Atari (Part 2) “Classic 2600 Games” with James & Mike

Mike Matei / June 26th, 2013

Be sure and watch part one, as we introduce the Atari 2600.

Atari (Part I) Introduction


  • NE(AS)S

    June 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm


    • June 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      I’m tired of people like you.


        June 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        Shut up stupid!!

      • July 7, 2013 at 8:26 am

        and im tired of people like you

    • karel1

      June 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Would you like a Prize?

    • DrJekyll

      June 27, 2013 at 12:19 am

      3 827 774th !


      June 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      NO, I just beat yur ass for first and now I’m first DIKBREATH!! LOL James doesn’t like you so eat shit!!

      • NE(AS)S

        June 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

        Wow! So many wasted comments!

      • July 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Can’t you people stop wasting the fucking comment box space so that people can actually use it for fucking comments? These aren’t for bullying other members you douche mongrel! People like you should be kicked off of the site for that!

  • karel1

    June 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Another classic review/documentary on the Atari! Keep it up guys!

  • June 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Your analysis of the supposed marketing strategies for Vanguard’s demographics are hilarious.

  • taykel

    June 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I have the arcade version of Jungle Hunt on PS2 and I could never beat it. The last level was nothing like the Atari version which looks like it is easy to beat. On the arcade one, I couldn’t figure it out and get killed! It is very amusing to see Mario on an Atari game.

  • jomamma

    June 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    loved it guys, your my idols keep it up

  • Tommi Heikkinen

    June 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Should’ve touched the ‘E’ in Vanguard to get the awesome music!

    • Antifrodis

      June 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      My thoughts exactly. It’s okay to touch the E. I wanted to hear the music too!

  • xenxander

    June 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    the easiest way to play asteroids was to stay in the middle and keep firing at things a they come closer. Moving fucks you over. I never understood peoples’ desires to move.
    I flipped the score in that game, essentially beating it. Also the same (flipping the score I mean) with space invaders. It eventually starts you off with no sheidls with the absolute minimal amount of passes the aliens could make. So you can’t miss the bottom row on the first pass. :p

    Anyone want to guess what games are next? Let’s keep it down to only 5 in our lists. My top five I would guess are:
    Congo Bongo, Defender, Cosmic Ark, Keystone Kapers, Adventure

    those five are in my top 20 list for Atari 2600. they already played river raid (in my top 5) and a few others I would have guessed.

    I’d like James to also go over the different Atari 2600 controllers.
    And does he have the special controller needed to play Indi 500? I never owned the controller but I owned the game :p

  • June 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    ITS “THE GOND” not “the god”, the gond were the enemy ships and the name of the boss at the end, goddamit, thought you were REAL nerds

  • Freddie Phillips

    June 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    About to watch now but i agree with Kye about “The Gond”.

  • Erik van Doorn

    June 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Watching these videos of the two of you playing these classic games is just so much fun. I actually find myself agreeing out loud and contributing to the discussion while watching. This is really nurturing my inner nerd 🙂 cheers from the Netherlands

  • Turdle Dick

    June 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I thought the final boss was “Guard” like VanGuard, not God. haha total new england accent. god this gaurd is god. lol

    • June 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Its “the gond”, as in “Who destroys the gond?” Luther destroys the gond!” “HURR HURR HURR HURR”

    • June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Yep I agree that it’s guard not ‘god’.

      • June 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm


      • Turdle Dick

        June 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        haha. but why GOND ? what is a GOND ? Im not saying thats wrong, it just seems GUARD would be more relevent to the game. It does sound like they are saying GOND in the commercial. I just dont get why it would be vanguard, then the final boss is obviously guarding the end… like a GUARD but his name is GOND? hmmmm interesting.

      • BrandeX

        June 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm

        “vanguard” is a word. It means the first attack force.
        The enemy in this game is “The Gond”.

  • avgnfanfckballs

    June 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    thank you for posting this on youtube.

  • oldschool

    June 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Huh I thought the joystick is better then any controller. Try a 7800 joystick for your hands- it kills you.

