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Sub-Zero
05-28-12, 06:55 PM
The first video game system that I owned was the original Nintendo Entertainment System (the one that came with two controllers, the light gun and the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt game pak). At the same time I also received the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game:

http://www.ninjaturtles.com/video/ultra88.jpg

What was the first video game system that you owned?

Deadman31
05-28-12, 07:02 PM
I think it was the Atari 5200 followed by the NES and Sega Master System.

The Cow
05-28-12, 07:05 PM
Coleco Telstar - still have it and it still works. Tennis (pong), "hockey", and handball.

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g316/PurpleLava/coleco_telstarsys1.jpg

Rockmjd23
05-28-12, 07:07 PM
Born in 1980, my family got an Atari 2600 around 1981. Played that until we got an NES when I was around 7.
First system I bought with my own money was a Playstation 2 in 2001 (every previous system was a gift)

Shannon Nutt
05-28-12, 07:07 PM
Atari 2600

Dragon Fly
05-28-12, 07:16 PM
Atari 2600

This.

Schloob1
05-28-12, 07:21 PM
Not sure of the exact model, but it was an Odyssey 400?, perhaps some model#. But definitely the one where it just had 3 dials on each side to control your player's side. And it was basically just Pong.

Obi-Wan Jabroni
05-28-12, 07:32 PM
Magnavox Odyssey 2

http://firstarkansasnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Odyssey2.jpg

Then Colecovision, with the Atari 2600 Attachment

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Jx5nuaDnOh4/TvlOhWn0VRI/AAAAAAAACjI/2FNKoH8q1z4/s400/26-ColecoVision+Video+Game+System+With+Expansion+Module+%25231+Atari+2600+Adapter.JPG

kurupt
05-28-12, 07:53 PM
When I was a kid, my family had a Tandy computer that I used pretty much exclusively to play games (Kings Quest, The Black Cauldron, Dr. J vs Larry Bird, the original Madden football), but I guess the NES was the first pure video game system that I owned. We had the one that came with the Power Mat. Probably the best Christmas ever.

antspawn
05-28-12, 08:02 PM
Atari 7800

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Atari-7800-Console-Set.png/300px-Atari-7800-Console-Set.png

MoviePage
05-28-12, 08:02 PM
A secondhand Atari 2600, which never really worked correctly as far as I can recall.

NES was the first that I owned and played extensively.

SkullOrchard
05-28-12, 08:05 PM
http://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/images/1970s/72_Magnavox_Odyssey/72_Magnavox_Odyssey_(Run%201).jpg

Magnavox Odyssey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnavox_Odyssey

Maxflier
05-28-12, 09:07 PM
Atari 2600

majorjoe23
05-28-12, 09:08 PM
My dad gave me his Intelevision right around the time the NES got hot.

starman9000
05-28-12, 09:17 PM
Coleco Telstar - still have it and it still works. Tennis (pong), "hockey", and handball.

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g316/PurpleLava/coleco_telstarsys1.jpg

Had something like this, but it was black and silver. I no clue what it was called.

Intelevision was the first real system we had. I still love Utopia.

Setzer
05-28-12, 09:25 PM
Atari 2600

Same. Got mine as birthday gift in 1980 along with Pac-Man and Laser Blast. Best birthday gift I ever received.

dtcarson
05-28-12, 09:32 PM
I had a sears version of the telstar thing. Fun stuff. Might still be in my parents' attic.
Other than that:
Atari 2600 - Christmas gift for the family. I think Space Invaders was the first game we got other than Combat.
Then the 7800 (never got the 5200 but my next door neighbor did); then an NES; then a hiatus from gaming while I discovered girls in HS and college; then the Sega Genesis thanks to a buddy who introduced me to Shining Force; then the Sega CD and *shudder* Sega 32x; then the PS1; then Saturn, Dreamcast, PS2, Wii, and Xbox 360. I think that's the order. The only one I got on launch was the 32x, and boy that showed me.

edstein
05-28-12, 09:40 PM
Same. Got mine as birthday gift in 1980 along with Pac-Man and Laser Blast. Best birthday gift I ever received.

Same here, except I had asteriods instead of Laser Blast.

dtcarson
05-28-12, 09:54 PM
Same here, except I had asteriods instead of Laser Blast.

Can't even sit on the toilet some days.

RockyMtnBri
05-28-12, 09:59 PM
Atari 2600

Me too - bought it on November 10th, 1979, on a Saturday, two days before my 14th birthday! I had already bought two cartridges for it months before - Street Racer and Outlaw.

DVD Polizei
05-28-12, 10:04 PM
Colecovision. Still miss it, actually. :(

TimeandTide
05-28-12, 10:05 PM
Atari 2600, which I won in a Captain Crunch sweepstakes.

