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Which 2600 model are you particularly fond of?


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#1 MaximumRD

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:00 PM

A similar topic posted on AA I thought was worth sharing.  ;)

 

Well, some I have never had or likely WILL have so going by what I have in order of preference - 4 Switch Woody / VADER MODEL (Love Woodgrain but there is something about that black model) / Sears Video Arcade II.  :Nolan_Bushnell:
 
For models I do not have well of course Original Heavy Sixer followed by the Sears Heavy than 4 Switch.  :spot:
 
It is funny because I distinctly recall back in the day if you had a SEARS version as opposed to a Atari Labelled model you were an outcast of sorts   :lol: Today I LOVE the SEARS variants of Atari and Intellivision consoles!
 
 
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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:06 PM

Of the released systems I like the Atari 2600 Vader and the Atari 2600 Jr. My favorite Atari 2600, and possibly my favorite looking video game system of all time, is the Atari 2700 Remote Control Video Computer System  ^_^


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:09 PM

Of the released systems I like the Atari 2600 Vader and the Atari 2600 Jr. My favorite Atari 2600, and possibly my favorite looking video game system of all time, is the Atari 2700 Remote Control Video Computer System  ^_^

 

Atari 2700 Remote Control Video Computer System  - MAN THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO AWESOME! 


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:24 PM

My order:

 

  1. Vader.  I have one that's composite modded.  Which makes it double favorite.
  2. Gemini.  It's small and has the best RF signal.
  3. Jr.  Small makes it better.
  4. Light sixer.  It's all about the easy to use difficulty switches.  Heavy is overrated. 
  5. 4 port woody - this is the one I had growing up.
  6. Heavy. 

 

As for Sears models...I love em.  Cool looking silver highlights and fancy "burled" wood grain. 


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:29 PM

My Flashback is quickly becoming #1 just for the convenience. but I'm gonna go with the Vader as well.  

I love the size and design of the Jr, but the switches are kinda funky. 


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:04 PM

Would it be cheating if I said the best 2600 is the 7800? Not sure if it counts or not, but I've been using my flashback portable a lot. I'm thinking about bringing it with me on my trip in a few weeks. But if I had to choose just the original release stuff, it would be any non 2600 Jr, the 6er is the best. Also, does the coco expansion count as well? They really gave Atari a run for the money on that one.
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#7 atarilbc

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:49 PM

This is a tough one. I love the aesthetics of both the Jr. and the Vader but not their native RF output. The Atari branded light sixer and 4-switch woody are about the same to me. I am not very fond of the Heavy. I will agree with MaximumRD that there is something appealing about the Sears variants - both the original and the Sears Video Arcade II. Of course, I grew up with a Gemini so it has a place in my heart.

All that being said, if I had to pick now, I would say that a pristine Sears 4-switch wins it for me. There is something about the white and chrome bezel with the dark wood finish that is at once garish and appealing. If the Jr had better video, it would be top of my list purely from a design perspective.
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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:22 AM

The 4-switch woody was the one that I always wanted when I was much younger many moons ago. I have one now that I am very thankful for that gets used most often. So that would be my pick.

I agree about the Junior model. While it is an attractive design the switches on it are not of the same quality as the original models. The 2800 (Japan's 2600) is one that I would really like to own because of its design. It looks like a lot of work went into making the console attractive to the Japanese market.
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Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:01 AM

The 2800 (Japan's 2600) is one that I would really like to own because of its design. It looks like a lot of work went into making the console attractive to the Japanese market.


I totally agree about the 2800. It is a very slick console. Even the packaging was amazing. It is no wonder that the 2800 console was used as the basis for the 7800 design. With the exception of the branding, the Sears Video Arcade II is essentially the same console and is much more readily available. If you don't mind it saying "Sears", it's well worth it.
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Posted 01 January 2017 - 12:47 PM

It is funny because I distinctly recall back in the day if you had a SEARS version as opposed to a Atari Labelled model you were an outcast of sorts   :lol: Today I LOVE the SEARS variants of Atari and Intellivision consoles!

 
 
 

My number 1 VCS/2600 will always be the Sears Tele-Games Heavy 6'r, because that was my first console.

 

It's funny you say that about the Sears models because mine would always get weird looks and I remember feeling like somehow I had less of a console after going to all my friends that had light 6'r or 4 switch models. Their consoles looked sleek and modern where mine looked bulky and in a way like I was given a cheap alternative. Over time I felt different. I thought mine was much better built and solid (and it was). Mine was an American product. Last, mine had a look of class. And after all id did the EXACT same thing as all the others. Mine was just the odd ball of the bunch. Maybe because I am the only one I knew that had the Sears version at the time!!!!  

 

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 02:19 PM

The Sears 6 switch models have one distinct advantage -- the difficulty switches have much better labeling.  "Novice/Expert" vis "a/b".  Much better if you ask me. 


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:35 AM

What's cooler than being cool?  Ice cold!  Also: the Atari 2800.  :spot:

 

Of the VCS models I like the look and feel of the Atari Heavy Sixer best.  (If anyone has a spare that they would trade straight-up for a Sears Heavy Sixer, PM me.)

 

I use my 2600 Jr more than any other for its convenience, but it's only so-so in the looks department in my mind.  I really like the all-black Ireland Jr model, though!


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:53 AM

What's cooler than being cool?  Ice cold!  Also: the Atari 2800.  :spot:

 

Of the VCS models I like the look and feel of the Atari Heavy Sixer best.  (If anyone has a spare that they would trade straight-up for a Sears Heavy Sixer, PM me.)

 

I use my 2600 Jr more than any other for its convenience, but it's only so-so in the looks department in my mind.  I really like the all-black Ireland Jr model, though!

Oooh, that Ireland Jr is sweet!  Why do such things excite us so?

 

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#14 MaximumRD

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:38 AM

I really like the all-black Ireland Jr model, though!

 

Ah man that IS nice!


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:11 PM

There are three that I'm particularly fond of:

- my Atari 7800....great console: you have the advancedness (underline that in red all you want, Firefox, but I say it's a real word!) of 7800 games and the extensive library of 2600 games all in one unit. And I'm lucky enough to have a 7800 that so far has had zero compatibility issues -- it works great with the Supercharger and the Activision titles that are, according to common lore, not 7800-compatible.

 

- the Jr. I love those little things! Very small, easy to store, and with a cable you can remove without having to open the thing.

 

- Sears Video Arcade heavy sixer. Never owned one but I would love to. I owned a couple of Atari heavy sixers for a short time but I wasn't a fan. Didn't like 'em.


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:30 PM

Vader is my favorite because that was the first Atari my family owned, and the first video game console I remember playing.

I really dig my 7800 now though, although the lack of a color/b&w switch is annoying. If I really want to play something that needs it I use the 2600 adapter on the Colecovision :-)
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 05:26 PM

I really dig my 7800 now though, although the lack of a color/b&w switch is annoying. If I really want to play something that needs it I use the 2600 adapter on the Colecovision :-)

 

The "Pause" button actually maps to "TV TYPE." Thing is...you'll need to have someone hold it in for you. :)


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:08 PM

The "Pause" button actually maps to "TV TYPE." Thing is...you'll need to have someone hold it in for you. :)

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#19 kamakazi20012

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 04:52 AM

Well...to be honest...I like all of them. Each one has character and unique style that it really is hard to pick just one. I have one that I favor more than others but I like all of them. And the Ireland Jr??? Wow! That looks really good.
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#20 TeddyGermany

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 07:53 AM

The Light sixxer was my first love and so i prefer this version. B)

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On the other hand, Darth Vader and Bib (black irish beauty) are so sexy. :wub:


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