1983 Ruled! Want Proof? Check This out!

19 12 2008

I think I may have found my favorite gaming site, ever.  The Retroist has all sorts of retro goodness going on.  But Shawn Elliott from 2K Boston (formerly of GFW Magazine/1UP.com) tipped me off, via Twitter, of this gem:

Scans of the Video Game section of the 1983 Sears Wishbook

 

The Vectrex!  The Self-Contained System With Graphics You Cant Get Outside Of An Arcade!

The Vectrex! The Self-Contained System With Graphics You Can't Get Outside Of An Arcade!

Totally.  Crazy.  Awesome.

I so wish I had like half of everything in this photo selection.  It’s truly retro-goodness in all of its 1980s glory.  Simply Amazing.  And for those of you born after 1983?  You simply have no idea.  Really.  I mean this with respect, but this was like, the golden age.  Nintendo was about to break onto the scene, and gaming was very much up in the air.  (Was it simply a fad or was it going to be something that would build careers and lifestyles?  At this time, no one knew, and it was pretty safe to say that back then, no one ever thought it would be the thriving, billion-dollar industry that it is today.)

So, let’s hop on the wayback machine, thanks to The Retroist, and remember the good old days when there was the console wars were fought dirty…when it wasn’t HD vs. SD, but instead joystick vs. paddle controller…when Sears could put out a total rip-off of the Atari 2600 and legally get away with it somehow…Ahh, good times.

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