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Pack-In Games

Most home video game consoles have a game included in the packaging, called a pack-in game. While some of them are better than others, it gives you a game to play as soon as you hook up your new console. Many of us bought consoles for a specific title they wanted to play. Here is an example of the game we were dying to play when we bought this console...

Atari 2600 VCS

When I bought a new Atari 2600 console, it came with Combat, but I really wanted Space Invaders!

Atari 2600 pack-in game

The Atari 2600 was my very first video game console. A friend of mine received one for Christmas and once I saw he could play Space Invaders at home - I had to have one! Since stores like GameStop didn't exist back then, my Mom took me to an appliance store where I bought my first console.

I had no idea what a pack-in game was nor any clue about Combat, the pack-in game at the time. I needed Space Invaders and that was the goal of my purchase. I adored arcades and tolerated the lesser graphics on my VCS in exchange for playing arcade ports at home.

pack-in game

Check out our list of Pack-In games for each game console.

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