Mike Matei / February 18th, 2010
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April 8, 2010 at 12:02 am
they need to bring this kinda stuff back that be awsome i can see me holding a life size halo sticky grenade haha
January 6, 2014 at 4:56 am
Nobody would ever do this today, though. Different times and different mindsets for everyone involved (“Why not put the money to making a good game if you have it?”); devs don’t have the money to do it or the interest in making a gimick game (at least movie tie-ins would be remembered for the movie itself if nothing else); publishers would cringe at the costs of hosting a one-shot deal like this for little chance of a return; gamers would either get butt-hurt if they didn’t win, destroying any good will the contest would have earned the company, or ask themselves why they should buy a one-shot game with no re-playability and little chance of winning the prize when there are thousands of games out there that are probably better and which can be pulled out and enjoyed again and again long after the initial victory is had and the contest is over? Games with sharply defined shelf lives just won’t work anymore.
This could never work as an off-the-shelf game for the masses today, there’s just too much risk involved for too little reward, and the competition would eat them alive for trying. But, all hope is not lost: if the professional gaming tournament scene ever got hold of this idea, they might be able to do something with it in a special tournament. Perhaps as part of the cash prize, make fancy items like this for the winners, too? It’s not cheating the players, because if they want the money, they could either melt it down or sell it at an auction for a markup. I’d be more interested in watching a pro match if the winner got a diamond studded shield as well as a check at the end!
February 3, 2014 at 6:52 am
But the quest most find is champion.
July 6, 2015 at 1:05 am
I wish they could too…but it’ll never happen. We’re just in a totally different time and place nowadays. Not to mention, there’s just too many people out there willing to cheat to win by either reverse engineering the game’s code to find the clues or by employing a bunch of people to play the game and decipher the clues for them.
Plus, everything Darkmage said above is also true. Game publishers already have a bad habit of releasing unfinished games and patching them later just so they can make a quick buck and post their earnings sooner…why would they ever front the costs on something like this when they can just continue with the status quo with unfinished games, Day 1 DLC, microtransactions, etc etc and keep making money hand over fist?
April 8, 2010 at 3:06 am
Manly tears have been shed seeing this video, so epic.
April 8, 2010 at 4:26 am
looks like very VERY hard trilogy
January 10, 2015 at 11:32 pm
Hey, that’s what my girlfriend calls my genitals. jk i dont have a gf ;-;
April 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Awesome and epic games!
April 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm
I want to be a movie maker and might be a game maker with my movie if i ever get rich i would buy atari continue the contest and finish air world THIS CONTEST MUST CONTINUE I DONT GIVE A CRAP IF IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS RETRO GAMERS SHALL FINISH
April 11, 2010 at 12:01 am
Lol my dad and i are talking about all the zelda’s we’ve beat together and he go’s “hey i should show you swordquest, it’s like zelda!” and i go “NO, THE NERD HATH WARNED ME OF THAT PIECE OF CRAP!”
June 30, 2013 at 11:51 am
i think you did not watch the video the nerd never saids its stupid and also wich swordquest the nerd likes it watch the video before you comment
July 11, 2013 at 3:51 am
I totally agree
April 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm
this game looks sick, they should do that with Zelda, I mean, a solid gold tri-force would be bad ass, along with the three jewels from ocarina of time
April 13, 2010 at 10:04 am
Is there any petition (or something like that) I could sign to get the ball rolling on the “Quest” again? I think gamers would love to finish this sort of thing, especially after all these years.
A great weapon of legend, lost in the pages of history, calls to it’s true master…
April 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm
I know a few other games that tried to do something like this, specifically Treasure Master on the NES.
April 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Atari still makes some pretty sweet games now days don’t they? I’m sure money isn’t a problum for them and the remaining items are still in Ataris posesion. I say Atari finishes the rest of the games but for PS3 Xbox360 and Wii and have the first 2 winners come back for the finals.
May 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm
that is just wrong, the true king must be found and where can i find that music at the end?
May 18, 2010 at 12:40 am
What I like about the nerd is he’s entertaining but he teaches you things about video games that you never would have known. And this is another fine example of that. You guys rock, cinemassacre.
May 25, 2010 at 11:51 am
Yeah, it almost made me cry too. Even make me register to post something… that’s some real shit of a reward for beating a game! Game developers should do something like that… or give virtual rewards to the first people that finish a game or find all the secrets or something like that…
April 8, 2010 at 3:06 am
June 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm
that box thing looks nothing like a Philosopher’s Stone. A Philosopher’s Stone is supposed to look like a large red jewel. I mean, seeing as how Harry Potter AND Fullmetal Alchemist have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with each other and yet both had an almost identical design for the Philosopher’s Stone, I surmised that it’s a universal rule that a Philosopher’s Stone is supposed to look like a big, bright red jewel.
