One Christmas morning some 30-odd years ago my Father snapped this photograph on his Sears-branded Pentax SLR as my brother unwrapped a Sears-branded Atari 2600 known as the Sears Video Arcade. In between my brother and me is the box for a small, portable, black-and-white TV that my Dad bought to use with the Atari. He didn’t want us hogging up the big color console playing Asteroids or possibly burning a ghost image of one of the games into the screen. It was a good decision. We played it to death!
About 4 years ago I scanned the print and uploaded it to my Flickr account and let it bounce around the internet. It got a decent amount of traffic being that there are a lot of Atari 2600 aficionados out there!
Earlier this summer Brett Neveu of Wild Mouse Films asked if he could use the photo above for a Kickstarter campaign to finance a film which was titled Atari Christmas at the time. Emails went back and forth. He sent me the script which is a lot of fun, and I said, “Sure. Why not?”
Earlier this week the Kickstarter campaign for the film now titled Christmas Bytes went live.
Suddenly, I and the rest of the world is being bombarded by this Christmas morning image of Brian Bubonic and me!
It looks like a fun project, and I loved the script. It sort of feels like a John Hughes movie which will be a welcome respite from the explosions, CGI creatures and costumed crime-fighters currently glutting the multiplexes.
Sadly, our Dad, the house, the Sears Video Arcade, the black-and-white portable TV, and Brian’s and my hair are all gone. Christmas Bytes will bring that era of games measured in kilobytes back! I can’t wait to see the finished product!