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#1 Zach OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:52 PM

Hey there, look what I found at the library today:

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Christianity Today. October 7, 1983. Page 51.

Found at the Sacramento State University library. Incidentally I was really surprised to have found the ad so easily. I just decided to go to the library, thinking it would be a long shot. Christianity Today was literally the first publication I searched. It seems to be a fairly prominent magazine, so I'm surprised none of us knew about this game before 2007. I thought maybe there might be a small classified ad about the game, and I certainly did not expect a full page color ad given the game's obscurity.

Now who's going to be the first to track down the coloring book and audio cassette?

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:57 PM

For the record I always thought it was real, but some people will never accept anything without a written letter from God or other deity (which may have come with this game, who knows?).

Interestingly it looks like a standard Atari text-label cart in the 2600. Combat from the looks of it, but it's kind of blurry. :)

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:12 PM

That's a very interesting find, Zach.

Many thanks for sharing.

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:16 PM

That's a trip. A) I'm from Sacramento and B) I've lived in SD for 20 years.

Used to live literally just a few blocks from that building in Pacific Beach (but not til 1998). That building has always been a tad bit creepy, with no windows. It's a one-time house right across from the post office. Before it was bought by the gov, the P.O. was a well-known night club called the Roxy in the early 80s. Perhaps the bible-thumpers were railing against the coke-heads!

Just thought that was interesting!

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:17 PM

Just when I thought this hoax had finally become dead and buried...

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:18 PM

Well, that's enough proof for me.

I'm going to update the game page.

Don't stop believin', guys.

I bet some members feel quite silly now.

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:29 PM

This is amazing news...and April 1st is nowhere in sight! :D

Very nice find! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

#8 Zach OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:40 PM

April 1st is nowhere in sight! :D

Darn. I should have waited. :D

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:55 PM

Page updated:
http://www.atarimani...sing_20276.html

Again: thanks for sharing, Zach.

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:03 PM

Page updated:
http://www.atarimani...sing_20276.html


Rom Hunter, that link is giving a 403 "Forbidden" error.

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:47 PM

That's wonderful news, thanks for posting! The value of of that Christianity Today issue just skyrocketed :P Hopefully this will settle the legitimacy argument.


I bet some members feel quite silly now.


I'd hope so.

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:49 PM

Nice sleuthing! :thumbsup:
I guess no one on AA was big into religious magazines when they were wee lads!

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:06 PM

That is a cool find. :thumbsup:

#14 Zach OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:11 PM

Nice sleuthing! :thumbsup:
I guess no one on AA was big into religious magazines when they were wee lads!

Yeah, what's surprising is apparently none of our parents were either. But now someone might realize they or their family had the magazine and missed the opportunity.

And credit where credit is due: nagn2 first found out that ads existed, and rolenta first mentioned they might be in religious magazines. BTW, I had always thought that Nathan's analysis was pretty convincing.

Edited by Zach, Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:36 PM.


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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:16 PM

Very cool ad - thanks for posting it. It's interesting how the name of the game is not made very clear. Usually ads are like BLAMMO: "Buy RED SEA CROSSING for the Atari 2600!"

Also - cassette narrated by Dale Evans, the singing cowgirl? Fascinating Captain.

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:38 PM

Nice find!

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:50 PM

FAKE!! I mean, just look how that kid is coloring instead of playing the game!

J/K...awesome find! :thumbsup:

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:28 PM

Has anyone tried contacting the voice of the narrator? Maybe they gave him a copy for doing the job?

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:53 PM

Interestingly it looks like a standard Atari text-label cart in the 2600. Combat from the looks of it, but it's kind of blurry. :)

I'm guessing it is. The screenshot looks superimposed onto the photo, typical of the time. I doubt either the 2600 or TV are even hooked up. Probably didn't have a label ready for the photo shoot, so they just used whatever they could find easily, or they might have been planning to fix the label when they added the screenshot, but decided it wasn't worth it.

#20 Mitch OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:54 PM

Has anyone tried contacting the voice of the narrator? Maybe they gave him a copy for doing the job?

AX


She died several years ago.

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Posted Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:52 PM

That kid is terrible at coloring.

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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:20 AM

Why don't we just ask member Nagn2 if he still has his cart !

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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:21 AM

Why don't we just ask member Nagn2 if he still has his cart !

Earlier this month he said he had it:


Red Sea Crossing?


Yes, I still have Red Sea Crossing!



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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:43 AM

This is awesome news. It's always wonderful to find original documentation.

#25 Zach OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:30 AM

Very cool ad - thanks for posting it. It's interesting how the name of the game is not made very clear. Usually ads are like BLAMMO: "Buy RED SEA CROSSING for the Atari 2600!"

Yep. We wouldn't know the title if the ad had been found before the cartridge. I wonder what we'd be calling it? Unknown Moses Game?




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