Retronauts Micro 87: The History of Video Game Ads Part I
This week's bonus episode digs deep into the earliest years of video game marketing.
Episode description: Whether you like it or not, advertising is everywhere, and it's always been everywhere—which is why the jingle for some now-nonexistent product has likely obliterated some important memory in your brain. And video games, being a product that's sold for money, have never been a stranger to advertising. On this first part of a two-part series, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Matthew Jay, and Henry Gilbert as the crew explores the earliest days of video game ads, as well as the many baffling celebrity endorsements of the time. Mr. Intellivision would approve!
Ads featured in this episode:
- Coleco Telstar
- Sears Tele-Games Super Pong
- Magnavox Odyssey
- Another Odyssey Ad
- Magnavox Odyssey 2
- Atari VCS
- George Plimpton Ad 1
- George Plimpton Ad 2
- George Plimpton Ad 3
- Pete Rose, Pele, and Don Knotts for Atari
- Bill Cosby for Texas Instruments
- Mickey Mantle for Intellivision's PlayCable