  • beavischrist

    June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    It’s fun to imagine Beavis & Butthead humming the tune to that jungle boss.

  • Ruben

    June 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Great video, I can’t wait for part 3!

  • MadHitz

    June 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Haha I like the cameo by “Joker” Mike

  • June 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Vanguard actually comes from the words Avant Garde which is french for “Advance Guard” and means the troops moving at the head of an army, or the forefront of an action or movement.

    • Turdle Dick

      June 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      I did not know that. very interesting! thanks.

  • June 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Awesome video guys. I look forward to these vids so much. I’ve been checking the site several times a day just waiting for the next update on J&MP. Keep up the great work, and I can’t wait for the film!

  • June 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I love these J&MPs! Got that mad jamps!

  • Ace

    June 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    A thing I remember about Asteroids was that you could adjust the difficulty levels if you wanted more challenge, such as adding UFOs that would shoot back at you, and making the rocks fly faster or move in random patterns rather than just the up-down seen in the video.

  • Aaron1375

    June 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Awesome video guys. I hope you guys get to Escape From the Mindmaster during this Atari run. That games graphics are really good, it presents a three dimensional maze…as for Jungle Hunt, the knife is a lot more distinct.

  • Venkman

    June 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Lovin these James and Mike, keep em comin! 🙂

  • Kenshiroh

    June 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Speaking of Atari and Nintendo, Atari actually almost became the US distributor for the Famicom/NES.

    From Wikipedia
    Bolstered by its success in Japan, Nintendo soon turned its attention to the larger North American market. As a new console manufacturer, Nintendo had to convince a skeptical public to embrace its system. To this end, Nintendo entered into negotiations with Atari[7] to release the Famicom as the “Nintendo Enhanced Video System.”[citation needed] Though the two companies reached a tentative agreement, with final contract papers to be signed at the 1983 Summer Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Atari refused to sign at the last minute, after seeing Coleco, one of its main competitors in the market at that time,[6] demonstrating a prototype of Donkey Kong for its forthcoming Coleco Adam home computer system[fn 3] Although the game had been originally produced for the ColecoVision and could thus automatically be played on the backwards compatible Adam computer, Atari took the demonstration as a sign that Nintendo was also dealing with Coleco. Though the issue was cleared up within a month, by then Atari’s financial problems stemming from the North American video game crash of 1983 left the company unable to follow through with the deal.

  • Paulballsftw

    June 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Great video James. Me and some of my friends grew up with Atari first and then Nintendo when we were kids also. What I find interesting is between the games our family had and the ones my friends had which were only like 20 each they seem to be all the ones you have talked about. Maybe they had common games that most people knew about. There was better detail on the newer Atari games I remember that my friend had this skateboard game that had a full backround and looked more like a Nintendo type game cause it was not just a few colors of blocks and a black backround like the older games. If you want to talk about the first game that was a first person view and 3D not 2D for Atari there was Tunnel Runner. I do hope you talk about that in the next video and also I hope you talk about Mountain King with the famous music it had when you get the tail.

  • BrandeX

    June 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Hey guys, it’s: “The Gond”, not “The God”.

  • BrandeX

    June 27, 2013 at 12:10 am

    An interesting thing bout Jungle Hunt as an early example of a a side-scroller is that the game progresses right to left.

  • floydua

    June 27, 2013 at 2:08 am

    am i the only one that noticed that ms pac man only has one leg in BOTH pics you showed? more like ms monoplegicpac-man

  • June 27, 2013 at 2:27 am

    The Atari 7800 toe reset, is a skill that any fellow lazy man should master 🙂

  • thatdudeman56

    June 27, 2013 at 3:05 am

    plz use a different video player, i just did a speed test and got just under 50mbps and your video was lagging and i wasnt even streaming in HD….

    • Bobby1001

      June 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I’m pretty sure these videos are on Youtube too.

