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What Do You Do With 1 Million Atari Games?

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the now-that-is-simply-mad dept.

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gr8fulnded sent us a CNet story that will knock your socks of: this guy has over a million unopened Atari 2600 and 7800 games sitting in a limestone mine-turned warehouse for sale for a bug a cardtridge. If you still have a machine, check it out (at a buck a cartridge, its quite the deal). Or else you could get the cartridge and make your emulator legal! (michael: Bill Kendrick sent us the proper device on which to play these carts: a 2600/Nomad combination.)

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Re:Old Games are more dangerous than new games. (5)

R1chard Gere (221889) | more than 13 years ago | (#494752)

Someone should warn them of the potential pitfalls.

Excellent choice of words... ;)


Website (3)

Mike1024 (184871) | more than 13 years ago | (#494753)


You can see this guy's website at http://www.oshealtd.com/ [oshealtd.com]. The server seems slow already, so you might have more luck at the Google cache [google.com].

His hit-counter is at 86,473 at the moment. I wonder what it'll be at this time tomorrow...


...another comment from Michael Tandy.

Mr. Potato Head Foot Massagers? (4)

StoryMan (130421) | more than 13 years ago | (#494754)

Hey forget about the atari games. What interests me is the "Mr. Potato Head Foot Massagers" mentioned in the article.

If this isn't a good example of marketing gone, well, awry, I don't know what is.

I mean, ya gotta wish you were a fly on the wall when the marketing guy sat down and made his pitch to management: "Hey, I got this new idea. You're gonna love it. I'm pretty sure we're first to bat with this one..."

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (1)

tidge (85471) | more than 13 years ago | (#494761)

What is there to "get" or "not get" about Yar's Revenge.
It's a perfect game for relaxation. Just turn off your brain and go to town.
Get yourself a big cannon and shoot the fireball when it comes after you.....or was it a comet?
Damn.... I'm gonna have to go play that now....

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (3)

babbage (61057) | more than 13 years ago | (#494763)

And somebody else in this thread said that I got old...


What you're essentially saying is that you object to progress in video games.

Nah. I'm saying that there are different kinds of progress. Yes, we have shinier chrome now, but fundamentally they aren't doing anything much more fundamentally new & progressive. It's like the auto industry -- we can make some mighty fancy looking cars now, but they still all go 65 mph down the highway.

Newer doesn't necessarily mean better. Sometimes it does, sure (BeOS! :), but often newer is just used as a euphemism for "more", and honestly doesn't do any more for us than the old version did. I think this is more true for games than any other area I can think of at the moment.Sometimes the new version of the status quo is very satisfying -- I'm having fun with Pokemon on my new Game Boy, for example. But often, the old things that we remember, are in fact remembered because they were so good in the first place.

Like "Citizen Kane" for example :). I'll take it over "The Matrix" (just to pick a recent movie) any day. That's not to say that there's not any good movies now -- David Fincher, the Coen Bros etc are making real classics -- but some of the old stuff is time-tested and just as fresh as ever. I like that.

Computer games are an evolving form of expression that are destined to be the first true new art form of the 21st century.

Oh brother, see now that's the kind of nonsense that I have a hard time dealing with. Creative, expressive, takes a lot of work to make yeah yeah yeah I can accept all that. But Art Form? As in "John Carmack is the next John Coltrane"? I don't think so, personally. It's not that I don't notice, it's that I'm not impressed & therefore I don't really care. Time will tell, however, and you may be right. I doubt it though.

You can have your Carmacks & Quakes & PS2s, and I'll be perfectly happy with my Coltranes & Tetrises & games written for Palm Pilots. You take the high road, I'll take the low, etc.

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (2)

JabberWokky (19442) | more than 13 years ago | (#494768)

Are Peter Greenaway films intricate nonsense, and should we just keep watching Citizen Caine over and over again instead?

No, but Citizen Kane is a pretty damn good flick, along with Roman Holiday, Nosferatu and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

And there are plenty of people who like watching them. I hate walking into a arcade with a bunch of friends and they all play DDR, while I walk around hoping for a Pac Man or Star Wars (the original "The Force is with you" version) cabinet.

And in the movie industry, you can still get Citizen Kane and Roman Holiday in the latest media (DVD), even though if they were computer games they would be dropped due to old technologies like Black and White film.

