Happy Atari Day! What Is Going On In This Australian Ms. Pac-Man Commercial?

The 26th of the month has come upon us once again and you know what that means, right? It’s time to join in the celebration of all things Atari – even when that means experiencing this slightly surreal television commercial for the Australian port of Ms. Pac-Man to the Atari 2600!
Let’s take stock for just a moment before we watch the advertisement. When Ms. Pac-Man reached the Atari 2600 it was I believe a rather pleasant surprise to fans of the Pac-Man Family. It certainly had better graphics than the often unfairly maligned Pac-Man port in 1982 but to be honest the gameplay for Ms. Pac-Man certainly was more faithful to it’s original source.

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So the Atari 2600 home port of Ms. Pac-Man certainly had reason to crow about their achievements, it only made sense they would advertise it heavily on TV, right?

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The Australian Ms. Pac-Man commercial is rather amazing as they didn’t just show that ad above but decided to follow a different marketing path. Embrace the beautiful and bizarre spectacle of watching a young woman, dressed in yellow and red with a giant red hued bow, rollerskating past cardboard maze walls and snatching fruit hanging from fishing wire. It was 1983, friends…it was 1983.
Ms PacMan - Atari 2600
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