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Intellivision Amico - Tommy Tallarico introduction + Q&A

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44 minutes ago, The Atari Creep said:

So I have a question. Before my original VIP Edition video, were my Amico videos being shared in here? That would make so much sense as to the view count of them videos? LOL

 

Funny how the world works. For me, I'm an Intellivision guy from BITD who subscribed today to a YouTube channel of a guy named The Atari Creep after seeing him mentioned in a forum on AtariAge.

 

Funny path that led me there, but I like what I watched (loved your Amico FE video) and how you've conducted yourself here. 

 

*Shrug*. Whatever works, eh? 🙂

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What exactly is the protocol for the “100% refundable” pre-order guarantee?  Have submitted multiple requests with no response - I hope the Amico does well, but customer service is apparently non existent.  Would gladly transfer my order to anyone else who wants it. 

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My thoughts on the VIP presale are go for  it! To keep the Founders Edition folks happy you can include nothing from that pre sale. Don’t sell the woody model or anything else. Let all the VIP folks pick from the standard black or white model plus a cool backstage, rockstar style pass that includes on $25 dollar gift card to the online IntelliStore. Let them get the console early like us FE folks and they feel special too!


Getting it early was really the biggest perk for me. All other stuff was neat and like an added bonus but that was the closer for me! Being able to roll down to my brothers when it arrives before its even in the store is priceless(since I will be repaying a long owed debt from me breaking his original Intellivision back in the 80’s)

 

Ultimately Tommy it’s your company and your choice. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out if the demand is there, offer it up! Folks who get either the VIP or the FE are still waaaaay ahead or the general public when this becomes the gotta have item and is scarce!

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1 hour ago, OEB_Pete said:

TJ is must watch Youtube! makes me giggle every time!

hey my 2 favorite new gaming channels in the same post..TJ & Pete!

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9 minutes ago, bonehead said:

What exactly is the protocol for the “100% refundable” pre-order guarantee?  Have submitted multiple requests with no response - I hope the Amico does well, but customer service is apparently non existent.  Would gladly transfer my order to anyone else who wants it. 

I have requested refund as well through several outlets.  They have already assigned my unit to someone else so I would like the refund as well 

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7 minutes ago, MarioMan88 said:

My thoughts on the VIP presale are go for  it! To keep the Founders Edition folks happy you can include nothing from that pre sale. Don’t sell the woody model or anything else. Let all the VIP folks pick from the standard black or white model plus a cool backstage, rockstar style pass that includes on $25 dollar gift card to the online IntelliStore. Let them get the console early like us FE folks and they feel special too!


Getting it early was really the biggest perk for me. All other stuff was neat and like an added bonus but that was the closer for me! Being able to roll down to my brothers when it arrives before its even in the store is priceless(since I will be repaying a long owed debt from me breaking his original Intellivision back in the 80’s)

 

Ultimately Tommy it’s your company and your choice. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out if the demand is there, offer it up! Folks who get either the VIP or the FE are still waaaaay ahead or the general public when this becomes the gotta have item and is scarce!

I don't see why not sell the woody one. It was always going to be the limited one they sold directly. So not sure why waiting until launch of a second round makes a difference on the model.

 

From a production standpoint I would guess it would be more beneficial for them to be the same version. 🤷‍♂️

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13 minutes ago, MrBeefy said:

I don't see why not sell the woody one. It was always going to be the limited one they sold directly. So not sure why waiting until launch of a second round makes a difference on the model.

 

From a production standpoint I would guess it would be more beneficial for them to be the same version. 🤷‍♂️

Ehh, just a thought coz some folks seemed a little tiffed a new round of pre orders would water down their special FE. Personally I don’t have a feeling either way just thought that idea might lesson the heat on a new round of pre sales if it was completely different except for the early access to the console. 
 

 

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3 minutes ago, MarioMan88 said:

Ehh, just a thought coz some folks seemed a little tiffed a new round of pre orders would water down their special FE. Personally I don’t have a feeling either way just thought that idea might lesson the heat on a new round of pre sales if it was completely different except for the early access to the console. 

I guess I'm looking at it from a different way. The woody version wasn't strictly made for the FE. It was more the FE was strictly the woody edition.

