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Which system was your favorite as a kid? (Poll suggestion by AA user "bluejay")


Which system was your favorite as a kid? (Poll suggestion by AA user "bluejay")  

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  1. 1. Which system was your favorite as a kid?

    • Atari 2600/5200/7800
    • Atari 8 bit
    • SMS/Genesis
    • TRS-80/CoCo
    • Commodore 8 bit
    • Turbografx 16
    • Gameboy
    • Game Gear
    • Hey, I ain't that old! I had a something-or-the-other system and it was so great!

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Which system was your favorite as a kid?



Poll question and answer choices as suggested by AA user bluejay.

The choices are kinda clumped together IMO, but this is

his ask and is presented exactly as such.

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The NES was my first system*, and of all the systems I got after when I was child (Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear, PlayStation...), it never really left me. I always come back to it. I did a TON of PC gaming on our Packard Bell 486 as well.


Where this question gets muddy for me, though, is that I was only in junior high, just going into high school in the late '90s when I started collecting retro systems like Odyssey 2 and Atari 2600, both of which I adore and count as two of my all-time favorite consoles. What's the cutoff for "kid" here? Because if push came to shove, I'd probably have to put the Atari over the NES. (In any case, I voted NES.)


*Okay, my first system was actually the ancient Commodore 64 my parents had, but I was only about 5 when it went kaput, and we only had three or four games for it, and I believe we only had it for a short time anyway. But long enough to instill a lifelong fascination with computers and games from the '80s and back!

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Didn't really have a console when I was young until we got a Gamecube. (yeah I'm a millennial)


However I did have a GBC & GBA, but before we got a Gamecube. I was in a bit of a 80's phase in 2004 (blame VH1 lol) so young 8 year old me went searching for old consoles that played Donkey Kong and eventually got an NES from the Flea Market.

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On 1/18/2020 at 3:28 PM, GoldLeader said:

I went Atari,  based on the wording.  I thought of "kid" more than "College Kid", which would have meant NES/SNES for me,...


Me too. When I was little it was the 2600 as it was my first console. Public school it was the NES.

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On 1/25/2020 at 12:12 PM, AtariLeaf said:

Atari 2600 then the coco at number 2. Kinda sad no one chose it as of this post


If it's any consolation, I became a latter-day Color Computer fan in the 2000s. ? Around the time I was really starting to get into retro collecting, I found a CIB game for it (Galactic Attack) at a rummage sale that came with a catalog. I loved the catalog and the blocky cartridge with the label style that fell somewhere between utilitarian and fun, and even the plain-text manual that seemed to play to users who fancied themselves too sophisticated for mere game consoles and their illustrated instructions. ? It all seemed very of-its-era.


But alas, I did not have a CoCo as a kid.


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Atari 800 was my favorite and the only one I owned, with the 2600 close behind played at friends' and relatives' houses. I also enjoyed playing games on the Intellivision at a friend's house and the TI 99/4a at my uncle's house. There were so many good systems back in the early days of video gaming, but the Atari 8-bit was my favorite.

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On 2/20/2020 at 3:17 AM, archon72 said:

As a kid, the Atari 8-bit!

As a teenager, the Atari 16-bit!





Yeah..pretty much the same for me.  400 and 800XL from 79-85 or so. I didn't actually get the 16 bit(520ST) until 91 when I had already left home for the navy and had my own $, but I kind of stopped using my 800XL too much except for playing games on the weekends from 85 until I finished high school in 89. 

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