Profile Atarian: Rodney Sochocki
The next chapter in my Atari history was in December 1983, when I got an 800XL. What a wonderful machine. I spent much of 1985/1986 playing Gyruss and Joust, but all that game playing took its toll on the old 8-bit soldier and it started to act up during the spring of 1986.
That summer my family inherited some money and we decided to purchase a new computer. My dad supported IBM, but my brother and I laid down the law: "The Sochocki's are an Atari Family!" and when we showed him the demo at the local Family Computer Center he quickly jumped on board. And on Aug.28, 1986 we bought an Atari 1040 ST. The ST was a sweet machine and to this day I think it's easiest machine in the world to use (and it's right up there with the 5200 for external beauty of design, it's still a smart looking machine). I spent the second half of the 80's playing great games like Blood Money, Deep Space, and Baal (as you can see I had a thing for Pysgnosis games).
Entering the 90's I got very excited about the Lynx and bought one in December '91. With the exception of maybe the Turbo Express, the Lynx has no handheld rivals. I don't want to even think about how many hours I spent playing Turbo Sub, Stun Runner, Gates of Zendocon. The Lynx was a godsend, such a compact bundle of overwhelming electronic joy.
In October '95 I used some of my student loan money to buy a Jaguar. And wow, no other game is any where near as exciting as Tempest 2000. I currently own about 30 Jag games my favorites other than T2K include Ultra Vortek, Rayman, Power Drive Rally, Hoverstrike:UL, and of course Alien vs. Predator.
In 1995 I was able to acquire a 7800, and within 60 days I had tracked down and purchased over 50 new 7800 and 2600 carts. My favorite 7800 games being Tower Toppler and Desert Falcon.
The death of an independent Atari was very painful for
me. After all, Atari has been a important part of my life for
nearly 20 years, it was the only company I really cared about.
I mean I love my Toshiba TV, but I don't care anything about
Toshiba. But I did care about Atari. I once wrote a school
paper comparing the break up of Atari to the fall of France in
1940. Both were tragic and AVOIDABLE.