 

Presales round 2 vs buy it from IE on release. What's the difference?

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18 minutes ago, MrBeefy said:

I guess I'm looking at it from a different way. The woody version wasn't strictly made for the FE. It was more the FE was strictly the woody edition.

 

Presales round 2 vs buy it from IE on release. What's the difference?

True no real difference as Tommy did say the only place to get woody was thru IE. Be cool to see what they do. Can’t imagine Tommy and team won’t do something if there is that much pent up demand for another round.

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On 3/3/2020 at 6:33 AM, Tommy Tallarico said:


It's a company that is just as big and well known.  We spoke to Foxconn earlier last year and they were on the list of possibilities.  The company we have manufactures for Sony (PS3, 4 & 5) as well as the Nintendo Wii! 

Coronavirus will definitely be affecting us and everyone else doing electronics this year.  Machines will be scare on all fronts.  Founder Edition folks are looking like the smartest people in the world right now.  They'll be getting their machines before any retailer! 

 

Thinking about doing another round of pre-orders.  So many people have been disappointed they weren't able to get in on the Founders Edition.  Maybe do another pre-order that isn't as good as the Founder Editions.  More like a "VIP" edition.  Not signed, no pin or patch.  Maybe the poster, the Vintage Woodgrain and the gift card.  $279.   Thoughts??

 

 

Hi Tommy...wanted to throw my 2 cents in as i try to do everything TWO AT A TIME!!! Seriously though. In a way i believe that another pre-order would be great...but i think it should be different. It definitely has to have less stuff otherwise it sort of cheapens the whole Founder's edition. Maybe instead of the woodgrain something in the GTO red (around Canada Day) or the galaxy purple (around Easter)...unless all those requests you're seeing are specifically for the wood grain then POWER TO THE PEOPLE. This might sound a bit vein but i pre-ordered a founder's and as such i also feel like a VIP. Even though you've suggested it won't be a full Founders how about calling it an "Early Bird", "Kickin' It Old School" or a "Retro Chic" bundle...point is here i'm not certain the the Founders community at large minds the idea of a second pre-order...i think they're worried about their status as Founders/VIP's being compromised by something as simple as a title for the actual pre-order...in this case "VIP" . Love your Costco idea i saw on one of the posts with the "family edition"...great idea. I do believe at some point you have to leave some meat on the bones for your retailers...apologies for the non-vegan reference :)

 

This has been the most exciting thing in gaming for myself in years and i'm so far in on what you're trying to do with this thing. I watch everything i can on this, the team you've assembled is world class, and your biggest problem is going to be keeping up with production with or without the Coronavirus situation...not trying to be insensitive wash your hands everyone! 

 

All my best to my fellow Founders and all the future Amico owner's of whatever edition you'll wind up with because the real win here is our families playing together again!

 

Best Wishes to the entire Intelliteam,

 

The Wren

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3 hours ago, ASalvaro said:

hey my 2 favorite new gaming channels in the same post..TJ & Pete!

thanks ASalvaro appreciate the support :)

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Tommy, since everyone is always talking about the controller for the Amico and stuff, what would you say the 5 best not-Amico controllers are? Consoles only, and no keyboard and mouse since that's way too obvious! Bonus points if you list your top 5 best not-Amico d-pads.

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21 hours ago, poconojo said:

I am glad I ordered the FE. I do not have a problem with a VIP edition. I can see why some might not like this because it may devalue the FE if reselling for profit. As long as there is a difference between the two editions, I don't think this will be an issue. 


Yeah... the would literally have nothing at all in common.  Not a single thing.  Yes, the Vintage Woodgrain would be a choice... but it wouldn't be hand numbered and signed or delivered early.

 

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18 hours ago, timbofry1 said:

Tommy - Have you commented on Montezuma's Revenge?  I know there was an app made of that game, so not sure where the rights stand.  Would love to see this game on the Amico.  BTW, I'm around your age, actually slightly older, and the Intellivision was my first video game console and has always had a special place in my heart.  I am ecstatic at what you are doing with the Intellivision Amico!  I have about had it with the newer consoles and the complexity and micro-transactions and all....just done with it, so extremely excited to get an Amico and play video games like I grew up playing...simpler, fun games that everyone can enjoy.  Thanks for this!


