Activision’s Commercial For ‘Starmaster’…Scares House Cats And Messes With The Lights! (1982)

Image courtesy of AtariAge.

Image courtesy of AtariAge.

I can understand the guy in this TV commercial, it’s 1982 and he has just swung by his neighborhood game store and picked up Activision’s new space shooter ‘Starmaster’. He gets home, sets some mood music, rubs his cat who happens to be named Krull and settles down for an evening with his new Atari 2600 cartridge. Then…Bam! He turns it on and it freaks out his cat and starts messing with the power grid for the city! What is going on?!
[Via] Gamez Gear


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6 thoughts on “Activision’s Commercial For ‘Starmaster’…Scares House Cats And Messes With The Lights! (1982)

  1. The Cosmic Joker says:

    Commercials like these with dark lighting and weird electronic voices used to freak me out when I was a kid.

  2. vinvectrex says:

    Hands down one of my favorite games for the 2600. The commercial seems like a missed opportunity to really emphasize that feeling of captaining your own starship, though.

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Starmaster was one of the most exciting games for the Atari 2600.
    It would be on my daily VCS rotation, along with Megamania and several others.

    The fact you would actually end the game when you completed the mission was the high point.
    Nearly all games were really about player defeat, though achieving High Score accomplishments was the basis (and bread and butter) of the arcade industry’s output.

    Everything about Starmania was satisfying – from the space pilot angle, to the realistic travel and combat, right down to this wonderfully colorful (and rather game-accurate) box art.
    Then again, Activision could do no wrong, for us Atarists.

    If ever you need a retro game to sell the merits of Golden Age consoles, this one (and, yeah Retroist, Pitfall of course) would seal the deal.
    But I’d put this one as tops for sci-fi/space fans (unless Pitfall Harry has a super-secret Area 51 level).

  4. It is one of the best, my friends. Also…one of the titles that I would regularly pretend to be piloting the actual ship…while wearing a Lazer Tag helmet…with my lite-brite as a computer console representing my shields. Ahem. I was a lonely child. ;)

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