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I've slowly been going through a collection of prototypes that Frank Cifaldi sent me and discovered something interesting.  Apparently Atari and Lucasfilm held a joint press conference on May 8th, 1984 and gave out Atari 5200 cartridges as a press pass.  I don't think I've ever seen this documented anywhere so I thought I'd share it.  I don't believe there's any board inside the cartridge, it's just an empty shell.

 

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I don't actually own it, I was just sent the picture. 

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31 minutes ago, Tempest said:

I've slowly been going through a collection of prototypes that Frank Cifaldi sent me and discovered something interesting.  Apparently Atari and Lucasfilm held a joint press conference on May 8th, 1984 and gave out Atari 5200 cartridges as a press pass.  I don't think I've ever seen this documented anywhere so I thought I'd share it.  I don't believe there's any board inside the cartridge, it's just an empty shell.

That was less than two weeks before the 5200 was discontinued.   Now we know why.  They ran out of cart shells for some reason... 😄

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Just now, sramirez2008 said:

That is cool.  Wonder how many exist. 

At this point, I doubt very many exist at all.

 

 ..Al

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15 minutes ago, Albert said:

At this point, I doubt very many exist at all.

 

 ..Al

Yeah...pretty cool time capsule piece.

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I doubt they would have killed the 5200 if this even had been on Friday May 4th instead.

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On 4/4/2022 at 12:37 PM, sramirez2008 said:

That is cool.  Wonder how many exist. 

 

Probably a few dozen online being auctioned somewhere, complete  with fuzzy and non-distinct images of the label and lots of proclamations of "It's an original, pinky-swear!"  Except it's not the pinky being waved in your face... 🤪

 

A shame, since LucasFilm Games was one of, if not the best trendsetters of the day with gameplay originality and hardware-pushing. Fractal-generated landscapes in real time, antialiasing, etc... a shame the 8-bit stereo sound chip never got released for  the 65 XEM...

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