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Old 07-29-2010, 10:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gallery: Twenty Years Ago in Advertisements

The videogame industry as it stood twenty years ago may appear strangely foreign at a glance, but a closer look reveals that things aren't so different now than they were back then.

Nintendo was, as it is now, the industry leader in both home and portable game console sales. Motion-controlled gaming -- by way of accessories like the U-Force and the Power Glove -- made a major presence at the trade shows of the time and, while not yet embraced, echoed what was to come later.

Of course, things were a whole lot different too. Twenty years ago you could get away with making a game about a soft drink mascot, name your product "Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum," and try to sell "game tapes" and "thumb masters" to kids hungry for anything even vaguely videogame-related.

The following pages contain advertisements seen in the magazines of exactly twenty years ago, in publications like GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly that are still around today, and some -- like Game Players and VideoGames & Computer Entertainment -- that are long gone. So take a trip down memory lane with us, and try to avoid a nasty case of "video thumb" while you're here.

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Old 07-30-2010, 07:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like how he's looking cool while saving the chick in what appears to be outer space. He's also shooting his blaster at something he's not even looking at. What's she looking at anyways?

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These will make you the coolest kid on the block. (they probably would have)
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Damn that's actually a great idea, if it works.
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