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.

5 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.

  4. 4 Christopher December 13, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    My folks used to have a ONTV box too. Got rid of it around ’83 or ’84 – whenever we bought our VCR.

    Our neighbors across the street had Spectrum. Really don’t know too much about that one besides it was a competitor. Would love to see a box of that one!

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

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