Take a nostalgic trip through the "Art of Atari"


#1

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#2

The game cover art was always so cool compared to the actual game graphics.


#3

In light of recent posts, its hard not to perceive this as a Jedi Mind Trick to make us all ignore what litigious bottom feeders the remnants of this once-grand institution have become…


#4

I forget which game it was but one came with a small comic book that provided an elaborate backstory with a host of interesting characters.

The game itself was a slight letdown.


#5

Swordquest: Earthworld came with a comic book, some of whose lines stay with me these many years later. “Kathu morus mahkto!”

It included a few entertaining mini-games, but the overall quest was a little less exciting than the comic book depicted. Walk around from room to identical room, picking up and dropping objects to see if anything happens.


#6

I never understood why the nuclear defense guy wore a helmet.


#7

Should read “specially commissioned to ensure that children and adults alike were both extremely disappointed by the actual graphics of the game”


#8

Maybe he was heading to baseball practice once he got off work?


#9

More like Spaceballs cosplay if you ask me.


#10

sigh, they don’t make the cover art like that any more. Nowadays, it just ‘generic grizzled action hero with gun walking in front of explosion/fire/dead alien’ on the front.


#11

Given that the room he worked in had missiles firing through it, I understand a helmet, though it seems like he should have more safety gear, really. Lots of OSHA violations there.

Perhaps the helmet design was because he was a big Twiki fan?


#12

every single nostalgic button in my body: PRESSED.


#13

Might get this… I didn’t have an Atari, I some how got a Sears version of the Intellivision. I thought it sucked back then, but in hindsight it was a much better system.


#14

Expectation:

Reality:


#15

Well, that’s basically what most games are these days.


#16

You expected an animated Leroy Neiman painting from an Atari 2600?


#17

Didn’t “Atari” publish the neverwinter nights games?


#18

Use your imagination, kid.


#19

Even today, the graphics for jungle hunt are much more realistic in my minds eye than they ever were on the black and white screen I played it on all those years ago.


#20

But who expected the game graphics to be better, really? That’s what there was, and we were glad to have it! shuffles off muttering

I would love to have this book, and also my Atari 2600 console back.