Hey, I just saw the new movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Good flick. I watched it in the same theater that I'll go see Rocky Horror again this Saturday. Sunday, a bunch of people are gonna come over to my house to watch a Prisioner marathon, and next Friday we'll all go see Anti-Trust.

But computer games? The old ones suck... nobody would want to play them.


Beating a dead horse (5)

plopez (54068) | more than 13 years ago | (#494771)

Only a bug a piece? Having written about a million bugs, I could probably afford all of them....

He should put the lot on eBay... (1)

dowski (254495) | more than 13 years ago | (#494772)

I remember a while back /. had an article about some people selling large lots of vintage unopened video games on eBay and getting a nice price too. Although, even at $1 per cart, a cool million won't be bad.

CORRECTION: Emulators _are_ always legal (4)

JimTheta (115513) | more than 13 years ago | (#494775)

Or else you could get the cartridge and make your emulator legal!

Please state the facts properly. Emulators are and always have been legal. What you meant were ROMs, which are potentially copyright infringing.

IANAL, but I think that technically, it is illegal to distribute ROMs in any case. It is legal to dump them for yourself, but not distribute. Likewise, it isn't quite kosher to get the ROMs from someone else, even if you do own the cart. You have to dump them yourself. This isn't really a distinction to worry about; if you own the cart to a commercial game, you're probably okay. (Someone correct me if I'm not quite right)

But the emulator is ALWAYS legal. And there are many freeware ROMs that you can play on them, strengthening the position that they will remail legal.

-Grant aka JimTheta

You got old (2)

Paulo (3416) | more than 13 years ago | (#494776)

The problem is not with those games. The problem is with you.
Ever had the experience of experiencing as an adult something (a place, a building, a movie) that impressed you a lot as a child? 90% of the times you feel disappointed, because it doesn't measure up at all to the idea that you had kept in your memory.

I am looking for a particular game... (2)

cr0sh (43134) | more than 13 years ago | (#494777)

I can't remember the title, but it was for the Atari 2600 - I played it as a kid on my uncle's system.

I remember that you were a dot or something, and you went around these "rooms" collecting treasures and avoiding traps. There were so many treasure, like a diamond, and things - and each room was like a maze, or a trap - with walls, etc. I remember one room had these walls that if you didn't time it right, would crush you between them.

It was called "Treasure of the ???" or something similar (maybe it was a single word?).

I know this is very vague and all, but if someone could tell me, or give me a "possibles" list (or links to screenshots, maybe) - that would be real helpful. I have been searching for this game for a loooong time, and maybe this guy has it?

Worldcom [worldcom.com] - Generation Duh!

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (1)

Whizziwig (23055) | more than 13 years ago | (#494778)

they really don't. Most people have fun with them. i know I have. They're simple arcade games. Most of the stuff you play on a palm pilot comes from atari concepts. Pong is simple. Pong is fun. Pong is addictive. Same for pacman, space invaders, maybe you're looking through smoky lenses. Atari started the platform game.


I think you should (3)

ConsumedByTV (243497) | more than 13 years ago | (#494788)

Burn them!
Or you could drop them on Iraq to see if they could make ICBM's from them... They could use those PS2's and shoot atari games at us...

Fight censors!

I have a cockroach. (5)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#494791)

Its a really big one. Can I get two games?

Just what I need... (1)

TWX_the_Linux_Zealot (227666) | more than 13 years ago | (#494794)

... megs of teeny tiny little roms laying around... As is, if there's ever an earthquake here, I'll be assimilated by falling computer parts...

"Titanic was 3hr and 17min long. They could have lost 3hr and 17min from that."

How many games were even made? (1)

Lede Singer (253091) | more than 13 years ago | (#494796)

Wow, thats some cache! I wonder if in ten years someones going to have like a million copies of tekken for sale, or better yet CastleVania. I didn't think there were that many atari games made to begin with, cetainly not enough to end up with a whole million.

What do you do with 1 million Atari Games? (2)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 13 years ago | (#494798)

I'm thinking the best answer is, be confined in a mental asylum because there is obviously something wrong with your head to even do this.

Texas Insturments (1)

woody_jay (149371) | more than 13 years ago | (#494799)

Does anyone have a need for those old TI computers, they were basically a keyboard with a little memory that plugged into your TV? I still have one of those things.

