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What's your favorite home console of the early video game age?

Magnavox Odyssey 8 2.17%
Atari 2600 256 69.38%
Magnavox Odyssey 2 7 1.90%
Intellivision 20 5.42%
Colecovision 32 8.67%
Atari 5200 28 7.59%
Vectrex 18 4.88%

After we've gone through a bunch of manufacturer-specific home console polls, it would be wrong to leave out pioneers like the Magnavox Odyssey or the Atari 2600 completely. So in order to give those consoles and a few others the spotlight, they are tossed into a more generic poll.

What's your favorite home console of the early video game age?


Bonus question: What are your personal top 5 games for the console you've chosen?

Last edited by RolStoppable - on 06 June 2022

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I picked the 2600.

1. Yars' Revenge
2. Solaris
3. StarMaster
4. Stargate
5. Centipede

Next poll needs to be about favorite early computer systems like the Atari 8-bit, the C64, Apple ][, ZX Spectrum, etc.

I could only chose the Atari because the others on the list weren't much available in my province or simply unpopular by the time I began gaming.

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Atari 2600 for me. My family had one when I was very young, and my earliest video game memories are with that console. Of the others, I'd played on a Colecovision, Intellivision, and Atari 5200, but never owned any of them.

Top 5 Atari 2600 games:
- Warlords
- Berzerk
- Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
- Pitfall
- Barnstorming


Atari 2600 alone likely outsold all those other consoles combined. My mom still has hers and it still works. 

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Outside of gaming channels I’ve never seen a working system outside of the Atari 2600 on this list. Even the 2600 was something of a rarity with just a handful of friends owning one. I somehow ended up with one, but never had a ton of games for it. Pitfall 2 was by far my favorite, though.

I had a Vectrex, Atari 2600, Commodore 64 and studio 2 I fell in love with the Vectrex. I forgot the games I was 2 years old in 1990. But I had a tough brain gaming so early like the 2 year old kids today playing on their ipads mobile games.

Cute and honest Sega Saturn fan, also noone should buy Sega grrrr, Sega for life.

Atari 2600. I don’t remember much besides PAC-Man and Tennis..and mostly I was just using the joystick for teething…much to my moms dismay

I had an Atari 2600 and really back then I did not enjoy videogames. I didn't really start loving games until the NES. Basically those old games didn't have levels, just changed color or enemy speed, no real ending (just high score). I never got the point. The NES is when gaming started having clear levels with a defined goal, which is what hooked me. So I vote none, they were all meh.

Colecovision, because that's the one I had on that list.

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