Berzerk Arcade Flash Game

Berzerk was developed by Stern Electronics and released to the arcades in 1980 before being released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. You play as a human fighting his way through a maze of robots who can kill you with one shot. If that wasn’t bad enough you have a smiling face that can also kill you but you can’t kill it, this is to speed the game along.

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Berzerk

Everything has an “electric” feel to it, from the laser shots to instant death from brushing against a wall. You receive points by destroying the robots, but you can’t hang around too long before escaping or “Evil” Otto will quickly be on your ass. Otto, a bodiless smiley face, is the “Smoke Monster” of video games. A true indestructible enemy that will chase you down like a heat-seeking missile.

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Commercial Wars: Atari in the 80’s

Since console gaming was brand new and even arcade gaming itself was not wide spread to the TV watching audience the challenge was presenting their ad in a way that would interest the consumer. In addition, since the graphics of the day were not that exciting the fear was showing simpler graphics on a television screen where you can watch shows that have a higher production value could turn parents off to buying their kids the system.

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