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(Wikipedia)   On this month in history, 1982, the ColecoVision is launched in North America. Fun fact: Coleco Industries Inc., the maker of ColecoVision, used to be called the Connecticut Leather Company   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line
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6 days ago  
I had an Atari 2600 when I was real young (my parents bought it in '82 or '83) and I was kinda jealous of the kids that had ColecoVision.  Especially since it had an expansion module that allowed it to play all Atari 2600 games.
 
6 days ago  
I had an Atari 2600, but we used to hang out in the back aisle of K-Mart playing their display Colecovision until rbey threw us out.
 
6 days ago  
I too was Team Atari. The graphics of the ColecoVision were mind blowing compared to the 2600 and the Intellivision. It was the first time I remember seeing arcade quality on a home system.
 
6 days ago  
Radio Shack also started out a leather company.  Tandy Leather used its early shops and other retialers to sell new electronics stuff.  A guy around the corner had his Tandy Leather sign damaged when someone drove though his store window about 5 years ago.
 
6 days ago  

DON.MAC: Radio Shack also started out a leather company.  Tandy Leather used its early shops and other retialers to sell new electronics stuff.  A guy around the corner had his Tandy Leather sign damaged when someone drove though his store window about 5 years ago.


There was a RS in Manhattan in the '70s with a whole leather-supplies store in the basement. Confused the hell out of me.
 
6 days ago  
My Sister took my Mom to Disneyworld in the early 80's. They had a ColicoVision in the hotel room.
Mom liked it. Mom was coming down with Alzheimer's and Sister was a Nurse.

So...later in the year she got Mom A colecovision. It seemed to help with her memory skills...and she became a uber expert at Donkey Kong.

So on family reunions this little old lady would innocently challenge one of the kids to a game of Donkey Kong/Mario.
She'd kinda tease them at first "oh my" and let them get through a level or two.
Then she'd get the controller and OWN THAT THING up to level Plaid for like 40 mins.
"Auntie Optik is being mean to me"
And she'd just laugh and laugh.
 
6 days ago  
COnnecticut LEather COmpany
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  
I remember my cousin playing this Smurf game on the ColecoVision.  At the time I think a lot of kids had the Nintendo but I thought it was pretty cool.

ColecoVision Longplay [011] Smurfs: Rescue in Gargamel
Youtube BcoxH4QLcLo
 
6 days ago  

thatguyoverthere70: I too was Team Atari. The graphics of the ColecoVision were mind blowing compared to the 2600 and the Intellivision. It was the first time I remember seeing arcade quality on a home system.


The difference between Donkey Kong on the Atari VCS and Donkey Kong on the ColecoVision is fairly substantial:

Head 2 Head: Donkey Kong - VCS vs Colecovision vs Intellivision
Youtube Yam6McNMy3k
 
6 days ago  
Yeah, well Trump and Pence and stuff and things...
 
6 days ago  
The Coleco had an Intellivision-like controller with a joypad, numeric keypad and side buttons. That's the gamepad standard that should have won out. It could also run 2600 and InTV titles with an adapter, although by the time Coleco was around, the Mattel developers were already porting their games to the 2600 anyway. It was a really cool system, but IIRC it never reached its potential since console gaming crashed not long after it launched. It did have a better version of Donkey Kong but I don't remember it doing anything THAT much better than Intellivision (parallax graphics, digitized speech, wide color palettes) did.
 
6 days ago  

DON.MAC: Radio Shack also started out a leather company.  Tandy Leather used its early shops and other retialers to sell new electronics stuff.  A guy around the corner had his Tandy Leather sign damaged when someone drove though his store window about 5 years ago.


Tandy Leather survived the death of Radio Shack, which I still find amusing.
 
6 days ago  
I'm so old I remember Pong, but not the subject of this thread.
 
6 days ago  
Csb
Pong was the first game I worked QA on.

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6 days ago  
I had an Intellivision but my friend had a Coleco so I remember playing a number of games (Smurf, Gorf, Mousetrap) on it.

It had a better joypad but the Intellivision had far superior games.
 
6 days ago  
I still have a colecovision (with the atari adapter) in storage. I wonder if it still works?......
An Intellivision and Odyssey2 too....  Hmmm... project...
 
6 days ago  
My brother in law had a Coleco and I thought it was awesome, but I couldn't deal with those joysticks.
 
