Here’s the commercial that set me off this time. It’s just such an odd combo. Pete Rose playing a baseball game I understand. Don Knotts in prison, though? “Who should we get to playing the paddle in Breakout?” “Um…how about Don Knotts?” Okay, sure.
Two things strike me about this next one: first the idea that the computer has to be simple for your kid to comprehend it. I’m sure we all know how that shook out, right?
Also, I haven’t thought of Warlords in years.
In this commercial, God himself will reach down and terrorize your family, then force you to play Pole Position. “I want them in the games until they die playing.” Incredible.
And we go to the late great Phil Hartman, at the very beginning of his acting career. So full of spit and gusto.
And last but not least, another terribly disturbing video, for the first home version of Pong. I wonder if ping pong vendors were terrified by this notion, or amused.