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So I was watching a cheesy horror flick Monster Shark (1984), hey it's the Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffed version so that's my excuse 😉 when about

10 minutes in I spot a character playing, or pretending to play an Atari 2600 game. Pretty sure it's Activision SeaQuest. 

Anyways, just thought that was cool, I know there were obvious and well known examples of 2600 games appearing in shows/movies but this one caught me

off guard and I thought might be more obscure. Feel free to add your own screenshots of 2600 games or even just the console itself that you noticed in a show

or movie. 🕹🎬🎥🎞

 

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In the film ET there is a vcs sitting by the tv ,and in ele tric dreams ( the film where the pc takes over the house ) there is a scene filmed in a games department and you can see Imagic games in boxes.

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Just remembered a couple more...

 

Jackie Chan playing Pac-Man in Cannonball Run II

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Control tower employees playing Basketball in the movie Airplane

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Also, we should add those movies and shows which don't necessarily show Atari on the tv or cartridges, but show kids playing video games and you HEAR the music/sound effects of Atari games. I believe I remember Donkey Kong and Pac-Man Atari 2600 sound effects, but for the life of me will never remember what show or movie.

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A couple of Space Invaders sightings...

 

First up is the movie Best Friends from 1982.  That's Burt Reynolds about to turn off the TV, while two kids were playing.

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Here's an odd one.  A movie from 1983 called The Creature Wasn't Nice.  Here we have Leslie Nielsen playing the game, with the screen upside down.

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Nice finds! As if upside-down Space Invaders isn't goofy enough, the hue is way off too. They must have been trying really hard to disguise the game.  :lol:

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On 3/16/2020 at 8:56 PM, Philflound said:

Also, we should add those movies and shows which don't necessarily show Atari on the tv or cartridges, but show kids playing video games and you HEAR the music/sound effects of Atari games. I believe I remember Donkey Kong and Pac-Man Atari 2600 sound effects, but for the life of me will never remember what show or movie.

 

I know there are many, many examples of this, but the only specific one that comes to mind right now is an episode of How I Met Your Mother where Ted and Marshall are playing an Xbox 360 but the sound effects are from a 2600 game (probably Pac-Man, but I don't remember for sure). Similarly, pretty much whenever I see pinball machines on screen, no matter how modern they are, the sound effects are always old school bells and chimes.

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1 hour ago, save2600 said:

Nice finds! As if upside-down Space Invaders isn't goofy enough, the hue is way off too. They must have been trying really hard to disguise the game.  :lol:

Good catch, Save.  I hadn't noticed the color difference.

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I think the most recent one I can recall was the 2014 Angry Video Game Nerd Movie, which both revolves around and contains actual screens from the infamous E.T. for Atari.

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On 3/18/2020 at 4:55 PM, 0078265317 said:

 

Just a reminder, that is why I was specific instead of just saying ATARI in general and my first post was quite descriptive for the same reason. ....... Atari 2600 in movies or TV shows........also, I am capable of searching the forum as well. 😉

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