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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