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2012-04-14 06:26:14 PM  
With the words "Don't Panic!" on the cover in big friendly letters -- maybe Comic Sans Serif!
 
2012-04-14 08:43:11 PM  
The only thing they really got wrong was the notion of manned spacecraft in the video screen of the classroom.
 
2012-04-14 09:57:20 PM  
The kid has a Van Halen poster. :/
 
2012-04-14 09:57:36 PM  

Confabulat: he only thing they really got wrong was the notion of manned spacecraft in the video screen of the classroom.


And McCartney playing a right handed bass.
 
2012-04-14 10:46:26 PM  

gameshowhost: The kid has a Van Halen poster. :/


Hey, Atari knew that all the big groups of that era would keep going long after they stopped being relevant, and became an embarrassing sight to see as 60-year-old men shuffling across a stage.
 
2012-04-14 10:48:25 PM  
If I had a kid, I'd be forcing him to watch some Oingo Boingo.
 
2012-04-14 10:59:36 PM  
Wow. Very prescient. Except for the part where Atari no longer exists in our time.
Didn't see that coming, did you?
 
2012-04-14 11:19:57 PM  
I still remember as a kid in the 70s, reading Science Digest and reading their prediction that by the Year 2000, people would be able to hang their TVs on the wall like pictures, and I was like, whoa.
 
2012-04-14 11:48:45 PM  
Better Link to all the images (new window)

/why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?
/wait a second??????? I detect hidden paid links!!!
 
2012-04-14 11:50:07 PM  

Confabulat: I still remember as a kid in the 70s, reading Science Digest and reading their prediction that by the Year 2000, people would be able to hang their TVs on the wall like pictures, and I was like, whoa.


LOL
I remember hearing how we would all be cannibals, mass starvation and have completely run out of oil.
Wait a second! The same tards are predicting the same exact thing. Sigh.
 
2012-04-14 11:51:00 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: gameshowhost: The kid has a Van Halen poster. :/

Hey, Atari knew that all the big groups of that era would keep going long after they stopped being relevant, and became an embarrassing sight to see as 60-year-old men shuffling across a stage.


you know, pretty sure that is the dad's room with all his COOL old posters. LOL
 
2012-04-14 11:54:20 PM  

namatad: /why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?


sheesh, I submitted this and I submitted the io9 link because that's where I read it. I think it's dishonest to cut them out, as they were the ones who drew it to my attention, and by extension, yours.

Why do you care?
 
2012-04-14 11:55:56 PM  

Confabulat: namatad: /why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?

sheesh, I submitted this and I submitted the io9 link because that's where I read it. I think it's dishonest to cut them out, as they were the ones who drew it to my attention, and by extension, yours.

Why do you care?


extra work ....
sure fine, credit where credit is due .... but in the end, their article was just a really long and boring fark headline.
I was two clicks and a bunch of wasted brain cells away from my goal, which was the actual article. Like I dont already waste enough time on the tubes
 
2012-04-14 11:59:51 PM  
When pushing your index finger a fraction of an inch and waiting milliseconds for the article you prefer to arrive becomes something for you to complain about, you're making George Jetson look even lazier.
 
2012-04-15 12:17:56 AM  
It's amazing what Atari could have been, they had some wonderful things in the works.
 
2012-04-15 12:20:51 AM  

Makh: It's amazing what Atari could have been, they had some wonderful things in the works.


Well, they should have known better than to license out ET and then overproduce a shiatty game.
 
2012-04-15 12:52:14 AM  
Oingo Boingo poster? Blondie? Pink Floyd? and...Van Halen. Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad fictional kid. Well, maybe 2.5 out of 4 is more accurate...since it was presumably 1980s Pink Floyd.
 
2012-04-15 01:08:04 AM  

culebra: Oingo Boingo poster? Blondie? Pink Floyd? and...Van Halen. Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad fictional kid. Well, maybe 2.5 out of 4 is more accurate...since it was presumably 1980s Pink Floyd.


I'm pretty sure that's Dad's room.
 