  • christburner

    June 27, 2013 at 3:18 am

    good stuff guys 🙂 cant wait for the next one

  • Billy Staton

    June 27, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I’d forgotten about the timing involved jumping the cannibals, but remembered the part about the knife from the instructions, too. I’d also forgotten about the white noise! In Asteroids and both Pac Man games, you can use the select button on the console to choose different difficulties or to play two players. Thanks for the video!

  • Benny Mueller

    June 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

    i just love u 2 guys

  • Connor Lefevers

    June 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    gotta love ATARI

  • June 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    This final background music!!! looks like chrono trigger, when you are on pré historic party and everyone is dancing!!! It’s almost the same! maybe they got the music inspiration here!!!

  • Alpenjodler

    June 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    River Raid was on the index in Germany. You couldn’t buy it unless you were 18 years old ^^

  • June 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Mike the Atari master, they should really dig up that Swordquest competition insted of allowing random people to dig in the desert.

  • uberrainman

    June 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Awesome, can’t wait for part 3

  • June 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    watching this video i found myself making the same noise PEWSH PEW PEW PEW

  • June 28, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I’m suppose to be a gamer and a real loves all system so I’ll make up for it by at least trying out the Atari .

  • Kevin XI

    June 28, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Wow, now you’ve really taken me back to the past. I had Vanguard, but didn’t fuck with it much. I was pissed when Pac-Man wasn’t like it was at the arcade. Oh, well, you should have seen me when I got Double Dragon for 2600. Yeah, Ms. Pac-Man is a hot BBW. Fap central. River Raid, wow, I sank some hours into that one. Many pointless hours, but then I got Xevious. It’s dangerous, it’s devious, it’s Xevious. Love it. OH, Mario bros, see above about Pac-Man and Double Dragon. Asteroids, there’s nothing left unsaid there. Never played that Frog game that wasn’t Frogger. But, Jungle Hunt, not to be confused with Pitfall (I did back then, sue me.) That was the shit. I’ve thought about most of the other games sometimes over the years, but not Jungle Hunt. It was nice to see it again, and remember where I was and who was with me at the time. Thanks, I guess!

  • Richard Dresch

    June 28, 2013 at 6:47 am

    God is dead… As we sail beyond good and evil, God is Dead and the uberman (Luther) prevails.

  • Teeka

    June 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

    If you have it, please try Solaris.
    Out of all my atari2600 games, that was my favourite as it is also one you can actually win/end. And it’s pretty big (and tough) for an atari2600 game, too.

  • June 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

    i absolutely love these video’s!
    great work work james and mike!

  • Daniel Pavelko

    June 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Hey, great video guys. Your analysis of the Vanguard commercial cracked me up. Could you guys play Adventure in the next set of Atari games?

  • strider

    June 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Uh…i was expecting some Atari Porn on the Jungle Hunt ending 🙁

  • gluserty

    June 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I thought this video was funny and informative, and all the games were either cult classics or classics; for myself, I always liked the Atari 2600 version of “Asteroids” more than the arcade version. Also, I believe James had that high score, since I scored 65000+ points on the game a few months ago, and I play it infrequently nowadays.

  • June 29, 2013 at 3:23 am

    I love Cinnemasacre! I like being taken into the past and learning seeing these games. Thanks you Mike and James. Stuff like these are why I’m a fan

  • June 29, 2013 at 3:25 am

    lol! “She’s really round ya know? You feel like you can squeeze her.”

  • June 29, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Do more Game Gear Reviews, Mike! There aren’t any on youtube! You’re our only hope!

  • z_thompson

    June 29, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Who has the balls to punch an alligator? Bayou Billy, that’s who! They are one of the enemies on the first level of that hard as fuck game. You get to punch and kick them right in the face, and you HAVE to do it when they are lunging at you!
    If you are lucky you can get a knife and stab them in the face.

  • firespread3

    June 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    You guys need to play “Decathalon”

  • Freddie Phillips

    June 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I couldnt get through it. I like the AVGN talking shit about video games but I was really hoping to see a love for old games shine through in this video. All I heard was very bad jokes about Vanguard not even said right. I look forward to the next video !

