Old Video Game Press Releases Were Cool

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These days, press releases are awful things. Full of subject lines like MEDIA ALERT, obnoxious jargon and endless fine print. Back in 1990, things were a lot simpler.

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This is a photo of a press release for Rubicon, a shooter released for the Atari ST, Amiga and Commodore 64. It's set in the distant future of 2011! The Soviet Union still exists!

It's such a cool press release. It's short, simple and to-the-point. Most of it is spent talking about the story, not the basic gameplay. And it even finds room to fully credit everyone involved.

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(via @stewartgilray)

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DISCUSSION

I loved this era when games could be about the most nonsensical things, and no one cared or criticized anyone for it. I appreciate the realism and attention to detail in modern gaming, but I feel a lot of that imaginative spark was lost over the years.

I miss my games feeling like someone came up with them on LSD.