Welcome back. A
new years brings new things, and with that new TV commercial goodness from yours
truly. I do have to say that I've been doing this column for over two years now,
and I never expected it to be the success it became. Oh, sure, I figured one or
two people might get a kick out of it, but it seems every reader wants their
Vault fix. I just want to say thanks again for your support.
With that out of the way, to business. Looking back, I've done commercials for
the big three: Atari, Intellivision, and Colecovision. For this edition I have a
couple of ads for the "other" system, the Odyssey2. This system was the real
first competitor to the Atari VCS before the Intellivision, plus it regularly
claim to be more advance because of it's computer keyboard. But once the
INTV arrived, followed by the Colecovision, the Odyssey was quickly swept under
the rug. Here are a couple of ads that did make it to the airwaves.
Our first ad is a general
ad for the O2. It features several animated images while a voiceover lays out
what the Odyssey2 is. Please note the clip I got is in terrible condition, so
that why the screengrab's don't look the greatest.
"Odyssey. Video game fun. Computer keyboard challenge. The entrance to an
alternate world of fire-breathing dragons, hard-hitting slugger, arcade wizards,
outer space blizzards. More than 40 games in all. Odyssey. The excitement of a
game. The mind of a computer. All for the price of an ordinary video game.
Herald the arrival of the Odyssey2!
"Give we your wussy Atari games or I'll roast you!"
All together now: "He's a pinball wizard..."
A galaxy of carts.
Pick Axe Pete
This ad for one of the
O2's carts, Pick Axe Pete, features an old man surrounded by crystals. We learn
that he's the "Wizard of Odyssey" and he's plugging the aforementioned game.
Note that in some spots it was hard to understand what he was saying; the
transcrpit is from what I was able to make out.
"The Wizard of Odyssey! What video game you up to now?"
"Oh, I'm up to my eyeballs, in a mineshaft, with Odyssey2's new video game, Pick
Axe Pete. Picker Pete, escape up the ladder, smash the boulders, now, now, grab
the music key too, score! The keyboard lets you change mazes to make the
mineshaft even more menacing. Pick Axe Pete from Odyssey2, where the keyboard is
the key to greater challenges."
The Wizard at work in his crystal palace, or whatever.
"Who needs Pitfall when I got Pete!"
"See this keyboard? No SELECT switches here."
"The keyboard IS the key!"
George Plimpton he isn't.
That'll do it for this month. I'm hoping to wrap up the CD project in the near
future. I just need the get the time and energy to do it, not to mention a few
more clips out there somewhere. Until next time, remember nobody beats the Wiz!
(Oh, wait, that's someone else.)