What was the first consol type gaming system that you had

@Modestah (11192)
United States
August 29, 2008 10:44pm CST
What was the first brand of gaming system that you owned or used as a child? This is really going to date me! one Christmas my father bought the family an Odyssey system - my brother and I had never heard of video games before that and only thought other types of such games were to be found in arcades and bars... IT was very exciting for us.... my mother just rolled her eyes as we wasted away the hours. Odyssey came with static cling sheets that you stuck onto your television screen - and then the system put the lights on the screen. everything was in block or ball format. We played hours and hours of pong and tennis. lol. our next system came a few years later, that was an Atari. now that was progress! hehe. we have a ton of atari games still but no system to play them on.
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32 responses
30 Aug 08
My family's first console was a Nintendo 64. My parents bought one for us (when $199 was still considered a lot of money) for Christmas to thank us for being particularly helpful that year. I think they'd started new jobs or we'd done well in school or similar. I remember MarioKart, of course, as well as an NBA game (which, being Australian, we never really got into). It's crazy how primitive that technology seems now when it was so sparkly and amazing to begin with.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
technology advances so fast, how could anyone really keep up. the changes are staggering.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I don't remember the static cling sheets but I do remember our Odyssey! It was and still is the only game console my parents ever bought...despite me begging for the original Nintendo long after the Odyssey was no longer usable. The system still works actually but the red button for the right controller...you know, the one that you need to start everything...finally quit working and we couldn't find a new one. Of course that was also pre-ebay so maybe a new one wouldn't be hard to find now. It's weird, not many people seem to have heard of the Odyssey, they only remember the Atari.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
my husband said his first was the commodore? he thinks it predated odyssey - he also said he had the odyssey but without the static cling sheets - odyssey two or something.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
30 Aug 08
My brothers had a Commodore 64 and an Atari. Then an original Nintendo.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I'll have to see if the Odyssey is easy to reach in the attic the next time I go over. I'll check if it is a Odyssey 2 or something. I'm pretty sure it's the original one but probably the static sheets were long gone by the time I was old enough to play it...it was bought for my sisters but they're enough older than me that we'd had it quite awhile before I could really play it.
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
1 Sep 08
First system we had wasn't even really a game system. It was a computer that plugged into the TV, and you needed to imput the program each time. But man my brother and I LOVED that computer. We upgraded to an atari system after that, and my dad and I wasted hours on space invaiders.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I wonder if that was the commodore (the computer plugging into television) yeah, my brother and father loved space invaders too. must be a guy thing?
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
10 Sep 08
Space invaders can't be a guy thing. I'm a bigger addict then my brother and my dad. And I'm not a guy. And it could have been, I can't really remember. This was YEARS ago.
• United States
1 Sep 08
i had an original atari-only thing that sucked about it is the joysticks broke so fast.one of our friends up the street got a radio shack pong-it etched their tv screen we later got a coleco (with the adapter module so we could still play the atari games)after that an nintendo.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
1 Sep 08
those joy sticks were finicky! though our little dial knob controller kept working for a long time. man that must have been awful having pong etched onto the screen!
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• United States
7 Sep 08
the dial knobs were way better for some reason-they never broke up until the time we stopped playing with them.the joysticks we replaced at least 3 times.that converter box kinda sucked too-that broke at least once,dad had to juryrig it LOL
@Elixiress (3893)
30 Aug 08
My first console system was the Playstation 1. I got it when I was about 6 I think and I loved it. My favourite games were Rayman, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro. I still love Spyro, just thought I have never played it in ages =( Between then and now I have not got a new console, my sister has though so I do play on other consoles and have them in my house, but they are not MINE so to speak.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
we never did own any of the playstations - but I have heard they were the best.
@Elixiress (3893)
31 Aug 08
I have never owned any of the playstations after the first one. They are one of the best consoles, but their main rival is xbox. I have never owned an xbox, but I have played on one, and it is very confusing when you are used to the playstation controllers as they are similar yet very different.
@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
30 Aug 08
We also had the Odyssey and the Atari. I don't remember too much of the Odyseey though as I was still so young. But I do remember the atari. We still have the console and the games as well. Just thinking of how the video games history has gone is just amazing to what it is now. I look back and the graphics games as well as sound has come such a long way.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
oh you are right, sound has come a long long way! but I still miss the "blip, beep, blip, beep..... blip - beepbeepbeepbeep!"
• Canada
7 Sep 08
Those sounds are one thing I will never miss. They get too annoying for me.
@phyrethyme (1267)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
My first was Sega. We were living in Japan then.. Mom bought it for me. :) I was just five then, I think. (So there.. After that's Nintendo 64, PS1, PS2, and now.. Wii! :D I currently have a PSP and a Gameboy advance.)
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
wow, that sure is a lot of systems. which one do you use the most - the newest one?
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
Hm.. Now? I use the Wii.. but not always. Cause school's getting hectic. =( I prefer PS2 though. Still good. ^^
@Anchopy (1453)
• Paraguay
30 Aug 08
My first gaming console was an Atari.. it was really a console! hehe.. it's amazing how consoles progress by now.. if you bought a brand new console by the next month it will become old and you will want to slam it into the wall and buy the new one..
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
gulp I do not think I would want to slam it against the wall - I would just have fun with it and be completely oblivious that anything new and improved has come out. I still like the old atari games, my son gags at the graphics.
