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vader121
02-14-2008, 03:52 PM
I know everyone knows about Atari but what about Intellivision? This was out in the 80's and was a step better than Intellivision. My parents still have it packed away and I was able to play it again several years ago.

El Chuxter
02-14-2008, 04:00 PM
Vaguely.

I got a collection of Intellivision games for the Playstation from my brother-in-law when he gave me his PS2, but haven't really played it much. I guess it's what you played back in the day that you feel nostalgic for, since I play the heck out of stuff like Yars Revenge and the old Activision games.

Lord Malakite
02-14-2008, 06:20 PM
I know of the Mattel created system. The original model was marketed as the Radio Shack Tandyvision, the GTE-Sylvania Intellivision, and the Sears Super Video Arcade. A second sleeker model (known as the Intellivision II) was later released with added features.

It featured several add-ons. The first was the Entertainment Computer System (also known as the ECS). It was designed with the idea of transforming the system into a home computer. A second add-on was the System Changer (which only worked for the Intellivision II). This gave the Intellivision the unlicensed ability to play Atari 2600 games. There was also the Intellivoice (a voice synthesis device which produced speech when used with certain games) and a music keyboard add-on for the ECS add-on.

It was also the first console to feature a notable downloadable game service (similar in idea to today's Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, and the PS Network). It used a special adaptor (like the Sega Genesis's Sega Channel or Super Famicom's Satellaview) known as PlayCable to allow local cable-TV system operators to send Intellivision games over the wire alongside the normal TV signal.

vader121
02-15-2008, 03:01 PM
Intellivision was really cool for the time. Was way better than Atari. I know Coleco vision was out then too but I never saw that or played it so can't compare to it.

Some of the games that were my favorites are:
-Burger Time *like the arcade game, really fun to play.
-Dreadnaught Factor (Activision) *most of the Activision games were way cool
-Astrosmash *could play this game for hours at a time. Usually I would just get sick of it and stop playing.
-Mission X *game was like River Raid or 1942 and you would be in a P38 'Lightning' and would just destroy stuff.
-Lady Bug *same as Pacman but you were a bug eating flowers and veggies instead of ghosts and fruit.
-Advanced Dungeon & Dragons *a few different games and each was kinda cool
-Sports games *these were cool for the time but my favorites were Football, Car Racing, & Bowling.

I also had Intellivoice and had the following games:
-B17 Bomber *awesome game. Would be a game where you would fly bombing missions over Europe and could destroy targets like factories, AA guns, Airports, and even ships.
-Bomb Squad *kinda cool, had to defuse bombs
-Tron 'Maze-A-Tron' *never liked this game
I think I had one more but can't think of the name.

Kidhuman
02-15-2008, 03:29 PM
I was just in Kmart today and saw Intellivisions greatest its for PS2. I hadnt thought about that system in forever. I never had it as a kid, but do rememer it.

Jedi_Kal-El
02-15-2008, 03:44 PM
Wow. you're taking me back there. I had an Atari and my next door neighbor had Intellivision. I remember he had a Masters of the Universe game. Pretty cheesy now that I think back on it, but it was fun when we were kids.

stillakid
02-15-2008, 11:24 PM
My brothers and I had the Atari and went through a ton of joysticks. My favorite game was the simple PONG on the Olympics cartridge. The PacMan and Space Invaders cartridges were great too. I also got pretty good at the Empire Strikes Back game with the AT ATs.

A friend of mine from school got Intellivision and I remember not being terribly impressed at the time. It was supposed to be cooler because they had more 'detail" than other platforms. For instance, the boxing game added an actual hanging light over the ring for added "realism." Of course by today's standards, it was hardly anything, but at the time, those extra touches were a big deal.

jjreason
02-17-2008, 10:18 AM
My uncle and best friend both had Intellivision systems, so yes I remember it well. It blew the Atari right out of the water in sports games. The baseball and hockey were really, really good comparatively speaking.

The controllers were attached to the deck via those curly, stretchy phone-type cords, and actually looked more like telephone handsets with a control disc at the bottom than conventional joysticks or joypads. I remember for each game having to slide a flimsy plastic overlay through narrow slots on the controller- these quickly got bent and misshapen if you didn't handle them carefully (which, in turn, made them a pain in the butt to insert properly).

The other outstanding games that I recall playing were Tron: Deadly Discs and Astrosmash. :thumbsup:

vader121
02-18-2008, 10:45 AM
I had the MOTU game. It was ok. I loved it when Heman and Skeletor would fight. Sounded & looked like they were fighting with huge kitchen knives.
The cooler thing was flying in the Wind Raider. I remember thinking that at each level you would fight a different villian and Skeletor would be the last but that didn't happen and I remember being dissapointed.

I also had ESB and fighting the At Ats. However I always thought it was pretty lame because that's all you did was fight them and shoot at the red block on the body somewhere to down them.

Other cool games I remember:
Poker & Blackjack - came with the gaming system. Was pretty cool actually.
Space Armada - Intellivisions version of Space Invaders.
Reversi - like Othello
Commando
Space Battle

JON9000
02-28-2008, 06:18 PM
I had COLECOVISION. It was a big step up from ATARI, with two controller buttons and even a keypad. What was really rad were the accesories- I had a steering wheel and gas pedal to play TURBO! It even had an add-on port to play ATARI games. I don't know how they got away with it.

