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Offline onthinice

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Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« on: May 31, 2017, 00:43:23 AM »
Posting about the Atari 7800 and it dawned on me. I do not remember any early console having a mascot. Atari? Intellivision? Collecovision? or Odyssey 2?

Intellivision had the running man but was he a mascot? Odyssey 2 had K.C Munchkin but it was more famous for being a better Pac-Man does that count? Colecovision is anyone's guess.

Were there any mascots?

Thoughts, comments or am I just thinking to hard? :P ;D

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017, 01:03:33 AM »
I can't think of any actual mascots from those days.  Potential ones, yes, but nothing that was marketed specifically that way.  Not even Nintendo had a mascot in Mario until later.  For Atari I think Bentley Bear would have been a good one but he came into existence later.  Early on I can't think of a character that would have worked for any of the companies you mention.

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2017, 02:01:18 AM »
I was thinking the same.

When Colceovision came out I always thought of Donkey Kong. As a kid I did not pay attention that he belonged to Nintendo.
Intellivision always made me think of the Chef from Burgertime. Bentley Bear would have been a great mascot for Atari.

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2017, 03:55:33 AM »
I always thought of Donkey Kong and the Colecovision too for some reason.

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2017, 04:26:12 AM »
Trek MD alerted me to this thread after I just made a video covering the best gaming mascots (imho)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCLKiaAG2Ug
(I also plan on making a vid covering the worst)

As far as the early days go, I used to think Pac-Man was Atari's mascot as a kid! (Yeah, that new NES got Mario, but we got Pac-Man!!!)

You could make the case that the Running Man was the mascot for the Intellivision, and perhaps the first one at that for any retro console. You could also make the case that George Plimpton was a mascot of sorts!

In the late 80's, Atarian magazine tried to make a generic looking super hero a kinda mascot, but he never took off (get it?).

Games By Apollo also used Apollo as their mascot, so that might be the first official video game mascot.

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2017, 13:16:47 PM »
True about the Atarian superhero!  I had forgotten about him. I suppose the character wasn't that memorable but he may qualify as a mascot for Atari.

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2017, 02:37:20 AM »
i agree with everyone but bonk. My Mount Rushmore would substitute Bonk for Megaman or maybe Crash Bandicoot but I have never experienced a turbo grafix 16 so may be wrong but I think crash and Megaman do represent their companies well even during times said companies where not making games for the characters.

P.s. Capcom give us something from Megaman because might no.9 was a let down.

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2017, 15:15:30 PM »
Very nice video. Great feedback.

The Odyssey 2 had block man who was in almost every game. Not that there were that many games released.

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Re: Mascots in the early days of gaming.
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2017, 22:38:39 PM »
Block man?  Was that his official name? 

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