The 1980s weren’t just the Golden Age of video games, it was also the Golden Age of video game commercials. For some of you, these classic ads for Atari, Intellivision, Colecovision, and other forgotten consoles will bring back memories of childhood. For others, you’ll watch and realize why the older players are so weird sometimes.
Watching these ads, it becomes clear that the creativity of commercials has all but vanished today. Some of the things you’ll see in these 60 minutes have more production design that a show on the Disney Channel! Alas, the art of the televised ad may be dead.
So why not gather the family, sit back, and watch some of the best video game ads ever made. You may have to explain to your kids who Phil Hartman is or why anyone would make a commercial where the ghostly voice of Groucho Marx makes bad jokes, and you’ll all be surprised to see a better looking Green Goblin than we’ve seen in any Spider-Man movie, but most of all, you’ll laugh at just how kooky these commercials can be. Personally, we’re big fans of the one where the family plays Qbert so much they turn into Qberts themselves.
Another interesting bit is how some of the ads for Activision games include the name of the designer, but that’s a story for another day…
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