Way back in November of 2012, I sent my Atari 7800 packing. The idea was to give old folks like me a chance to relive some classic games, introduce their kids (if applicable) to some classic games, write about the experience, and then pass on the prestigious unit to the next nerd in the rotation.
First stop: Lefty Limbo. We anxiously await Lefty’s official report, but I know that he and his boy had a blast playing it together. It was tough for the little guy to say goodbye. It wasn’t easy for the kid, either!
Second stop: Lithicbee, also called Andy. Lithicbee/Andy has written two great posts about old school gaming with his girls: 80s Flashback: Atari 7800 (Part One), and 80s Flashback: Atari 7800 (Part Two). I won’t ruin it for you, but below is what happened when Andy tried to play Tron Deadly Discs.
By the way, Andy is currently working on a sci-fi adventure serial called The Only City Left. Click on the link and start reading, because it’s really good.
I received a few other requests from people who wanted the Atari but couldn’t be bothered to read the relay requirements. One email contained an address only! Needless to say, those people will not be getting the prize.
For those interested in participating, I’m repeating the Relay Eligibility Requirements below.
- You must live in the Continental U.S.
- You must provide your full name and mailing address.
- When it’s time to ‘relay’ the Atari, you must agree to (a) pack the system, games, and accessories very securely, and (b) pay postage. (You do not have to pay postage until it’s your turn to relay the Atari.)
- You should maintain a public forum of some sort (blog, website, etc.) at which you’re willing to share your experience in the relay. After all, it’s something of a social experiment as well as a chance to play some of the greatest games ever designed. If you don’t have a blog, etc., not to worry, we can arrange something in the way of a guest post.
- Don’t be a jerk. We’re on the honor system here, and if I’m willing to share this Atari, you should be willing to (a) treat it with respect, (b) not jack it, and (c) be extremely cool with all the other relay participants.
- You must email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me who you are and why you want a crack at a video game system that is nearly 30 years old.
That’s about it. Read the original post to find out what games and hardware you get with the Atari. Andy confirms that everything still works fine. Let’s keep ‘er moving if we can.