June 11, 2010 at 12:36 am
Man, this could have eventually been so huge that Nintendo World Championships wasn’t even as big as this.
June 13, 2010 at 6:51 am
They should make something like this with the Legend of Spyro trilogy for the PS2. That would make the games over 9000 times better
June 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm
very interesting video. if only they did something like that today. i assume the only reason that nothing like that is around today is because if somebody figured out the clues to a game made like that today,, they would post it all over the internet for anyone to see and ruin the fun. it would be neat to see something like that done with zelda though. could you imagine a quest like that. imagine if they made 3 games based off the triforce pieces and then the winners of those 3 contests come back to compete for a master sword. that would be epic. i think nintendo could pull it off.
June 28, 2010 at 12:07 am
I have to admit, I have never played Swordquest but I definitely heard about it. I never knew about the contest, but that definitely sounds pretty awesome. I wonder if there is any modern day equivalent to this type of treasure hunt competition.
July 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm
dose anyone know where to get swordquest waterworld for a reasonable price
i have the first two i just need the therd one
it dose not nee to be comlete or on good shape
it just needs to work
July 14, 2010 at 1:58 am
“The Kingdom of Nerdom Depends on it!”
July 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm
Why am I not surprised?
Jack Tramiel is a Jew who survived the Holohoax
He kept treasures for himself which clearly belong to real gamers
Typical Jewish Greed
July 20, 2010 at 12:50 am
WTF?? Kinda anti semitic no?? I going to assume your jokeing because I hope seriously that you are
Can you imagine if a company did something like this today? I’m not sure that most of the little spoiled brats of today could appreciate the epic awesomness of it.
July 25, 2010 at 11:13 pm
I remember my cousin talking about this contest from back in the 80s, he wondered what happened and why only 2 prizes were given out of all of them, he also wondered where Air World was. He’s gonna be surprised when I tell him
August 6, 2010 at 1:38 am
us gamers need to ban together and get Atari to make that game so that someone worthy can have those items they don’t belong in some guy’s living room that just so happened to buy the company when they had them that’s bull crap they belong in the hands of some of the best gamers of our time
August 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm
The philosophers’ stone (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance, said to be capable of turning base metals, especially lead, into gold; it was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality.
the philosophers stone was a substance, not an actual stone of any sort, thus making any and all of the harry potter and any other movie, where it is represented as such, wrong in terms of mythology.
Also, it is portrayed that way in books, movies, etc. because having the title of a movie, or just having the people in the movie calling something a stone and then having it be a liquid substance might be rather odd and people would ask to many questions
August 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm
It’s really sad to see that nowadays Atari makes some what crappy games. Although Test Drive Unlimited for the 360 is an alright game and Unlimited 2 will be out soon.. i hope
August 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm
I bet the AVG would love this! hahaha http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160468679137&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
August 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm
I got a heavy sixer and all 3 released swordquest games, in he boxes never opened mint condition from my grandfather, who was an atari club member, when I was six. BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER! (Besides the unopened in box top loader)
August 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm
Oh and I found another waterworld cart for 60 bucks at Mcvans video games (http://mcvans.com/) while traveling through Indiana. That place even had a 40 buck top loader, and a jack bros. virtual boy cart.
August 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm
They sure belong in the hands of gamers …. But, if you think – just a brief moment – like an economist … Don’t you think Atari would have sold the stuff to regain some money? I don’t know. Truth is, I wouldn’t have sold it. But, then again, I’m a nerd.
August 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm
We all need to email atari the quest must be completed we need to start a online pwtition and email it to atari they can hold the water world championship and make air world for the 360 email me at [email protected] for your ideas.
September 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm
According to Michael Rideout, the Chalice is in a bank vault. He was thinking about selling it from time to time, but decided to keep it as a family heirloom.
Also according to Rideout, Steven Bell decided to melt down the Talisman and solded it to a coin dealer (but he decided to keep the small sword that was on it).
September 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm
based on the inflation data CPI which is 82 in 1980 and 211 at present and extrapolating this data and applying the method of partial differentiation on this:
1$ in 1980 = 3.57$ today
October 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm
SwordQuest was not the worst game ever http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/index.php?ref=65348
October 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm
You are fight james, i am only 12, and way to young to be wathing your vids, but im a hardcore fan. Oh yeah, the 4th game should be realised.
October 26, 2010 at 2:26 am
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO FUCKIN AWSOME IF THEY HAD A CONTEST LIKE THAT TODAY! I WOULD PLAY ALL THE GAMES!! I WANT A GOLD SWORD!!!!
