Digital Press sponsored a funny auction contest in March of 2002. The idea was to come up with a phony listing that was game-related, and believable enough to actually fool the uninformed into bidding. This was my entry. It didn't win but did close with a $76 bid. The "label" was hand-cut, using scissors, from a large USPS Priority Mail sticker. The winner (total newbie) was very understanding when I explained it was a joke for a contest. eBay never found it.
Unused Lab Prototype Label
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In 1982, Atari attempted to follow up on their success with the classic Adventure cartridge for the Atari VCS (2600) with the Swordquest series. As everyone knows, the four Swordquest games formed the basis for a contest, each game containing clues to the final puzzle.
The first two games, Earthworld and Fireworld, were mass-produced and are very common even to this day. The third, Waterworld, was available only to members of the Atari Gaming Club who ordered it through the mail, and is one of the most sought-after titles for the system. And the fourth game, Airworld, was NEVER RELEASED, and all evidence suggests that programming for it was NEVER EVEN BEGUN!
But Swordquest's legacy lives on. Just as classic gaming fans like John Dondzila and Kevin Horton have faithfully created new games for the Atari 2600, Colecovision, Vectrex, etc., so have I painstakingly toiled to bring you the Swordquest: Airworld lab prototype label, as it might have looked had work ever actually been done on the game. This auction is for an absolutely UNIQUE, one-of-a-kind collector's item commemorating the non-release of Swordquest: Airworld. I can guarantee with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that YOU WILL NEVER SEE THIS ITEM LISTED ON EBAY AGAIN, EVER!!!