@Anchopy (1453)
• Paraguay
30 Aug 08
don't take it literally.. I'm just saying that the newest consoles has betters games and graphics.. but I will always remember those games for Atari.. the race game, the police station and the thief.. the tennis.. wow! they were all great at that age.
@jimbomuso (950)
8 Sep 08
Hi Modestah! brilliant discussion!! the first console system was a atari VCS, y'know the one made out of wood, my cousins had a Colleco-vision and one of my friends had a Vectrex which was an absolutley cool wire frame graphics console. The first home computer we got was a spectrum ZX-81 with 1k!! onboard memory and a 16k expansion pack. wow .. It's wierd .. being there at the start of it all, the pace of technology is impressive. does anyone remember the Acorn Electron, BBC B, Vic 20, Dragon, Amstrad 464, Toshiba MSX or the Commodore c16, +4 and C64 ? I can rememeber the days of getting a computer mag and spending hours typing in the programs that were printed inside! I've had most of the consoles from 80's onwards even a PC engine, which was awesome for its time.
8 Sep 08
I just remmembered an absolute classic game for the Atari VCS it was called Frostbite by Activision and was an abolute gem of a game.
• United States
31 Aug 08
The first one we had was a Nintendo 64 and I still love it today yes it is old school but the mario games like Super Mario 64, Mario Kart, and the Mario Partys are just so fun. I brought it up with me to college and everyone loves to play it. So it may be old but it still is fun and has a place in my heart. I hope it dosn't die anytime soon that would be a sad day.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
ah, so your college pals also like to be nostalgic, perhaps that was their first gaming system as well.
@MissGia (955)
• United States
31 Aug 08
First console i ever owned was a original Nintendo. Loved the Mario Brother games..hehe and who didn't love duck hunt. There was this one game i liked to play with dirt bikes. It was pretty simplistic as far as graphics went. You have to take the bike over these decent size hill type things..they sorta looked like they were concrete almost. I also had a sega and of course a PlayStation. I'm not a big console person these days, i do most of my gaming online :)
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
it is interesting how we have gone the gammit on gaming systems -
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Our first game was Atari and then Intellivision. My parents use to sit up all night playing basketball! My dad passed away in 1984, he sure would have enjoyed all the video games that have come out. I always think of that when we get a new system. He was such a kid at heart!!!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I can not recall the intellivision - did it play the atari games? it was atari we were still playing in 1984 - my father loved the games back then too - though he never much got into the newer systems...
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
30 Aug 08
The first console game system that we had in the house was a Nintendo. We had bought it for the kids, but needless to say my husband and I got hooked as well. I still pull out the Nintendo and hook it up in my room. My son now plays Xbox and the PS2. I just can't get into them. I think it was the controllers. They were simpler to use. DCMerkle
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
you might be right about the controllers.... much simpler back "in the day" now there are so many functions.
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Mine was some Nintendo system. I can't remember what it was called. I thought it was awesome though. LOL Now, after gaming for years, I would probably think the thing was rubbish. I had old atari games that I played on a system; but again, it's been too long to recall the name of the system. I just remember having so much fun with it. I have always enjoyed playing video games. Still do today in fact.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
those old atari games were the best as far as I am concerned.
@aville44 (125)
• United States
30 Aug 08
im not that old(only 15), so my first was Sony's Playstation 1 system. i thought it was the best thing ever. lol. but now i have ps2's and psp's and an xbox 360, so im a little more advanced now. but i do really like the game playstation 1 had. honestly i miss those days. it seems to me like the games(sports games) were funner then. they had better modes and gameplay. maybe its just me... but it does seem that way. and alot of my friends feel the same way
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
you have had a lot of systems in a few short years.... (when you get to be as ancient as I 15 years is a blink of the eye)
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
30 Aug 08
The first system we had in this house was an atari....pacman was my son's favorite and tetrus was mine! When I was little the only gaming system we had was monolopy and scrabble! LOL
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
31 Aug 08
LOL Scrabble was and remains a classic. my parents got a scrabble board as one of their wedding gifts and we played on that board for many years until we got the deluxe version... we still kept the original one for when we went camping.
• United States
30 Aug 08
My first gaming system was the very first Nintendo game system. I loved that system, but my brother had to go and take it apart and not put the pieces back together.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
brothers can be so notorious for such things.
• Canada
30 Aug 08
The first game console i had what a ps2! untill then after i got a ds...a handheld.. lol then currently the newest console i have is a nintendo Wii fit...They got some good games and activites.im a big fan of the x box 360 and i love HALO 3! Im geting it this christmas!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
my son and his buddies have like halo parties - heh.
@shen25 (141)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
the first console game i'd play is the family computer..and the game that i usually play is the mario brothers, i enjoy playing it because i like adventure games..
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
mario brothers are classic. I first played mario from donkey kong on the atari
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
My first gaming system was a Nintendo Family Computer, back when Super Mario Bros. and arcade games were the "in" thing. The next game console I owned after that was a Playstation so you could say it was a while before I got into console gaming again. =) I have a SNES emulator installed in my laptop, though, so, when I'm feeling nostalgic, I usually end up playing Mario and other old school RPG games. =)
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Aug 08
has super mario ever gone out of style? if it did my kids have not noticed, heh.