Re:Website (2)

pgarth (250582) | more than 13 years ago | (#494800)

It must have worked, I just visited and saw his hit counter at 39 !! Guess \. rolled him!

Re:$10 bet (2)

dagoalieman (198402) | more than 13 years ago | (#494804)

Being from Missouri, I can say I've seen the warehouse, and the boxes are there. Some are in great condition, some boxes are beat up, but everything appears to be in good shape, and there are a few boxes which you'd probably want a warranty/guarentee on before purchasing. But those are few and far between. 90% of you are going to get great quality, and I'm prety sure the other 10% will get deals/refunds upon request.

Now, if I'd just convinced my father to keep our atari and C64 when I was in third grade, and still had everything to play today. I miss them damnit.

Does that mean... (1)

TheDullBlade (28998) | more than 13 years ago | (#494821)

...that I can get a Centipede cartridge, and exchange it for a thousand more Centipede cartridges, then exchange those for the rest of the stock?

What kind of Bug? (1)

belgar (254293) | more than 13 years ago | (#494822)

"...sitting in a limestone mine-turned warehouse for sale for a bug a cardtridge."

I have, like, a thousand ants in my backyard that I'd be happy to trade for some Atari goodness.

I bought a set of these games a while back ... (1)

dougmc (70836) | more than 13 years ago | (#494823)

My wife wanted to play Atari 2600 games, because she thought they were better than Playstation games. So I got her an Atari 2600, and bought one of every game this guy had for $1/each or so.

She probably spent two hours playing games, then it got shoved in the closet :)

It was kind of nostalgic though, playing the old games. I need to get another Intellivsion ...

Re:I am looking for a particular game... (2)

swimboy (30943) | more than 13 years ago | (#494824)

It was Venture, the original arcade version was made by Exidy. I wasted *way* too much time on that game when I was a kid.

Re:Texas Insturments (1)

jokah (88170) | more than 13 years ago | (#494825)

i dunno if anyone has a need for one, but i knew a guy in HS that wrote term papers on one :). i still have my TI-99/4A along with my rad Q-Bert cartridge!

Re:I think you should (1)

glacial23 (93573) | more than 13 years ago | (#494826)

Or you could drop them on Iraq to see if they could make ICBM's from them... They could use those PS2's and shoot atari games at us...

It'd be real-life Missle Command with, well, Missle Command...

We're bought and sold for corporate gold

Thank you Slashdot. Thankyouthankyouthankyou (2)

thex23 (206256) | more than 13 years ago | (#494827)

This is weird. I've been looking for an Atari system for the past two weeks, and I've already got a small collection of carts, and I'm homing in on some possible 2600 systems.

Then this. Wow.

The idea of getting UNOPENED games seems slightly pornographic, but even better are those sweet Atari t-shirts. I'm all over that. And my girlfriend is gonna freak when she gets a Pac-man t-shirt for her birthday.

Thank you geeks!

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (3)

babbage (61057) | more than 13 years ago | (#494843)

Some of us like simplicity, and see it as a virtue. Some of us hate flashy modern games like Quake & it's derivatives. It's not really that one is so much better or worse than the other, but a matter of preference. In the same mold, some people might like playing checkers, go fish, "Chutes & Ladders," while others prefer chess, go, and "Axis & Allies". No big deal.

Personally, I feel like a lot of the modern games designers have become so drunk with the technological progress available that they've forgotten how to make the things simple & fun. I'll take Pac-Man & Tetris & the old wire-frame Star Wars over Diablo and whatever the big game of the week is this week -- any day.

Obviously, it isn't the graphics that make these games appealing, and you're glossing things over to call them all single player (you never had "Combat" as a kid, did you?) but it's flat out dismissive to ignore the game play. A lot of those old games, aware of the weak graphics, were smart enough to put game play ahead of anything else.

Personally, I got off the video game wagon when all my friends knew the dozens of moves for Mortal Kombat, and I just didn't care. I wanted Double Dragon back, or Gauntlet. "Red Warrior needs food badly!" Hell yeah, that's about as much as I want to think in my games. It's supposed to be fun & escapist, not intricate nonsense...

