. . . the kite, Raggedy Andy, and the Atari 2600 game system.
The Atari system beat out Hot Wheels, Yahtzee, and the Game of Life for recognition by the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.
Mr. Potato Head
The Atari 2600 (even though I had the Sears-branded version) was an important part of my childhood. It's simple controller, with one stick and one button, is so different from the advanced game systems of today, but it still brought the player into some excellent game experiences. You can still see the influences of those first simple games on so many of today's modern games. I think it was a great choice.
Director of Interactive Services
One of the articles on Salon today is about this "award." Great pub for the Museum! I'm a nerd who doesn't like video games, but as gamers helped to put a stupendously powerful machine on my desk, my hat's off to y'all.
"I'm a nerd who doesn't like video games."
The Today show also picked up the toy story, I heard.
So I know that Atari won the war, but in my family, we were Odyssey devotees for years. I think my brother still has our old, old system. Brenda, you'll find this amusing: I was not a coordinated child (still can't ride a bike, which is practically sinful in the Pacific Northwest), and our doctor recommended that I take time out from reading to PLAY VIDEO GAMES and improve my hand-eye coordination. How many people can say that? :-)
But I wasn't playin' on any Atari. It was all on the old Magnavox Odyssey (updated in my childhood to the Odyssey 100 etc.). I'd like to see THAT win someday. (Like Betamax. Unh hunh.)
If your brother still has that Odyssey, he might take it to the Antiques Road Show. I love your story about the doctor. That's a switch.
How about PONG?
I am so glad the Atari 2600 won. Video games keep you inside glued to the TV screen intead of outside getting fresh air and exercising and I don't care!! I loved that game system, and what Atari's (and Activision's) developers accomplished on that limited platform was nothing short of genius.
I'm going to continue to "geek out" for minute longer and point out that my favorite Atari game of all time is Adventure, written by Warren Robinett. There is a great story behind the game. When his boss heard what he was working on, he was told it couldn't be done and to stop working on it. He ignored his boss and wrote the game anyway. He has a web page about Adventure here, and it goes into even more gory detail.
Adventure is also the first example of an "easter egg" in a computer game - if you found the hidden dot you could enter a secret room with with the message, "Created by Warren Robinett" in it.
Thanks for your refreshing geekiness.
Nicole and I just discovered that when the games were new, we were BOTH Nationally Ranked Kaboom Champs. I mean, we even took pictures of our TVs and mailed them in and EVERYTHING.
Great minds . . .
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