Atari 2600 Or Namco TV Game? Someone Gets It Really Wrong

AtariOver the weekend, I happened to stumble upon a Top 25 list of “It” products on AOL’s WalletPop blog - the Web’s first full-fledged personal finance and consumer finance site. Yes, I’m one of those people that perpetuates list making on the internet – I don’t know why, but I just can’t help myself. As I clicked one by one through their list, passing such awesome trends of the past like the Pet Rock, Magic 8 Ball, and My Little Pony, I noticed a couple of gaming related items on the list - one of which made my inner-nerd die a little.

Nintendo’s Wii came in at a respectable number nine riding on the still on-going hype of the Great White Hope. While I have no objections to the inclusion of the Wii on the list, since it fits right in amongst the other toys and miscellaneous fads of days gone by – it was the inclusion of the Atari 2600 that really struck me as odd. Again, the fact that first home video game console to break into the mainstream was on the list at number five wasn’t a huge surprise – it was the accompanying photo.

Screenshot of Walletpop's Number 5

The nerd in me rules my life, and I have more than a few issues with this image.
1 – IT’S NOT EVEN AN ATARI PRODUCT BEING SHOWN – the plug-and-play game that’s in the picture is made by Namco (for all intents and purposes - the actual manufacturer is a company called Jakks).

2 – The version of “Pac-Man” displayed in the background is, in fact, the arcade version of “Ms. Pac-Man.” It’s neither the 2600 version of “Ms. Pac-Man” nor the horrible, horrible home version of “Pac-Man “- the very one that signaled the beginning of the end for Atari.

3 – 3 of the 5 games that are included on the Namco TV game (”Galaga,” “Xevious,” and “Mappy”), were never released for the 2600. In this day an age, how hard is it to pull a correct image off the internet?

Obviously the very talented folks at AOL’s GameDaily and Joystiq had absolutely nothing to do with this article.

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