The system really lost steam once they tried to make it into a full fledged computer that would work on your TV. Yes, they really were trying to do that 25 years ago.

plasticfetish
02-28-2008, 07:46 PM
From that group of "second generation" consoles, I'll always have a soft spot for the 2600. I remember playing an Intellivision and hating the controller (still do), because that wheel thing is so annoying. ColecoVision isn't terrible, but it's the fact that you can play games from other systems that makes it good. (Plus that original Donkey Kong cart. :)) I also own a Fairchild Channel F, Vectrex, Odyessey2, plus a variety of other Atari systems... when it gets down to it, they're all fun. Something about the simple bullet-proof nature of those systems makes them a real treat.


I had COLECOVISION. It was a big step up from ATARI, with two controller buttons and even a keypad. What was really rad were the accesories- I had a steering wheel and gas pedal to play TURBO! It even had an add-on port to play ATARI games. I don't know how they got away with it.Atari actually sued Coleco over that expansion module, but lost because the 2600 could be built with standard parts. Coleco even put out a 2600 clone called the "Gemini." (I need to dig around and see if I have one now.)


The system really lost steam once they tried to make it into a full fledged computer that would work on your TV. Yes, they really were trying to do that 25 years ago.Their computer module was called the "Coleco Adam," and I suppose it was their way of competing with Atari's 400 and 800 computers that were out at the time. (I've got an Adam around here somewhere, but don't think I've ever gone to the trouble of hooking it all up.)


I know of the Mattel created system. The original model was marketed as the Radio Shack Tandyvision, the GTE-Sylvania Intellivision, and the Sears Super Video Arcade.It was all the same sytem really. Mattel sold Intellivision through those retailers in the same way that Atari sold Tele-Games through Sears.

Lord Malakite
02-29-2008, 04:48 AM
Their computer module was called the "Coleco Adam," and I suppose it was their way of competing with Atari's 400 and 800 computers that were out at the time.
Coleco Adam was supposedly targeted to compete more against Apple Computer than it was with Atari's 400 and 800 from what I've read. Coleco had hoped it would "take a bite" out of Apple's market share (hence why they named it Adam). You got to love their sense of humor. :D


It was all the same sytem really. Mattel sold Intellivision through those retailers in the same way that Atari sold Tele-Games through Sears.
Isn't that what I basically said? The original model by Mattel was marketed under those various names. :p

plasticfetish
02-29-2008, 05:43 PM
You got to love their sense of humor.And their optimistic attitude. If only Adam wasn't such a complicated mess... I'm trying to remember (because I don't have that box handy), but in my head I'm seeingit as being a mish-mash of parts. Way too complicated.


Isn't that what I basically said? The original model by Mattel was marketed under those various names.Yeah, sorry. When I read it, it sounded like you were saying that the Tandyvision had come out, and then was followed by the Intellivision. Not that it frigging matters. ;) As far as collecting goes, I'm actually happier when I find one of the oddball OEM systems.

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Anyone ever have/use the Intellivoice module? I have one somewhere, but have never gotten around to playing with it? I was kind of wondering how well it works.

Lord Malakite
02-29-2008, 07:37 PM
If only Adam wasn't such a complicated mess...
You got that right. Adam suffered through some major problems. Adam generated an electromagnetic surge every time you start it up. This would in turn erase the contents of any removable media left in or near the drive. It also didn't help that Coleco's manual instructed the user to put the tape in the drive before turning the computer on. :p Initial shipments of Adam had a high rate of defective tape drives and ejecting a tape while it was moving would usually destroy a properly working drive as there was no eject lock-out mechanism and the tape moves at a relatively high speed rate. :whip: Coleco also made the decision to use the printer to supply power to the entire Adam system. So if the printer malfunctioned, none of the system worked. :D There are also other minor issues involving SmartWriter not being able to get back into the typewriter mode without rebooting the entire system and Adam not having its BASIC interpreter permanently stored in ROM.


As far as collecting goes, I'm actually happier when I find one of the oddball OEM systems.
Its a nightmare though when you are someone like myself who prides himself on trying to know all the ins and outs of video game history, business practices, etc. Having to remember several oddball OEM system names from multiple stores and/or different regions for a single console may not seem like much, but when you get enough consoles together over the years that do it (Atari 2600, Intellivision, Master System, NES, SNES, Genesis, etc.) it really does begin to add up. :rolleyes:

plasticfetish
03-01-2008, 12:33 AM
it really does begin to add up. :rolleyes:You can go nuts trying to collect Pong (or Pong like) systems alone.

You know... you've gotta come to Portland and visit Ground Kontrol (http://www.groundkontrol.com/) sometime. I think you'd enjoy it.

Lord Malakite
03-01-2008, 01:01 AM
You know... you've gotta come to Portland and visit Ground Kontrol (http://www.groundkontrol.com/) sometime. I think you'd enjoy it.
That is indeed one sweet arcade room. You can't find too many of those these days considering the arcade market is virtually dead. And what few are left are, how we say, either lacking or are subpar when it comes to game selection.

It even has The Simpsons arcade game. I remember beating that arcade game. :D

plasticfetish
03-01-2008, 03:35 AM
It's cool... basically a few collectors decided to have a place where they could keep their machines and make a little money. After 7 they serve beer, so it's a win-win situation. :thumbsup: