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Anonymous
April 9, 2005 8:40:56 PM

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Me? Here's some of mine:

INTELLIVISION: I always kind of regret not having an Intellivision back
in the day. Of course I DID HAVE ONE for about a week before it died on
me (black screen of death..). I figured if the hardware was this
shoddy, I wasn't even going to bother (I had been playing my 2600 for
years without one problem). So I took the "Tandyvision" Intellivision
clone back to radio shack, and bought the Colecovision for $214
including tax instead. And yes I REALLY LOVED the colecovision, it was
a dream come true, but sadly mine died on me after about a year and a
half... had to send it out to get fixed which seemed to take forever...
by the time I got it back, things weren't the same, and my Colecovision
hobby never picked up the momentum again. This probably contributed in
a small way to it's demise..

ATARI 400 COMPUTER: I remember when they discontinued the Atari 400
computer, they REALLY clearanced these things out cheap, I mean I think
they were, what? $49.95 at K-mart? Man, I gotta tell you I STILL regret
not buying an Atari 400 back in the day. I was on the fence about it,
and I think what happened is that by the time I decided, they were all
gone, already liquidated. Talk about a GREAT game machine. The Atari
400 was truely a gamers dream. Oh well..

NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM: Okay, the thing is, by the time the NES
hit, I was a die-hard Commodore 64 user. The C=64 REALLY WAS everything
you could ever want in a computer: Great games, great sound, WAREZ,
programming, you name it. So when I saw the NES in the summer of 1985
at LONGS DRUGS, I was impressed. I said, wow, these graphics are great,
just like the arcade - BUT NO BETTER THAN THE N64 !!!! - So I guess
looking back maybe I made the correct decision at the time based on
circumstances. I DID, finally, get a used NES back in early 1991...
does this count as "having one back in the day"?

After that, I pretty much had everything at one time or another, except
for a CD-i.

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Anonymous
April 9, 2005 11:43:28 PM

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I'd have liked to have gotten a Sega CDX when they came out. There
was no point though, since I already had a Genesis and CD.
Anonymous
April 10, 2005 12:12:21 AM

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Carey85 wrote:
> I'd have liked to have gotten a Sega CDX when they came out. There
> was no point though, since I already had a Genesis and CD.

I got a CDX when they were first out, maybe mid 1994? The way it went
down was this: my wife and I were out shopping at Montgomery Ward, and
I saw the CDX "package" - I remember it came with a whole bunch of
software free (oh.. the 6 pack CD, Sonic CD, and some other ones..), so
I "justified" spending the $399 three ways: #1, all that free software
would offset the cost, and #2: I had a Montgomery Ward card with that
amount of available credit, and #3, I had to make a decision quick
because it was almost closing time, and I wanted to go home with
something that night, so long story short, I bought it..

And I do admit that I had a lot of great times with it. By this time, I
had been rid of my Genesis for maybe 2 years, so it was kinda cool to
playhe Genesis games again, ie: When MK II came out, I bought it the
day before it was released, played lots of cool "laser" games like
Dragon's Lair and Time Gal...

And when my stereo broke, I used it as my primary CD player via the
AUX.. never stopped working, and it was a great machine. I kinda miss
it, though yeah now I have a Sega CD now too, so..
Anonymous
April 10, 2005 6:02:41 AM

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PGP-1. Had a chance to buy the last one from Answer Software, but they
wanted $300 instead of the $100 they let the system testers buy them for. I
was a poor college student, and hoped they would come down, but they said
they had another buyer and I couldn't come up with the money in time.

Dane.

"The Space Boss" <drsmith666@aol.com> wrote in message
news:1113090056.227436.153910@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> Me? Here's some of mine:
>
> INTELLIVISION: I always kind of regret not having an Intellivision back
> in the day. Of course I DID HAVE ONE for about a week before it died on
> me (black screen of death..). I figured if the hardware was this
> shoddy, I wasn't even going to bother (I had been playing my 2600 for
> years without one problem). So I took the "Tandyvision" Intellivision
> clone back to radio shack, and bought the Colecovision for $214
> including tax instead. And yes I REALLY LOVED the colecovision, it was
> a dream come true, but sadly mine died on me after about a year and a
> half... had to send it out to get fixed which seemed to take forever...
> by the time I got it back, things weren't the same, and my Colecovision
> hobby never picked up the momentum again. This probably contributed in
> a small way to it's demise..
>
> ATARI 400 COMPUTER: I remember when they discontinued the Atari 400
> computer, they REALLY clearanced these things out cheap, I mean I think
> they were, what? $49.95 at K-mart? Man, I gotta tell you I STILL regret
> not buying an Atari 400 back in the day. I was on the fence about it,
> and I think what happened is that by the time I decided, they were all
> gone, already liquidated. Talk about a GREAT game machine. The Atari
> 400 was truely a gamers dream. Oh well..
>
> NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM: Okay, the thing is, by the time the NES
> hit, I was a die-hard Commodore 64 user. The C=64 REALLY WAS everything
> you could ever want in a computer: Great games, great sound, WAREZ,
> programming, you name it. So when I saw the NES in the summer of 1985
> at LONGS DRUGS, I was impressed. I said, wow, these graphics are great,
> just like the arcade - BUT NO BETTER THAN THE N64 !!!! - So I guess
> looking back maybe I made the correct decision at the time based on
> circumstances. I DID, finally, get a used NES back in early 1991...
> does this count as "having one back in the day"?
>
> After that, I pretty much had everything at one time or another, except
> for a CD-i.
>
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 2:14:17 AM

