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(Ars Technica)   Intellivision is going to go out of business in the next couple of months unless they raise $5M now. That would take them to the 3rd quarter, still with no guarantee of shipping a single Amico game console   (arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Video game console, Intellivision Amico's wild ride, Intellivision Entertainment Inc., possible video game console, Intellivision's filing, game console's potential dissolution, risk factors, Intellivision brand name  
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2022-02-08 9:02:01 PM  
Intellivision is still in business?
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2022-02-08 9:25:15 PM  
Gimmie a mini colecovision with some preloaded games for about $100 and I'm all good on retro consoles.

/gotta have that Choplifter and Zaxxon, man
 
2022-02-08 10:29:48 PM  
Damn, there's some really good looking remakes of some classics in that video, I'd play the shiat out of some of those.
 
2022-02-08 10:41:03 PM  
I had one of the OG Intellivision consoles back in the day. Their sports games were pretty impressive, but the sea battle game was my favorite.  <looks at list of games>. OMG. I forgot about Utopia! That was a real amazing bit of programming for the time. I also see a boatload of games came out in 1983 I was never aware of.
 
2022-02-08 10:52:57 PM  
George Plimpton 1981 Intellivision Video Game Commercial
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2022-02-08 11:30:34 PM  
"Intellivision now suggests that it will sell some Amico games as non-fungible tokens (NFTs), "

NFT - the refuge of last resort.
 
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2022-02-09 12:08:29 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Zaxxon, man


Yes sir.
 
2022-02-09 12:50:29 AM  
It's too bad they're floundering. I think.they had some good ideas for this console, and there's a family games niche out there that hasn't been directly appealed to since the Wii.
 
2022-02-09 1:55:46 AM  
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2022-02-09 2:05:22 AM  
I downloaded an Intellivision emulator one day and played some games on it.

Beating those games (or getting to the highest level since many games were just meant to continue) within an hour or so confirmed a long-held suspicion I had since I was a kid: 90% of the difficulty of Intellivision games wasn't the games themselves, but rather the unwieldy control pads you were forced to use. The side buttons were garbage and broke too easily, and controlling anything with the disc was just a nightmare.

But the games were fun and many of them had unique concepts that I've never seen in any video game before or since.
 
2022-02-09 2:11:52 AM  
Does that mean I get a upgraded version of autochase?
 
2022-02-09 2:21:10 AM  
Big deal I have choplifter on my Vic20
 
2022-02-09 2:21:43 AM  
Who you gonna call?

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2022-02-09 2:35:48 AM  
Ah I miss my Intellivision. Someday I'll beat Astrosmash!

Ok I know it cannot be done
 
2022-02-09 2:43:09 AM  
Farting dealer in Las Vegas Poker and Blackjack.

TRON Deadly Discs.

Recall a brother of mine hunting for the horse racing game too. Grew up around the horse tracks.
 
2022-02-09 3:14:27 AM  
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Thanks for playing
 
2022-02-09 4:54:40 AM  
My nostalgia is sad about this, but it's not like I was ever going to buy one.
 
2022-02-09 5:22:23 AM  
I'm in the generation that these guys were trying to scam. We're not old enough to be your suckers, yet.
 
2022-02-09 5:31:13 AM  
The Amico: The $250 console that has all the power of a $100 ZTE budget smartphone from 2016
 
2022-02-09 5:47:22 AM  
Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?
 
2022-02-09 5:52:12 AM  
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2022-02-09 5:59:21 AM  
That new nightstalker just might pull me back in.
 
2022-02-09 6:27:50 AM  
A scam then, a scam now.
 
2022-02-09 6:40:35 AM  
lol get farked Tallarico, you and your alt-right dogshiat
 
2022-02-09 6:43:29 AM  
Played the shiat out of Dungeons & Dragons back in 1983.
 
2022-02-09 6:47:18 AM  

real_headhoncho: Intellivision is still in business?
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Nah, it's a different company.

But the console sounds just as shiat as the original one, as TFA says the hardware is similar (identical), to what you'd find inside a 100USD smartphone in 2016.

100USD smart phones are slow as shiat today, in 2016 they must have been horrible. So the type of games it would be able to play, would be very limited.
 
2022-02-09 6:50:22 AM  
I downloaded the Coleco emulator and all the games 20 years ago. It was about 5MB.  Mouse Trap is a really great game.  So were Venture and  Ladybug.  But there were a lot of bad games too.
 
2022-02-09 6:52:24 AM  

lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?


No Mans Sky has redeemed themselves.

Apparently, from what I read, it's actually good now. And they have continued to implement new features to the game via updates at no cost*

*well, obviously they make money by selling more games. But still, people who bought the original game has had their game turned from something unfinished, to an actual good game. Not often you see that.
 
2022-02-09 7:32:49 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I downloaded the Coleco emulator and all the games 20 years ago. It was about 5MB.  Mouse Trap is a really great game.  So were Venture and  Ladybug.  But there were a lot of bad games too.


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2022-02-09 8:04:02 AM  
seems like there are enough gazillionaires out there who would throw $5,000,000 their way just as a shiats and giggles project.
 
2022-02-09 8:08:43 AM  
the code! the code! figure out the code!

also I think Utopia was the first real inkling childhood-me had of zero-sum/scorched-earth game theory.
 
2022-02-09 8:13:59 AM  
Just what the world needs, another farking videogame platform. Maybe this guy has a disruptive idea about music streaming for his next venture.
 
2022-02-09 8:19:08 AM  

lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?


Except No Man's Sky was eventually patched up to be a good game. This console was always going to be crap.
 
2022-02-09 8:28:34 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?

Except No Man's Sky was eventually patched up to be a good game. This console was always going to be crap.


agreed, NMS was an absolute shiate-show from the very beginning. all of HelloWorld's lies, all of Sean Murray's farking transparent farking lies, those of us who'd pre-ordered the PC version but could never even play it post-release thanks to stupid Intel micro-instructions conflicting AMD cpus...

but man... once the later revisions made it to xbone, man was that thing ever a joy to play (ok ok, modulo still artefacting graphics and crashes)

/haven't even turned on my xbox in over a year
//prolly should, there's be waitin' some serious updates I bet
///tbh don't much care
 
2022-02-09 8:37:48 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?

No Mans Sky has redeemed themselves.

Apparently, from what I read, it's actually good now. And they have continued to implement new features to the game via updates at no cost*

*well, obviously they make money by selling more games. But still, people who bought the original game has had their game turned from something unfinished, to an actual good game. Not often you see that.


I think they have. I don't know if a lot of people who hated the game at launch will like it now. It's still mostly the laid-back, open exploration game it's been from the start. There's just a lot more to do now. You can tame and ride a flying fart fish.

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You couldn't do that before. Or build more elaborate bases. Organic ships. Musical structures. All sorts of things. There are actual missions with real objectives. I love it, but then I enjoyed it from the start having gone in with no expectations.
 
2022-02-09 8:47:28 AM  

Jake Havechek: Rapmaster2000: I downloaded the Coleco emulator and all the games 20 years ago. It was about 5MB.  Mouse Trap is a really great game.  So were Venture and  Ladybug.  But there were a lot of bad games too.

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I had that on my original ColecoVision.  I was 5 years old, so it was a good little kid game, but I remember getting stuck on fences all the time.  It was a little like falling into holes while playing Atari's ET.
 
2022-02-09 8:56:39 AM  

Ishkur: I downloaded an Intellivision emulator one day and played some games on it.

Beating those games (or getting to the highest level since many games were just meant to continue) within an hour or so confirmed a long-held suspicion I had since I was a kid: 90% of the difficulty of Intellivision games wasn't the games themselves, but rather the unwieldy control pads you were forced to use. The side buttons were garbage and broke too easily, and controlling anything with the disc was just a nightmare.

But the games were fun and many of them had unique concepts that I've never seen in any video game before or since.


I agree with you and extrapolate it out to 90% of retro gaming in general (pre-let's say 2000) is doing battle with shiatty controls. So many games in retrospect are "why to do it this awful way?"
 
2022-02-09 8:57:35 AM  
That's....supposed to be a modern console?

The 70s called. It wants its wood grained paneling back.  :p

/those controllers are terrible
 
2022-02-09 8:57:40 AM  

Jake Havechek: Rapmaster2000: I downloaded the Coleco emulator and all the games 20 years ago. It was about 5MB.  Mouse Trap is a really great game.  So were Venture and  Ladybug.  But there were a lot of bad games too.

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The one where you could make Smurfette do a striptease!
 
2022-02-09 9:09:00 AM  

Fano: Jake Havechek: Rapmaster2000: I downloaded the Coleco emulator and all the games 20 years ago. It was about 5MB.  Mouse Trap is a really great game.  So were Venture and  Ladybug.  But there were a lot of bad games too.

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The one where you could make Smurfette do a striptease!


Uh... what?
 
2022-02-09 9:13:36 AM  
"Intellivision" is going out of business? I bet they didn't see that coming. *reads their financial filing* I stand corrected.

As a kid, watching Smurfette flip up her skirt when you turned around blew my mind, but the Cabbage Patch Kids game scared me. If you run around and don't complete a stage (or something) the game freaked out and displayed nightmare fuel laced with nightmare music.

Cabbage Patch Kids Adventures in the Park (ColecoVision)
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2022-02-09 9:14:01 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Gimmie a mini colecovision with some preloaded games for about $100 and I'm all good on retro consoles.

/gotta have that Choplifter and Zaxxon, man


I feel like a Sega Master System / Mark III mini would be the better way to deliver those games, since Sega owns the rights to Zaxxon and they released it on the SG-1000. Not sure about the Choplifter rights.
 
2022-02-09 9:17:59 AM  

EdgeRunner: Fano: Jake Havechek: Rapmaster2000: I downloaded the Coleco emulator and all the games 20 years ago. It was about 5MB.  Mouse Trap is a really great game.  So were Venture and  Ladybug.  But there were a lot of bad games too.

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The one where you could make Smurfette do a striptease!

Uh... what?


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2022-02-09 9:21:14 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Ketchuponsteak: lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?

No Mans Sky has redeemed themselves.

Apparently, from what I read, it's actually good now. And they have continued to implement new features to the game via updates at no cost*

*well, obviously they make money by selling more games. But still, people who bought the original game has had their game turned from something unfinished, to an actual good game. Not often you see that.

I think they have. I don't know if a lot of people who hated the game at launch will like it now. It's still mostly the laid-back, open exploration game it's been from the start. There's just a lot more to do now. You can tame and ride a flying fart fish.

[Fark user image image 850x478]

You couldn't do that before. Or build more elaborate bases. Organic ships. Musical structures. All sorts of things. There are actual missions with real objectives. I love it, but then I enjoyed it from the start having gone in with no expectations.


I actually am one of those people that hated it at first but like it now.  Still the one and only game I requested a Steam refund on, then bought it a year or so later while on sale.

Minor CSB - actually had a friend white knighting for the game.  He went off on me after I admitted I got the refund, even after explaining I just felt it wasn't polished enough at the time to warrant full price.  He was... Special.
 
2022-02-09 9:23:06 AM  
Maybe Gamestop should buy them out.  They seem to be flush with cash right now.
 
2022-02-09 9:27:08 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Ketchuponsteak: lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?

No Mans Sky has redeemed themselves.

Apparently, from what I read, it's actually good now. And they have continued to implement new features to the game via updates at no cost*

*well, obviously they make money by selling more games. But still, people who bought the original game has had their game turned from something unfinished, to an actual good game. Not often you see that.

I think they have. I don't know if a lot of people who hated the game at launch will like it now. It's still mostly the laid-back, open exploration game it's been from the start. There's just a lot more to do now. You can tame and ride a flying fart fish.

[Fark user image 850x478]

You couldn't do that before. Or build more elaborate bases. Organic ships. Musical structures. All sorts of things. There are actual missions with real objectives. I love it, but then I enjoyed it from the start having gone in with no expectations.


Is it beginning to become a bit like Minecraft?
 
2022-02-09 9:29:25 AM  

tintar: Tyrone Slothrop: lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?

Except No Man's Sky was eventually patched up to be a good game. This console was always going to be crap.

agreed, NMS was an absolute shiate-show from the very beginning. all of HelloWorld's lies, all of Sean Murray's farking transparent farking lies, those of us who'd pre-ordered the PC version but could never even play it post-release thanks to stupid Intel micro-instructions conflicting AMD cpus...

but man... once the later revisions made it to xbone, man was that thing ever a joy to play (ok ok, modulo still artefacting graphics and crashes)

/haven't even turned on my xbox in over a year
//prolly should, there's be waitin' some serious updates I bet
///tbh don't much care


They've pushed a lot of updates, plus they also have a version optimized for the Xbox Series X. It's also part of Game Pass now.
 
2022-02-09 9:51:33 AM  
I'd say it's because the leadership comes in the form of a trump-chasing dipshiat that pals around with transphobes, but it's mostly because they're poor business people.
 
2022-02-09 10:19:51 AM  

lifeslammer: Ah yes, a physical version of no mans sky

Why were people stupid enough to believe the first press release when it was loaded with console buzzwords?


You're a lot more optimistic than I am. I don't expect them to deliver, and certainly not to deliver a VR version of their console. That or you have no idea what you're talking about because your second sentence does not follow from the first.
 
2022-02-09 11:22:26 AM  

Fano: EdgeRunner: Fano: Jake Havechek: Rapmaster2000: I downloaded the Coleco emulator and all the games 20 years ago. It was about 5MB.  Mouse Trap is a really great game.  So were Venture and  Ladybug.  But there were a lot of bad games too.

[Fark user image image 425x580]

The one where you could make Smurfette do a striptease!

Uh... what?

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Too hot for Fark


I'm so confused right now. But probably not as confused as anyone who saw that as a kid and had some kind of awakening.
 
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