Atari 2600: Joystik Charts

While doing a bit of cleaning in my backroom to try and make things nice and presentable for the first time in 12 years…I came across a few battered and beaten copies of this excellent gaming periodical from back in 1982, Joystik. While I didn’t have every issue of Joystik I did have a bunch of them and I read them over and over, again and again, it was my only real source of gaming news at that time in my youth.

This morning I was flipping through an issue, the cover long lost to the ages, that shined a spotlight on the likes of Xevious, Qix, and Dig-Dug among others and found this question that the magazine posed to Eugene Jarvis (Robotron), Larry Demar (Robotron), and Gary Shannon (Astro Blaster):
“Which of the game cartridges designed for the Atari home system do you like to play?”

I find some of the responses to be very interesting.
1) Larry Demar thinks that Superman was the best Atari 2600 made at that time.
2) Both Eugene Jarvis and Gary Shannon put the Pac-Man port on their lists, I particularly liked Jarvis’s comment about him putting it on the list because it was fun “even though it’s not like the coin-op version.”.
3) Larry Demar for this statement about Adventure, “It’s fun to ouwit the ducks.”.

Also of interest is that arcade “leaderboard” by none other than Walter Day of the Twin Galaxies Entertainment Centers.

Notice that at this point the High-Score holder for Donkey Kong is listed as Steve Sanders…who would by the end of November admit to fabricating his Donkey Kong score. There is a very interesting interview with Steve Sanders here about the reason for that and how it all went down, thanks to Examiner.Com and I recommend you grab a cup of your favorite beverage give it a read when you get the time.

Saturday Supercade: Robotron 2084

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that DeviantART artist Yelahttam is not only very talented but has great retro taste when it comes to his subject matter with this Robotron inspired piece of art. I’ve always wondered why the great Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMarr never gave much back story on the hero of the game, I remember thinking he was an android or something, but perhaps the answer is the obvious one…we don’t need to know any more about him.