Since I am a new member here, and to sort of let others know a bit more about me, I will start with my first gaming console.
I was 7 years old when I received a 5200 for Christmas. It was about 4 or 5 in the morning and mother nature was calling. I tripped over the 5200 walking through the living room on my way to the bathroom. I fell on my knees, slung the 5200 underneath Mom's RCA TV we had at the time, and the controller even farther back. After I finished my original mission I came back, turned on a lamp, and proceeded to check everything out to make sure I didn't break anything. It survived, somehow, and I played Super Breakout until around 9 AM.
Being a single kid, living where the nearest neighbor was miles away, and was turned loose in arcades with $20 worth of quarters while your parents watched a movie you couldn't attend, waking up to an Atari under the Christmas tree was one of the most important gifts a child to receive, period. No more quarters were needed to play arcade games (or so the logical way of thinking went)...however we did have to wait for home editions of popular arcade hits to make it to the store shelves which seemed to take forever.
Every waking day I was home from school and on weekends were spent on that 5200. I'd come home from school, I'd sit in front of my 5200. I never had chores and rarely had homework. I got a bad grade in math dealing with fractions and lost my 5200 for a while. I made sure I got it back in a hurry. Weekends I would spend with my Grandmother on my dad's side of the family my 5200 went with me. I never left it at home if I didn't have to.
You see, Dad passed when I was three years old, leaving Mom to raise me pretty much on her own. Then Space Invaders found its way to our local bowling alley followed by Atari releasing the 2600. Once the 2600 got Space Invaders I wanted a 2600. I never knew, nor heard, of the 5200's release. I still don't know where she got it. There was no price tag on the box that I seen. I took to the 5200 as if it was a brother. I don't know why, and I know that sounds crazy, but it played a huge part in my life.
Today I still play the 5200 but not as often as I use to. It still remains my all-time favorite console...even surpassing the NES that occupied me during the remainder of the 1980's and early 1990's. My favorite game? Haha...Star Raiders on the 5200! All-time favorite hands down. I never experienced the issues others faced...my 5200 kept on entertaining for years. It's still entertaining me but since I don't use it as often the controllers give fits now and then.
I am currently collecting for the 5200. Loose carts, accessories, and I really wish that the 5200 JR would have seen production. That is a sweet looking console. I'm surprised it made it so far as to actually work. I hope to pick up a Trak-Ball and find those hard-to-get controller holders so I can play Space Dungeon. I also hope to obtain the games I never could find in the past. I'm not after a complete collection as I intend to play the games I get. If it is sealed in a box it won't be once I get it.
So...that is a bit about me. I hope to make new friends along the way that share this hobby we call video games.