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(IGN)   With a new generation of consoles launching, let's take a look at how much every system cost at first when adjusted for inflation. Seriously, Intellivision?   (ign.com) divider line
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2020-09-18 6:25:35 PM  
Sheeit, at least Intellivision had worthy games. The Atari 2600 was only marginally cheaper overall and the majority of its games were tolerable at best.
 
2020-09-18 6:39:29 PM  
Which will be easier in time for Christmas.

The new gen consoles or the very first gen consoles.
 
2020-09-18 7:17:06 PM  
I remember really, really wanting the Neo Geo but it was far too expensive and ...RTFA... Yup, that was a pricey machine
 
2020-09-18 8:40:06 PM  
I played the ever loving hell out of my Intellivision. I bought an Atari 2600 at some deep discount store for $25 around that time. Games on Intellivision were superior.
 
2020-09-18 8:52:57 PM  

OptionC: I remember really, really wanting the Neo Geo but it was far too expensive and ...RTFA... Yup, that was a pricey machine


They're even more expensive now due to high demand and low supply.
 
2020-09-18 8:55:55 PM  
George Plimpton was not cheap.

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2020-09-18 9:14:49 PM  
I remember the christmas morning my dad, er santa, had placed both the colecovision and the intellivision consoles under the tree.  Pretty much cemented my main pastime right then and there.
 
2020-09-18 9:16:15 PM  
I remember getting our N64 for Christmas one year. No, I'm not the kid from that video that freaks the F out.

/ We eventually got a second TV because dad was tired of us messing with his stuff
 
2020-09-18 9:20:28 PM  

BumpInTheNight: I remember the christmas morning my dad, er santa, had placed both the colecovision and the intellivision consoles under the tree.  Pretty much cemented my main pastime right then and there.


My dad once came home with an IBM DOS green screen. I've been fascinated by computers ever since.

/ I found it the other day in the "Treasure Room" (it's the room with the water heater and sump pump that my mother insists on using to store a portion of my great grandmother's furniture). It still works.
 
2020-09-18 10:19:51 PM  
My first console was one of these:
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That was followed by a series of Commodore computers ranging from a Vic-20 to an Amiga 4000. I didn't go back to the console world until I bought a Wii.
 
2020-09-18 11:12:32 PM  
In 1972, PONG was released to the public. I was in 11th grade back then and a friend of mine bought it for the going price of $99. If you adjust for inflation to now, PONG would be $619.00 (US). He was mesmerized by it. I was bored with it after 5 minutes.

/ my brother & I had the Intellivision game. and loved it. Our Mom liked it as well and would often play too.
Dad on the other hand, couldn't be bothered with it.
 
2020-09-18 11:21:11 PM  

Belligerent and Numerous: Sheeit, at least Intellivision had worthy games. The Atari 2600 was only marginally cheaper overall and the majority of its games were tolerable at best.


The 2600 also had some great games. The ideal setup at that time IMO was an Intellivision with one of these to get the best of both worlds.

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2020-09-18 11:35:58 PM  

OptionC: I remember really, really wanting the Neo Geo but it was far too expensive and ...RTFA... Yup, that was a pricey machine


I wasn't even crunching the numbers back then, but with everything else at ~$100 (with $50 games), the NEO GEO at $500-ish dollars (and with $200 games)....that was another universe.

The one friend I knew who had one basically explained it as an arcade machine without limits. That's great, but it still wasn't 5x better than Genesis. Maybe twice as good.
 
2020-09-18 11:47:44 PM  
We were too poor for Intellivision. I only knew one kid that had it. And he was a jerk.
 
2020-09-19 12:00:35 AM  
My brother and I spent an entire summer collecting cans on the side of the interstate to buy an NES.  That's how I judge the value of consoles.
 
2020-09-19 12:18:05 AM  

jaylectricity: We were too poor for Intellivision. I only knew one kid that had it. And he was a jerk.


I had a similar experience.  I knew exactly one kid who had one.  And he was the kid who had all kinds of cool stuff at his house (a train set, with massive mountains etc, that took up almost an entire basement), and he was constantly trying to use this stuff to bribe kids to come hang out.  It tended to work just once or twice; he was really difficult to be around
 
2020-09-19 1:10:51 AM  

beezeltown: I played the ever loving hell out of my Intellivision. I bought an Atari 2600 at some deep discount store for $25 around that time. Games on Intellivision were superior.


Well, yeah.  Atari 2600 = I think 128 bytes of ram?  Intellivision was 1k?  (Guessing again it's been a long time.)  Combine that with Intellivision's 16 bit CPU vs. Atari's 2600's 8 bit - they were really not on the same plane technically.  Bit like comparing a PS2 and a PS3.  We just didn't really know any better back then, at that time specs were for the seriously geeky.

/I know, some of we did
//but your average schmo, no
///Colecovision and C64 here
 
2020-09-19 1:21:29 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: OptionC: I remember really, really wanting the Neo Geo but it was far too expensive and ...RTFA... Yup, that was a pricey machine

I wasn't even crunching the numbers back then, but with everything else at ~$100 (with $50 games), the NEO GEO at $500-ish dollars (and with $200 games)....that was another universe.

The one friend I knew who had one basically explained it as an arcade machine without limits. That's great, but it still wasn't 5x better than Genesis. Maybe twice as good.


The NEO GEO AES console was just a repackaged arcade system.  MVS and AES cartridges had the same game, just different interfaces that prevented interoperability.

Initially though, the NEO GEO AES was never meant to be purchasable.  It was only meant to be rented and that was why it had such a high price.  It was only due to demand that SNK released it for purchase and even then it was just for a niche market and never meant as a competitor for Sega and Nintendo.
 
2020-09-19 1:49:42 AM  

jaylectricity: We were too poor for Intellivision. I only knew one kid that had it. And he was a jerk.


We were too poor for anything but a boob tube.  But somehow we had an Intellivision.  I think it was a gift.

The controllers were horrible, horrible things, shaped to torture the human hand.  The buttons were membrane keypads with shiatty, inconsistent response.  And instead of a joystick, it had a circular 8-way pad that you could never tell how it was oriented or if you had made contact.  The overlays that came with each game to label the custom button layout just made it worse.

End result was that to get consistent, predictable input, you had to jam the buttons with so much force that your hands hurt after just 10 minutes of play.

And we still played the hell out of the thing.

beezeltown: I played the ever loving hell out of my Intellivision. I bought an Atari 2600 at some deep discount store for $25 around that time. Games on Intellivision were superior.


I played my Intellivision to death.  Literally.

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Seriously, I got so good at Astrosmash, a total twitch game where you shoot down vaguely space related shiat that streamed down at you, that I mastered the hardest difficulty level.  You'd get past level (I dunno, 60?) and clear a level but it just wouldn't get any harder or faster.  And I would accumulate extra lives faster than I lost them.

I was playing at like level 97 one day, after maybe an hour and a half of a total state of flow, and the screen froze.  I waited a bit.  Still frozen.  So I cycled the power... nothing, it just stayed off.

I was completely bummed for a few minutes until I realized...

"I WON!"
 
2020-09-19 2:10:17 AM  
We got a Colecovision when I was about 5 for "my Dad's birthday", which only I played. That shiat made/ruined my life.
 
2020-09-19 2:43:00 AM  
My friends has consoles.. I tried to save up for an Atari 2600.. then my father offered to kick in more money if we got this instead.

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2020-09-19 3:12:24 AM  
Joust alone made the Atari system worth it.

What a great game.
 
2020-09-19 3:14:57 AM  
No love for the Sears version of the Atari 2600?  I think the parental units paid just over $129 for it that Xmas.
 
2020-09-19 4:15:48 AM  
 
2020-09-19 4:33:23 AM  

p4p3rm4t3: Timeless classic.

https://classicreload.com/colecovision​-choplifter.html


Timeless?  No I spent a lot of time cussing at that damn chopper to turn already FFS.  Realistic as that was, it wasn't always the most fun as mechanics go.
 
KIA
2020-09-19 4:36:13 AM  
I got two things from this article:

1) Our most popular current gaming console - the cell phone - doesn't seem at all unreasonably priced compared to inflation-adjusted prices of prior gaming consoles.

2) Inflation is really horrible, the cause of crushing despair we thought it was all along,
 
2020-09-19 5:39:45 AM  
Which generation is Generation fiX?
/all?
 
2020-09-19 6:26:42 AM  
I didn't realize that the 2600 was that expensive. No wonder my parents wouldn't buy one.

/ buddy up the street had one that we played the crap out of
// Missile Command FTW
 
2020-09-19 6:42:45 AM  

Bonzo_1116: Joust alone made the Atari system worth it.

What a great game.


Joust, Pitfall, Yar's Revenge, River Raider, and Pac-Man.

I flipped Pac-Man. The difficulty would go back to level one, at least on the Atari version. So you be running for your life with ghosts coming at you so fast you felt them more than saw them, the suddenly all the way back to ghosts moving slow as molasses.


And we had Star Command
 
2020-09-19 6:46:47 AM  

Boudyro: Bonzo_1116: Joust alone made the Atari system worth it.

What a great game.

Joust, Pitfall, Yar's Revenge, River Raider, and Pac-Man.

I flipped Pac-Man. The difficulty would go back to level one, at least on the Atari version. So you be running for your life with ghosts coming at you so fast you felt them more than saw them, the suddenly all the way back to ghosts moving slow as molasses.


And we had Star Command


Star Raiders not command. With the keypad.

This one:

Star Raiders sur Atari 2600
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One of the first to have features we consider standard on any flying combat games these days.
 
2020-09-19 8:23:48 AM  

KIA: I got two things from this article:

1) Our most popular current gaming console - the cell phone - doesn't seem at all unreasonably priced compared to inflation-adjusted prices of prior gaming consoles.

2) Inflation is really horrible, the cause of crushing despair we thought it was all along,


Yeah, you can get a decent cell phone for 100USD.

Inflation is good, because it gives people and companies to spend money, thus drive expansion of the economy.

What's tough for Americans, of course, is that pay hasn't followed inflation, or the general growth of economy. That's not a problem with inflation though, rather a problem with your system.
 
2020-09-19 8:31:05 AM  
I'm glad they included the 3DO, but they somehow missed the similarly overpriced CD-i. Those things felt like complete vaporware from the beginning, and knowing that they were equivalent to $1200 makes it all the more galling.

The Dreamcast, SNES, and Gamecube, on the other hand... all ahead of their time.

Honestly, if Nintendo had made a version of the GC with a DVD drive it would've been much more competitive.
 
2020-09-19 9:42:26 AM  
Some of those inflation numbers are crazy.  An Atari in 1977 priced at $199 is worth $842.  Less than a decade later an NES priced at the same $199 is worth $478.  It makes you appreciate how low inflation has been this century.
 
2020-09-19 9:50:48 AM  
Magnavox Odyssey  1972  $99 -> $611.21

If that is the original I wonder what this..
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Literally sitting in the next room boxes/games and all is adjusted for today?
 
2020-09-19 10:02:06 AM  

Nimbull: If that is the original I wonder what this..
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Literally sitting in the next room boxes/games and all is adjusted for today?


Wikipedia says 1979 US$179 (equivalent to $701.66 in 2019)
 
2020-09-19 10:11:03 AM  
The Neo-Geo was still worth it imo. It actually had cartridges that were on-par with arcade games of the time, and in many cases, actually were the same software as the arcade versions. If you had the Metal Slug cartridge, you were the most popular 1996 kid on the block by default.
 
