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Learn Assembly Language by Making Games for the Atari 2600

Was Atari 2600 the first?

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Among these, the 2600 controller was the first I used. But prior to that we had a dedicated Pong console. It didn’t have cartridges; I think we selected amongst the few available games with a slider switch. I think the 2600 came out a few years later and then the pong console got pushed to the side. :slight_smile:

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I don’t think I’ve seen a Pong console, but that sounds interesting. :slight_smile:

I tried Googling it and it looks like there were several brands/models, but I can’t remember which one we had. I was pretty young at the time.

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I searched around and found some interesting designs with fake wood. I remember things like TVs and cable boxes having a similar kind of look.

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My family’s first console was the Atari 2600. Beside the joysticks we had the paddle controllers for tennis.

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Dan that’s cool you played with the home Pong console. I think I played with the home Pong console when I visited a friend’s house as a kid.

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Those paddle controllers were great for Kaboom! too. :slight_smile:

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I probably haven’t thought about that game since the 80s but the name is bringing back faint memories. The cover art looks familiar.

I looked up the store where I used to buy the cartridges and found an r/nostalgia subreddit. :smiley:

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You can try it out online, but it’s hard without the paddle wheels.

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