Category Archives: atari cover art

The Genius of Atari 2600 Box art – from the Atari 1981 product catalogue

Unsurprisingly, its the amazing artwork that dominates, selling the games themselves (and what a contrast it is when you see the chunky pixel screenshots of the games in the bottom right hand corner of each double page spread). If you invested enough belief in the power of the art, it gave new life to the relatively simple visual stimulus when you actually played the game. Defender, in particular, is stunning – the Atari 2600 iteration of Williams classic arcade game, however, could not do justice to its arcade origins. But the console cart had the better art.

Courtesy of flickr, and the photostream of jasonsantamaria

Atari 2600 label maker – more ways to waste time in a constructive, kind of creative way (2008)

My good grief! The fun that can be had with this fantastic site hosted app;

Easy as HTML to get started, but I get the feeling some of us will not be content until we have done all the pictures in the world as the stars of their own Atari 2600 packaging. Well, for starters, here is one I did earlier;

But not only that, you can update the packaging to reflect the early to mid eighties style revamp;

The website find of the year! Expect this blog to clog up with an alternate reality of Atari console fodder.