I can almost recall seeing this commercial for the CBS Challenge of the Champions with John Madden for the Atari 2600 from back in my youth. Thanks to Scottith Games over on YouTube for loading this up for all of us to enjoy.
Scottith added this bit of info: “It’s very possible that CBS’s first 2 releases (Gorf and Wizard of Wor) were developed by Gabriel Industries, who subcontracted it out to Roklan Corp. Gabriel was a toy company owned by CBS, as they are the only carts labeled as such . Later titles were done by CBS Video Games, which was a division of Gabriel Industries.
The magazine ad showed high scores from Buz Pryzby and Frank Merollo. Buz Pryzby was actually CBS programmer Ed Pryzby, though it’s unknown whether either Ed or Frank helped program it. CBS offered a small medal for scoring X number of points.”
A big thanks to AtariAge for that awesome box art you see up top.
The first time I played Frogger was not at my general spot that I played games, Showbiz Pizza, but at a local gas station. I remember there were a couple of High-School students crowded around the machine and I just kind of watched from the side, making it look like I was looking over the candy selection…which probably the made the owner of the station think I was trying to shoplift now that I think about it. Finally the older kids left and I quickly made my way to the vacant machine, only stopping to wipe my hands on my jeans when I realized the joystick was sweaty from the previous player. Yuck! I gave the game my best shot but it didn’t last too long, I did however get a little better as the weeks progressed, that is until they moved the machine out to replace it with Gorf.
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