Draven
05-28-12, 10:10 PM
I think I had an Intellivision first, but an Atari 2600 was purchased at a garage sale around the same time.

The first one I got as a memorable present was an NES.

PopcornTreeCt
05-28-12, 10:13 PM
Intellivision and then later on NES.

Trevor
05-28-12, 10:23 PM
We got the Atari 2600 the first Christmas it was out, but at least a year before that we had one of those Pong games.

superdeluxe
05-28-12, 10:55 PM
Love all the magnavox odyssey, that was my first one as well

Michael Corvin
05-28-12, 11:16 PM
Atari 400
http://oldcomputers.net/pics/atari400open.jpg

RockyMtnBri
05-28-12, 11:18 PM
Colecovision. Still miss it, actually. :(
Me too - that was my second system that I got in August of 1982. Hard to believe it had such a short life, but it was fun! That was part of my senior year of high school!

RockyMtnBri
05-28-12, 11:20 PM
Atari 400
http://oldcomputers.net/pics/atari400open.jpg
I ended up getting the Atari 1200XL in September of 1983, but I wish I could have gotten one of the 400 or 800 models! A friend of mine had the Atari 800 - many hours playing M.U.L.E.!

fumanstan
05-28-12, 11:24 PM
NES for me. Although I've had PC's for as long as I can remember too.

movie diva
05-28-12, 11:52 PM
My first was NES, wish I still had it.
I still have my Super Nintendo, N64,Gamecube, Sega Genesis w/ CD, PS2 and now PS3, sent the PS1 with the ex.

edstein
05-29-12, 12:10 AM
My first gaming computer was the Atari 800xl but later upgraded to a commodore 64.

zekeburger1979
05-30-12, 09:09 AM
First one I ever had was the NES. First one I bought with my own money was the N64.

wlj
05-30-12, 10:19 AM
Atari 2600

it was packed with Pac-man and Tank


good times


i think the next two games that mom and dad bought for me were Berserk and the masterpiece E.T. :lol:

collven
05-30-12, 10:44 AM
Me too - that was my second system that I got in August of 1982. Hard to believe it had such a short life, but it was fun! That was part of my senior year of high school!


Colecovision for me as well. Man, that was an awesome system. A lot of people complained about the controller, but once you got used to it, it was pretty nice.

Ghym
05-30-12, 11:00 AM
Intellivision. I still have it, the Intellivoice, and about 20 games.

slop101
05-30-12, 11:32 AM
Like the rest of the old farts on this board, 2600 for me as well.

starseed1981
05-30-12, 11:33 AM
Sega Master System. I was the one kid on the block who had Sega, and not an NES :(

starman9000
05-30-12, 11:34 AM
Intellivision. I still have it, the Intellivoice, and about 20 games.

"B-17 booomber!!!!... We've got flak."

Jay G.
05-30-12, 12:27 PM
The first one my family had was a Magnavox Odyssey˛. I also remember going to my grandparents and playing a home console version of Pong that could play multiple versions of Pong. Checking this site, I think it was the Ultra Pong console:
http://www.pong-story.com/atpong2.htm

The first video game system that I personally owned was an NES I got as a Christmas present (although of course I had to share the system with my sisters). It came with SMB and Duck Hunt, and I got Dragon Warrior free with my subscription to Nintendo Power.

Tarantino
05-30-12, 01:46 PM
The NES.

shizawn
05-30-12, 02:51 PM
Atari 2600. And it's the only game system I've ever owned.

devilshalo
05-30-12, 04:02 PM
Atari 2600

atrium
05-30-12, 04:11 PM
I feel so young in this thread. My first system was the PSX, but I did game on the PC with games like Lemmings and Myst before I got my PSX.

Kedrix
05-30-12, 04:11 PM
Sega Master System. I was the one kid on the block who had Sega, and not an NES :(

If it makes you feel any better, I went back and bought a Sega Master System many years later and still have it along with the adapter thingy for Sega Genesis (many years later if I can still find it but I had a geocities page for the Sega Master System with mini-reviews). But my first system was a NES with Super Mario Bros (no Duck Hunt at the time) and then for Christmas I got Legend of Zelda. It was all downhill from there ;)

shumway
05-30-12, 04:52 PM
NES for me as well. I had friends with Atari 2600, etc. I remember that my Dad was trying to talk me into either a Sega Master System (which I hadn't even heard of at that point, he called it a Seega) or an Atari 7800.

maxfisher
05-30-12, 07:51 PM
The first system I owned was a Super NES. There was a fundraiser at my school when I was in 8th grade, where we could earn prize money for selling magazines. I sold the most in the school, won over $300 and put it into the SNES, F-Zero and Pilotwings. Prior to that, my dad let me play his Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800 and NES.

wishbone
05-30-12, 08:15 PM
Never owned a game system but we grew up with Magnavox Odyssey˛ as well. My sister and her boyfriend had an NES around '90 and I played friend's Sega, Amiga, and PC games in college.