Re:How many games were even made? (1)

SamMichaels (213605) | more than 13 years ago | (#494844)

Over at Zophar's Domain [zophar.net], we have a utility to verify your ROM collection which contains almost all the known roms for a system (called GoodXXX utils by Cowering). Here's the stats from the program:

2600 = 1441
5200 = 146
7800 = 40
Jaguar = 51
Lynx = 152

Total = 1830

Granted, there's probably more rare ones that were never dumped, but still, it's fairly accurate.

O'Shea (3)

b1t r0t (216468) | more than 13 years ago | (#494845)

People on rec.games.video.classic have known this for quite a while, since a couple of years before e-bay hit it big.

But what surprises me most is that he managed to sell half of them, even with a few titles that are still common as dirt at Goodwill thrift stores, and even with a bunch of Atari 7800 titles, considering how well that console didn't sell.

If you think that's bad, how about what Atari did with Pac Man and E.T. They actually made more Pac Man cartridges than they did consoles! So in order to take a loss on these things (both written in six weeks or so, instead of the six months that the average 2600 game took to write--and they show it!), they had them buried in a hole in the desert as a tax write-off. The IRS even made them pour concrete into the hole on top of all the cartridges. Anyone for an archaeological expedition to Arizona?

My suggestion? Use them as construction material. Maybe cover a wall with 'em, sort of like a retro Z-Brick theme for the game room.

Re:Website (3)

manly (69244) | more than 13 years ago | (#494846)

Caveat emptor . His Atari order form not only does not encrypt your submission with SSL, it also submits it to a 3rd-party host.

And judging by the name of the form action, "email.pl" I suspect that this CGI-BIN then emails your submission once again across the Net unencrypted.

Want to buy console (2)

drivers (45076) | more than 13 years ago | (#494847)

Yeah, but where can I buy a good atari 2600 console? Is there any place that still sells a new 2600 and joystick? I don't mind if it's one of the "new" (Jr.?) ones that is smaller than usual.

(Ever notice how Atari, Nintendo, and Sony all made smaller versions of their most popular consoles?)

frogger! (1)

gabriel_aristos (265988) | more than 13 years ago | (#494848)

A couple of years ago I bought my girlfriend a used Atari 2600 off the internet because she wanted to play PacMan and Frogger. She used to like those when she was a kid.

I have to say that the Atari 2600 is a true testament to the design philosophy of the late 1970's. It's ugly, it's "plasticky", and has a very cheesy feel to it. However, I used to love it when I was young...

Re:What kind of Bug? (1)

Malic (15038) | more than 13 years ago | (#494849)

CmdrTaco needs a full time proofreading assistant. Geez, how many articles with very obvious gaffs has he submitted!?

Sega did too (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 13 years ago | (#494850)

They came out with 2 genesis systems after the first one, the second 2 were smaller, almost square shape, the first one (that i have) is rectangular

Limestone mine? (1)

Deanasc (201050) | more than 13 years ago | (#494851)

Am I the only person who finds the concept of an abandoned mine full of Atari cartridges to be too much like something out of a crappy bond film ripoff?

Re:You got old (1)

Trevor Goodchild (187368) | more than 13 years ago | (#494852)

What? And how is that a problem with me? The fact that I grew up is bad? Being more mature is bad? Developing a more refined sense of taste in my amusements is bad?

Atari, Lego's, Star Wars, Tolkien, anime...
What is it with you geeks and all this childish behavior? I swear, sometimes I think people on this site have the emotional IQ of a 6 year old. No wonder you people can't get dates. You're too busy playing with freaking toys.

Re:Moderate it yourself, or just shut up! (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#494853)

Mod this up, (+1, Informative)!!

Idiots? (1)

TheDullBlade (28998) | more than 13 years ago | (#494854)

It was a brilliant dual-use product.

E.T. was the first game that doubled as fertilizer, ask anyone who played it!

Collector value... (2)

Gruneun (261463) | more than 13 years ago | (#494855)

Unopened Atari games are no doubt a collector's item. But what happens to their value when you flood the market with a million of them?

You get the same result that is bound to happen to all the people who carefully packed their Episode 1 action figures in boxes in hopes that it would pay for their retirement.

