Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I appreciated the 12 part Ken Burns documentary on the subject./Electric Football is a metaphor for life...//No, wait, it isn't... it's a terrible game!
RexTalionis: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I appreciated the 12 part Ken Burns documentary on the subject./Electric Football is a metaphor for life...//No, wait, it isn't... it's a terrible game!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu-g4VU6v40Hurray for The Critic.
TheSlothAlive: I thought it was this before reading the article (well 5 or 6 lines of the article)[www.handheldmuseum.com image 241x400]/ a way better game// my extended family used to do huge tournaments when I was young
vonmatrices: I've never played Electronic football - what are the rules? How does it work? Is it all luck, or is there skill involved?
frepnog: It was 70's bullshiat. a metal "football field" vibrated and made your little football figures move around. there was no real way to "play", it was all the luck of the vibration.
buckler: That's where the combination of luck and strategy came in.
ocendot: I initially thought they meant this...[www.retroland.com image 650x300]/beat the snot out of the Coleco model
Birnone: vonmatrices: I've never played Electronic football - what are the rules? How does it work? Is it all luck, or is there skill involved?I had one as a kid, spent hours playing with it, during the summer before the NFL season started up. There were rules, even passing and kicking, but like with Monopoly I made house rules. My football was a running game only, no kicking. That stuff was too complicated.It was a thin metal board that vibrated, with the players skating on four plastic prongs under their base. By tweaking the prongs you could cause them to move in certain directions when the board vibrated. So you could have your linemen carry out blocking assignments, make the running back go in a given direction, and do the same on defense. Yes, this means lots of adjustments of players before every play, it wasn't a fast paced game. The luck factor came in with never knowing how the players would exactly move, which players would get bumped/blocked and which wouldn't, it was pretty exciting in a low tech virtual football kind of way. For me it played out sort of like an automated chess game with a bit of randomness thrown in.If you simply lined up your players, then it was pure luck and chaos. They might go straight, might spin, go sideways, it was just a madhouse on the field unless you did your job as coach.
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