I have to admit it was Daughter who insisted I hang onto the video game manuals I uncovered in The Great Purge of 2008 (see post below).
Having grown up on Nintendo and Wii, she nearly collapsed in a fit of hysterics at the descriptions and screen shots inside the 1982 Atari Game Catalog.
What? They were pretty cool... and the high-quality graphics were JUST like the advertisements. No?
As we were in the middle of Star Wars fever in the early eighties, space adventures were all the rage. Which is why "Berzerk" looked to be quite a thrill. At least from the "Artist's Interpretation" and game details:
"Trapped on a planet called Mazeon (because of all the mazes on it) you are relentlessly pursued by a gang of robot thugs. The leader of these mechanical heavies, Evil Otto, takes a real delight in your predicament. You must race through the mazes, dodging and shooting, as Otto and the others chase after you. Conquer one maze, and you'll find yourself in another. It's enough to drive you...crazy!"
Ohhh!!! "Evil Otto and Robot Thugs!" I can't wait to play this!
Okay. Maybe not so much.
Well, I remember playing Baseball. Or rather "Home Run". The write-up sounded great!
"You're waiting for the pitch. The crowd cheers as you send a deep drive to center field and score the winning run. Now you're the pitcher. You mix up your pitches with your even-handed control over fast, slow or curve balls. But be careful. Balls and strikes count. So do double plays, triple plays, force outs, tag outs and sacrifice flies."
Oh, yeah. Just like the REAL game.
But "Skydiver"! Now there was an action-filled game.
"You're ready for the big jump. The longer you can wait to open your chute, the more points you'll score. Steer your chute against varying wind velocities as you guide yourself to the landing pad. Land on the bull's-eye and get more points. But, if your chute fails to open - SPLAT!
Wow! "Velocities" and carnage. What fun!
Not only were paddles and joysticks required equipment, apparently so was a healthy dose of imagination...
But still, I really want to get our console repaired and working again... I mean nowadays when video games are so complex they are becoming nigh unbeatable, I need these old ones that I can understand and follow.
And I still have my paddles, joysticks AND imagination, so I'm all set.
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