Atari Advert - 6th April 1981
Three Atari Video Computer Systems Must Be Won!
A nice competition advert which featured in a March or April edition of the comic 2000AD, offering the chance to win one of three Atari VCS2600 (sometimes known as "Woody") game consoles, with a Space Invaders cartridge thrown in. Although not the first, the VCS2600 was by far the most popular of the iearly general-purpose video game machines, selling around 30 million units between its launch in 1977 and 2004. In 1981 there were still very few truly "home" computers around - the UK had the Sinclair ZX80, but the Commodore VIC-20 wasn't launched until September, so a videa game console - even one that was already four years old - would have been a much more sensible choice to base a competition on.
The prize bundle was worth an advertised £130 (the console plus 1 cartridge) - about £540 in 2020 money.
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