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Video Game Challenge Day 1: First Game

“Very first video game you played”

This time this question is easy with no ambiguity. It was the Atari 2600 version of Donkey Kong, which was packed in with the Coleco Gemini.

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(Yes, that brown blob is supposed to be everyone’s favorite ape.)

I’ve always been a little confused about the fact that Coleco made an Atari 2600 clone and Atari games when they also their own console, the Colecovision. Especially since the name “Gemini” makes it sound like it might play Colecovision games too, but no, it doesn’t, and in fact it was the opposite; the Colecovision had an add-on that emulated the 2600 (with different hardware so it didn’t actually violate Atari’s patents), and the Gemini was a standalone version of that add-on.

Though I didn’t get really into video games until the NES. My first NES game is the most common answer to that question, Super Mario Bros., which incidentally is also the game that holds the record for the longest time between the first time I played it and the first time I completed it; 18 years!