by Adam King

Greetings, gamers. I have returned with another serving of old-school ads. This month I have two ads that feature the hot arcade smash Centipede. There are no ordinary commercials; since they ran on MTV, they're like one-minute music videos. Download them now and see for yourself.

These ads can be found and obtained at Cyberroach (

Centipede #1
Our first ad starts with someone playing the Centipede video game on his Atari. Suddenly, an insect's arm burst out of the set and pulls him in. Suddenly the whole world is under attack from centipedes. This starts a series of scenes involving a bum, several clips from old movies, and a 50-foot bug. The military gets involved via more black and white clips, and they use weapons that sound just like the effects in the game. Finally we go back to the game player as the announcer says "Centipede from Atari. It could change your life." Indeed it does; the poor lad has become a Centipede.

"It's like Tron, but with bugs."

"Hey there, giant centipede."

Hey, Tom, THERE'S your Centi-Kong.

She's about to have a rude awakening.

They're calling in the Orkin men.

"I'm trapped in this rubber suit!"

Centipede #2
This next ad is appropriately called, "The Return of Centipede", and it takes a slightly different tone. At first it seems like another horror-type commercial, with more screaming and black and white clips. But then we suddenly do a 180, and see a centipede play a saxophone!

Is this a commercial or a video for ZZ Top?

"Psst. Look behind you."

How does he play the sax with these short legs?

Your guess is as good as mine.

"No, I don't want to be on the new Ninja Turtles cartoon!"

Definitely not your everyday ads. That's it for this month. I don't have anything new to report on the upcoming CD. I'm hoping to have it released by the end of the year. Until next month, be careful when playing that Centipede cart.

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