2012-04-15 01:10:56 AM  

namatad: Confabulat: namatad: /why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?

sheesh, I submitted this and I submitted the io9 link because that's where I read it. I think it's dishonest to cut them out, as they were the ones who drew it to my attention, and by extension, yours.

Why do you care?

extra work ....
sure fine, credit where credit is due .... but in the end, their article was just a really long and boring fark headline.
I was two clicks and a bunch of wasted brain cells away from my goal, which was the actual article. Like I dont already waste enough time on the tubes


I promise, we'll get through this one together. Just be strong with me.

ragegenerator.com
 
2012-04-15 01:21:04 AM  
They also correctly predicted the repeal of mandatory helmet laws.
 
2012-04-15 02:02:39 AM  

Confabulat: namatad: /why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?

sheesh, I submitted this and I submitted the io9 link because that's where I read it. I think it's dishonest to cut them out, as they were the ones who drew it to my attention, and by extension, yours.

Why do you care?


Then the person who learns about it on Fark should link to Fark, who links to io9, who links to the article?

Seriously, I think it's best to just link to the original source.
 
2012-04-15 02:04:25 AM  

Skyrmion: Confabulat: namatad: /why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?

sheesh, I submitted this and I submitted the io9 link because that's where I read it. I think it's dishonest to cut them out, as they were the ones who drew it to my attention, and by extension, yours.

Why do you care?

Then the person who learns about it on Fark should link to Fark, who links to io9, who links to the article?

Seriously, I think it's best to just link to the original source.


I notice Atari never predicted this sort of moral dilemma.
 
2012-04-15 02:21:37 AM  
Where are the drawings they made of everyone using their portable video cameras to film a naked guy wacking it on a San Diego street corner?
 
2012-04-15 04:47:49 AM  
The picture of the T-Rex dragging it's tail was pretty interesting. When I was an undergraduate (a few short years after those drawings were made) my professor brought up this "radical" theory that the hip structure of rexes and other carnosaurs meant that they basically leaned forward and used their tails for balance. A few years after that, Jurassic Park came out, and now seeing the old style illustrations just seems strange. It's amazing how unnatural the old version seems now.

The most amusing picture, though, is the designer with his drafting table. A drafting table, really? Once in a blue moon, I see someone using one at the office, but 99.9% of the work is done on AutoCAD. OK, maybe that picture doesn't make me laugh, so much as it makes me really, really sad.
 
2012-04-15 05:18:03 AM  
www.virginmedia.com

Where's my futuristic space helmet?
Where?
 
2012-04-15 05:24:44 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: [www.virginmedia.com image 300x400]

Where's my futuristic space helmet?
Where?


So sad that it is a bygone era when the video games with the worst graphics had the best box art.
 
2012-04-15 06:13:03 AM  

zimbach: Baron Harkonnen: [www.virginmedia.com image 300x400]

Where's my futuristic space helmet?
Where?

So sad that it is a bygone era when the video games with the worst graphics had the best box art.


Hell, they don't even come in boxes anymore.
 
2012-04-15 06:21:21 AM  

zimbach: Baron Harkonnen: [www.virginmedia.com image 300x400]

Where's my futuristic space helmet?
Where?

So sad that it is a bygone era when the video games with the worst graphics had the best box art.


Yeah, because the box art and movies included with, oh let's say, Call of Duty are sooooo much like the actual gameplay.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-04-15 06:28:27 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: [www.virginmedia.com image 300x400]

Where's my futuristic space helmet?
Where?


i1098.photobucket.com

Though it's not all metal shinyness, it's close.

/Hot
//Clickable
 
2012-04-15 07:00:34 AM  

zamboni: zimbach: Baron Harkonnen: [www.virginmedia.com image 300x400]

Where's my futuristic space helmet?
Where?

So sad that it is a bygone era when the video games with the worst graphics had the best box art.

Yeah, because the box art and movies included with, oh let's say, Call of Duty are sooooo much like the actual gameplay.

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


You kids got it easy.
If it wasn't for the box art back then, you wouldn't have a clue what the game was about.
Sometimes, even the box art didn't help...

pics.mobygames.com

/Hint: At no point in this game does a paddle wielding astronaut appear on screen.
/It didn't have an ending either, much less a multiple choice of colors ending.
/If you wrote in to complain, Atari would just laugh at you.
/I mean, really. Why an astronaut?!
/This is the kind of question that kept me up at nights.
 
