vcg_logo_gsw.jpg['Game Ads A-Go-Go' is a bi-weekly column by Vintage Computing and Gaming's RedWolf that showcases good, bad, strange, funny, and interesting classic video game-related advertisements, most of which are taken from his massive classic game magazine collection.]

Welcome back, friends. In all my...two months of game ad punditry research, I've discovered that blatantly taking things out of context is a time-honored comedy tactic that rarely fails. So, in the interest of entertainment, I have assembled some of the best out-of-context illustrated game ad faces in the universe and turned them into a little quiz. On each question, you will be presented with a number of choices, only one of which is the correct answer. After you've thought hard and written down your answer (no cheating!), you can view the correct answer by clicking on each link below the question. Doing so will reveal the full ad and put the faces in context. Then see how you stack up against your friends. Good luck!

Question #1


Look at the picture above. Is this man:

a. Fighting a demonic gladiator summoned from Hell
b. Begging for mercy from his abusive mother
c. About to be dissected in an alien prison
d. Stuck behind the answer board on Jeopardy
e. A really bad volleyball player

Click here for the answer.

Question #2


Look at the picture above. Is this man:

a. Being tackled by a policeman at an outdoor rock concert
b. Having a colonoscopy
c. Badly piloting a jet pack
d. Sticking his head out of a train window
e. Both b. and d.

Click here for the answer.

Question #3


Look at the picture above. Is this man:

a. Narrowly dodging plasma blasts
b. Taking part in a live action Pac-Man reenactment
c. Playing tennis
d. Eating a really fast hamburger
e. Really a woman

Click here for the answer.

Question #4


Look at the picture above. Is this man:

a. All of the below
b. A midget
c. A bodybuilder
d. A pissed-off vigilante with a thirst for alien blood
e. Secretly measuring his penis

Click here for the answer.

Bonus Question (Extra Credit)


Look at the picture above. Is this man (to the left):

a. A king among men, ready to lead a brave band of adventurers to victory
b. A sport spectator with a gay-looking hat
c. Richard Garriott making a cameo in a tennis game ad
d. All of the above

Click here for the answer (look carefully).

Making the Grade

So, how well did you do? Tally up your score (one point for each correct answer), add seven to that, then divide it by two. The resulting number you get will be completely meaningless, but you can post it on your refrigerator and feel proud. Heck, I'm proud of ya -- but I'm your mom, so I guess it doesn't count.

Well, that's all for now. Until next time, this is the RedWolfster saying, "Eat your prayers, say your vegetables, and don't forget to punch your uncle in the kneecap."

[RedWolf is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Vintage Computing and Gaming, a regularly updated "blogazine" that covers collecting, playing, and hacking vintage computing and gaming devices. He has been collecting vintage computers and game systems for over 13 years. He is also a very silly person.]