Re:Texas Insturments (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 13 years ago | (#494856)

i have 2 ti 99/4A's, ones black and ones white..... i remember when i was like 4 or 5, writing pages of code so it could beep really loud..... but back then i was just copying from a book, didn't know it was BASIC... i recently hooked up the white one and played some Munch Man (only game i owned for the thing)... i remember saving stuff on cassette tapes and then playing the tapes in a normal tape playing and liking the weird sounds it made :P

Ah... (1)

Ravagin (100668) | more than 13 years ago | (#494864)

Sounds like you might be into roguelike gaming, yes? Rogue, NetHack, Angband... "classic" gaming that's still modern and still good. I'm not sure why I'm posting this, except that a lot of the ideas you mentioned mirror my thoughts on computer gaming. And because of the "Red Warrior" thing, though I'm guessing that's not originally from NetHack...


Re:Mr. Potato Head Foot Massagers? (5)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 13 years ago | (#494865)

You do know that's "code" for a 'personal relaxation device', right?

"Honey, what's this on the credit card bill?"

"Oh, it's a foot masager."

Yeah, right.

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (2)

Trevor Goodchild (187368) | more than 13 years ago | (#494866)

And somebody else in this thread said that I got old...

What you're essentially saying is that you object to progress in video games. I respect the Atari for being first, but that certainly doesn't make it better. I also respect the skills of the first cave painters. Does that mean I should throw out my Mondrian prints? Are Peter Greenaway films intricate nonsense, and should we just keep watching Citizen Caine over and over again instead?

Computer games are an evolving form of expression that are destined to be the first true new art form of the 21st century. It's sad that you can't bring your level of understanding up to where it needs to be to appreciate the work of geniuses like John Carmack.


Keighvin (166133) | more than 13 years ago | (#494867)

Bunch of slashdotters shootin' off their keyboards before reading things.
The post has been amended, it now reads a buck a piece. No, you can't submit Windows source code.
The guy buys overstock for a living - he's not a nut or eccentric collector. His profession drives the "All a Dollar" (or your local equivalent) chain of stores.
The story actually says they're $2 a piece, raning to $0.80 for bulk orders.

READ the whole thing, please?

Re:Want to buy console (1)

Che Guevarra (85906) | more than 13 years ago | (#494868)

There's one for sale on eBay with 80 games. Current bid is $172 US, you have 20 minutes. Good luck.

Re:I am looking for a particular game... (1)

Bill Kendrick (19287) | more than 13 years ago | (#494870)

Hrm... It doesn't sound like Adventure. If there is a game like this, I've never seen it. However, it almost sounds like you're getting Adventure and Swordquest confused...

In Adventure, you were a dot. There were three dragons, and a bad. Objects included keys, a sword, a bridge, a magnet, and the holy grai... err... the enchanted chalice.

The Swordquest series (the ones I played) didn't have enemies. You were a little man. There were many rooms with "traps," and lots of odd things to collect.

Also, for those who care, here's a wal-thru [atarihq.com] to get the easter egg in Adventure. :)

Re:Texas Insturments (2)

suprax (2463) | more than 13 years ago | (#494871)

Hey I had one of those! You could play games on them and they were portable! I loved moving it from TV to TV as if I was doing something important. I haven't seen one of those around in forever!

Scott Miga

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (1)

Bill Kendrick (19287) | more than 13 years ago | (#494872)

Dude. Pacman DOES suck. As for Pitfall... I used to enjoy it as a kid, but these days, I just don't get it. (I also don't get Yars Revenge, which is more than a cult classic.)

However, if you don't think Adventure kicks ass, you're obviously still playing mode 1 or 2. You need to switch to three (the truly random game) and watch the sweat ooze out of your pores. :)

Damned bat...

Re:Want to buy console (1)

Bill Kendrick (19287) | more than 13 years ago | (#494873)

Definitely get a 2600jr. They were produced much later, look much slicker, and, I assume will last a bit longer than the original 2600's from 8-12 years prior.

As for controllers, most Sega Master System and Sega Genesis controllers should work fine on any Atari-like system. (2600, Atari 8-bits, Commodore 64, Amiga)

That is, if you don't mind NOT having a stick. :)

Re:What do you do with 1 million Atari Games? (1)

X-Dopple (213116) | more than 13 years ago | (#494874)

It's pretty simple really. Dig through all of those cartridges to find the pr0n games. Yes, pr0n games for the Atari 2600, they did exist, although I can't imagine anyone getting excited over a half-inch peach pixel.

