I remember the NES and Sega Genesis. Probably was too young to appreciate the Atari and Pong. Sad to see the classics being tossed out. Although many of them have been demoted to closets, junkyards, and flea markets, there is a bit of a collector's market for the old consoles. I understand top dollar is being paid for working consoles in good condition.
It is kind of funny that all of the NES games and Sega games ever made could easily be put on a single SD card. I see numerous younger kids today playing the classic games on their smartphones. They will never know what it meant to blow into the cartridge or having to run an alcohol-soaked Q-tip over the cartridge contacts because the game didn't work.
I remember one of my buddies bringing a pong machine to one of our climbing club annual slide-a-thons (slide shows of our previous years adventures). He hooked it up to a TV, I believe, through the antenna connection (no cable back then). It was pretty amazing. We could not figure out how a college student was able to afford it. You would have liked this guy. He was a bighorn sheep magnet. He had a knack for finding them in the wild. He would lead bighorn sheep spotting trips and never fail to have a sighting.