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#1 Ballblaɀer

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 04:37 PM

I think this is finally complete enough to share: I've put together a tabbed spreadsheet documenting major Sears and Atari 2600 game manual variations.  Sites like AtariMania, AtariBoxed, and VideoGameVariations are all extraordinarily useful, but I don't believe anyone has aggregated info on manuals like I've done here.  There wasn't a whole lot of variation going on with 5200 and 7800 manuals, but the 2600 is a different beast altogether.  A perfect example: including foreign language manuals/supplements, Combat has at least 8 major variants.

 

No, I'm not crazy enough (yet!) to track minor manual revisions...

 

Anyway, as esoteric as the subject of Atari manual variants may be, it's still a part of video gaming history.  There have been many recent/ongoing efforts to preserve and document information relating to old consoles and games, but I feel like Atari hasn't received nearly the level of attention as some others.  Certainly there are a number of online resources for Atari information already -- a few of which I named above -- but there's still lots of room left on the internet!  :lol:

 

I'll be continuing to add links to images of the lesser known manuals as I have the chance.  Please feel free to message me here or email me (address is at the top of the sheet) with images of uncommon manuals to be added.  I may eventually also extend this to cover manuals for third-party 2600 publishers and 5200/7800 manuals, but for now it's being limited to just 2600 Atari/Sears.


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#2 Arenafoot

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 05:08 PM

I think this is finally complete enough to share: I've put together a tabbed spreadsheet documenting major Sears and Atari 2600 game manual variations.  Sites like AtariMania, AtariBoxed, and VideoGameVariations are all extraordinarily useful, but I don't believe anyone has aggregated info on manuals like I've done here.  There wasn't a whole lot of variation going on with 5200 and 7800 manuals, but the 2600 is a different beast altogether.  A perfect example: including foreign language manuals/supplements, Combat has at least 8 major variants.

 

No, I'm not crazy enough (yet!) to track minor manual revisions...

Awesome work! It's nice to see someone else that is into "major" lists like myself!!

 

here's my list:

https://1drv.ms/x/s!...VbQayev1Wc1QprN


Edited by Arenafoot, 23 February 2017 - 06:30 PM.

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consoles I own: Atari 2600 Vader & Jr. (short rainbow) w/box, GCE Vectrex, Radio Shack CoCo2 (64k) w/box, Intellivision, NES, SNES, N64 (x3), Xbox (Halo Ed.), PS1 (x3), PS2 slim, Wii, Mattel HyperScan (x2) handhelds I own: Microvision w/box, Electronic Football (by Sears) w/box, Tomytronic Pac-Man w/ box, Entex PacMan2, Coleco Donkey Kong tabletop w/box (w/ Coleco "Perma-Power" Adapter), & all MGA Classic Arcade's and Jakk's Pacific/TV Games Plug-n-Play.


#3 Scott Stilphen

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 06:56 AM

I have a list of manuals on my site: http://www.ataricomp...cs/manuals.html

Whenever I come across a different revision, I'll add it to the pdf file.  Though it would be nice to know what was changed between revisions, my collection is far from complete.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 05:45 PM

Man, I love stuff like this. Thanks Rob! Is it okay to share this on my Facebook page?



#5 Ballblaɀer

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 06:15 PM

Man, I love stuff like this. Thanks Rob! Is it okay to share this on my Facebook page?

 

Certainly!  Let me know if you've seen any manuals that I haven't yet confirmed.  I'm especially hoping to track down proof of those last few red-style manuals...






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