Take these pr0n games to Congress and demand for more restrictive game control, since the ESRB obviously isn't doing their part. If anyone brings up the fact that the ESRB wasn't around back then, point out that Congress didn't do anything about these games when they were released.

If you're lucky, you'll have Congress banning all pr0n atari games dating back to 1985. Bonus points if you get Lieberman in a rage over this.

Re:Is this his only limestone mine-turned warehous (2)

imp (7585) | more than 13 years ago | (#494875)

No. This isn't the only Limestone warehouse. There are about 50 of them last time I checked in the KC area. I grew up there and the Cub Scout troop I was in took a tour once. Then later in High school, some organization I was involved with managed to wrangle a tour in another one.

A truly scarey place. But they have excellent climent control, which is why they use them for this.

I thought the idea nuts when I was in 2nd grade and got my first tour. Now that I see what people store in them these days, I know I was right.

Ah, the O'Shea Makes it to the Big Time! (2)

Jason Scott (18815) | more than 13 years ago | (#494876)

I can vouch for this place; I heard about them a pretty long time ago (over a year and something ago) and I immediately send out money to buy one of every cartridge they had.

The result can be seen in this older photograph of my entertainment center [cow.net]. All those grey boxes in the lower left are brand-new, still in box Atari and Jaguar cartridges.

He's actually sold out of a few of them, but on the whole, this is a great, great thing. If it was 1983, I'd look like the richest kid on the block (instead of the most geekily nostalgic).

Re:I have a cockroach. (1)

Jae (14657) | more than 13 years ago | (#494877)

hahah - i don't care if this was an AC post or not.

if only i had mod points left - you'd get a +1 funny!

Only a bug per game? Sweet! (2)

skoda (211470) | more than 13 years ago | (#494878)

"for sale for a bug a cardtridge"

Well, I got paid today, so I've got plenty of ants on hand and I've got a few beetles to spare, but it would have to be a mint condition cartridge for my preying mantises.
D. Fischer

Hrrm (5)

Sheeple Police (247465) | more than 13 years ago | (#494879)

warehouse for sale for a bug a cardtridge

A bug a cartridge, eh? Any bug? *rubs hands deviously* I knew that ant hill would come in handy... now how to figure out how to get them all out... <evil laughter>

If you'll excuse me, I have work to do... bwa ha ha ha..

oops again for slashdot (5)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#494880)

they're not a bug a game,

nor are they a buck a game.

They're $2/game.

$10 bet (1)

the real jeezus (246969) | more than 13 years ago | (#494881)

I bet this guy's a counterfeiter, or knows someone who is. Maybe he's just an eccentric. Hmmm...on that note, the bet's off.

I'd rather be a unix freak than a freaky eunuch

What's that smell (2)

rw2 (17419) | more than 13 years ago | (#494884)

"One guy said, 'When I opened up the box, it was as if I could smell the '80s.'"

Ah yes, the scent of an adolescent after an all nighter trying to solve Rubiks Cube...


Old Games are more dangerous than new games. (2)

Lover's Arrival, The (267435) | more than 13 years ago | (#494887)

It is a little well known fact that Old 80's games are more likely to cause epilepsy among people who play them due to the simple nature of the graphics displayed, which often rely on graphics flashing at a particular frequency.

Also, old games require the player to exercise his imagination to a much greater degree than modern photorealistic games, which reflect reality but do not introduce a warped alternative version of it, like Pac Man or Space Invaders do.

Of course, this imagination is healthy in small doses, but it can be quite dangerous in larger doses. As the people buying these games are likely to be games enthusiasts, they will be more at danger than the rest of us. Someone should warn them of the potential pitfalls.

I say this because my brother became depressed in the late 80's, and the doctor said he should stop playing video games, citing these reasons. He almost immediately improved.

Lisas (1)

Kevin T. (25654) | more than 13 years ago | (#494890)

This reminds me of something I read about ten years ago, when having a computer made in '82 wasn't all that bad -- Apple wrote off a bunch of overstocked Lisas, and buried them in a landfill out west. It's the sort of thing that would be good for a post-apocalyptic movie: our heroes defeat the Psyclos using the first business-oriented system that used a GUI!

Oh well, it's always good to know that I can find a copy of Pole Position, when I need it.

