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06-14-2019 at 12:24 AM
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Was dragster to be named "drag race"?


Just some of the fun of reading old video game magazines. like the atari 5200, before it was released being called the atari super system. Unless @GregDeg or anyone else knows of an actual activision game named drag race, i'm guessing this seller was using an early name for it

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  1. GregDeg's Avatar

    Kaboom was the only game on this list that was released by Activision for the 5200. Atari did have an Arcade game called Drag Race. I think the seller may have confused that game with Dragster.

    I wonder what “Fits Atari” is? What magazine was this out of? Post the link.

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    Updated 06-14-2019 at 05:04 AM by GregDeg
  2. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    When you pull up Dragster in Stella, it gives an AKA of "Drag Strip", just to throw more confusion into it, lol!


    I think Arcade Drag Race was a Kee Games game(still Atari...)


    I think Snow's reference to the 5200 confused you Greg, pretty sure that's a list of 2600 titles, like you said, only the one was even on 5200.


    Gonna guess on the "fits Atari"

    The Mattel games don't specify a system, so I'm guessing the implication is that they are obviously Intellivision games.

    If we were seeing the "Atari" in-house game list, I'd guess there would be no need for "fits Atari", like Mattel, but in the early days of third-party developers, it was a way to alert the masses as to which branding the company made their games for?


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    I pored over the box, cart, manual, and the insert flyer with different Activision games, it doesn't reference anything except "Dragster" as the name.


    The manual is pretty interesting tho-they make it clear right on the front cover:

    "You have in your hand one of the most exciting video games ever designed. One word of caution: this game takes a little time to learn because it's so challenging, it's very tricky. So please read these directions and give yourself some practice time. Then you can aim for the World Record."


    It just seems like they knew exactly what they were creating, and they seemed to have a pretty early insight as to the lasting effect of a "high score".


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    yeah, roger's interpertation is correct, sorry about the confusion. i was listing the 5200 (atari super system) as an example of name difference that show up in magazines before a system is released and wondering if this was another such example


    electronic games

    june 1982

    pg 53

    http://www.ataricompendium.com/archives/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games_jun82.pdf

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  5. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake

    yeah, roger's interpertation is correct, sorry about the confusion. i was listing the 5200 (atari super system) as an example of name difference that show up in magazines before a system is released and wondering if this was another such example


    electronic games

    june 1982

    pg 53

    http://www.ataricompendium.com/archives/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games_jun82.pdf


    I wish every system had someone as passionate as Scott keeping up similar sites-there's a lot of really good stuff there if you dig, I'm thankful for his efforts!



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    I actually went to another site first that **** down. Then I just did a google search for the magazines and found this. Google took me straight to archives so I didn’t even look at the url and didn’t even realize it was the compendium until much later


    Yeah it’s funny I had already learned about the compendium and stilphen yet has no idea my reading was already on his site

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    And yes stilphen is passionate accurate and wants to help. He could do a lot for an organization that cared enough to listen to him


    Losing him was just one of tg many flawed decisions in valuing appearances over actual substance

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    As for “fits” Atari I do love the older lingo. Like the system itself was called a video game and the cartridge merely programmed the video game


    It can throw the modern video to see the 2600 itself called a video game. It’s dediniteky written through the eyes of an older person in the 80s whose used to dedicated devices and pinball and quite impressed with all this crazy new tech


    One of the writers bill kunkel actually mentored editorials @Jesse Collins

  9. D.B. Cooper's Avatar

    I'm pretty sure Dragster (1980) is a port of the Arcade Game Drag Race (1977). Like most ports, the Arcade game is much harder but they pretty much play the same.

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  10. Snowflake's Avatar

    so maybe it was just someone familiar with both confusing them in their minds?

  11. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake

    so maybe it was just someone familiar with both confusing them in their minds?


    I bet you're right.

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