I will be upfront and honest as always. I have neither any recollection of an Atari 900 phone number. Moreover I’ve not seen this 1984 television commercial featuring that number until just a few minutes ago. As a matter of fact I would be willing to wager this ad ran on MTV back in the day. A channel that wasn’t carried in my neck of the woods until a bit later.
Retro Commercials Forever
I must admit a bit of confusion however. So was the gaming fan at home supposed to call the Atari 900 phone number and buy one of the games? If this commercial truly was aired in 1984 – that would be after the gaming crash. I vaguely remember picking up Atari 2600 carts at my local Kay-Bee toy store for a song at that time.
Or was the whole purpose in fact to purchase one of the MTV jackets? Furthermore was the likes of Pole Position, Moon Patrol, Dig-Dug, Mario Bros., and Joust the mystery bonus?
Looking online hasn’t brought me any answers to these questions. That of course doesn’t detract from the awesomeness of that TV ad. That MTV jacket looks pretty neat but without a doubt it cannot beat the majesty of the Atari jacket. Granted that is of course only my personal opinion on the matter. On the other hand I did in fact own one of these beautiful Atari jackets back in the day.
All right. Forget about that Atari 900 phone number. Join me as we keep looking at the Atari jacket!
Not many Atari 2600 games have logo screens, which makes the 2600 version of the arcade classic, even more special.
The High-Score information just keeps on rolling in from over at Twin Galaxies and this time the 25 year old Joust High Score held by James Vollandt has been tilted off its ostrich mount by John McAllister with a score of 107,301,150, who played the game for over 50 hours. James Vollandt held the title with a score of 107,216,700 points…so it was a close one to be sure. Pictured below thanks to Video Games Blogger.com is McAllister when he broke the Asteroids world record in April of 2010.
John McAllister also holds the #1 spot at Twin Galaxies on the following arcade titles:
Asteroids Deluxe 3,333,360
Cloak & Dagger 1,497,744
Lost Tomb 1,384,810
Robotron 2084 (Tournament) 1,236,950
Star Castle Easy Chip 10,001,110
Hard Chip 29,800
Super Sprint 17,020
Make sure to follow the link above and read the interview by McAllister and referee Stephen Boyer!
In all my years I have never seen one of these Joust head to head pinball machines in person. They are rare and this one looks like it is in pretty good condition, so it would make a great addition to any collection. Why aren’t there more head to head pinball machines?? This looks fun!
Rare 1983 Williams Joust Pinball at Auction with Pictures [@] eBay
I talked about Joust for the Atari 5200 in my podcast. It was my favorite game for that console and an amazing port (you can see the screenshot in the lower right corner). I never owned the 5200, but did own a 2600 and found that port of Joust a bit of a letdown. I guess I should have know it from this ad.