Re:Old Games are more dangerous than new games. (2)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 13 years ago | (#494892)

Heaven forbid we exercise our imagination! My god, that's HIDEOUSLY DANGEROUS!

Tell me, do you claim D&D is satanic, too?

Re:Mr. Potato Head Foot Massagers? (1)

Neko-chan (156326) | more than 13 years ago | (#494893)

Guess what I got as a Secret Santa gift last year?

Hmmm.. Maybe I can sell it on eBay... Any takers?

Re:Old Games are more dangerous than new games. (1)

maninblackhat (221616) | more than 13 years ago | (#494895)

LOL...which D&D...the Dungeons and Dragons kind or the Death and Dismemberment kind? If done in the right context the latter can certainly be satanic.

I still have to stifle giggles during insurance briefings when they get to that bit.

Re:Yeah, but those games suck (1)

Bill Kendrick (19287) | more than 13 years ago | (#494896)

I said: "Pacman DOES suck."

Addendum - I mean only PacMan for the 2600. PacMan on pretty much any other platform is awesome.

Also, Ms. Pacman and Pac Man Jr. for the 2600 were excellent.

(who loves his Ms. Pacman for his Atari Lynx)

An interestig use (1)

HongPong (226840) | more than 13 years ago | (#494897)

Some years back my friend's older brother bought a few dozen copies of Mario/DuckHunt for a dime apiece. He then proceeded to go around town and throw them at people.

I think the situation lends iteslf to this sort of prankery!

Intellivision Lives (1)

Robin Lionheart (14795) | more than 13 years ago | (#494898)

I need to get another Intellivsion ...

Or order Intellivision Lives! [intellivisionlives.com] for the PC or Mac, or Intellivision Classics for the PlayStation.

While you're at it, check out intellivisionlives.com's history section. I found reading the stories of the development of the games and programming for those darn disc/keypad controllers quite nostalgic.

Re:Old Games are more dangerous than new games. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#494899)

Wow, KTB [slashdot.org], you've dropped the dumb housewife schtick pretty quickly since you got busted [slashdot.org].


Not all of them (3)

Goonie (8651) | more than 13 years ago | (#494900)

I've been playing the *arcade* version of Pacman. I still can't get over just how much fun it is to play, and how just about everything the game design was gotten just right to make the game well-balanced (difficult, but fair).

Yeah, probably 90% of the games released in that era were crap too, but the best of them are still playable and enjoyable today.

Very cool (1)

mackga (990) | more than 13 years ago | (#494901)

Gosh, that is soooo cool. I just picked up a mint 5200 on Ebay. I'll have to check out the adapter to play the 2600 games and send him an order. Just for fun, go to Ebay and do a search on Atari 2600/5200, etc. It's amazing the amount of old games and hardware out there for sale! Playing Countermeasure or Centipede or Galaxian is such a hoot. Had me a 5200 waaay back in '82. I'm such an old fart :)

Reading? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#494902)

Article - The games sell for $2 each, discounted down to 80 cents each for large wholesale orders.
Slashdot - at a buck a cartridge, its quite the deal

Is it just me, or are we having a little reading trouble here?

Gameroom Tiles (1)

mr_gerbik (122036) | more than 13 years ago | (#494903)

Finally! Now I can tile my gameroom floor with 3000 "Space Invaders" Cartidges!


Melt them down! (1)

SolidCore (250574) | more than 13 years ago | (#494904)

I think you could melt them all down and extract the gold if there is any. And with all that plastic to recyle you could get a couple of bucks.

Re:Old Games are more dangerous than new games. (1)

CWCarlson (2884) | more than 13 years ago | (#494906)

Okay... The epilepsy bit I can understand. The rest of it, though...

You *must* be joking. You are joking, aren't you? Please say that I've fallen for a troll. I just don't know that I could stand knowing there was somebody out there that believes that imagination is a dangerous thing.

--- Chris

slashdot post same story twice. (1)

wirelesshst (246091) | more than 13 years ago | (#494907)

you posted this story about a year and 1/2 ago you did this with another story about a 3 screen monitor about 6 months ago. which was a repeat of a story about 2 years ago.

