Analog Atari Video Games from McDonalds

This awesome promotion is a genius hybrid of pop culture, new technology and utter confusion. It’s a video game, but on a piece of paper? Check out the spot.

I LOVE that little vocoder “At McDonald’s” tag. The future is here because a robot can sing!

Back to the story…

Now, as I recall, each ticket WAS a winner. You actually had to scratch off the correct spots in a certain order to get a prize, like trying to get through a maze. This was unlike most scratch off tickets, where you just had to scrub off all the latex and hope for three matches. So, due to that, it took you a few trips to McDonald’s to get it right.

To add even more confusion to this, your parents already didn’t understand how REAL video games worked. Now, you’ve added another layer to their befuddlement.

Patrick J. Doody

Patrick J. Doody is a horror nerd and Mexican Pepsi enthusiast living in Los Angeles.He writes movies and makes TV shows. Check out his latest endeavor, Beyond Stranger Things streaming on Netflix.

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5 thoughts on “Analog Atari Video Games from McDonalds

  1. Great post, Patrick! I really do love that commercial.

    Donald, do you have fireworks in the upper corner as well?! You are quite correct, don’t let anyone say anything about having that beauty of a “Woody” console on display. :)

  2. LOVE it Donald! I think you should build an RF convertor that take the analog Atari signal and play it in the HD monitor. EYE TV can do it, but knowing you, I bet you could make one.

    Thanks Vic. It’s a pretty retrotastic spot. I can remember playing those scratch offs and my mother wondering how it’s like a video game. I have another analog video game post that I’ll write up soon.

  3. No fireworks… just some doo-dads for soldering and creating electronic happiness. Pat, I actually have a RadioShack bal-un that will wire directly into the antenna jack on the back of the monitors. Most digital HDTVs will still receive NTSC signals on Channels 2, 3, and 4, if not 2-69. I’m just lazy and need to hook it in.

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