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13 hours ago, LePionnier said:

That's really great news. To be honest, I didn't think I would see a trailer with different games in it before E3.

So I am surprised and really happy. We will probably see for the first time Skiing.

 

Something I like from the quote is "A lot of stuff no one has seen before".

But what can it be ? Will it be for retro gamers and "old" hard core gamers again ? lol

Burgertime, Frogger, Horse Racing ( I don't bet on it ;) )

For sure Pong. Baseball and Hockey anyone ?

 

Will we see finally some games for casual gamers, like Board games, Dice games, Corn Hole, Horseshoes...

 

I think it's a great news that we should talk more about. It's really exciting, for me at least because I thought this kind of video would happened only for E3 !

So lets talk about it ! What do you think wil be the (new) games  we could see, or what are you hoping to see ?

Thank you.


Yeah... I want to do a gameplay trailer much before E3 because folks will be able to see and play a bunch of new stuff that will (and won't) be in the trailer.  Just want to keep the train rolling for the retro folks.

I am making more of a trailer for gamers.  Not for families.  That doesn't start til later in the summer.  No reason to spend marketing money on our main target audience until we are closer to launch (and have more specifics worked out... like the exact pricing, what games are pack-in's, what games we will have on release, what licenses we have, etc.).

 

I will start to show a few casual games though... just to mix it up a little.

We have so much to say/show at E3 that even if we show a bunch of new game footage... we still have so much more to show and announce in June.  So it still won't be a let down to anyone.

Not sure if folks saw in the news yesterday... they actually declared Los Angeles in a state of emergency!  Not great news for E3... but at this point... it is still happening.  I really hope it happens.

 

 

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I could not be more excited about the Amico !! As an old school gamer who used to hang out in arcades during the space invaders , asteroids etc ... days , I was super happy to hear that there would be local high scores with initials that save permanently .......an absolute must to keep me coming back. These type of games where Scores matter rarely have high scores these days  and if they do , they don’t save permanently. On top of that, most games on phones have in app purchases so you can buy a better score !!! Makes the whole game useless for competition !! High score is king !!! If it’s the type of game where scores matter , without LOCAL high scores / leaderboards , I am Not interested. 

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12 hours ago, LePionnier said:

Here is an example happening right at this moment ! lol

Looking with google search : Amico Intellivision

 

What ! But Tommy hasn't told anyone !? How can I find it before he talks to us , the founders ... 😕

Missile Command Recharged !

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Ok ..  but wait a minute ...

It's not for Amico ! It's for Apple and Android !

Anyway, here it is. We have some Atari Fans, and there is one small line talking about Amico ! 😊

 

https://screenrant.com/new-missile-command-recharged-mobile-reboot-apple-android/

 



Yeah.. that video was going around the office a few days ago. 

Kinda funny that some folks say that all our games look like mobile... but our Missile Command looks a LOT better than this.  :)

 

I typically love the vector style (huge Vectrex owner and fan)... but this one falls a little short for me.  It's cool.  Just not what I would expect from an updated Missile Command.

I also think it's going to be weird to tap on the screen all the time.  Fingers will get in the way of what you're trying to look at. 

 

It seems like a game that would be fun for a few minutes (until the ads or "we want your money" pop-up's started kicking in)... but our version has VERSUS and CO-OP modes for up to 8 players!  Graphically a LOT better and I know it's going to SOUND better.   :D

 

I think it's cool though that more retro stuff is getting out there.  I'm just making a comparison to folks who still insist that any of our games can just be done on "mobile" is really not knowing or understanding how different we are.

:)

 

 

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12 hours 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. 


Hi,

 

Can you please let me know how you requested your refund?  We've immediately refunded the folks who have asked within 24 hours.  So I'm guessing your inquiry was never seen.  You can email the following person directly and he will take care of you.  [email protected]

Thanks. 

 

And again... please let us know how you tried reaching out to us.  The best way is always through our website.  But now you have direct access so you will receive your refund by the end of the day.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.  Want to know how you contacted us though so we can make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

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11 hours ago, Dakak said:

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 


Actually... that isn't true.  We haven't already "assigned" your unit to someone else.  I only said that you are going to make someone else happy because a slot is going to open up.

Just want to make sure you understand the process.

 

Your refund will be sent back within the next few hours when my folks get in.  At that point... we'll e-mail the next person in line (we have an excel sheet containing THOUSANDS of names and e-mails) and they will be offered the opportunity to get your slot.

 

Everyone wins!

 

 

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11 hours 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. 🤷‍♂️


Correct.  The Vintage Woodgrain is going to be sold directly through our website (and other special occasions) and will be Limited...  meaning we will retire it within the first year or so from launch. 

But the Founders Editions will be the ONLY hand signed and numbered ones AND the only ones we will ship first/early.

The Vintage Woodgrain was always going to be sold direct so no reason not to do a VIP pre-order to ensure folks will get one when they come out (Coronvirus is going to make ALL electronics scarce this Christmas/Holiday!) and we also want to do a little something special for folks pre-ordering early so adding a $25 RFID plastic gift card (not laser cut metal like the FE's) seems very reasonable to me.

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11 hours 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 think we're also going to open pre-orders for VIP White and Black ones as well (but at a cheaper price than the VIP Woodgrain).

Lots of folks have been asking about the white & black ones for pre-order.

 

 

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11 hours ago, The Wren said:

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


Thanks for your input!

Yep!  NOTHING in the VIP version would be the same as the Founders Edition.  Even the console itself (although woodgrain) would NOT be hand numbered and signed.  The VIP's also would NOT receive the console early (like the FE's would).

