I was born in 1987. Around this time in video gaming, the Nintendo Entertainment System was dominating the video game market and everyone at the time already forgot about that wood paneled console named Atari 2600. Bleeps and Boops on the screen, and squares battling squares. It was primitive, but for it's time, it was groundbreaking.

I didn't really get into video games until the NES came around, but my parents owned an Atari since the console came out. It had 2 Joysticks, 2 Paddle controllers, Combat cartridge, and the console itself.

It's kinda weird that I remember this, but I recall going to a Radio Shack when I was younger attempting to locate a RF adapter so we could plug this thing into our cable ready TV. The RF adapter also had these 2 little fork like things, but our TV was slightly newer than that.

We got the adapter home, plugged this beast in and it was crazy. 2 square tanks show up on the TV screen and my brother and I were hooked. The best part of the game known as Combat, was the level that had bouncy bullets. You moved your tank, shot your bullet, but the bullet would bounce everywhere like a ping pong ball. As a kid, this was the funniest thing I had ever seen in my life. My brother and I would sit there for hours playing this crazy game. My parents had a few games for their Atari, including Realsports Volleyball, and my favorite, Circus Atari.

Little did I know at this time, but this was the beginning of a lifelong relationship with video games and a fascination of Atari. I have since then inherited my parents Atari 2600, and treat it very well. To date, I have accumulated over 200 Atari game carts! That's the unique thing about Atari though, is that it is pretty easy to collect for. I would go into the history of why it's easy to collect, but we would be here for some time.

When you or your kids are playing that blockbuster video game, getting head shots, and listening to fully orchestrated soundtracks, just remember. It all started with bleeps and bloops.

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