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jun 30 2015

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Decathlon – Atari 2600

Decathlon from the Atari 2600 It is often remembered as the game that broke more joysticks in the history of console :). The game, released by Activision in 1983, It was one of the most popular sports games in Atari 2600. In all modes the mechanics of the game is to move the joystick repeatedly to the left and right to move the fastest possible character, in many of which you must press the button at the right time to jump an obstacle, release an album, soltar a vara, etc.

The competition takes place with 1 to 8 players, who will be switching into a single control. There are ten Olympic sports: 100 satins meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 satins meters, 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin, and finally a racing 1500 meters.

Decathlon - Atari 2600

Decathlon – Atari 2600

In the US, Activision case patches cool representing bronze, silver and gold to anyone who could make 8.000, 9.000 or 10.000 points, respectively. These were the equivalent of today's digital trophies, but we admit that it was much more cool. It was necessary to take a screen shot showing the deed and send it to Activision, by mail course, e-mail even though I was not there something to everyone. A Activision then sent the patch to player, Naturally also by post, along with a recognition letter, sometimes custom. Most games Activision They had these patches. In the picture below we have three Decathlon, I got in AtariAge:

Batch de "Bronze" do Decathlon da Activision

Batch de “Bronze” do Decathlon da Activision

Batch de "Prata" do Decathlon da Activision

Batch de “Silver” do Decathlon da Activision

Batch de "Ouro" do Decathlon da Activision

Batch de “Gold” do Decathlon da Activision

In Brazil unfortunately we did not have patches. In fact only I met Decathlon in 1987 when I got my Atari 2600. It was one of the first games I played, borrow not even remember most of whom. Just remember that the cartridge was the POLYVOX. It took a while until I figure out what needed to be done for the player to move on without manual screen. But then the fun was guaranteed for a long time, Competition with colleagues. As I recall, I never got to have the cartridge, but it has always been one of my favorites.

I made a little video showing Decathlon, playing in console original to joystick original (but did not break it not!), just like it was in my childhood. I arrived in 7.648 points. Not bad for a first match after all these years. I do not remember how many points I got to do in childhood, but I suspect that at least one of patchezinhos I deserved. Perhaps the three. Some fellow player could buy one of those there on eBay and send me. 🙂

To close, here are some of the items that were used to make the recording gameplay from the Decathlon, which have been shown here in Skooter Blog:

  1. Elgato - Game Capture HD60
  2. Atari 2600 US VCS with S-Video, Composite Video, Stereo Audio and Pause
  3. Framemeister XRGB Mini
  4. Harmony Cartridge
  5. Joystick CX40

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Skooter is a computer scientist and the founder of Skooter Blog. He is interested in everything related to technology and he likes to save money by making his purchases directly from abroad.

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