Friday Flyers: Journey (1983)

Like many of my favorite games from in my youth, I was introduced to the Journey arcade game at my local Showbiz Pizza. I did not however realize it had something to do with an actual band, at least not at that point, which is sad considering how huge an impact Tron had on me a year earlier. I’ve noticed that there seems to be quite a bit of malice directed at this game from various online sites…I have no problem saying it is an incredibly fun game. As always a huge thanks to The Arcade Flyer Archive for these incredible scanned flyer images you see below.

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8 thoughts on “Friday Flyers: Journey (1983)

  1. Oh man, I can remember the first time I played Journey. It was at Aladdins Castle arcade and they had the sound cranked! When I walked up to the screen and saw the bands actual faces on their characters it blew my mind. I thought that technology in games could never get any better than this! I spent a full $10 on it the first day and actually got to the concert screen but did not last long there.

    Fun trivia about this game. Journey was the first game to use digitized photos. Did you know that Bally/Midway actually had this game set up with a camera on it in test markets before they released it. Their idea was if you made the high score screen it would prompt you to make a pose and then it would snap your picture and put it on the high score screen. Unfortunately after leaving the machine for a week and coming back to check on it, the high score screen was full of people either mooning the camera or pictures of male genitalia!!! The camera was quickly removed and this technology went the way of the dodo.

  2. Vinvectrex says:

    @Doc – interesting bit of history! While I’m no expert on Journey, I really like how the game features multiple members of the band. Very democratic.

  3. Doug says:

    I heard about the digital cameras in some documentary (can’t remember what it was now). They were using the pictures in place of initials for high scores. They said on the second day some dude dropped his pants. I thought, “Man, you couldn’t see that coming?”

  4. @The Doc Thanks for the trivia on the camera…I have to agree with Doug on that call, they didn’t see that one coming? :)

    @Infomerical Reviewer Awesome commerical, friend!

  5. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Great game. It was a terrific discovery while I was in a Journey appreciation phase (from the album and having won tickets to see them live).

    Didn’t know about the test market research. Fascinating.
    Would love to know which doc that was from.

    And I love that commercial! Forgot this came out for the 2600.

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