Old School Gaming August 3, 2007Posted by davegoblog in Gaming.
On December 25, 1980, Santa delivered a brand new Atari 2600 under our Christmas tree. Actually, I believe the elves at the Kmart that my Dad managed bought it for him, but that didn’t matter at the time. I then spent the next few years honing my hand-eye coordination.
One of my favorite games on the console was Adventure, which was probably the first title in the RPG genre. The goal was simple. You (represented by a square) needed to find the enchanted chalice and return it to the gold castle. Three poultry-like dragons and a frantic item-grabbing bat tried to thwart your quest. Armed with your trusty sword (a yellow arrow), you could slay the dragons or end up being eaten alive in their see-through stomachs. For an added challenge, I would attempt to place all of the game items in the gold castle prior to returning chalice. The results were even more distorted noise and flashing than in the regular ending.
Adventure was also the first game with an Easter egg in it. If you could find the “magic dot” in the black castle, then it could be used to see the message, “Created by Warren Robinett.” I am proud to say I discovered that pixel, but I don’t recall finding the hidden name.