Thanks!  I appreciate the support and kind words!

 

I loved Montezuma's Revenge... but haven't looked into it.  Anyone here know who owns the rights?  Same folks as Zoo Keeper?

 

 

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17 hours ago, ASalvaro said:

yes and Tommy is Italian and we get very emotional about things! (especially sicilian)  lol


Love this!

 

🍝🏎️🛵

 

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19 hours ago, cmart604 said:

You’re killing me Tommy, killing me! 😂😂😂


Am I supposed to be reading this in a Sandlot voice or "Sit & Sleep" commercial?

Must reconcile this in my head.

 

Please

Thank-you

 

:)

 

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17 hours ago, Swami said:

I get that and like the 5200 idea. I would suggest some small difference in the console itself to differentiate it from the mass produced as well as the FE. Maybe just your initials or numbering or something. I just like to discourage the type of hyper-exclusiveness with collectibles I see in pockets here and there on the forum, etc.; Like someone saying no other special pre-orders allowed or if the FE 2600 had games on it no one else would ever be able to play, I’d think that was a bit sadistic. I could give several real examples, but I won’t belabour it. But everyone will get a similarly operating Amico and be able to play all the games, so, no problem as far as I can see. 


I agree.  And yeah... the idea would be that literally NOTHING would be the same.  The consoles would not be numbered and signed.  In fact... no real reason to even put a limited number on the VIP pre-orders (it's not like we're going to sell millions at this point!  Only doing something cool for the super early followers... which are mostly hardcore retro gamers).  Maybe FE folks have an issue with the fact that we would "limit" them (to 5200 or whatever).  If it was just an open-ended VIP pre-order... maybe the FE folks will still feel super special.

Thoughts?

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, ASalvaro said:

speaking of homebrew Christmas Carol for the Intellivision is one of the best homebrews on any system..any chance we see this released when the Intellivision games are released on the Amico? 


That could be a fun Christmas/Holiday release.  I own the game... bought it from the guy who made it.  I believe it was at one of the Las Vegas retro conventions 5 or 6 years ago... maybe later.

 

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17 hours ago, Emanuele said:

Hi, Tommy!

As a happy Italian pre-owner😉 of a FE, a curiosity: how will you organize distribution of Amico in Europe? Retailers, specialized stores, big shopping malls?

 

Thanks and viva Intellivision!👍


Another Italian!  Woo-hoo!!  :)


Still being worked out.  We are talking to 2 of the biggest and best right now.

 

 

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16 hours ago, The Atari Creep said:

So here is that response. After watching it, I noticed that it basically says the same things my original video did but more addressing you @Tommy Tallarico directly. I do elaborate further though. The video is not live, I have left it unlisted for now. Anyone is welcome to watch it, leave feedback too. Its a longer one but once I get going I think I address the points in your comment.

 

For anyone that wants to know but does not want to watch it, I made the video mainly because there has not been much Amico talk as of late and I like to keep the name fresh on the minds of people. I refuse to make videos just for the sake of making a video though. If there is nothing to actually talk about then I let it rest until there is something of note too. I was one of the folks not for another preorder for selfish reasons but at the end of the day it's neither here nor there. I will still have my Founders Edition (God willing) in October and regardless of how many preorders there are I will enjoy it. It is not something that will keep me up at night. The idea came and went.

 

Thanks as always Tommy. 

 

 


Hi Chris!,

 

Thanks so much for the video!

I hope you didn't think I was upset in any way.  I LOVE that you always speak your mind.  As you're probably aware by now... I'm the same.  :)

So always... MASSive respect!!  (see what I did there?)   :D

 

I just wanted to give you more info in hopes that you understood where I was coming from.  I love that this has opened up a discussion.  Feel free to make the video public if you'd like.  No worries.


YES!  Lets jam on stage at some point!  That would be EPIC!!!

I think doing an interview together would be hilarious.  Please let me know if you ever want to do it.  2 Massholes shootin' the shit... I think it would be like no other interview yet!  Looking forward to it if it ever happens.

 

Thanks again for keeping Amico discussions going on your channel.  You'll have some more info to talk about soon when we release the next gameplay trailer!  Working on it now in fact.  :)

 



 

 

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