Thursday, 4 November 2010

Atari: The Blade Runner Curse

I never had an Atari growing up-- my family was all about the Intelivision. As such, I didn't really have any strong Atari-related feeling to convey with my drawing today.

When I do think of Atari, I pretty much think of the famous "Blade Runner Curse". Atari was one of several then-giant firms (like Pan Am and Cuisinart) that were featured prominently in the giant moving video billboards in the 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" that shortly thereafter went bankrupt. Even mighty Coca Cola was almost dealt a fatal blow with its disastrous introduction of New Coke about that time. You can read more about this whole curse here if you don't believe me. It's on Wikipedia, so it must be true.


  1. Atari is now a French company called Infogrames Inc. So therefore one of the corporate undead.

    I've drawn Harrison Ford previously, he's actually very difficult. Looks very much like the Golfer Nick Faldo as it happens ( minus the scar )

    This is quite a good likeness.

  2. Cuisinart has also had an undead resurrection. I wouldn't be surprised if Pan Am did as well.

    Checked out that Nick Faldo guy and you're right, but I think he looks more like Bryan Cranston from his "Malcolm in the Middle" days.

    Oh, and thank you.

  3. George makes it for Atari day!
    We didn't have Atari either. I have
    strong memories of playing it at my
    friends houses. The Spider man game
    also sucked.

    This is a good drawing with more wiggle than
    I though it would have.