Friday, May 2, 2008

'80s Flashback: Atari

Friday is here again, so it's time for another '80s Flashback.

Before a word from our sponsor, here are the recent '80s Flashbacks:

'80s Flashback: OP corduroy shorts
'80s Flashback: Parachute pants
'80s Flashback: Rambo cartoon
'80s Flashback: Psyche!
'80s Flashback: Jim and Tammy Faye
'80s Flashback: Avoid the noid
'80s Flashback: Mary Lou Retton
'80s Flashback: One night in Bangkok
'80s Flashback: Adams Atoms
'80s Flashback: Don't you forget about me

OK. This week's flashback is brought to you by Crystal Pepsi, which actually came out in 1992 but still has an '80s feel to me. It was a clear cola ... and clearly taken way too seriously by the people creating this commercial.

Now the flashback:

This week we remember Atari, makers of the "2600" video game system that ate up many of my days when I was about 10 years old. But Atari did more than video games.

The slogan of an Atari commercial from the early 1980s was:

Atari ... discover how far you can go.

Watching it now, it should be, "discover how far we've come."

The best part of the commercial, other than oh-so-80s look of the people in it, is the personal computer that is decribed as "powerful."

Check out the amazing graphics on the home budget the woman is creating. The result of a truly powerful machine. For that time, sure.