Denise/roguewench, don’t I know you?
Omigod, I just read the link from Antifreeze. What an asshole. You did the right thing. It’s all about the principle baby.
Antifreeze is not the asshole. Guess I need lesssons in grammar ;]
I like to come to this site as much as the next guy, but does anyone else think that there is just a little too much Wil-worship? He shows a picture of an old Atari controller and writes a quote from an old movie, and many (not all) twist it into some attempt at Wil-love instead of a reminiscing of old-world video gaming. I don’t mean to be rude to anyone, I think it just gets to be a little too much sometimes.
I still have one sitting around here somewhere. Now if only I had the cables to hook it up to my TV….*drools*
I have 2 of those connected to my atari 2600 over there by my tv that connects to the SNES, NES, PS1, Xbox. the PS2 gets it’s own tv
but uh yeah. . . . my point? oh yes. why the joystick and not the paddles? or the driving wheels?
of course i have all of those and a newer set of joysticks
Prepare to Joust
Anyone still have their Activision patches. I sewed them all to my denim jacket – then beat myself up!
“Is that a joystick in your hand, or are you just happy to see me?”
Kudos on leaving G4, Wil. I work in entertainment also and the type you described is far to common in the industry.
Ethics and professionalism don’t seem to be required traits.
Oh. My. GOD. HOURS of wasted time in college. HOURS, I’m telling you. I had one of those things in my dorm room at Penn State. Turned the place into Grand Central Station.
Oh, Breakout progressive. I swear to you, there’s no better game … *nostalgic smile*
This is a good way to solve some major problems in the world.
To solve the Iraqi situation Saddam Hussein and George Bush can play Space Invaders.
North and South Korea can play Missle Command.
For a better Economy, breakout!
I used to have an Atari 800XL, which was pretty cool because it was a computer AS WELL as able to play the cartridge games like Frogger and Pitfall. When I told people that I had an Atari computer I was always careful to clarify for people that it was a “real” computer and not just a game playing machine. For some reason to my twelve year old brain, that made a lot of difference.
Old School!! NICE! Wow, the days before Nintendo. Who’s up for a round of pong?
My God, the memories that picture brings back!!!
Posting a picture of your joystick on the Internet! How scandalous! What would your mother say?
Thanks for reminding me what a REAL joystick looks like Wil!
Well that reminds me…
Hey, I have that!
I still have my Atari. Sadly, it got pushed aside to make way for the Playstation 2. But someday…
So what was your favorite 2600 game Wil? Did you ever play Defender and shoot all the people just to make all mutants like I did?
Oh my gosh. When I saw the pic of the joy stick, it was such a flashback. I remember playing the atari at my friend’s house all the time.
Well, I never owned the Atari. But I always had access to one.
An amigo just sent me this, I thought it nicely matched today’s theme, enjoy
When I was a kid adults used to bore me to
tears with their tedious
diatribes about how hard things were when
they were growing up;
What with walking twenty-five miles to school
every morning uphill both
ways through year ’round blizzards carrying
their younger siblings on
their backs to their one-room schoolhouse
where they maintained a
Despite their full-time after-school job at the
local textile mill where
they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help
keep their family from starving to death!
And I remember promising myself that when I
grew up there was no
way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap
like that on kids about how
hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!
But….Now that I’ve reached the ripe old age
of thirty, I can’t help
but look around and notice the youth of
today. You’ve got it so damn easy!
I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a
damned Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids
today you don’t know how good you’ve got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have The
Internet-we wanted to know something, we had
to go to the library and look it up ourselves!
And there was no email! We had to actually
write somebody a letter with a pen!– and then
you had to walk all the way across the street
and put it in the freaking mailbox and it would
take like a week to get there!
And there were no MP3s or Napsters! You wanted
to steal music, you had to go to the record store
and shoplift it yourself!
Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off
The radio and the DJ’d usually talk over the
Beginning and screw it all up!
You want to hear about hardship? You couldn’t just
download *orn! You had to bribe some homeless dude to
buy you a copy of “Hustler” at the 7-11!
It was either that or jack off to the lingerie
section of the J Penney catalog!
Those were your options! We didn’t have fancy
ship like Call Waiting! If you
were on the phone and somebody else called they
got a busy signal!
And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID Boxes
either! When the phone rang,
you had no idea who it was it could be your
boss, your mom, a collections agent, your drug
dealer, you didn’t know!!! You just had to pick it
Up and take your chances, mister!
And we didn’t have any fancy Sony Play station
Video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like “Space Invaders”
and “Asteroids” and the graphics sucked butt! Your guy was a little square! You had to use your imagination!
