I've bought a German variation of Happy Trails which has a sticker from the German distributor (Ariola) and is called "Ein Fall für den Sheriff" (A case for the sheriff). Should this be considered a variation and added to the INTV Funhouse site?
Just got another two games crushed in an envelope, even though I asked both sellers to ship in a box. One was a $60 game. So unfortunately they only learn it the hard way. Negative feedback and money back from PayPal.
Oh I get it. I really do. I collect quite a few variations myself. Especially in the Intellivision area. I made the decision a long time ago however that I would never collect that expensive piece of cellophane. Just not worth it to me. I can probably count on one hand the number of sealed games in my collection. I do actually have both editions of Demon Attack in my collection, just not sealed.
Just to give you an idea how difficult it was to find this one sealed, it's game #309 in my Intellivision collection and I had it on my want list for a few years.
P.S.: Actually it was the last game to complete my sealed Imagic collection.
In my Excel sheet I have the actual release date and the announced release date. I'd put both dates on your website and list it under July. Most games have been released after the announced date, but some were actually available earlier.
Dude, just let it go. When you've done countless interviews and years of research in order to write and publish an 800 page book, then you'll have room to talk...
Interviews are methodical the worst way to get an accurate analysis of what happened. Everyone tells his version of the history and then the author mixes it all together to his own version.
Even interviews back from 1983 are just plain wrong. Ron Dubren claims in an interview with Electronic Fun that he came up with the concept for "Name this game" and presented it to US Games in July 1982 and they accepted it in August. The truth is it was already on a price list from 06/06/1982 from US Games handed out at the CES. The price list and the press kit doesn't lie, Ron Dubren did.
It gets worse the bigger the ego of the interviewees and the authors are.
But for the holiday season 1982 they had nothing but stinkers (E.T., Raiders of the lost Ark) while others like Parker and Coleco took their business away (Star Wars, Frogger, Donkey Kong). That's why they issues a profit warning.
The problems at Atari and Mattel had nothing to do with the problems of the overall industry. The problems at Atari were caused by the new competition. Overall the industry had an awesome year.
The huge overstock retailers still had after the holiday season caused the problems. They ordered way too much stock, even of real stinkers like Skeet Shoot. That caused the decline in orders early 1983 and the crash mid 1983.
"The situation at Atari is by no means dire. The video game industry in general and Atari in particular are still growing, although profit margins are shriveling from intense competition. And Warner still expects to report a 10 to 15 percent increase for all of 1982, an improvement that would delight many other companies during a recession.
THE gain, however, is just not what people had come to expect from Warner and from Atari, which in the first nine months of 1982 contributed half of Warner's $2.9 billion in revenues and two thirds of its $471 million in operating profits."