Profile Atarian: Brendan Onfrichuk
I continued to play the heavy sixer every yearly visit. My grandmother wouldn't let me take it home so I knew I needed to get one for myself somehow. I asked for one on many occasions, birthdays, Christmas and even Easter (I was desperate). My father was convinced it would not be a smart investment and he wasn't comfortable using eBay yet. I didn't get one until I was working at a thrift store. A 2600 jr. "Short Rainbow" was on the shelf, I grabbed it and ran to the phone it the back room. I called my dad and told him to get down to the store as fast as possible with $2. Even he couldn't turn down that price but he needed an hour to get there. So I hid the console in the back room (something employees are not supposed to do) and told the boss I'd put in an hour of overtime. After my shift my father showed up and I took the 2600 descrietly to the counter and just as I suspected it was sold as "misc" electronics for $2. I only had one CX-40 and a copy of Defender but I played that 2600 for hours that night. A tear rolled down my cheek while I was playing (I'm not joking).
Before the 2600 I used to have an NES which was my first console and a Genesis. Unfortuneatly those consoles are gone now and I am rebuilding that part of my childhood youth. Collecting has never been more fun and It's my favourite hobby. Infact, I'm writing this article so that I can have more money for collecting (can you think of a better thing to do with the money). But collecting for those consoles isn't as exciting (or as cheap for that matter) as the 2600. My favourite 2600 game is Double Dragon and I love playing that with my brother.
Now my dad and I are a dynamic duo of collectors. His experience in electronics repair has fixed a Sega Master System, 3DO and countless joysticks. He has recently changed his mind about classic consoles and bought me a Saturn, Intellivision, 7800 and a CDX (oh yeah) for various occasions. And how many dads do you know who are cool enough to buy a Dreamcast, SNES and Jaguar for himself. I will allways have a soft spot for Atari but more importantly my father. Without him I wouldn't be collecting video games and I wouldn't be writing this article right now. While my favourite console isn't an Atari their games are nothing short of classics or masterpieces in my book. My name is Brendan Onfrichuk and I am an Atarian and I have my father to thank for it.