Did you notice who the older brother was in that commercial? That is Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) from A Christmas Story! Update: Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Logan who correctly pointed that the older brother in the ad isn’t Peter Billingsley but Corky Pigeon from Silver Spoons!
So if you are now all fired up for taking on the challenge of Cosmic Ark you might want to watch this segment of How To Beat Video Games that the Retroist posted a few years ago for some tips on mastering the game.
Re\Visioned: Activision is a six episode animated web series produced by Elliot Blake for GameTap. Each episode takes a humorous looks at a different classic Activision title for the Atari 2600. They have so far skewered Cosmic Ark, Freeway, H.E.R.O, Kaboom, Pitfall and Pressure Cooker. They brought some great voice talent into the project a quick run through the credits and you will see Clay Croker, Dave Foley, Ed Begley Jr., and Nicole Sullivan. Not bad for webisodes.
The videos demonstrate a masterful understanding of both humor and the Atari classic (a rare combination) and I can only hope that they are successful enough to warrant 6 more.