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.
Just to get you into the Christmas Spirit – and seeing as we are in dire financial times and all that – I think that the Atari 2600 could be a viable alternative to the Wii this Christmas. Of primary interest is the price – observe the listing below as a guide;
Then, just show your kids this advert from a long time ago (1982)and they will understand everything – like the Wii, the 2600 is about playing with friends and family, a communal exxperience. Like the Wii, the Atari games are not so much about the cutting edge in Graphics technologies – rather than that, and better than that, it is about pure playability (who can deny Pac-Man (albeit not the Atari version) is a true gaming classic and deserves its status as such?). Finally, the 2600 is a discreet, charming addition to any household, unlike the monolithic PS3 and Xbox 360. Anyway, here is Morecambe and Wise to seal the deal;
and if you want to see a non-Christmas advert with Morecambe & Wise, an Atari console, Ernie Wise gamely playing the legendary ball-breaker that is Defender, and Eric Morecombe taking the opportunity to cop off with a woman on the sofa, then have a look below;
Finally, for no other reason than that I like it, here is a flyer for Defender, the timeless and still hard-as-nails shooter from Williams (so many buttons!!)
Flyer was sourced from here;
http://www.atariage.com/2600/index.html?SystemID=2600 – a fantastic Atari 2600 resource
and this is just…….genius. Words nearly fail me;