Thank-you again for adding to the conversation and for the support!

 

 

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9 hours ago, bigdaddygamestudio said:

heres my only issue if Tommy does a vip edition with a signed poster....... thats a lot of signing

 

 


You've never been to a Video Games Live show I'm guessing!  I do thousands every night!

 

:)

 

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35 minutes ago, LePionnier said:

About E3 ...

 

 

 

 


 



Yep.  I'm well aware.  I'm actually on the COMMITTEE of the ESA who puts out the statements for E3.  So when I say I have an inside line and know everything about E3 before it happens.... trust me... I do.   :)

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


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?

 

 

Assuming it originally belonged to Parker Brothers, that should make it either Hasbro or Atari SA.  It's unlikely the trademark was maintained anyway.

 

Zoo Keeper would be Taito.

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11 minutes ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


You've never been to a Video Games Live show I'm guessing!  I do thousands every night!

 

:)

 

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Seeing these photos, I can't help but think of everything that this unfortunate virus is causing. (James Bond Movie now in November instead of April, etc.)

I was wondering if you were starting to think about the impact this could have on Video Games Live Tour ? 😥

 

 

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12 hours 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. 


Hi,

To follow up again... this is what my folks just sent me (even though it's 6:30am here!)...


"I issued a refund just now. I didn't see any alerts. I haven't seen any emails from this guy either, so I don't know what email he was using to get a hold of us, but it wasn't any of the standard ones. It may be worth asking him the email he sent his messages to so we can verify everything is working on our end. Regardless, he's been refunded."


So please let us know the route and e-mail you were using to request your refund.

Thanks!

 

 

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12 hours ago, Dakak said:

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 


My folks just let me know that you have been refunded as well.  Less than 24 hours from when you sent your request. 

Pretty great customer service if ya ask me.   :)

 

 

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I just wastedspent several hours of my life creating this topic: The Homebrew Wars.

 

Tommy's question gave me the idea.

 

It was an amazing online trip.

 

Now I need to rest my eyes a bit. Thanks god for the blue light filters and the dark mode extensions.

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3 minutes ago, LePionnier said:

Seeing these photos, I can't help but think of everything that this unfortunate virus is causing. (James Bond Movie now in November instead of April, etc.)

I was wondering if you were starting to think about the impact this could have on Video Games Live Tour ? 😥

 

 


I've already scaled it WAY back over the past 6 months and all this year because of Intellivision.  So far there has been zero impact.  I suppose it could always change... but so far... so good.  Next show is on April 3rd in Virginia.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, IntelliMission said:

I just wastedspent several hours of my life creating this topic: The Homebrew Wars.

 

Tommy's question gave me the idea.

 

It was an amazing online trip.

 

Now I need to rest my eyes a bit. Thanks god for the blue light filters and the dark mode extensions.

Great job.  Well deserved rest now !

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1 minute ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


I've already scaled it WAY back over the past 6 months and all this year because of Intellivision.  So far there has been zero impact.  I suppose it could always change... but so far... so good.  Next show is on April 3rd in Virginia.

 

 

At least it's happening, unlike Polymega.  What a disaster that turned out to be.

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16 minutes ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


My folks just let me know that you have been refunded as well.  Less than 24 hours from when you sent your request. 

Pretty great customer service if ya ask me.   :)

 

 

Looks good.  It appears that the refund was sent via PayPal.  

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2 hours ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


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.  :)

 



 

 

Didn't think you were upset at all. In fact the response is what I aim for. I can feel a way about something but it my feelings are based on a misunderstanding I WANT to be corrected so I can have a more educated point of view, regardless of the end result. If it can change my mind, cool. 

 

Jamming would be great. Atari Creep Chris and Intellivision Tommy on stage, 1 night only. Playing Kinks, Aerosmith and Godsmack covers all night. lol

 

Let me work a few things out and I will be in contact about maybe having a recorded chat bro.

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51 minutes ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


I've already scaled it WAY back over the past 6 months and all this year because of Intellivision.  So far there has been zero impact.  I suppose it could always change... but so far... so good.  Next show is on April 3rd in Virginia.

 

 


The news here this morning was running a story about a staff member at a New Hampshire hospital, who had tested positive for Corona was was supposed to be self-quarantined, decided to break his quarantine to attend a conference. As there seems to be always a few who cannot act responsibly, I do hope you are keeping the handshakes to a minimum and/or using plenty of sanitizer at your events!

To bring the conversation back to Amico (and consoles in general) I am wondering how many people are keeping up on the news and foreseeing an industry-wide console shortage due to China's Corona quarantines and related manufacturing problems/delays? I would imagine there are more then a few people wanting to get in on special editions/pre-orders to assure they get themselves one in case of limited availability.

Resellers on eBay might make a mint this year if there is indeed a console shortage.

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1 hour ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


My folks just let me know that you have been refunded as well.  Less than 24 hours from when you sent your request. 

Pretty great customer service if ya ask me.   :)

 

 

I feel like this needs to be pinned somewhere, so that the next time someone complains about customer service or says customer service is "non-existent," they can see people get the literal CEO of the company responding to them directly and insuring their refund is done. 

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1 hour ago, RetrogamerX said:

At least it's happening, unlike Polymega.  What a disaster that turned out to be.

Wait what? What's happening with Polymega? You mean the Chameleon? 

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1 hour ago, RetrogamerX said:

At least it's happening, unlike Polymega.  What a disaster that turned out to be.


Just to be clear... I was referring to my Video Games Live concert... not Intellivision.

 

 

:)

 

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