What lifestyle gaming pics looked like in the 70s

Transferrable nipple tweaking skills. Oh, and nice oil lamp.

Blackjack with the kids. Way to nurture those gambling disorders at an early age. Go dad.

The classic 'straight to camera and don't show the game because it might put people off' style that is still favoured in Wii advertising today. Shame nobody noticed that he's wearing women's jewellery.

Admittedly not hugely 'lifestyle', but we've included it anyway as an interesting early attempt at 'covering all the bases' advertising. The 'brother on a bad trip' and 'hot asian chick' headshots are commendable inclusions, although the baby and the dog are just stupid. Maybe the Hare Krishna bloke and Muslim woman in a veil didn't show up for the shoot.

The console is quite obviously not plugged in. What they've done is just drawn some graphics on the wall and taken out the TV screen so it's like a picture frame. Simple yet effective.

That little kid looks pretty cute, huh?

How about now?

There's a couple of reasons that this lifetsyle photo would have benefitted from being shot in the classic and previously mentioned 'straight to camera and don't show the game because it might put people off' style. One: The game is literally two blocks and a vertical white line. And, two: The mum looks hot.


  • NelosAngelos - March 22, 2009 2:19 a.m.

    Photo shop cock here! Funniest thing I've seen all week. And ain't it the truth? Nothing but a bunch of damn robots with their plastic smiles and how good "casual" gaming is.
  • reyalejandro13 - March 21, 2009 4:36 p.m.

    If they had one for 360, it would be (from the don't actually show the game, just people playing it persepctive) 2-4 people, most likely guys, yelling obscenities at the screen while horrified parents are in the background. If it were PS3, it would be the same pick, but the people would look bored, and they would be saying "when does FF13 come out?" Or they would be saying "why are we playing PS3 when all our friends have 360's?"
  • gamerdude77 - March 21, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    WTF he IS grabbing his moms tits in the last NES one!
  • jimsondanet - March 21, 2009 1:18 p.m.

    Videomaster: when a couple of body snatchers adopted some children of the corn. gaming ads should reflect the joyfull glee of experimenting with ragdoll physics while on a sunday drive through central park. "hey mum watch this!"
  • Spybreak8 - March 21, 2009 3:36 a.m.

    Gotta love marketing and games. Nice find guys. I wonder what this and using Cooliris would look like, lol 70s game ads board.
  • gatornation1254 - March 21, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    the channel f scared me
  • Hobojedi - March 20, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    Wow! There's a lot of funny captions in this article.
  • iKOemos - March 20, 2009 9:19 p.m.

    That channel F guy is staring straight in to my soul.
  • Montag - March 20, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    I remember looking like that!! Anyway I remember having my first woody (Hehe) atari. Weirdly my whole family did sit round it grinning like loons. Either the magic of games or we were inbred freaks with too small a genetic pool! reCaptcha: Coats $3 Million
  • zymn - March 20, 2009 8 p.m.

    the last NES pic looks like the kittle boy is grabbin his mom tits. i suppose they didn't wean their kids very early in the 70s.
  • Cernunnos - March 25, 2009 8:29 a.m.

    @Monkey: you racist bastard! so all black people look alike, huh? next you'll be saying that that asian chick looked like Hideo Kojima... nah just kidding, that was my first thought too. the samuel l jackson, not kojima (though that would be way too many people's wet dream). was it just me or did those two siblings who shared "special love" look a little... odd. maybe their dad/uncle and mom/aunt did as well. hur-hur
  • Monkey - March 23, 2009 1:09 p.m.

    Does anyone else think the black guy in the Fairchild VES advert looks like a young Samuel L Jackson? ReCaptcha: husband system
  • noobmasteroftehworld - March 22, 2009 12:01 a.m.

    i don't think the moms wearing a one piece in the last pic, it's so high i think it's just a really long shirt
  • deathrebellion - March 21, 2009 12:18 p.m.

    @ zymn yup he is
  • italianboye23 - March 21, 2009 5:15 a.m.

    hey a really good web site for games and stuff is it is awsome!
  • somerandomchap - March 21, 2009 4:27 a.m.

    gaming ads should refelct real life, like when you are playing live with a mic and you have your loved one or someone close to you yelling at you to do stuff, and you responding with obsenities, while your good old team mates hear everyword
  • bloodfangz3 - March 21, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    lmao channel f that guy looks like he's been playing football..
  • VnT - March 21, 2009 3:08 a.m.

    Wisdom I gleaned from this article: No matter what decade, asian girls are hot.
  • Pocotron - March 20, 2009 9:55 p.m.

    haha reCaptcha was school ladies lol just wanted to throw that out theres
  • revrock - March 20, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    Great Article! You guys constantly deliver the goods.

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