Feb 24, 2013

How to Master the Video Games

After all this constant retro home gaming, I need to take a break from the tv and maybe read a book or something....

Feb 23, 2013

Don't hate the Plug-N-Player, hate the Game.

After all the excitement of the Atari 2600 Plug & Play system I started to hoard every similar donation and, sure enough, within a few weeks I had quite a stash going.

My favorites are the Atari Flashback (with 2 detachable analog joysticks) and count 'em 3 different version of Pac Man. The one that is shaped like a cocktail table cabinet is wireless!

Game on!

Feb 20, 2013

Atari Plug-n-Play

Here's a little dandy... it's an Atari 2600 controller that has a bunch of games pre-programed right in there. Great and also forgettable games like Centipede, Breakout, Gravitar, Pong, Circus Atari, Asteroids, Adventure, Missile Command, Yar's Revenge, and Real Sports Volleyball. You just hook the RCA cables into your television, turn it on, and completely stop working for the rest of the afternoon.

Hey, you should check out all the great video game donations that have been featured so far on the Tales from the Junk Store blog.

Feb 19, 2013


Nothing like a tasty 2nd Gen cartridge system to get the stoke flowing here at the Junk Store.
ColecoVision debuted in 1982 and was out with the video game industry crash less than two years later, but its arcade-like graphics and premium game selection made it a winner. Voted #12 of the 25 greatest game consoles of all time (a better ranking than the PS3)!

Feb 15, 2013

Odyssey 2

While perhaps not a aesthetically striking as the sporty yellow Odyssey 300, you still can't deny the retro-hi-tech styling of the Magnavox Odyssey 2 from 1978. With a 49-key alphanumeric membrane keyboard, it may look futuristic, but the lacking graphics and power of this cartridge system were considered "primitive" even by late 70s standards. The Atari 2600 pretty much wiped the floor with this thing.

Still, we here at Junk Pirate are always keen to caress any retro game system, particularly those that used cartridges and joysticks.

If you somehow still have unanswered questions about the Odyssey 2, you will find them all answered, and many, many, many more at the Odyssey2 Homepage.

Aww, heck. I just can't resist throwing in a picture of my Odyssey 300. It's just so pretty:

Feb 13, 2013

Game & Watch Chef

You're a chef in a kitchen and you have to cook three meals at once, so you have to throw the meals in the air to get a another meal in your pan. There's a cat on a shelf that catches the meal with a fork, but then lets it drop after some seconds. Chef is one of the fastest Game & Watch

This bad boy is coming atcha fully working from way back in 1981. Come and get it!

Feb 9, 2013

TrackBalls to the Wall

Fans of Marble Madness and Centipede will rejoice in the discovery of this Wico Command Control Trackball Controller, compatible with the Atari 2600.
And if it doesn't work, no problemo, learn to fix it here.

Feb 8, 2013

Radio Shack TV Scoreboard

For those real tech misfits who aren't interested in Atari Pong because its "too mainstream" I give you the Radio Shack Electronic TV Scoreboard!

This is an original first generation video game based on a single chip, which basically is nerd-talk for variations of Pong. This one had such authentic competitions as: Tennis, Hockey, Squash, and Practice.
The actual unit is pretty unique looking with it's detachable Left Player control and baby blue trim. 

Apparently, there was another version of the Radio Shack TV Scoreboard that came with a realistic looking light gun and some extra games. I found this scan on the net:

Feb 6, 2013

P O N G by Atari

Let's take this one back to the beginning.
The year is 1976. You and you bros need an instant fix of that sweet, sweet digital ping pong game but you are already too drunk to get to the local bar. Plus, you are totally out of quarters. Luckily, you recently invested $100 (in 1976 dollars!) for this bad boy. Let the games begin!

It's the PONG C-140 multi-player system!
Does it work? I have no idea since there isn't and RCA or HDMI hookup. 
Is it dusty? You bet!


Feb 5, 2013

Video Game Time - 1up

It's been a while since I've gotten a good vintage gaming session going here at the Junk Store. So get comfy, grab a snack and a soda, turn the volume up and turn the ringer off cuz we're leveling up.

Oh yeah; All this month, on and on until I run out of pictures, we're delving deep into the heap for some arcade action.