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Tweek wrote:

>
> Intellivision is the only system up until N64 with a controller that
could
> have done a decent version of Robotron.

Huh? I'd have to disagree here, as you could play a FLAWLESS game of
Smash TV or Total Carnage with the Super NES controller...
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 2:33:35 AM

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Hmm, seeing is how Robotron:2084, Total Carnage and Smash TV were made
for use with two joysticks, I feel the Dual Shock is the only
controller thus far to keep faithful to the arcade originals.
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 5:16:03 AM

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The Space Boss <drsmith666@aol.com> wrote in message
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>
> Tweek wrote:
>
> >
> > Intellivision is the only system up until N64 with a controller that
> could
> > have done a decent version of Robotron.
>
> Huh? I'd have to disagree here, as you could play a FLAWLESS game of
> Smash TV or Total Carnage with the Super NES controller...

Oh, hey ya know what, you're right. My bad.
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 6:18:50 AM

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For me, it's not regretting what I didn't buy back in the day, but what
I didn't buy when I first got into collecting. A reseller I did (and
still do) business with since the 80's had reams of games, and I have
had in my hands everything except Crazy Climber, Chase the Chuckwagon
and the Mystique titles. I actually had in hand Up n Down, video cube
and rubiks cube, video jogger and others at $5 each, and passed because
at the time I was only interested in good games. By the time I changed
my mind, they were long gone.

jt
April 11, 2005 6:24:48 PM

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"Tweek" <tweek@comeonletsbereal.com> wrote in message
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>> WOW.. now this is what I call a GREAT STORY. Thanks for sharing these
>> great memories. I have one question for you: Since you had an
>> intellivision as well as access to your neighbors collection as well as
>> your friends Atari 2600 collection to play at great length, can you
>> give us your impressions of how you felt about each system? Did you
>> feel Intellivision was vastly superior? Or did you secretly wish you
>> had an Atari? How did each system stack up against the other for you?
>
> Thanks for the kind words, I love the topic.
>
> I really bought into the "intelligent television" aspect of
> Intellivision's
> marketing, although to buy into it was merely to accept the reality.
> Intellivision games were slow compared to Atari games, but more complex
> and
> involving. The idea of a keypad with 12 buttons, plus two fire buttons,
> seemed to obviously show more possibility than Atari's little joystick
> with
> one button. In some innate form, this discrepancy informed me of the
> mathematical concept of permutations.


Did any of the intellivision games rotate the controller to be used in a
gamepad-style way?
Anonymous
April 12, 2005 2:00:39 AM

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"Carey85" <carey_85@adelphia.net> wrote in news:1113197615.269482.199860
@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:

> Hmm, seeing is how Robotron:2084, Total Carnage and Smash TV were made
> for use with two joysticks, I feel the Dual Shock is the only
> controller thus far to keep faithful to the arcade originals.
>
>

While this is true, the SNES's ABXY buttons can basically be used as a D-
pad (Y=left, X=up, B=down, A=right). Making the games he's mentioning
playable with said pad.

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Anonymous
April 12, 2005 9:38:19 AM

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In article <1113197615.269482.199860@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
"Carey85" <carey_85@adelphia.net> wrote:

> Hmm, seeing is how Robotron:2084, Total Carnage and Smash TV were made
> for use with two joysticks, I feel the Dual Shock is the only
> controller thus far to keep faithful to the arcade originals.

Regarding Robotron, try it on the 7800 with two basic blacks hard
mounted side by side. You can then choose which stick to plug in which
port and thus choose which stick drives and which shoots. And with that
set-up, the 7800 is damn near arcade perfect. The explosions are the
only short coming. Game playa and sounds are spot on.

jt
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