Conan and his web guy, Aaron Bleyaert, went back in time last night for a special Atari 2600 edition of everyone's favorite late-night bit, "Clueless Gamer." Conan kept the kid gloves off while handling the machine's fucked-up, unwieldly joysticks—he said they looked like "the defibrillators used on Elvis," then, after plowing through Combat, Pitfall, and Space Invaders, he said, "What a horrible era for mankind. I can go and look at an old butter churn or a turn-of-the-century car, and I can appreciate the beauty of it. I can look at a 1950s Bakelite phone and it still works and it’s very beautiful. This is awful."
We so often hear consoles like the Atari described wistfully by nolstagic Gen-X'ers. It's refreshing to see the Conan call them out for being what they are: Terrible.