6 days ago  

amigafin: I still have a colecovision (with the atari adapter) in storage. I wonder if it still works?......
An Intellivision and Odyssey2 too....  Hmmm... project...


Test the power supply first before you connect it to the game. The components are getting close to 40 years old, and some of the chips in your console might be made of Unobtainium by this time. A bad power supply could cause serious damage.
 
6 days ago  
A long time ago, I worked for one of the first companies that made RAID arrays. And the maker of the main RAID controller was the National Cash Register company, NCR.
 
6 days ago  
When I was your age, video games were called checkers.
 
6 days ago  
As forward thinking as some of the design of the Colecovision was, the company made waaaaay more money from the thing they did next.

Cabbage Patch Kids.

Then they decided they were a serious computer company and were crushed by Atari and Commodore, losing everything.
 
6 days ago  
We had ColecoVision. It was pretty cool in that the graphics were awesome (why my dad got it), but nobody had ever heard of it, so my Atari-loving friends made fun of me. farkers.
 
6 days ago  

likefunbutnot: The Coleco had an Intellivision-like controller with a joypad, numeric keypad and side buttons. That's the gamepad standard that should have won out. It could also run 2600 and InTV titles with an adapter, although by the time Coleco was around, the Mattel developers were already porting their games to the 2600 anyway. It was a really cool system, but IIRC it never reached its potential since console gaming crashed not long after it launched. It did have a better version of Donkey Kong but I don't remember it doing anything THAT much better than Intellivision (parallax graphics, digitized speech, wide color palettes) did.


Coleco was mainly known for their spot-on arcade ports. It was a superior system in every way to the 2600, but Atari got there first.
 
6 days ago  

amigafin: I still have a colecovision (with the atari adapter) in storage. I wonder if it still works?......
An Intellivision and Odyssey2 too....  Hmmm... project...


Odyssey 2 was crap, but had that keyboard, which let it have games other consoles couldn't do.

\they also created the video game\board game hybrid.
\\still have one
 
6 days ago  
Odyssey had some fun games (KC Munchkin).  Then I had a Coleco which was awesome.  My cousin had the intellivision which always took me some time to get used to.  It felt like playing a video game with a phone.
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  

BolloxReader: DON.MAC: Radio Shack also started out a leather company.  Tandy Leather used its early shops and other retialers to sell new electronics stuff.  A guy around the corner had his Tandy Leather sign damaged when someone drove though his store window about 5 years ago.

Tandy Leather survived the death of Radio Shack, which I still find amusing.


It goes to show you that some things don't go away. Leather work is not big money in the sense that the tech industry is, but people have been doing it for millennia and the need will always be there. It's a very stable sort of industry in that sense, even if a lot has been replaced by artificial fabrics and so on.
 
6 days ago  

adamatari: BolloxReader: DON.MAC: Radio Shack also started out a leather company.  Tandy Leather used its early shops and other retialers to sell new electronics stuff.  A guy around the corner had his Tandy Leather sign damaged when someone drove though his store window about 5 years ago.

Tandy Leather survived the death of Radio Shack, which I still find amusing.

It goes to show you that some things don't go away. Leather work is not big money in the sense that the tech industry is, but people have been doing it for millennia and the need will always be there. It's a very stable sort of industry in that sense, even if a lot has been replaced by artificial fabrics and so on.


at its heart Radio Shack was a hobbyist store, so the two weren't really that different.
 
6 days ago  
Wait until you hear about the Lucky Chemical company.
 
6 days ago  

likefunbutnot: The Coleco had an Intellivision-like controller with a joypad, numeric keypad and side buttons. That's the gamepad standard that should have won out. It could also run 2600 and InTV titles with an adapter, although by the time Coleco was around, the Mattel developers were already porting their games to the 2600 anyway. It was a really cool system, but IIRC it never reached its potential since console gaming crashed not long after it launched. It did have a better version of Donkey Kong but I don't remember it doing anything THAT much better than Intellivision (parallax graphics, digitized speech, wide color palettes) did.


Honestly the controller was the major "OMG this is so much better!" for me.  The Coleco controller was visually similar but about 9000 times better to actually use.  An actual small but usable joystick and side buttons that were placed to make them genuinely easy to use made it WAY the hell superior.  Even if you ignored overall functionality (which you didn't even have to, it was a good controller) the hand-feel/usability on the Intellivision controller was absolute crap.
 
