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Profile Atarian: Dave Bell - The Atari Times

Profile Atarian: Dave Bell

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by David Bell

September 9, 1997
It all started when I was sitting in front of the TV when I was 4 or 5 and playing the Atari 5200.I could sit there for hours and shoot away at Space Invaders, Centipede, or Galaxian. They were amazingly simplistic games, yet they were fun.It's not the graphics that has ever mattered for me, it was always weather or not after about 1 week of owning a game I still liked it....

Well, the 5200 broke, and after many months of waiting to get an almighty Nintendo I was very disappointed. I returned it the second day I had it.... and waited for another Atari system. For some reason I never ended up getting the 7800.Maybe it was because I could go to my friends house and play it until my hand was broken from maneuvering with the joystick. I never needed to buy one because I could use his. But, eventually he got sucked in to the Nintendo Crowd. For a long time I didn't have a game system.

One day I was surfing the net and discovered a wealth of 2600, 5200, 7800, and Jag pages. About two months later I saved up enough money to buy a reconditioned 5200 and 2600 from Video 61.As soon as those arrived I knew I had to get a Jag. Maybe it's something about those Atari games. There's something different about them, and you have to have a certain taste in videogames to like them.

Finally I got a Jaguar on Decembers 28th.I couldn't believe that a system like the Jag could possibly be put down by the mags so much. Obviously they based their opinion solely on the first few games out for the Jag, not that they were bad, but they didn't use the Jag's full potential.

Hey, you've gotta give the masters credit, and if the mags won't I will.... Atari Forever....

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