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Just spotted on youtube and thought it was really cool -

 

 

Uploaded on Jul 30, 2007

A two minute advertisement for Atari 2600 video games (Yars' Revenge, Asteroids, and Star Raiders) that was supposedly shown in movie theaters circa 1982. It features impressive 3D graphics and special effects.        

 

http://youtu.be/whF8Il0DCUE

I am Rob aka MaximumRD aka OldSchoolRetroGamer and THIS is my world http://about.me/maximumrd

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Awesome Rob!

 

I have a recent article over at the Retroist about this! Intellivision and Atari both had commercials at the movies in those days. It was really the dawn of the console wars. You can find the article here at the Retroist: http://www.retroist.com/2015/03/21/how-atari-intellivision-commercials-fought-the-first-console-wars-at-the-movies/

 

 

And this is the Intellivision commercial:

 

http://youtu.be/8KvlBGmyyb0

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Uploaded on Jul 30, 2007

A two minute advertisement for Atari 2600 video games (Yars' Revenge, Asteroids, and Star Raiders) that was supposedly shown in movie theaters circa 1982. It features impressive 3D graphics and special effects.        

I thought it was aired in the theaters before one of the Star Wars movies???

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I thought it was aired in the theaters before one of the Star Wars movies???

Maybe it was for all I know, not my video, nor is the description, just thought it looked cool.

 

UPDATE: After checking Justin's article it seems it was shown before Return of the Jedi.

 

@arenafoot: You really need to take YouTube video descriptions with a grain of salt  ;)

 

Anyway, two really cool commercials from those days, I don't recall seeing them initially in theaters, that would have been damn cool. 

I am Rob aka MaximumRD aka OldSchoolRetroGamer and THIS is my world http://about.me/maximumrd

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Question: What is the DigDug commercial I saw mention of?

 

I believe this is it:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt6Y5scFC74

 

During my local fantastic movie fest there were running ads from the game company which was co-sponsoring it.

Was fun to see VG on the big-big-big screen, although I woulda been thrilled at the site of low-bit retro gaming in such a way, instead of today's neo-realistic movie simile.

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