1984 Activision Catalog Excerpt Featuring Designer’s Pencil And Ghostbusters!

Thanks to our friends over at Atari Age for uploading a 1984 catalog from Activision that I have never had the pleasure of seeing before. These two ‘pages’ of the catalog certainly show us a different style of artwork and advertising than had previously been seen by the company during that time.

I hadn’t heard of Designer’s Pencil but noticed from the catalog that it was programmed by the legendary Garry Kitchen (Keystone Kapers, Pressure Cooker), this was apparently an early bit of creativity software designed as an easy to use programming interface. This title led to the creation of Garry Kitchen’s Gamemaker the following year.

Thanks to Kitt Fallapart’s YouTube Channel we can see the Commodore 64 version of the Designer’s Pencil. That first bit of music by the way is from the classic Atari 2600 title, Pressure Cooker.


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