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July 28, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Dukes of Hazzard TV show gets snagged in Confederate flag controversy while the Atari prototype slips by

Catherine Back as Daisy Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard I was fascinated by the recent controversy over the confederate flag at the state capitol in South Carolina. I'm not one to take sides on such issues, but it seems that some folks tend to appropriate things for their own purposes. Let's not forget that "gay" used to simply mean happy - no sexual orientation attached to it. Everything changes over time - that's just how things are.

In the wake of any controversy you always have to keep an eye on those who try to bend the truth just to support their views. Politicians are the masters of that art, but some of the flag opponents tried to tie in any reference to the confederate flag - truth be damned.

Some folks began saying that cable channel TV Land pulled the Dukes of Hazzard reruns off the air due to it's display of the confederate flag. Everyone bought into that story except gaming historian Patrick Scott Patterson who decided to look into that statement. He discovered that the show was indeed off the air, but it was simply part of the channel's show rotation and it will be back in due time.

The Duke boys seem pretty removed from any part of that controversy, yet someone tried to use it to push their opinion and agenda. It's a dangerous world we live in. It is so important for everyone to do their own research and question everything. Don't take anyone's word on anything. If the Dukes were taken off the air due to it's content, that online article should have linked to the press release from TV Land stating that fact. There was no PR because it was all fabricated!

The Dukes of Hazzard Video Games from Atari to PS2

I remember watching the series on TV as a kid. It ran from early 1979 through 1985, giving the series 7 seasons and 145 episodes. Not a bad run! With all the chatter about the Dukes of Hazzard made me wonder how many times the Duke Boys appeared in video games. In fact they appeared on 2 Sony consoles and even an Atari 2600 prototype that was never commercially released.

Dukes of Hazzard prototype for Atari 2600 Dukes of Hazzard prototype video game for Atari 2600 was developed in 1983 but never commercially released. The game was nearly complete and burned to ROM chips when Atari abruptly cancelled the game.
Dukes of Hazzard prototype for Atari 2600 Dukes of Hazzard prototype video game for Atari 2600. This is a great website for info about Atari prototype games.

Dukes of Hazzard video game for PlayStation Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home video game for PlayStation was released on November 30, 1999.
Dukes of Hazzard video game for PlayStation Dukes of Hazzard II: Daisy Dukes It Out video game for PlayStation was released on November 7, 2000.

Dukes of Hazzard video game for PlayStation 2 Dukes of Hazzard video game for PlayStation 2 even had a shapely rendered Daisy Duke. It was released on September 28, 2004.


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