When my brothers and I were kids, we always had pretty great Christmas gifts waiting for us on Christmas morning. Yeah, Santa was usually pretty good to us. We were by no means rich but somehow dreams of a Stretch Armstrong action figure, chemistry sets and slot car race tracks seem to appear magically under the tree. One year in particular was memorable to us three brothers, though. The year we got our very own Atari 5200 Gaming System! Wow, what a Christmas that was! If you aren't familiar with this massive behemoth of a console, check out the video below.
The Atari 5200 was a giant commercial flop, however. I don't know if it was the gargantuan size of the thing or the screwy television and power hook-up, or maybe it was the nutty control pads that sort of looked like space age telephones...something was wrong with the system and Atari took a huge hit for it.
Never mind that though, this game could play all our favorite arcade games like Pac-Man, Joust, Space Invaders and lots more and that meant we didn't have to dig for quarters in the sofa so much. We were happy campers for sure! It was the first game system my family owned and it was the bomb back in the day. If you are feeling nostalgic, you might enjoy these new arcade gamer t-shirts we have at CuriousInkling.com They really bring back the old days of spending days in the arcade!
So tell me...What was your favorite Christmas present as a kid?