Atari 2600: Defender Commercial (1982)


Back in the day, I played a lot of the Atari 2600 port of Defender. It was definitely one of my favorite of the 2600 game titles and I still get a kick out of pulling it out and giving it a spin, though now I get to see all of it’s pixel glory on a big screen.

Another fan of the game back then was my Cousin, Brandon, we were best friends and though he lived quite far from my neck of the woods his Family always visited about once every other month. We would set up the 2600 in the living room on my ‘writing’ desk and we would take two chairs and put them back to back. One of us would be the Pilot…and the person in the second chair would be the Engineer.

I’m not sure that Atari had this in mind when they ported the arcade classic…but it made the game better, you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

What I didn’t see back in those days though was this charming commercial on TV.

Now if you still play your Atari and if you visit the Retroist I’m sure you do, take a moment to get some tips from the Retroist’s own How to Beat Video Games: Defender for the Atari 2600 post from a couple of years back!

Thanks to AtariAge for the box scan up top and to aperturegames for uploading the commercial over on YouTube!

VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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One thought on “Atari 2600: Defender Commercial (1982)

  1. Funny, when I was playing these games as a kid, I had no idea what the falling blocks were, didn’t know the synopsis. Just knew how to play. So many times I got cartridges without manuals. This commercial would have been useful.

    Also, who needs Kinect for exercise.. look at how much these two move around on the couch with just a one button controller ;)

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