If you were a geeky kid in the ’80s, you probably remember playing Atari games. I can still remember the very first time I was introduced to a video game, and it was on an Atari. When I was a little girl, I used to sit in my red beanbag chair and play Frogger and Centipede for hours. Those old games with the pixelated graphics were as exciting back then as the new video games are for kids these days. Back then, you had to use a little imagination to figure it all out, and we loved every minute of it.
Although I didn’t play on an Atari until the ’80s, it was launched in 1972. Atari’s Pong is often credited with helping to define the computer entertainment industry. Yup, Pong is where it all began.
Atari was revolutionary in its time, and looking back, those were very special years in video game history. To help celebrate Atari’s 40th birthday, I thought it would be fun to share with you a retro Atari television commercial which advertised the Atari 5200. This will definitely give you a giggle, whether you ever played Atari or not. Remember the famous black joystick? The big hair (which was stiff from too much hairspray)? Carrying a boombox to the beach? Mullets? It’s all right here for your enjoyment. If you want to keep this little nugget of nostalgia close to you, you could always connect with Atari on Facebook. Now that I think about it, it’s odd to me that Atari has a Facebook page. That’s like two very different worlds colliding.