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Bryan's post got me all nostalgic about my first game system/home computer, the TI-994a. It was a pretty sweet machine for its time, the first 16 bit home computer. The games were pretty lame, but fun for what they were and it provided me no end of entertainment typing in thousands of lines of BASIC code in order to make a ball bounce up and down, only to have it all wiped out when the machine was turned off(until we got the sweet cassette drive storage mechanism later).

It also reminded me of this one incident I'll never forget. My dad is a very moderate man. He never drank, smoked, swore, etc. We only heard him swear a few times in our lives and that meant he was REALLY mad. Like the time the water heater exploded, or the time our house got vandalized, or when my sister told him she was a lesbian... And the night we got the TI. We were really excited to get it so we stayed up all night playing games and my dad stayed up too, supervising us with this really expensive piece of hardware he got us. Anyway, we finally tired of it and went to bed, either that or my dad made us go to bed, which is more likely. But then we were wakened in the middle of the night, probably more like early morning, with shouting coming from the living room. My sister and I crept out of our room and walked down the hallway, peeked into the living room only to see our dad screaming bloody murder at the game, "Motherfucker! God damn bastard! Piece of shit!" I couldn't believe my ears! It actually scared the crap out of me, so we snuck back to bed and never said anything to him about it but, after we got over the shock of it, my sister and I laughed for years about it.

If you ever had one, try out the emulator. I've just been playing a few of the old games and doing a bit of cussing myself, heh.


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Feb. 28th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Before I had the Nintendo, I played around with a TRS-80 CoCo, and before that the Magnavox Odyssey2. I suppose they could be considered video game systems, but in the case of the Magnavox, I was way too young to really play with it meaningfully (my dad fiddled around with it mostly), and the TRS-80 was really more computer than dedicated gaming system (and I learned alot of BASIC programming on it too!). The games that you could play on it came on cassette tapes and took nearly an hour to load to memory!

Ah, cassette tape drives. such an arcane piece of technology.
Feb. 28th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
I had one, but it wasn't our first. My parents bought an Odyssey when I was 5 or 6, and I remember them playing Pong and/or Pong like games for hours at night. That was the family's first gaming console, but it was more my parents' than mine. Then we got an Atari 2600 when I was 7 or 8, and for the most part I consider that my first gaming console, since it was more for us kids than our parents. I was a little older when we got the TI-99, however old you are when you are in 7th grade - 12ish maybe? We had BASIC as a class that year, and I got the TI-99.

I spent hours on it. My greatest accomplishment was making this stupid boxy looking character called Mr. Bojangles dance on the screen. I jumped up and down with joy and made my mother come watch this stupid thing.
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