2012-04-15 08:00:11 AM  

Confabulat: namatad: /why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?

sheesh, I submitted this and I submitted the io9 link because that's where I read it. I think it's dishonest to cut them out, as they were the ones who drew it to my attention, and by extension, yours.

Why do you care?


Probably because damn near every farking gawker affiliated site (kotaku, io9, etc.) just about never renders correctly on mobile devices.

Whoever designs their sites is going to the special hell, with child molestors and people who talk in the theatre.
 
2012-04-15 09:40:29 AM  
3:2 aspect ratio? Come on. At least they didn't do circular or portrait displays like so many other futurists of that time period.
 
2012-04-15 10:30:34 AM  
brantgoose: With the words "Don't Panic!" on the cover in big friendly letters -- maybe Comic Sans Serif!

HA HA HA!! YOU'RE SO FUNNY AND ORIGINAL!!!
 
2012-04-15 11:03:03 AM  

RoxtarRyan: Confabulat: namatad: /why do people post links to the CRAPPY intermediate? didnt they click through to the meat and potatoes?

sheesh, I submitted this and I submitted the io9 link because that's where I read it. I think it's dishonest to cut them out, as they were the ones who drew it to my attention, and by extension, yours.

Why do you care?

Probably because damn near every farking gawker affiliated site (kotaku, io9, etc.) just about never renders correctly on mobile devices.

Whoever designs their sites is going to the special hell, with child molestors and people who talk in the theatre.


Not to mention the 20 god damn scripts you have to enable for a gawker site to work. I wish Fark would prohibit their links.
 
2012-04-15 11:26:45 AM  
"That rancher almost looks like he's carrying an iPad..."

It's almost as if Apple didn't really invent the tablet at all
 
2012-04-15 11:29:16 AM  

LandStander: Confabulat: he only thing they really got wrong was the notion of manned spacecraft in the video screen of the classroom.

And McCartney playing a right handed bass.


Incredibly prescient. In the right-hand dominated society of post-November 2012, history will be retrofitted via sophisticated "Photo-Shoppe" technology to only include the right-handed, in an updated version of Stalinist Russia photo alteration. Also, Paul and George will no longer be allowed to sing on the same microphone, as the US Supreme Court has deemed that to be "kind of gay" (Jones v. Timberlake, 2012).
 
2012-04-15 11:53:24 AM  

tedbundee: "That rancher almost looks like he's carrying an iPad..."

It's almost as if Apple didn't really invent the tablet at all


Kubrick did it in 2001
 
2012-04-15 03:37:22 PM  
Clearly they didn't predict Wikipedia since they were referring to the "Intelligent Encyclopedia".
 
2012-04-15 03:40:06 PM  

Baron Harkonnen: [www.virginmedia.com image 300x400]

Where's my futuristic space helmet?
Where?


Probably the same place the Missile Commander's girlfriend's weird rack is.
 
2012-04-15 04:57:02 PM  

Girion47: tedbundee: "That rancher almost looks like he's carrying an iPad..."

It's almost as if Apple didn't really invent the tablet at all

Kubrick did it in 2001


Ha Ha, joke's on you... he died in 1999.

/wait... what?
//or did he?
///that's the joke
////take yer pick
 
2012-04-15 07:18:33 PM  
In the 70's, the future was supposed to be covered in rainbows. Now the future is blue and gray.

Why did the future get so pessimistic and cold?
 
2012-04-15 08:08:10 PM  
Where are the drawings for Yar's Revenge 2?
 
2012-04-15 08:29:26 PM  

Girion47: tedbundee: "That rancher almost looks like he's carrying an iPad..."

It's almost as if Apple didn't really invent the tablet at all

Kubrick did it in 2001


If Gene Roddenberry were alive, he could sue pretty much the entire Fortune 500 for copyright infringement.
 
2012-04-16 03:58:51 AM  
The thing they got wrong in every picture: Happy people.
 
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