Kids Playing Atari in Living Room, Circa 1981

Fascinating. The year is my best guess. Defender came out for the 2600 in 1981, and the 2600 here looks like the four-switch “woody” model, first produced in 1980. We had ON TV for a short time, a subscription service that would unscramble participating UHF channels. In September of 1982, ON TV aired Star Wars for the first time ever on national TV on a pay-per-views basis, despite very few households being wired for the service.

4 Responses to “Kids Playing Atari in Living Room, Circa 1981”


  1. 1 leftylimbo October 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Dood! ON-TV. Awesome find.

    Did you notice they’re playing on two different TVs? I wonder why they switched between the two. I bet you the kid begged his parents to hook his Atari up to the big TV, then after some conference between mom and pop, they gave in. =D

  2. 2 2W2N October 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I didn’t notice that. What’s funny is that both screens are so bloody tiny. It shouldn’t really make a difference, but damn, it sure did back then.

  3. 3 Ed February 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    ON-TV! My first experience was watching the Sword and the Sorcerer at my bother’s apartment.


  1. 1 ON TV Subscription Box, Circa 1980 | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on May 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Pages

Archives

Categories

Donate Button

Join 1,036 other followers