Today in Gaming History: 10/31/2013


1983: Halloween (the video game) released

I mean, it is Halloween after all, so this is only fitting, right? Five years after the release of Halloween (the movie), Atari unleashed a game that bore only a modest resemblance to Michael Myers’ killing spree. Playing as an unnamed babysitter, your goal was to keep your kid safe from Myers, or rather and unnamed killer’s evil hands. Move the kid from room to room dodging the murderer to score points. Fun? I’m not so sure…

Alright, so it wasn’t the most sophisticated fare, and I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t Atari’s highest seller. And sure, the industry collapsed that same year thanks in part to an oversaturation of mediocre games, but just think of all the bad movie games we have to, um…thank…no, accept…uh…

Well shoot…I don’t know about you, but movie-related video games are just about as scary as regular horror games! But everyone has their favorite bad games — tell us yours in the comments!


  1. C. T. Murphy says:

    Custer’s Revenge was scarier!


    1. cary says:

      You, good sir, are not wrong. Oh, the trying days of early games!


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