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Thursday, September 02, 2010

(Moving) Image of the Day: Billy Martin pitches Atari

Continuing this week’s theme of retro commercials (there was the Clemens “Zestfully Clean” ad in yesterday’s image of the day/International Roundup combo).

Gamingboy Posted: September 02, 2010 at 12:09 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: September 02, 2010 at 12:29 AM (#3631729)
Game was pretty good.
   2. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 02, 2010 at 12:47 AM (#3631743)
Never played the game but I do remember the commercials. Martin is referencing George Plimpton's endorsement for Intellivision Baseball.

I never liked any of the baseball video games available back then, growing up in Miami you could actually play ball with friends year-round easily enough. I couldn't find a suitable replacement for Pitfall though.
   3. NTNgod Posted: September 02, 2010 at 01:21 AM (#3631755)
The RealSports series were generally a massive improvement over the original 2600 games.

First version of baseball for the 2600, all your fielders (3, I think) moved as one when you moved the joystick, as I recall.
   4. karlmagnus Posted: September 02, 2010 at 12:03 PM (#3631765)
Hadn't seen that. Billy Martin should be in the HOF!
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 02, 2010 at 12:14 PM (#3631766)
As sports pitchmen go, Martin wasn't bad.
   6. bunyon Posted: September 02, 2010 at 12:23 PM (#3631773)
Geez, Joba, you were within spitting distance of the Everglades. If you couldn't turn that into Pitfall, you were no kid.

Pitfall, by the way, rocked.
   7. Swoboda is freedom Posted: September 02, 2010 at 12:39 PM (#3631778)
Never saw the game played.
   8. The Essex Snead Posted: September 02, 2010 at 01:30 PM (#3631814)
Which commercial had Clemens plunging his arm into a barrel of rice?
   9. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: September 02, 2010 at 01:37 PM (#3631820)
I didn't punch that dogie!
   10. Russ Posted: September 02, 2010 at 01:40 PM (#3631822)
Game was really good for Atari level computation. Probably the best of the Atari 2600 sports games.
   11. SteveF Posted: September 02, 2010 at 07:36 PM (#3632297)
Real Sports football wasn't too bad either for its time.

Decathlon was pretty good too in its own evil, blister inducing way.

The greatest Atari 2600 game of all time was, of course, Adventure.
   12. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 02, 2010 at 07:44 PM (#3632309)
Nah, the greatest Atari2600 game was Warlords. 4 kids, 4 paddles, 4 color graphics.
   13. cercle Posted: September 02, 2010 at 07:46 PM (#3632312)
First version of baseball for the 2600, all your fielders (3, I think) moved as one when you moved the joystick, as I recall.

Yes, and in order to hit a home run you had to hit the ball directly over 2nd base and then past the outfielders.
   14. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 02, 2010 at 07:50 PM (#3632322)
Actually upon further reflection the most significant Atari 2600 game remains Custer's Revenge.
   15. spanx for the memories Posted: September 02, 2010 at 11:07 PM (#3632496)
Intellivision made the best sports games.

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