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The Original Gaming PC Celebrates Its 35th Birthday

35 years ago, a video game revolution was sweeping through American culture. Shopping mall arcades were crammed with teenagers blasting menacing Space Invaders and lethal Asteroids to fading phosphorous particles. Cartridge-based home gaming consoles were beginning to catch on, bringing interactive entertainment into living rooms. University computer labs intended for scientific research were overrun with students programming their own electronic versions of Dungeons & Dragons. And with the coming of the 1979 Christmas shopping season, two revolutionary new home computers from Atari appeared on store shelves, machines which would forever change our perceptions of what PCs were capable of.

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XboxOneX1398d ago

I remember owning one of these when they were first released and enjoying many hours gaming. Now 35 years later I enjoying the same type of games with PS+ being given away by Sony and I am reliving a lot of the childhood memories.

Oschino19071398d ago (Edited 1398d ago )

Retro City Rampage takes me back to the original GTA. Always wondered why my friend across the street loved the game (GTA) , after I had a hands on try I was hooked.

Back in those days before online we would chat on the phone while playing just to share moments and influence each other's games by egging each other on.

I was lucky enough to have friends in the neighborhood who had about every system and also lived across the street from a mall with a good arcade for its time. Some games are so much better in an arcade.

SteamPowered1398d ago

Hard to believe Im as old as the modern Pc. I have to say, Pc held up much better.

uth111398d ago

These were known as "Home Computers", not PCs, PC always specifically meant an IBM PC, or a machine that's compatible with it. Atari was not PC compatible. I believe the Apple II was on the market before the Atari 400 though, and people gamed on that.

My first computer was an Atari 600XL, which was compatible with this, but had a real keyboard, not that membrane crap that the 400 did.

crashbash1398d ago (Edited 1398d ago )

'PC always specifically meant an IBM'

No it didn't, I was around at the time as well. 'PC' means personal computer, it had nothing to do with IBM at the time except its usage was mostly being applied to business computers, of which IBM were in the business of making. It was used to describe many computers of many different origins.

As time went on it become more applicable as a general use term, for personal, business or gaming use.

uth111398d ago

Ok you are right that the term was applied to other business computers. But it wasn't used for the Atari's, Commodores, TI's etc. They were always called 'home computers' or 'microcomputers' more generally.

I remember being confused as a kid about why a "home" computer could be had for $200-300 while a "personal" one cost $4,000. Seemed like it should be the other way around, lol

PoSTedUP1398d ago

damn good read. makes me wish i could have experienced them as a kid. ...to the youtube!

PoSTedUP1398d ago

just found out that the first video game wasnt pong... (excuse Me for being mislead). it was tic tac toe (noughts and crosses) on an edsac calculator. and the second ever video game was Tennis for Two on a oscilloscope (what ever the heck That is), it looked much cooler than pong with real physics trajectorys and even a ball trail :p

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