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When I was in fifth grade a classmate sold me his used Intellivision system. I’m sure he ripped me off–I’ve never been much of a haggler–but it was worth it even if the machine was half-busted. Those sports games were so much better than the ones for Atari.

Hey, even George Plimpton said so:

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1 Raf   ~  Mar 23, 2010 10:56 am

I had an Intellivision 2. Loved that system. Used to pick up games from Odd Lot for a couple of buck after Mattel Electronics shut down.

2 Ben   ~  Mar 23, 2010 11:26 am

My thumb hurts just looking at that disc.

3 The Hawk   ~  Mar 23, 2010 12:35 pm

Yeah controllers mean a lot to me. Those things were awful.

I have a PS3 and my sister has an X Box. The controllers are inferior, and that makes a huge difference in the overall experience. Playstation controllers are really perfect.

4 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 23, 2010 12:36 pm

never touched the stuff. I was a first generation Atari kid, and got my video game fix outside the house after I outgrew Atari. No question the Intellivision graphics look superior, but wasn't the Atari joystick better than that keypad-dial contraption? How'd you even work that thing?

5 lroibal   ~  Mar 23, 2010 1:09 pm

I had one of the first video games made for home use. An Odyssey I think it was called. They used to give it out as a special prize on Wonderama. It claimed to have something like 32 games, but really it could only play pong. The different so-called games were 32 acetates with different themes. When you taped the Haunted House Acetate over your TV and proceeded to play Pong through the acetate they claimed that was a different game. We still thought it was cool. Eventually we upgraded to the system you had.

6 bp1   ~  Mar 23, 2010 1:18 pm

[5] Pong. Ha. My Dad and I would play pong. It was the only "game system" I ever had. I remember a friend coded a pong game on his Commodor 64 when we were in High School. I thought it was kinda cool - but geeky to the extreme. I just never got in games like that - nor computers (and now look at me).

Good Lord I feel old.

My kids have a Wii and I admit it is a pretty amazing piece of technology, but I'd rather watch and laugh at them then play myself. Give me a putter and a couple balls to knock around on the carpet instead. Or whatever.

Can I be an old fart at 44?

7 thelarmis   ~  Mar 23, 2010 1:21 pm

we had freaking Telstar. man, that thing sucked, haha! then, commodore vic 20. a little better, but still no baseball. a neighbor of mine, 3 doors down to the left, had Intellivision and we used to play that baseball game on it all the time.

fast forward several years, and i went to a neighbor a few doors down on the right, and we played nintendo baseball all the time.

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 23, 2010 1:53 pm

MLB 2010 for PlayStation (the one Mauer does the promos for) takes your breath away with the realism.

Unfortunately, I have a Wii, and that MLB game for that is comparatively lacking visually.

9 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 23, 2010 1:57 pm

I was a Pac-Man fanatic back in the day, and even had one of these ...

10 Bluenatic   ~  Mar 23, 2010 2:07 pm

Intellivision was my shit! I used to play Astrosmash for hours, not to mention NHL Hockey, Horse Racing, Auto Racing, Boxing, etc. This post is bringing me back!

11 Bama Yankee   ~  Mar 23, 2010 2:28 pm

[5] The Odyssey game was made by Magnavox and the second generation of the game (Odyssey 2) was a lot better. My brother and I had dozens of the game cartridges (the baseball game was somewhere between the Atari and the Intellivision versions pictured above) and we played that thing for years. Then I got a Commodore 64 for Christmas and couldn't believe what you could do with it. It was truly ahead of its time.

12 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 23, 2010 2:52 pm
13 The Hawk   ~  Mar 23, 2010 5:36 pm

[8] That's MLB The Show. I played the 07 on the PS2 and the 09 version on the PS3. Really a great game, but I don't think I'll get it this year. It exhausts me.

14 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 23, 2010 7:46 pm

Which was the one with the joystick/controller thing with the spinner on it? I remember a football game where you'd spin the spinner to throw the ball: slow for a short pass, fast for a long one. That was a pretty sophisticated system, as I recall, and I think they had baseball, too. Not just the spinner, but a bunch of different colored buttons.

15 edoubletrouble   ~  Mar 25, 2010 3:09 am

[10] Yes, Astrosmash for hours. I wonder how well I'd do now?

[11] My first computer was a Commodore Vic 20. I could only do one thing on it. Write the program for counting: 1. Let x = x + 1 2. print x 3. go to 1 and watch it go. I think there was some kind of Snafu or Pong on there too.

Intellivision forever.

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