I am in my early 30's. I grew up with an Atari 2600 Jr. and Atari 7800. I went with my dad to Toy's" Ur' Us back in January 1988 to buy a game console. I picked an Atari 2600 JR. Atari 2600 games got me hooked on playing game console games. I played an Intellivision II in 1983 or 1984, but the controllers bothered my hand. I didn't play video games for 4 or 5 years as result.
I didn't get a Nes before Christmas of 1991. My parents thought the Nes was too expensive to buy before that year and it's games for that matter.
The Atari 2600 Jr. was the best thing that happened to me as a video game player. One of my greatest birthday memories was getting Jr. Pac-man for my birthday in 1988. Sadly, My parents got a rid of the Atari 2600 Jr.just months after my younger brother and I got an Atari 7800 for Christmas 1989 with the system going to my younger brother's friend at the time..
I never thought ET was the worst game ever and not for the Atari 2600 either despite growing up playing the game. I thought Earthworld Sword Quest was the worst game I played on the Atari 2600 and Karateka for the Atari 7800 was the worst game I ever played before knowing about Karate back in 1997 on the internet. The flea markets around me didn't have Karate growing up. I owned over 100 Atari 2600 games before I got a Nes for Christmas in 1991.
I grew up enjoying playing River Raid, Enduro, Astroblast, Asteroids,Demon Attack, Road Runner, Midnight Magic, Space Invaders, Pitfall!, Kaboom, Centipede, Millipede, Stampede, Phoenix, Warlords, Breakout, Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, 67. Missile Command, Asteroids, Adventure, Alien, California Games, Battlezone, Berserk, Missile Command, Popeye, Q*Bert, Yars' Revenge, Defender II, and Real Sports Football.
I got an Atari 7800 for Christmas back in 1989. I got over 20 Atari Atari 7800 games before I got a Nes in 1991. I growing up enjoying Centipede, Food Fight, Ballblazer Asteroids, Dig Dug, Ms. Pac-man, One on One Basketball, Tower Toppler, Xenophobe, Xevious, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Mario Bros., Galaga, Desert Falcon, Rampage and Double Dragon as a kid. I am no longer big on the Atari 7800 of Double Dragon after playing different versions of the game though.
The worst Atari 7800 game I played growing up was Karateka for the Atari 7800, with F-18 Hornet, Super Huey, Hat Trick, Touchdown Football not far behind being the worst games I played for the Atari 7800.