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There are few brands as foundational in my world as Atari. I’m rooting for the VCS to be one of the positive surprises of 2021.

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John Pabustan

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I just feel that we are all rooting for the 1980’s Atari with Nolan Bushnell, and this one is a hodge podge of a million different companies buying and selling the name. I hope it works too though, but I seen the product was a lot better than I thought it would be.

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perhaps it is a way for Atari to reinvent itself and position itself in the market. The non-direct competition with other consoles and the possibility of changes by the user, combined with the "mini PC" posture can contribute to this. Just a suggestion - and maybe it’s Atari’s big leap: even if the games are simple, they provide an easy way for online and multiplayer interaction.

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David Riley

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I'm a little dubious but as an old ST user I wish atari all the best

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Erick Irungaray, MBA

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Looking forward to get one 👾

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Michael Arzt

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Thanks for the shout out Bill! This is only the beginning!

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Mike Denzler

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Growing up in an Intellivision household, I was always handicapped when using the Atari joystick. I definitely carried an "us vs them" chip on my shoulder and don't get me started on those ColecoVision wannabe freaks! But still looking forward to the VCS.

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Dave Madden

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No Kidding! Where it all started.

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    Ok...I'm working on a premise. A kernel of a thought I had a while back...and would like to express it here to get your take. I posit: Video Games; their fundamental purpose...is misunderstood. ...Shall we?OMY@CVideo games are fun...right? That's why we play them...right? What is fun though? Blowing things up is fun. Killing zombies and nazis...objectively fun. Making tea and moving a plate of fish over and over again from point A to B is fun....wait. Is it? Half of "Dave The Diver" is serving sushi to irritable customers. How is that fun? sh*t...what does "fun" even mean? Are we thinking about this the right way? Let me be clear, "Dave the Diver" is definitely fun. I enjoyed the hell out of that game. But WHY did I enjoy it? I did not race a car through space...I did not overcome any necromorphs or orcs...hell, I didn't even throw a game winning touchdown. I poured drinks...I added ingredients to a menu. What the hell?Here's the thing:One of the main reasons we play games is to feel the pleasant satisfaction of challenging ourselves when nothing truly mortal is on the line. Historically...when there is no saber-toothed tiger about to eat us, or farmland that needs tilling...humans have played games. We play games to provide a momentary escape from the toil of our daily lives. Ironically, many of these games have psychologically replaced the danger we no longer experience from saber-toothed tigers...or the repetitive toil that very few of us still experience through farming.The danger part is what everyone thinks about. The toil? Not so much.But...we need toil. We need repetition. We need meaningless micro-successes. "Fun?" ...yeah, maybe fun is not strictly about gleeful enjoyment...and more about recognizable satisfaction...and with video games, that includes the toil. I typically have at least two hypercasual mobile games going at any given time. For the last couple years, one of those games has been Voodoo's "Bubble Buster 2024." I'm on level 1,997. It's a prototypical, short-form dopamine distributor. Each level is different though, so it always feels fresh. The other one I'm playing right now is "Hexa Sort," by Lion Studios...it's one of a million "hexa" stacking games, but this one has super clean design, and is genuinely challenging. Is it weird that a "shape" has become a gaming sub-genre? yes...but that's not my point. There is undeniable enjoyment in both games...and I often choose them over GTA V (where I have the opportunity to steal cars, fly a helicopter under a bridge...shoot evil space clowns). It's clearly the more "fun" proposition, right? Toil. It's a different itch that also needs a'scratchin'. Final Thought: The Eagles are next up at The Sphere LV. I know Don Henley and Glenn Frey were notorious jerkfaces, and Jeff Lebowski hates them, but he's wrong. I'd see that show. I think Radiohead would be the ultimate Sphere show though. Make it so.

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