Atari Game Club Brochure, 1980

Atari Brochure 1980

Atari Brochure 1980-2

Wait a minute. Membership is $100, unless you buy a cart ($21.95 to $39.95), in which case your membership is free. So why would anyone pay the $100? Is it supposed to be some kind of reverse psychology? “Wow, look at all the cool free stuff I get if I can convince my dad to give me a check for Breakout!”

BASIC Programming is one of the selections in the purple tier.

I remember that Space Invaders shirt.

UPDATE (1/19/14): Keith Golon wrote to tell me that it’s not $100 for a membership, but $1.00 Now that makes sense. If you look closely, you can see the decimal. Thanks a million, Keith.

(Images via rbgamehunter)

6 Responses to “Atari Game Club Brochure, 1980”


  1. 1 Jason July 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    My parents bought the BASIC Programming cart in the misguided hope that it would substitute for a computer. Man, that box art was cool though. But even the example programs included in the manual wouldn’t run correctly. So under the tree for Christmas 1983 was an Apple ][e.

  2. 2 2W2N July 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Jesus, I forgot about the BP cover. Learn how to pilot a spaceship! I’ll have to do a post on that.

    Apple IIe? Traitor.

  3. 3 Jason July 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    It’s certainly a nominee for largest gap between cover art and actual experience.

    My entire school district used Apples at the time, so it seemed logical to all concerned. This, despite living right on top of IBM’s global headquarters. To this day, it’s the only Apple product I’ve ever owned.

  4. 4 2W2N July 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Absolutely. It’s a perfect fit for my ‘filling in the blanks’ theory.

    My wife just forced an iPhone on me for Father’s Day. I wish Atari made it so I could respect myself.


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