Offtopic -- I know those mines (4)

youngsd (39343) | more than 13 years ago | (#494912)

My dad used to have an office in those mines. They have been coverted not only into warehouse space, but also into pretty cool office space (you have to put up with no windows, of course, but some of the walls are craggly rock -- which is a sort of cool effect).

You may remember a few years back, when Reagan was in office, and it came out that the government had been hoarding cheese for years (to prop up dairy prices), and people were calling for the government to distribute the cheese to poor people. These are the mines where all of that cheese was stored (I don't know whether any of it made it to the poor, though).

I know it's off-topic, but sometimes, you've just got to spout useless facts, and damn the consequences.


Re:More useless crap (2)

Ranger Rick (197) | more than 13 years ago | (#494914)

What, you mean this [slashdot.org]?

1st Law Of Networking: Loose ends are bad, termination is good.

Re:Idiots? (2)

JabberWokky (19442) | more than 13 years ago | (#494916)

E.T. was the first game that doubled as fertilizer, ask anyone who played it!

Okay. I have a confession. I loved ET (yes, the game). Years later, and I still claim it to be the distant ancestor of modern console RPGs. The difference between it (and similar 2600 titles like Haunted House, which I also liked) and later console titles like Final Fantasy on through to Shenmue is scope of story due to platform.

Cramming an RPG into the 2600 is neigh impossible. So you have to drop things like AI, beautiful graphics, plot, text... Okay. So you have to drop most everything that makes an RPG an RPG. But the skeleton that you have left is the ability to control a character with your own actions on a quest. One of the cool things about ET is the flower. You fall in a pit and find a flower you can heal... which then smiles at you. At the time, that was pretty damn cool. You have the Doctor, FBI agent and Eliott running around helping or hindering you, with more involvement in the plot than the damn castle guards that always repeat: "Welcome to the Castle!" in later, "better" games.

Sure, it dosen't hold a candle to later console RPGs... but then at least it has fewer FMVs than recent Square releases.


Re:Yeah, but those games suck (1)

popular (301484) | more than 13 years ago | (#494918)

I dropped out at about the same time as you did. It was when I realized they were just going to keep reinventing the same games like MK or Wolfenstein over and over again, with more intricate controls and graphic detail.

Every now and then I find a game simple and fun enough to to play. Warcraft II was great, Starcraft was too much. Star Wars Rogue Squadron was another fun game to play, but I haven't seen another flight combat type game quite as fun before or after that.


Atari 5200 (2)

alexhmit01 (104757) | more than 13 years ago | (#494919)

I had an Atari 5200 with games as a kid, but the machine died. A friend just got one on ebay and we played it non-stop over the Holidays.

If they had the 5200 games, I'd try to get a machine and go nuts, the 2600/7800 was never my favorite.


Re:I am looking for a particular game... (1)

nmarshall (33189) | more than 13 years ago | (#494920)

hmmm i KNOW the game you are talking about but cant remenber the name....

there is a clone of it, called gnome-stones. but doesnt tell the name...


The law is that which it boldly asserted and plausibly maintained..

Piece of History (1)

Jester998 (156179) | more than 13 years ago | (#494922)

This is definitely cool... I've got an Atari platform kicking around here... I *think* it's a 2600, but I don't remember anymore. It'd be worth picking up two or three of each game just to have a piece of history. These platforms are the things that are the grand-grand-daddies to our modern 3D accelerators (Think about it: If no one had stayed up till 4:00 in the morning trying to beat their previous score in Space Invaders, would there really be a market for games now? Or would anybody even bother devloping them?) Definitely a treasure trove. - Jester

Gold Mine (2)

woody_jay (149371) | more than 13 years ago | (#494923)

A buck a game? That's not bad. Keep them unopened and your great, great, great grandkids might not have to work. You never know.

I won't say ... (1)

enrico_suave (179651) | more than 13 years ago | (#494924)

anything about a Beowolf Cluster...

But, what would be the comparison between 1 million Atari cartridges of silicon/data, compared to like on ps2 or dreamcast "cd". ???

www.randomdrivel.com [randomdrivel.com] -- All that is NOT fit to link to

Re:Lisas (2)

Bill Kendrick (19287) | more than 13 years ago | (#494925)

There are numerous millions of ET: The Extra Terrestrial carts (for 2600) burried in New Mexico somewhere. (They supposedly made more carts than there were 2600's. Idiots)
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