2020-09-19 10:22:36 AM  
Judging by the headline something tells me that Subby wasn't even born when Intellivision came out
 
2020-09-19 10:30:13 AM  
I just found out this still works
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/needs to get an old CRT and signal switcher and dig out all my old consoles again.
 
2020-09-19 10:32:39 AM  
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2020-09-19 11:10:54 AM  

Nimbull: Magnavox Odyssey  1972  $99 -> $611.21

If that is the original I wonder what this..
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Literally sitting in the next room boxes/games and all is adjusted for today?


Magnavox/Phillips Odyssey 2 (1978)
I cut my teeth on that one, it's probably was one of my favorite systems (Pick Axe Pete, Invaders From
Hyperspace). Adjusted for inflation, about $700 in 2019 dollars.
/i think this may be the first xmas season where i'm not early adopting due to the PS5 shortage.
//and camping overnight at a Best Buy can duck sick.
 
2020-09-19 11:21:05 AM  
C64 Master Race
 
2020-09-19 11:52:55 AM  

Autoerotic Defenestration: [Fark user image 500x600]


And you think we didn't biatch about that then!?!
 
2020-09-19 12:07:21 PM  

Devolving_Spud: No love for the Sears version of the Atari 2600?  I think the parental units paid just over $129 for it that Xmas.


This is the one I had. It was really awesome because it had really comfortable controllers that could switch between paddle and joystick.

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2020-09-19 1:00:57 PM  
Bah. I built a water cooled Windows system. Mind you, the cooling water I got from a decommissioned nuclear reactor primary loop was probably kinda stupid. But I can play Crysis in 3D!

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2020-09-19 1:12:03 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Bah. I built a water cooled Windows system. Mind you, the cooling water I got from a decommissioned nuclear reactor primary loop was probably kinda stupid. But I can play Crysis in 3D!

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Its crazy to put that much work into what looks like a custom chassis made of plexiglass...and then crap the bed on that cable management.
 
2020-09-19 1:42:38 PM  

Mindlock: Initially though, the NEO GEO AES was never meant to be purchasable.  It was only meant to be rented and that was why it had such a high price.  It was only due to demand that SNK released it for purchase and even then it was just for a niche market and never meant as a competitor for Sega and Nintendo.


Exactly.  It was back in the era when VHS tapes would first be released for rental you could still buy them at ~$100 a pop (if you could find them) and only a few months later would they drop to something affordable at retail.  The NEO GEO was the video game equivalent of that.  But SNK couldn't screw the customers who were using them as revenue generators (arcades) so the prices had to stay high.
 
2020-09-19 2:05:28 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Devolving_Spud: No love for the Sears version of the Atari 2600?  I think the parental units paid just over $129 for it that Xmas.

This is the one I had. It was really awesome because it had really comfortable controllers that could switch between paddle and joystick.

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The one I had was basically like that, but with switches like this:
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I **think** the one you had came out the following year.
 
2020-09-19 2:20:12 PM  

bughunter: We were too poor for anything but a boob tube.  But somehow we had an Intellivision.  I think it was a gift.


We had an Intellivision growing up and I never knew it was the expensive console.  We weren't poor by any means, but my parents were pretty frugal when it came to those kind of expenses.  It was my "cool" aunt and uncle that bought us a NES for Christmas the one year.

The two games I remember loving were Lock N' Chase (pac man ripoff but better) and Night Stalker (which seemed terrifying to me at that age).
 
2020-09-19 2:55:59 PM  
Discs of Tron was awesome, as was Sea Battle. I'll always have fond memories of Utopia and I like seeing it get love from Sid Meier.
 
2020-09-19 3:05:15 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Bah. I built a water cooled Windows system. Mind you, the cooling water I got from a decommissioned nuclear reactor primary loop was probably kinda stupid. But I can play Crysis in 3D!

[images.bjorn3d.com image 207x300]


And your radiator is upside down. You want the hoses on the bottom.
 
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