Jay Silverheels, on Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:18 AM, said:
Calling Aquarius Tron ASCII art was, I believe, playful ribbing. It's one of the Aquarius' weakest titles, but I believe it is mostly due to lack of ambition on the developer's part.
Here it is:
Wow that was bad. I think I just threw up a little.
I have videos of most Aquarius software here: www.youtube.com/mattelaquarius
I liked seeing the modem in use. And I thought the way you connected it for the demo was interesting.
"The Mattel Aquarius computer is shown displaying information received from the StarTTY.com telnet portal. It is direct connected to a PC using HyperTerminal on the PC, and the Aquarius Bell 103 modem (300 baud). The HyperTerminal settings are shown, as well. The information is being bridged from a command prompt Telnet connection to Hyperterminal via a macro made using Macro Magic software. I tried to show the macro in action by showing that the copying/pasting was happening without human intervention. The macro highlights the current telnet screen in the command prompt, then switches to HyperTerminal where it is pasted onto the screen. Hyperterminal immediately transmits the pasted information out to the Aquarius. "
I've attached a screenshot of INTV's Tron converted to Aquarius graphics using chjmartin2's awesome converter. It is rough, but with a little customization to correct conversion artifacts, using Aquarius' running man, etc, and it would look more passable as a port.
A lot better. Is that a working game?
The Aquarius software and hardware is completely incompatible with the Intellivision/ECS hardware. The Aquarius is Z80 based. A handful of INTV's core games were ported to the Aquarius.
Not compatible? My impression of the Aquarius just dropped like 70% after hearing that.
I think after looking at the videos I believe the Aquarius is an insult to any association with the Intellivision. How could Mattel go so wrong? I mean the Intellivision (1978-1979) was brilliant and at least three years ahead of its time. You wouldn't see anything comparible till the 5200 (1982) and Colecovision (1982) came out.
Contrast this to the Aquarius ... (Announced: 1982: Released: June 1983: Discontinued: October 1983:) could have had the Vic-20 (released in 1981) run circles around it. I know my Atari 400/800 (1979-1980) could have. The Aquarius was about three years behind the times.
I mean.. wow... what the hell?!?
Edited by doctorclu, Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:59 AM.