October 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm
lets say for a second they did Remake all of the games(and the contest) . The company that does so would easily be rich. PS3, and Xbox just on Rights to the game ALONE would be easily a few million. (meaning it would only be on one or the other)
October 31, 2010 at 12:37 pm
These games DO look like a epicness of gaming proportions.
6:39- XD XD XD XD XD
Man, I love the ending of this episode, and I’m a nerd myself. I imagine an Indiana Jones type of adventure here which I’d like to title “The Angry Video Game Nerd and the Quest for the Sword.”
November 26, 2010 at 1:18 am
This is one of my favorite episodes man. The remaining prizes do begin in the hands of the gamers.
Its truly epic what kind of contest they had.
Oh yeah and the orchestral avgn theme is just awesome in this video.
January 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Wow that Philosophers stone sure would be nice, I have this friend whose brother is little more than a suit of armor who could definitely benefit from that.
How did they get that stone though? did they make it themselves and get enough screaming human souls to power it, or did they just rip one from a Homonculus? Homonculus are pretty scarce these days, but I guess it could happen.
Great review btw, the speech at the end really gets ya pumped!
January 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm
@RomEmKing: He said nothing about it being worst game ever. Moron.
January 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Nerd! listen. I can’t tell you my name, but Something important happened after I finished watching the video. I realized that I have one of the lost treasures! I believe It may be the stone, but I am not sure. I remember when I was little, My dad brought something home, but I had no Idea what it was!
That is, until now……….
James, if you’re reading this, please respond, and I’ll give further detail. ( I can’t just give out my e-mail online, now can I? ) If you get this message but can’t respond through cinemassacre, My youtube user name is peptalkguy. please, I have to know if it’s real or not!
January 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm
@Fuck RomEmKing Don’t bother man. I’ve told that guy to fuck himself in every conceivable way and it does no good.
April 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm
Someone should start a petition to bring this epic quest back. I don’t care how, but it NEEDS to be brought back. Even if they have to make Airworld a PC or handheld game and rob the current company owner’s house (or wherever the hell those last items are kept) to make it happen.
June 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm
what is this theme song?
June 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm
Where’s the sword????????
July 13, 2011 at 7:02 am
FUCK ACHIVEMENTS/TROPHYS!!!!!!!! I WANT THE GODDAMN GOLD SWORD!!!!!!!!!!!
July 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm
Problem with doing something like this competition now days is that people are much better at hacking games then they were back then, so you’ll find alot of people would cheat.
July 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm
you know what game you should review: time machine. god that game slurps foot long pubes!!!
August 11, 2011 at 1:14 am
Who’s up for stormin that guys mansion and stealin the sword?
August 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Mind blown, like something out of a movie!
August 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Whoahh… I think they would make a “remake” for xbox360 or ps3. The quest muft be fucking finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm
wow what a sad story. no sarcasm either!
i would have loved that talisman with the zodiacs on them and stuff.
August 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm
This fat rich ass doesn’t deserfe theese things, I’ll go to america and get my ass inside his house like the sneaky ass ryu in ninja gaiden and then get this back, can’t be stealin’ right? Once I have ‘em, i have the choice… Sell them and getting REALLY RICH… or just go to a game company not knowing what theyll do with this… :/ maybe it all is in vein
December 5, 2011 at 8:31 am
And you DESERVE a spell check…sorry but you writing vulgar and childish is annoying…
September 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Thats so amazing! Who woulda thought there was a video game contest where u win actual treasure! They really should continue the contest,the game would be so awesome in this day and age! That game would sell like crazy
September 19, 2011 at 11:32 am
You know I think you’re right, and would totally support that kind of thing, except for 1 thing…Hackers. Hacking is so common now a days in games that people would just hack their way through the game and “claim” their selves as the so called “winners”.
September 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm
This is the most EPIC game video ever :O i wish i lived during the atari age,,,
September 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm
“Damn that’s a good game.”
“Gee Whiz, I sure love that game.”
September 23, 2011 at 10:50 am
If hackers is such a big problem. have two contests, one to secure the game and the other to actually play the game :p
November 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm
As much as I agree we need to get that shit back to where it belongs (In the hands of gamers) Jack did not live an easy life so lets not be too quick to make him out to be satan himself. Jack was sent to Auschwitz with his family where he lost his father because the nazi’s were too busy pumping gasoline into his blood stream. Jack made it out alive eventually (obviously) and learned to repair office supplies. From Typewriters he worked his way up to home computers and eventually Atari. So please people, can we cut him a little break?
January 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm
February 11, 2012 at 7:45 am
lol @marblehawk _
March 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm
November 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm
This would never work today. You would have legions of assholes working on one problem instead of on intrepid detective trying to win a contest.
