thanks for posting that picture.
I wish there was a way to locate more of these pics & vids that were taken at these shows & conventions back in the day.
so in regards to the 4 games shown, why would atari be displaying missile command among the other games in that particular set of four games? math grand prix CX2658 -- 1982 release, among the final lot of regular black label carts, volleyball (realsports) CX2666 -- a later 1982 release after the first silver labels were introduced, & frog pond, CX2665 -- would have also been a silver label 1982 release. All clearly 1982 material shown at a 1982 show. Except missile command CX2638 -- which is 1981, and in the neighborhood of way earlier product numbers.
maybe another unreleased proto game was originally intended to be at that station, but it was not ready in time for the show? or maybe it was there, but was immediately pulled & substituted with "whatever they could throw in there" to cover it up.
of course i am just running with this for fun. it could also very well just be that missile command was a best seller and so atari would mix in a few tried & true titles among the new product shown & displayed at these shows as many game companies did and continue to do so even today.
another interesting little tidbit I thought of. Road Runner CX2663 -- (the same 1982 neighborhood but yet based on a 1985 arcade game, and released in 1989) was CLEARLY NEVER the intended product for position 63. the number was obviously for an unreleased game that was later re-assigned. so perhaps this was the fourth mystery game which missile command substituted for at that show
again, just having fun here.
Edited by Supergun, Sun Jan 8, 2012 9:28 PM.