6 days ago  

Tyrone Slothrop: likefunbutnot: The Coleco had an Intellivision-like controller with a joypad, numeric keypad and
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Coleco was mainly known for their spot-on arcade ports. It was a superior system in every way to the 2600, but Atari got there first.


Per the headline Coleco got there in 1982, Atari 2600 was released in 1977.  So hopefully the Atari fans either bought earlier or much cheaper (the Atari had a whopping 256 *bytes* of RAM...).

Also this wasn't Coleco's first console, just the first one with removable cartridges.  In 1976 they released this...
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hint: it only played pong and pong like games.
 
6 days ago  

kukukupo: Odyssey had some fun games (KC Munchkin).  Then I had a Coleco which was awesome.  My cousin had the intellivision which always took me some time to get used to.  It felt like playing a video game with a phone.


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6 days ago  

Mztlplx: I had an Atari 2600, but we used to hang out in the back aisle of K-Mart playing their display Colecovision until rbey threw us out.


I did the same thing. Guess having those demo models was a Kmart thing.
 
6 days ago  

Pointy Tail of Satan: A long time ago, I worked for one of the first companies that made RAID arrays. And the maker of the main RAID controller was the National Cash Register company, NCR.


The founder of NCR fired his VP and told him to start a competing company due to anti-competition laws and that new company was IBM.
 
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6 days ago  

DON.MAC: Pointy Tail of Satan: A long time ago, I worked for one of the first companies that made RAID arrays. And the maker of the main RAID controller was the National Cash Register company, NCR.

The founder of NCR fired his VP and told him to start a competing company due to anti-competition laws and that new company was IBM.

John Henry Patterson, president of NCR

 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  

Chuck87: I remember my cousin playing this Smurf game on the ColecoVision.  At the time I think a lot of kids had the Nintendo but I thought it was pretty cool.

[YouTube video: ColecoVision Longplay [011] Smurfs: Rescue in Gargamel]


You could make Smurfette do a striptease on the Coleco version
 
6 days ago  

adamatari: BolloxReader: DON.MAC: Radio Shack also started out a leather company.  Tandy Leather used its early shops and other retialers to sell new electronics stuff.  A guy around the corner had his Tandy Leather sign damaged when someone drove though his store window about 5 years ago.

Tandy Leather survived the death of Radio Shack, which I still find amusing.

It goes to show you that some things don't go away. Leather work is not big money in the sense that the tech industry is, but people have been doing it for millennia and the need will always be there. It's a very stable sort of industry in that sense, even if a lot has been replaced by artificial fabrics and so on.


Username checks out for the thread
 
6 days ago  

Igor Jakovsky: Mztlplx: I had an Atari 2600, but we used to hang out in the back aisle of K-Mart playing their display Colecovision until rbey threw us out.

I did the same thing. Guess having those demo models was a Kmart thing.


Hills and Sears both had them. Oh the great days when they were the free arcade
 
6 days ago  

Mztlplx: I had an Atari 2600, but we used to hang out in the back aisle of K-Mart playing their display Colecovision until rbey threw us out.


We did that with Intellivision Baseball. Radioshack or something of that ilk.
 
6 days ago  

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Now let's talk rust proofing.
 
5 days ago  
My mom and dad bought a Colecovision so mom could play Zaxxon anytime.
 
5 days ago  
Meanwhile in January of that month....
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PunkTiger: amigafin: I still have a colecovision (with the atari adapter) in storage. I wonder if it still works?......
An Intellivision and Odyssey2 too....  Hmmm... project...

Test the power supply first before you connect it to the game. The components are getting close to 40 years old, and some of the chips in your console might be made of Unobtainium by this time. A bad power supply could cause serious damage.


There's actually a new power supply "dongle" that will plug into the weird power port on the Colecovision and power it off USB.  Expensive though.
 
5 days ago  
Had the Colecovision. Always thought it was better than Atari. All these years I thought I was the only one who thought so. This thread has taught me I wasn't.
 
5 days ago  

real_headhoncho: Meanwhile in January of that month....
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Ha! Had one of those too!
 
5 days ago  
I had a ColecoVision system back in 1982 or so. Still remember the Venture game and its 8-bit Hall Monsters that made ominous buzzing noises.

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5 days ago  
I had an Atari 5200. The controllers broke and I lost interest.

Great game play.
 
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