And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just
One screen forever! And you could never win, the game
just kept getting harder and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
When you went to the movie theater there no
such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! A tall guy sat in front of you, you were screwed! And sure, we had cable television, but
back then that was only like 20 channels and there was
no on screen menu! You had to use a little book called
a TV Guide to find out what was on!
And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get
cartoons on Saturday morning… …D’ya hear what the hell I’m saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little
bastards! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You
Kids today have got it too easy You’re spoiled, I swear to
God! You guys wouldn’t last five minutes back in 1987!
Hmmm… well my first reaction is “yes”. However, I can’t say as I’ve seen War Games and so have missed the reference.
So since I have nothing else to say… yes.
What game? I’m in!
Sorry, way too phallic for me. Must be all the pregnant hormones.
You got a left-handed one of those?
What about some super-glue as a temporary fix for the broken plastic thing on the inside? I can’t seem to go left so well.
If you can believe this – my friend from Toronto just bought me an entire Atari 2600 system that she picked up at a garage sale for $10. Mine broke in the mid-1980s. I’m hoping this one will work!
I miss playing “Breakout” with the paddles instead of the computer and mouse.
My thumb hurts just looking at it! I broke about 5 of those white plastic pieces inside in the 3 years I played Atari. Ow.
Woohoo! What game, and can I borrow one of the new 10-in-1 joysticks to play it? Sweeetness Wil!
I feel like this in the Natural History museum. A sense of wonder at how we used to live. This picture reminds me of the opening scene for 2001 with the apes.
*is in awe*
i always broke my atari joysticks .
Yay for old-school Atari joystick!
aaaah War Games **sigh**… gotta love the massive floppy disk drive…. the modem where you kinda plug the phone handset into it… going to “Defcon 4″…
Cool, Wil. This is really good timing as I *just* finished downloading some old arcade ROMs for use with MAME. I was just playing Tutankham and realizing that I suck when I broke for supper and sat down to check your page. And then I see the Atari joystick! I’m going to go out and find a ROM of Dig Dug next.
Does anyone remember that Atari game (Fantasy?) where you were a knight and you had to rescue the chalice from the dragons in the castle? It had really chunky graphics but I loved that game. I even remember finding the secret spot that made you invincible…
Thanks for the memories, Wil!
Was it just me… or did the Atari joystick seem much more responsive if you ripped that black vinyl cover off? Ok.. I admit. It looked really really stupid, with this white plastic thing sticking out instead of the sleak looking black vinyl, but I swear the thing worked better that way. Always seemed sluggish with the black cover on.
And good old Space Invaders. If you toggled the on/off switch just the right way you could get your ship to fire twice with every press of the button.
Oh God.. I can’t believe I remember that!
That reminds me of days spent with swollen fingers from hours of playing Pitfall.
Damn, I miss my childhood.
Yes my very first video game boy does this bring back memories. Does anyone remember any of these games. Haunted House, Air Sea Battle, Combat, Bezerk, River Raid, Circus Atari, Vanguard, Star Wars (You know the one where you had to blow up the At At’s) Chopper Command, Fast Eddie, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Defender, Missle Command, Laser Blast, Star Master, Indy 500, and of course Pac Man. Anyone else have any of these games.
I knew if I hung out here long enough I’d get to see your joystick.
The day I write about old school, he goes old school. *L* I may be 22 but I DO have the Atari 2600 given me by my now 32 yr. old cousin back in 1986. I spent hours playing his old collection of games like Frogger, Keystone Cops, and the like. I just find it so odd that on the same day I post on my weblog about old school music, Wil goes old school gamer.
What a madd, mind-reading pimp. *L*
I still have an Atari 2600… and my old Vetrex… I just wish I could get my hands on the PONG module where you could play 8 different games, but they all looked the same!
(bloop…. bloop…. bloop)
Hey Wil -
If you still have a 2600 lurking around for retro gaming fun, you might be interested in one of Sean Kelley’s multicarts. One cartridge, 255 of those ol’ school games:
For both Pat and Jesse – the game was called Adventure. I both loved and hated that game, because I could never win.
Geez. Takes me back to the good ole days on Commodore 64s using Atari joysticks. Friends and I spent many hours wearing them out on games, then I would tear them down, rebuild, and we’d going back to wearing them out yet again. Got to be pretty handy with soldering iron, plastic molding compound (when the pivot would finally crack) and silicone lube. The knowledge came in pretty handy with the Nintendo Advantage later….
how much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood I ask you?
I wait 3 damn days for a post and all I get is a picture of a joystick, no update on how Anne is doing……..Oh well I guess I will just keep playing a game till you decide to write to us again….lol.
best to you and yours Wil,
Yes I want to play a Game!!
Pitfall! Haunted House! Space Invaders! Breakout!
Oh, man… I wasted so much time palying those games. Anyone ever play Kaboom!, with the paddles? I got unhealthily good at that one.
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