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  • Friend had intellivision, we had the colecovision. Having the expansion module to play atari games was a plus.
  • That controller was like using a telephone keypad to play?  Who thought it was a good idea to play games on a phone?
  • Will Zombie George Plimpton be doing the commercials?

    George Plimpton for Mattel Intellivision
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  • Still more playable than the Playdate
  • foo monkey: That controller was like using a telephone keypad to play?  Who thought it was a good idea to play games on a phone?


    There were action buttons on the sides and the disc was the d-pad. The numbers were actually useful in that in different games you could: pick plays, change the player you controlled, pick which ship to go hunt other ships with, etc. It seems weird now and it was weird then but it worked. Not as well as ColecoVision's take on it with the "joystick" at the top and the number pad below it on the controller.
  • isamudyson: foo monkey: That controller was like using a telephone keypad to play?  Who thought it was a good idea to play games on a phone?

    There were action buttons on the sides and the disc was the d-pad. The numbers were actually useful in that in different games you could: pick plays, change the player you controlled, pick which ship to go hunt other ships with, etc. It seems weird now and it was weird then but it worked. Not as well as ColecoVision's take on it with the "joystick" at the top and the number pad below it on the controller.


    A phone with buttons on the side?  That's just crazy talk.
  • Intellevision and Colecovision had the worst video game controllers. I even preferred the Atari dial controller.
  • Nice story, but my main question for them would have been "but what have you been doing for the last 40 years?"
  • I had one and I thought the directional disc was good but only for slower paced games. Most fast action arcade games worked better with a joystick. I think that one of the overall problems Intellivision had was that back then all most people wanted was to have the arcade games on their home system. Intellivision needed games developed specifically to take advantage of the system's capabilities. But if you were a game developer and did that then your game wouldn't work well on the Atari. So there weren't that many top games on Intellivision.
  • isamudyson: foo monkey: That controller was like using a telephone keypad to play?  Who thought it was a good idea to play games on a phone?

    There were action buttons on the sides and the disc was the d-pad. The numbers were actually useful in that in different games you could: pick plays, change the player you controlled, pick which ship to go hunt other ships with, etc. It seems weird now and it was weird then but it worked. Not as well as ColecoVision's take on it with the "joystick" at the top and the number pad below it on the controller.


    I owned the original Intellivision.  The keypad wasn't that bad at first...you had game-specific templates that slide over the pad.  It seemed that the games had more thought put into them than other systems of the time...the physics of the Car Racing and Flying games was a lot more realistic than other consoles.

    My main complaint was that in the first generation, the controllers were hard-wired into the console and when the membrane-based contacts started to wear out, trying to play a game just got frustrating with no easy way to replace the controllers.
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  • OMG, I'd kill for a grimdark gritty reboot of SHARK SHARK! in which you're forced to play with a touchpad...
  • Kris_Romm: Nice story, but my main question for them would have been "but what have you been doing for the last 40 years?"


    Lurking, eating whatever fishies it could catch, hating those nasty consoleses, remembering the sun...
  • Ragin' Asian: Intellevision and Colecovision had the worst video game controllers. I even preferred the Atari dial controller.


    I liked the versatility of the Int controller, but the cords were hard to manage. I eventually used them sideways to D-pad with my right hand and button with my left. Still my favorite system till NES.
  • We had an intellivision back in the early 80s and the local cable company offered like 25 games a month (kept the popular ones, rotated the less so) as an optional service

    /csb
  • petec: We had an intellivision back in the early 80s and the local cable company offered like 25 games a month (kept the popular ones, rotated the less so) as an optional service

    /csb


    Ah, I *KNEW* that was a thing. I have a memory of cousins who had that service way back then.
  • I have the classic Intelevision collection for the Xbox 360.

    Nostalgia made me buy it.

    The games themselves made me try each one once and never touch it again.
  • what other fun stuff do you have in your basement subby?

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  • RedVentrue: Ragin' Asian: Intellevision and Colecovision had the worst video game controllers. I even preferred the Atari dial controller.

    I liked the versatility of the Int controller, but the cords were hard to manage. I eventually used them sideways to D-pad with my right hand and button with my left. Still my favorite system till NES.


    It was versatile but not ergonomic. They even had a plastic insert to make the thing more interpretable for certain games, but it also made the buttons not pushable which rendered those games unplayable.
  • My brother had an Intellivision. I never, not even once, got to play with it. But I can remember some of the games: Swords and Serpents was a legit dungeon crawl that used the number pad to use a bunch of different spells. My brother got to the dragon a bunch of times but couldn't find a way to kill it. Turned out that was by design. As an adult I found out they ran out of money to finish the game.

    I used to email back and forth with Keith Robinson, one of the original Intellivision game programmers, albeit more because he was a successful cartoonist than his days making games.
  • Ragin' Asian: RedVentrue: Ragin' Asian: Intellevision and Colecovision had the worst video game controllers. I even preferred the Atari dial controller.

    I liked the versatility of the Int controller, but the cords were hard to manage. I eventually used them sideways to D-pad with my right hand and button with my left. Still my favorite system till NES.

    It was versatile but not ergonomic. They even had a plastic insert to make the thing more interpretable for certain games, but it also made the buttons not pushable which rendered those games unplayable.


    One little crease or wrinkle in the insert and it's screwed as well. Had to draw my own inserts after a while.
  • I loved Utpoia, AD&D, Night Stalker. Sea battle Tower of Doom. A few others I can't remember the name of rn.
  • likefunbutnot: My brother had an Intellivision. I never, not even once, got to play with it. But I can remember some of the games: Swords and Serpents was a legit dungeon crawl that used the number pad to use a bunch of different spells. My brother got to the dragon a bunch of times but couldn't find a way to kill it. Turned out that was by design. As an adult I found out they ran out of money to finish the game.

    I used to email back and forth with Keith Robinson, one of the original Intellivision game programmers, albeit more because he was a successful cartoonist than his days making games.


    Nice! I had that game and loved just playing it. I'd hear that music in my sleep.
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    Atari VCS is supposed to be finally shipping out to Best Buy in the next month or so. Not cheap, but it's got a Ryzen APU so you could install Windows or Linux for productivity.

    Intellivision Amico is $250+ for family friendly games, not much cheaper than an Xbox One S. Not sure if there's much of a market for either retro gaming box at these prices.
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