Sears Video Arcade

Sears Video Arcade

As a kid, I was pretty brand loyal to Atari, even getting into fisticuffs with an Intellivision fan once, which is pretty embarrassing to admit now.
I bought my 2600 with my own money (from menial labour gigs no less) and even though this Sears knock off was a better deal, there was some stigma attached to it that my 11 year old self couldn’t shake. 

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  • Chris on February 28, 2016

    I loved those old 8-bit games from Atari. I've tried playing modern day Xbox and Playstation games, but the controllers have something like 186 buttons on them. The 2600 had the joystick and the one button, sometimes simpler is better.

  • Hannah on December 19, 2016

    I bought the Sears Video Arcade when the original had 6 switches instead of 4 and it was $300 then. I was still in high school. It was so great because it was novel and fun enough to play with family or alone for a little while, but not like the games today that suck people in for hours or even days. When the technology got better, I refused to buy a sega or xbox because I knew I would waste too much of my time playing.

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