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Intruder Alert! Pillows Go Berzerk!

by Paul Strauss

I always loved the game Berzerk back when it hit arcades all the way back in 1980. But for some reason, it’s one of those few classic games that doesn’t get much love these days (although technabob’s mascot was “borrowed” from the game). So when I saw these Berzerk pillows today, it made me grin from ear to ear.


These crocheted Berzerk pillows are lovingly handcrafted by PlayTimeCreations. Each one features the pixel-block imagery of either a cyclops robot, green humanoid or one of those damned bouncing ball smiley face things (officially known as “Evil Otto”).


You can grab a set of 2 pillows over at PlayTimeCreations’ Etsy shop for $40 (USD). A 4-pillow set is also available on special request to the artist. And no, Frenzy was NOT the same game as Berzerk.

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Comments (4):

  1. Alan McNeil says:

    Well, Frenzy was based on Berzerk and used the same hardware and I reused the characters adding skeletons because it was October when I started. I should know I designed and programmed both. I love these pillows.

  2. JASON NAME says:

    I too love these pillows. I am a musician and my “persona” as an electronic musician is that of a herald who warns the planet of the eventual robot uprising that has probably already started unbeknownst to us. I will use images form the internet from time to time to make skins for my CDs (that I might give to like 10 people). I’ve always wanted to incorporate the images from this game (both the game itself and the original packaging) because it represents the spirit of what I try to communicate in my music. I’ve still got this game along with my working 7800 that is reverse compatible with all my old 2600 cartridges. I also thought of throwing some of the game sounds into the mixes i make and was wondering (since I might have the ear of the designer of the game) if that would be cool? Sorry to hijack the thread, I just couldn’t resist when I read this post.

    • Alan McNeil says:

      Very cool use. I love seeing the Berzerk robots show up anywhere. They will take over eventually. Just remember the electronics making your music are robots too! (hehe) I switched to bandoneon – no battery required.
      Do you have a link to your music? I too have done electronic music.

      • JASON NAME says:

        WOW! I tried explaining to my wife how cool this conversation is but I don’t think she has an appropriate perspective (she was born in ’85, can’t remember a system older than a N64, and she’s from Canada- where robots fear to tread). My music right now consists of mixing only so I don’t know how much credit I can take for it- but it is hosted on the only website I know of that investigates the possible results of weaponized music against our heartless “friends” the robots. NPR told me my efforts were “sophomoric” and “stupid”; they also commented on my vision of our future as “juvenile and grossly inaccurate”. My site is: http://web.me.com/jasonking8/J450N_N4ME/Welcome.html
        there is a navigation menu at the top. my podcast is called clicks+beeps+rhythm=music and you might have to subscribe to hear it because the files are too big to be handled through the media player on the site. the 30 minute mixes come through but the hour long ones (90% of my mixes) have to come through itunes. Please, go to the site, email me, add me as a friend on facebook, whatever- I’m delighted to have made your acquaintance. You entertained me for hours as a kid- I only hope I can entertain you a bit now with my site and music.

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