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What a lazy trope this is. Literally every game console has been a family affair, since the 1970s Atari. Do these guys really think they’ve invented fire here?

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Xbox does it

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Playstation does it

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Nintendo Switch does it all day long. 

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Early Man had PONG consoles in their caves next to the mammoth skins.

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Standalone consoles like the Vectrex took pains to show Mom and Dad demonstrating their approval at this mindless activity. 

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Some families have more style than others (is that a “drug rug” of a tapestry under ye olde television set?)

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Atari did it well, with highly suggestive phallic joysticks, as if to offset the sterilizing effect of the electromagnetic field emanating from the cathode-ray tube nearby

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Even the most uncharismatic families of old seemed more convincing than the parade of middle-aged men currently shilling for footbath 

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while they all chase the thrill they got in the 1980s

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Ironically enough, vintage Intellivision beat the family fun drum less hard than others, relying on cosmopolitan George Plimpton to extol the virtues of their relatively sophisticated system. This unfortunate family is being subjected to a French lesson from the Intellivision’s super-rare Keyboard Component. I suppose the Amico could be less awful than that, but why take the chance?

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