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u/UnprofessionalGhosts Oct 02 '22

This was before my time, but when I was little I found out my parents had it before I was born and it genuinely broke my baby heart that they had played video games without me lol

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u/IrishIhadadrink Oct 02 '22

Frogger & Digdug!!

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u/reddit_again_ugh_no Oct 02 '22

A tremendous object of desire in Brazil when it was launched locally in 1983, it used to go for about US$ 400 then. All the cool kids had one. I didn't, my family couldn't afford it. Activision made the best games by far.

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u/LokiNinja Oct 02 '22

The graphics on this were terrible

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u/Greedy-Specific7723 Oct 02 '22

Activision made the best games

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u/Metboy1970 Oct 02 '22

Found the game cartridges at a Walgreens around 1990 ish for 50 cents a piece.

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u/Antha1969 Oct 02 '22

I really only stuck with Breakout and pong because most of the other games were horrible. It got better when Activision started selling games like MegaMania.

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u/MrNothingmann Oct 02 '22

Bradlees on Rt.440 in Jersey City, stand up!

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u/elporkco Oct 02 '22

Yep I bought my Atari at Bradley's...." No really hun its for the kids".

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u/mikeytoth123 Oct 02 '22

I remember opening mine on Christmas in 80. What a day!

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u/mikeytoth123 Oct 02 '22

Et ftw!!! Lol

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u/WittyWitWitt Oct 02 '22

Man, these were so good for the time.

Pitfall, Qbert, pacman..... good times

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u/Dik-Dik2 Oct 02 '22

I worked at a mold shop that built 2 cavity molds for the bezel. We built so many molds that we ran out of letters of the alphabet to use as cavity ids. Started using AA BB CC molds were sent to different country's to mold parts, even shipped a mold to Japan.

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u/LivershotKO Oct 02 '22

Fuckin scam

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u/RockstarQuaff Oct 02 '22

Interesting they put the paddle controllers right up front and prominent to draw the eye in. Did the ad copy guys not understand that the 2600 joystick was absolutely iconic even then? They hid it in the background.

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u/AshFromTheStands Oct 02 '22

“You got space invaders?”

“No.”

“PAC-Man?”

“Uh-uh.”

“Asteroids?”

“No. But my dad had a really bad case last year.”

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u/tangcameo Oct 02 '22

Asked for this for Christmas. Got the radio shack system with five different types of pong and a target shooting game. I stopped asking for it after that and just went to friends houses to play it instead.

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u/1987Bri Oct 02 '22

Great memories

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u/GeekyGamer2022 Oct 02 '22

Not enough consoles today come with a nice wood finish

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u/Dangerous-Dot-3745 Oct 02 '22

Looking at this ad and actually playing this system at other people's houses really brings back MANY memories. Now some gaming systems costs about a person's rent depending on which brand you want. I miss those days 😔!

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u/BrainCane Oct 02 '22

About $80 games, adjusted for inflation.

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u/rickyobear1 Oct 02 '22

just re-watched BladeRunner 2049...complete with Atari adverts...
also, the Vectrex console was very "old's cool".

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u/Wipperwill1 Oct 02 '22

$137 - what, 600 today?

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u/Mun0425 Oct 02 '22

No condoning 70 dollar games of today with necessary pay for doc but we are lucky we arent paying 28 dollars 1980s money for games that adjust to 100 bucks in todays money