Angry Video Game Nerd: Atari Sports

December 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Videos | 2 Comments
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I’ve noted previously that some of my first video game memories are playing Super Challenge Baseball and Super Challenge Football on the Atari 2600 at my grandparent’s house.  The Atari 2600 was littered with sports games, with results ranging from horrible to “decent”.  I’m a fan of James Rolfe’s work as the Angry Video Game Nerd after first stumbling upon his videos in the spring of 2011 (Yes, late to the party).  This is his first look at sports games and what better place to start than early Atari games?  His satire is always funny and the underlying message he talks about at the end absolutely rings true.  I do have to point out that you can take control of other fielders in Super Challenge Baseball.  I need to bust that one out and remember how!

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October 18, 2011 at 12:16 am | Posted in Reflections | 3 Comments
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When I was eight years old, I would carefully set up my grandparents’ Atari 2600 so that both joysticks were within my tiny grasp. There was no such thing as a CPU opponent in those days. You played games like Baseball and Football with a friend, cousin or sibling. Being the oldest grandchild in the family, my options were pretty limited. With this the case, I did what any other resourceful sports-obsessed youth would do – I played against myself. Sitting Indian style, I would pitch with one controller, quickly grab the other to swing, and then immediately switch back and field. This display of advanced hand-eye coordination impressed my Dad and Uncles so much that no one would ever accept my offer to play (or perhaps they were adults that couldn’t be trivialized by such things).

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