Jay G.
05-30-12, 09:05 PM
My sister and her boyfriend had an NES around '90...
Do you mean they each had an NES, or did they buy one together? Who got it after they split?

atxbomber
05-30-12, 09:22 PM
Atari 2600, then the NES.

wishbone
05-30-12, 09:25 PM
Do you mean they each had an NES, or did they buy one together? Who got it after they split?They had one together. They've been married for 17 years. :p

Mike86
05-30-12, 09:30 PM
I like many others had the NES as my first system. My grandparents gave it to my brother and I when I was like 4 or 5 I want to say. Got it along with Super Mario Bros. 3 and Dr. Mario. I may have gotten the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game with it at the same time as well but I don't remember for sure.

astrochimp
05-30-12, 10:02 PM
Atari 400
http://oldcomputers.net/pics/atari400open.jpg

Fun to type on, wasn't it? ;)

JasonF
05-31-12, 12:09 AM
Does this count?
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/Coleco_Electronic_Quarterback.jpg/220px-Coleco_Electronic_Quarterback.jpg

If not, then Atari 2600.

Quack
05-31-12, 12:54 AM
http://xevious-solvalou.wifeo.com/images/Action-Set-pistolet-gris.jpg

davidh777
05-31-12, 01:24 AM
I played 2600 and Intellivision at a friend's house but never had one of my own. So this was my first system:

https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTr97p4Qgm-4fY4-QOqcWj4rXfVp4GrOkZUxHPmwqLhDmzzCjoY

I tried to make up for it by getting a Wii, 360, and PS3, but now I mostly game on my phone. -ohbfrank-

Quake1028
05-31-12, 09:57 AM
Atari 2600.

Roybq
05-31-12, 10:02 AM
We had one of those Telstar pong systems (hours of fun!) before the Atari 2600.

nodeerforamonth
05-31-12, 10:03 AM
Whatever Pong was on. Can't remember. Coleco?

Edit: oh.. Telstar. Must've been Telstar.

wishbone
05-31-12, 10:19 AM
Fun to type on, wasn't it? ;)I think it was the show Whiz Kids (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085110/) with Matthew Labyorteaux, he used someone else's computer and mentioned the difficulty of trying to type on a membrane keypad. :)

JackBurton
05-31-12, 03:30 PM
Colecovision - and I recently re-aquired one. Now with RCA outs, extended controllers and a pause switch.

Palaver
05-31-12, 04:36 PM
http://i46.tinypic.com/28akbwx.jpg

TRS-80 Color Computer.

It was pretty low on specs, but it had what I consider to be one of the best video games ever made...

http://i49.tinypic.com/1qix5u.jpg

BobO'Link
05-31-12, 05:56 PM
First was a 4 player Pong/Breakout system which was sold to purchase:

Atari 2600

Then:
Atari 800 (*why* hasn't someone "ported" M.U.L.E. for "modern" systems? It would work well on the Wii.)
Atari XE-GS (for my son - but I inherited it)
Atari 130XE
NES ('cause that's what he asked for but I bought him the computer instead)
386 processor based computer
Super Nintendo
PIII-450 processor based computer (a custom built gaming system which was a "screamer" in its day)
other assorted computers
Wii (because we played [B]Guitar Hero at a cousins' house and my wife insisted on one. I must admit, it's actually been a fun little system.)

Jay G.
05-31-12, 06:11 PM
They had one together. They've been married for 17 years. :p
Wow, that's dedication. Neither wanted to give up the NES, eh?

Atari 800 (*why* hasn't someone "ported" M.U.L.E. for "modern" systems? It would work well on the Wii.)
There are unofficial remakes of the game on PC:

http://www.planetmule.com/about
http://www.mobygames.com/game/traders-the-intergalactic-trading-game
http://www.coralnet.de/subtrade/
http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Gilligames/SH/SH_page.html

Michael Corvin
05-31-12, 08:58 PM
Fun to type on, wasn't it? ;)

:lol: I don't recall using the keyboard all that often but pressing those keys took some work.

mhg83
06-01-12, 01:56 AM
First system i owned is also the greatest system ever made The Dreamcast! First game i got was Sonic Adventure :)

sven
06-01-12, 05:15 AM
http://xevious-solvalou.wifeo.com/images/Action-Set-pistolet-gris.jpg

This.......

jdpatri
06-01-12, 09:09 AM
http://i46.tinypic.com/28akbwx.jpg

TRS-80 Color Computer.

It was pretty low on specs, but it had what I consider to be one of the best video games ever made...

http://i49.tinypic.com/1qix5u.jpg

Have you read Ready Player One?

jdpatri
06-01-12, 09:10 AM
Intellivision for me, followed shortly by a Colecovision.