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The Future: It Took 30 Years, But Now We Can Pause Atari 2600 Games

In the pre NES days, marathon gaming sessions were tough on a body. No pause button, you see. No way to freeze your game in time while answering your body's unrelenting needs and functions... so to speak. When the Atari 5200 was released as an upgrade to the 2600, one of the major system features was the first ever "pause". This feature was carried over to Atari's next opus; the 7800. I remember being excited since the 7800 also played all of those 2600 classics, but alas... Only newer 7800 games programmed to take advantage of the pause worked. 2600 endurance gluttons still had to save up free lives and run full speed to the bathroom during a gaming session.

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DA_SHREDDER2964d ago

If you're like me then you started gaming on the Atari 2600 back when gamers were gamers and men were men"

Indeed, I remember when people thought only nerds played video games. Today, someone called me a poser cause I supposedly dont own Fable 1, or even played it and called me a poser. LOL! If being a gamer is cool now, then Im the LL Cool J of gaming. Hahahaha!