  • Joker83

    June 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    This was awesome, totally worth the wait!!

    I would love to see you guys do a complete two player run through of Rescue Rangers on the NES

  • Mike Roberts

    June 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    James, you said that the first console that a Mario game was on was the Atari 2600, but that isn’t true. “Donkey Kong” came out a year before this game and it was a Colecovision exclusive launch title. (They later made a version for Atari.)

  • June 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Do you know Anthony from Smosh on YouTube? He sometimes watches AVGN.

  • June 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I would’ve laughed so hard if they just whipped out E.T.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    June 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

    You guys played a lot of cool games, but not many that I remember playing, except maybe Astroids, Pac-man, and Mario Bros. I’m hoping Joust, Pitfall, Frogger, and more are coming later. The witch hunter song from Jungle Hunt sounds like Arabian Nights from Aladdin!

  • Roastbeefwithcheese

    July 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    LUTHER Destroys the Guard


  • July 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I have pac-man for atari.

  • July 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    me:Ihave pac-man for atari.
    the 1st cometer on this vid!:D

  • July 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I have alot of atari games on my wii!how you do that is 1:serch up letter bomb 2:put in the info off your wii on that site 3:cut eather the red or the blue wire! 4:put all of the stuff in your sd card’s root(the main part of the sd card) 5:go back a few days intil you find a red mail thing with a bomb in it then you fallow the on screen instrctions then you install the homebrew channel then online you search forthe homebrew browser then you get that then move thoes in the “app”foder then you put the sd card in your wii then go to the homebrew chanel then you should see the homebrew browser then go to it then emulater then find the atari 2600 emulater select it then download it then you can get more games,enmulaters,medea and more.then you hit home botton then exit then you should see some can search for some atari roms.If this dont work find a nother way to get a leterbomb.

    • July 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Uhhh No one gives a fuck

      • Harley Jackson

        July 6, 2013 at 2:06 am

        I do. I have a Wii, and I was actually about to search how to do this very thing. Thanks, SandiLorenz! I think you meant YOU don’t give a fuck, Satoshitaj. Good for you. Now fuck off. I don’t know about everyone else, but I DO know WE (Harley Jackson & Sandi Lorenz) don’t give a fuck if you give a fuck.

  • Harley Jackson

    July 6, 2013 at 1:59 am

    While we’re on the subject of Atari 2600, did you know Jack Black’s first acting job was in an Atari commercial? He was advertising “Pitfall!” for Atari 2600.

  • Deacon Cole

    July 7, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Atari has a rather strong homebrew community and a chap named Dennis Debro made a game called Pac-man4K which is a much more faithful translation of the arcade game using the same 4K that was assigned the official Atari cartridge.

    There’s also a version of Asteroids called Space Rocks by Darrell Spice is an excellent translation, adding elements of Asteroids Deluxe to the mix as well as the ability to select vector-style graphics.

    You should check these games out.

  • July 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    you guys must MUST smoke before this. haha ^^

  • wardrich

    July 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Guys, it’s not GOD, it’s GOND. Luther destroys the GOND.

  • wardrich

    July 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

    What’s that chiptune playing around the 12:40 mark?

  • August 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I think I’m gonna by an ATARI now.

  • vernon schaal

    December 3, 2013 at 7:27 am

    LOL It’s Luther destroys the Gond!

  • January 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    My Naga has 17 buttons and when I think about it the dexterity in my right thumb is phenomenal. ;D

  • January 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    In the arcade version of Jungle Hunt, the knife is easier to see. The third level’s harder because you’re running up hill trying to jump over the rocks. And the two guards are closer to each other. In the arcade (and NES) versions of Mario Bros, the coins are easier to discern as coins. And the block at the bottom is a POW block, also seen later in Super Mario Bros 2 (where the POW scrolls, but not in Doki Doki Panic).

  • matt neathery

    April 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    river raid makes me think of zaxxon

  • Tits McGee

    November 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    *It’s Gond, not God.

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