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Giving Thanks: What does it mean to you to be part of this community?


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#1 The Professor

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 07:29 AM

There are many holidays that we celebrate without giving much thought to. We have the day off, we go stand in line to shop or go to the movies. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that I like to think about the true meaning of when it comes time to celebrate, and what it means to me. On Thanksgiving Day I'm usually around the people and situations that I'm giving thanks for. My family and friends. The wonderful food I get to eat, and the life I live. That got me thinking about all the wonderful friends I've made in the forums, and the "family" that I don't get to see, except for in here. It made me reflective about how thankful I am for these forums, the "Atari I/O Fam", and the past couple years of experiences that have come with it.  So I wonder...

 

 

What does it mean to you to be part of this community?

 

 

For me it's meant: 

 

  • Exploring in my hobby in a deeply enriching way.
     
  • To me it's meant being part of something that's a little new and a little different, attempting to pioneer new and creative ways to meet up here every night and include Atari and classic gaming into our lives.
     
  • It's meant Atari Day, High Score Squad, our old Trivia Nights and celebrating Howard Scott Warshaw Day with a round of Insane Yars' Revenge.
     
  • Being part of a movement to make things better through small actions.
     
  • And in my role as a Moderator I've been fortunate in shaping small elements of this website, and hopefully impacted the way you enjoy your hobby as well.
     
  • Most of all it's meant witnessing a new community form out of nothing and come together in ways that feel like we have a genuine bond with each other.  
     
  • Today I am thankful for having all of you as such a nice part of my life.

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#2 Rowsdower70

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 09:24 AM

Thankful for new pals, great trades, and a community sans drama.   That means more than you could possibly imagine!


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#3 RickR

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 12:44 PM

I'm thankful for all the cool things I've learned, the good laughs with friends, new friends, the sharing, the giving.  Mostly for the feeling of belonging with people who share the hobby.

 

THANKS, you turkeys!


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#4 kamakazi20012

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 01:33 PM

For me it's not about Atari or the games...it's about the friends and family that Atari, and gaming in general, have allowed to come together as one and sharing similar interests for a hobby that is like no other.  The people gathering around to enjoy games, even for just a few minutes, is what Atari was really about.  Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for a bountiful harvest for everyone to enjoy.  Similarly, Atari is about family and friends enjoying a good game either with each other or against each other.  Either way, we all live to see another day once the game battle is done.  I really wish that the rest of the world would settle their differences in a game competition instead of with real-life violence.  

 

I give thanks for the fact that I am still living to enjoy another day doing whatever the days bring.  Life is too short and it doesn't hurt a thing to stop what you are doing, slow down, and take a moment to enjoy the friends and family around you that love you and who love you in return.  With that being said I am thankful for all of my family that continue to put up with me daily, all of my friends here at Atari.IO and elsewhere (you know who you are) for all of the positive feelings and passion for everything Atari and more, and for Atari who made home video games an industry that is here to stay.  If it wasn't for Atari and video games I would not have the good memories I have of my family members and friends.  I'm not saying that I wouldn't have good memories of other things but those I do have were made while involving a parent in my world which just happened to be video games.  I can never be thankful enough for those times and for those who fed and kept my hobby alive and well.

 

All of my Atari friends are the best any one could ever ask for.  I am very thankful to have you all a part of my life even if it is just words on a computer screen.  You guys are awesome!  Enjoy this time with family and friends and for those who are traveling I wish you safe travels and safe return.  Not meaning to offend anyone but may God bless everyone of us while we fatten our guts while being surrounded by those we love.  

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


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#5 jmjustin6

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 03:36 PM

Im thinking for the new friends and the new knowledge on game systems ive never heard of and hiw to fix and clean these old game systems

I am especially thankful for the friendliness of all of yall. I have been on other places and when people talk about a game system ive never heard ofthey have called me stupid (and other words) for not knowing about it. I feel yall would never do that
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#6 Lost Dragon

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Posted 24 November 2016 - 04:24 PM

I'm a Brit, so Thanksgiving isn't something we are involved in, but this thread i'd humbly like to be part of...

 

For myself, i can really only echo whats been said already, in particular:

 

Being part of a movement to make things better through small actions.

 

Most of all it's meant witnessing a new community form out of nothing and come together in ways that feel like we have a genuine bond with each other.  

 

It's also been somewhere i felt items i no longer had use for, could be given to the most deserving of homes...

 

 

It's somewhere, where someone like myself who doesn't so much collect or play Atari anymore, but wants to cherish the memories of days gone by, can bask in the warmth generated by those who do...

 

 

It's somewhere where thanks to the kindness of others, i've learnt so much about Atari in regions other than my own, i've been lucky enough to give a more..'realistic' viewpoint of the UK side than is perhaps at times shown...

 

It's somewhere, which day by day has grown in strength and numbers, but never lost track of the community spirt, warmth and welcoming factors that made it somewhere special from the off..

 

 

Since i've joined here, my 'life' has changed..i watch far more (quality) YT vids than ever before, hell i'm now a subscriber :)

 

I've witnessed acts of kindness, open friendship i'd not seen for years on a forum...

 

 

 

Can i just give thanks to all of YOU who day in, day out, make this community something worth giving thanks for?.


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#7 leolinden

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 01:56 AM

I haven't been active too much recently, but I definitely check in at least 3 times a week to see what's up. This community was really helpful in kickstarting my retro collection. I now have many systems and have spread that collection to audio equipment.

 

This community is the NICEST online community. None better. It's well moderated and small enough to make it manageable. Thanks for the great community guys! 


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#8 MaximumRD

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 03:37 AM

Heh well we already had our Canadian Thanksgiving but still, I am thankful for this site for the awesome supportive people, for the type of community that is different from others as far as the whole feeling and general vibe we have here. Thankful to have a place where we can all appreciate and discuss whatever classic gaming or computing platform that we grew up with or have nostalgia for without it sinking into "platform wars" or which console or computer was "better" endlessly that seems to happen in every other group or forums that are into our hobby. Thankful for the people who took a chance to check us out and stuck around long enough to "get" what sets us apart  ;) lastly very thankful I met Justin and finally decided to become part of the team here, I do not admin or moderate any other place (well besides some Facebook groups I created) but I am glad took a chance to be a moderator here and have no regrets.  :spot:  :beer:


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#9 nosweargamer

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 04:39 PM

To be part of a cool place where we all get along!

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#10 greenween

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 11:35 PM

I'm late as always but very thankful for this site!!I'm a 44 year old dude who never really had many like minded friends growing up in nowhere NC. This place has all the folks I wished I had around me growing up.This is my favorite escape, love the old school guys as well as the new kids just discovering the magic that brought us all here!! The mods, the members, you are all my people! I love this place!!


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#11 greenween

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 11:37 PM

It's been a while, I honestly can't even remember how I found you guys!!!! I felt right at home though!!


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#12 greenween

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 12:15 AM

Sorry, one last thing. I'll brown nose it, all the mods on this site are so welcoming and cool that that vibe is strong here! No trolls here just good people who love what brought us all here.


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