Activision's 1984 Catalogue Did Not Feature Call of Duty

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Before the internet, before people even really cottoned onto the idea of games magazines, publishers had to sell things the old-fashioned way: with TV ads and catalogues.

Most catalogues were simple affairs, all bright lights, screenshots and slogans, but sometimes publishers went a little left field. Like Activision did in 1984 when it basically commissioned an illustrated children's story.


With its fancy prose and Yellow Submarine-esque imagery, it's certainly a novel approach to selling video games. And hey, judging by the catalogue's strength - featuring all-time classics like Pitfall and Ghostbusters - maybe they just figured the games would sell themselves, so the creative types could go nuts.

Catalog - Activision [AtariAge, via Retroist]

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