River Raid (Atari 2600)

The designers at Activision obviously knew that intrepid River Raid players were going to utterly dominate the game when it was released. Once the game’s score counter maxes out at 999,999, the game doesn’t simply roll back over to zero (as many other games of the era did) or glitch out. Instead, the programmers coded in a simplistic “ending” where your plane explodes, the screen flashes red, and your score is replaced with six exclamation points. Go grab the polaroid, you’re gonna be the most popular kid on the block!

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