August 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm
August 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm
“Legions of assholes” lmfao…you got that right! Forum culture ftl.
November 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm
NERD I AM WITH YOU THE SWORD,CROWN AND THE STONE SOUD BE IN THE HANDS OF GAMERS AND GAMERS ONLY! SO THAT FUCKING ASS SHIT BALLSUCKER SOUD GIVE IT ALL BACK
November 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm
Fuck the sword I want that stone
December 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm
How old are the 2 previous winner now? Are they still alive? Do they still have their treasures?
Because if atari was to relaunch a new competition with Waterworld and Airworld, well, how could we be sure that the two previous winners in the early 80′s would participate to the finals for the sword?
I They must be more than 50 by now and probably don’t give any shit to video games…
March 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm
@Nintendo_Frog Both the winners are still alive. The Chalice winner keeps his prize in a bank vault. The Talisman got melted down and sold, though the winner kept the white gold sword from the front.
August 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm
Aww man…it got fucking melted down?? How fucked up is that shit?
January 13, 2012 at 9:26 am
they should at least be in a museum or something.
August 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm
January 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm
you are Sir William Wallace himself!EPIC and EPIC music!
January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm
The game title’s so lame.
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January 28, 2012 at 3:55 am
as you said, with waterworld started shit to hit the fan, I was afraid you have to drink kevin costners recycled pisswater in order to win the game XD
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February 1, 2012 at 12:27 am
Just want u 2 know nerd, ive started compiling info on The sword and am preping for a quest
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February 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm
Atari didn’t cut the line. Air quest was REAL FUCKIN’ LIFE. They said that the Jack guy bought Atari, when he didn’t. They gave the sword, and possibly the stone and crown, and the gamers were supposed to be led to search for the treasures.
February 24, 2012 at 9:34 am
@tainy I think you sir, are crazy.
March 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm
@CGBongsmoke and you sir, have a good point, that is some of the craziest sh*t iv’e every heard
February 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm
February 23, 2012 at 12:36 am
Too bad that talisman is melted down :l kinda want to see more pics of that
March 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm
LOL the ideia was awesome but the games were so shitty!
March 24, 2012 at 10:35 am
isnt 5 and three a prime number?
March 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm
the episode is easily one of my favorites… but it’s more like The Happy Video Game Nerd
May 3, 2012 at 6:21 am
Jack is dead he died febuary 2012 so his house is probably still standing so the crown the sword and the stone must still be in his house.
May 6, 2012 at 9:08 am
air world is about the I ching
June 4, 2012 at 1:40 am
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June 8, 2012 at 10:02 am
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July 22, 2012 at 4:14 am
I wonder who has the remaining prizes now that Jack Trimael is dead? It would be nice that if he acutally DID have them, his children or relatives would donate them to a gaming museum.
August 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm
I love this episode.
October 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm
2 3 5 7 and 11 are the first 5 prime numbers but 11 is higher then 10 so you can’t use that. Now we only have 4 numbers left and not 5 so to make a sentence with 5 prime words is impossible if you only have 10 words. Maybe they also counted number 1 as a prime number but that’s bullshit!!
August 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm
not a clue!
November 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm
What an intense promotion. Real gold treasures worth $10k+? Secret messages hidden in comics? Don’t make em like they used to.
December 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm
A another story about some gaming event that I never knew about until now. This shit is better then what Club Nintendo has.
it would be great if nintendo did competitions like this but less difficult!
January 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm
they should have released Airworld for the Atari Flashback
February 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm
swordquest is badass!!!! all the games nowdays are DLC cash-in ripoffs … they are not worthy to be called games nowdays, i want another game like swordquest, ea games has waaay enough money to TOTALLY OUT-DO swordquest… everyone BOYCOTT EA until they make a quest for real treasures game!
February 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm
speaking of EA… i say ALL games that have that crap where its like “preorder to get x item, or x level” .. and “we took out half the game to sell as a day1 DLC” … those games, are WAAAY worse than atari games… greedy assholes… fuck them, thats why i download games..
March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm
Jack Tramiel is dead he died of heart failure on April 8th last year so i don’t know what’s gonna happen to the treasures either his family’s gonna keep em or someone is gonna fidn them and keep them i don’t know.
August 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm
we need a nerd museum!
March 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Best Nerd episode ever, ever!
November 15, 2013 at 5:02 am
March 22, 2013 at 9:43 am
Hi. Just thought you’d like to know I am one of the contestants from Atari Swordquest Fireworld. I didn’t win anything, but I got a chance to sneakily pick up the sword. That is, before the security guards told me to back away. You can see pics on my facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ross.kingsley.75/photos_stream Please pardon the slight blurriness, but I transferred them from paper to digital using my laptop’s webcam. Cheers.