I’m totally going to work this into a Powerpoint at work…
When I was kid my first video game console was the Atari 2600. Actually I take that back, it was some weird thing from Sears that had Pong on it, but that doesn’t count. Atari 2600 was the cat’s pajamas, and no matter what came after it it still holds a sense of magic to it.
I think one of the main reasons why was the packaging of the games really engaged your imagination. They never looked anything like the actual games, they were artist’s representations of what was happening inside the game. Kind of like other toys, like action figures, the packaging never looked like the toy inside but what you imagined the world of that toy to be and how it would interact with it. So when you played with toys or video games in that era you still used your imagination and that made it personal.
So I got a big kick today out of these artist renditions of what the packaging would look like if modern video games came out in the Atari 2600 era of video games!