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17 hours ago, woobman said:

This is a good watch. Even if you don't agree with them. Apart from a few facts being wrong, they seem to bring up mostly valid stuff.  They are also fairly decent about it. Both sort of understand the delay. One didn't know about console until the other raised the topic. One understands the price point fairly well. One had some interesting reasons why the console may not be for him. I don't think they bashed it at all. I especially liked when one of them said something along the lines of "I'm glad they got away from the blocky graphics".  At one point one of them made  a remark about re-imagining games unnecessarily. I thought about some of the remakes in the past that were ... Not good.  I may not agree with it, but I can respect them for their opinion. Especially some of the remakes they have done over the years.   

 

Crud.. According to some that have been on the forum, and on youtube, we are supposed to blindly follow. And we are supposed to bash anyone who says anything remotely negative about the Amico..  THEY SUCK!!... 

 

Hope that makes some people out there feel better.


Yeah... I agree.  Good watch and without the false narratives and made up drama.

I think he was probably confusing Berserk with Night Stalker.  And the only real "horror" game I could think of on the original Intellivision was Dracula maybe?  But I wouldn't really consider that horror.  Would Night Stalker be considered "horror"? 

The guy on the left felt that not having more shooter/action games may make him not interested in the system.  But I think people sometimes get the wrong idea of what we're doing when we say Family Friendly.  Which is reasonable.  We do have a lot of games that I believe would be considered action and "shooting" style games that stay under our promised E10+ ratings.  For example:  Night Stalker, Battle Tanks, Biplanes, Missile Command, Cloudy Mountain, Astrosmash, Moon Patrol, Flying Tigers, Rigid Force Redux Enhanced and Farkle (KIDDING ON FARKLE!!... hey... you can say you are "shooting dice").   :)

Even a game like Finnigan Fox is an action adventure where you're always "shooting" at something.

And those 10 are just our first round of games that we're actively working on or are already completed.  So I think when the system is out and folks like him see more, that he will more than likely be a little more excited about the possibilities of what we offer.

Anyway... very fair video.  Thanks for posting.

 

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23 hours ago, Intellivision Master said:

Yes.  We need an updated Vectrex console.  I hope it happens.  Tommy said he'll do it if the Amico is successful.


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On 9/16/2021 at 9:45 AM, justclaws said:

No problem with system/games loading times - it takes physical media - actual Intellivision cartridges!
Dial-up via a combined 300 baud acoustic coupler and charging station in one, as per this prototype. ;-)
(No tangle of wires to your display, as I'm sure it casts the game output to a Chromecast at 60 FPS.)

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Wouldn't that be a thing? ;-)



Does everyone here remember their first modem they had??

Mine was for my Apple IIc.  It was a 300 baud!

I never had the kind where you put your phone on it (like in the picture above).

I think I had this one, but I don't remember the Apple logo on the front.  But it definitely looked similar if this wasn't the exact one.

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I mostly used it to go on bulletin boards and clap back at hater trollz.  (kidding!)


:)

 

I remember getting one after watching WarGames.  I think for anyone our age... that movie was a turning point.  Hahaha!

So my first modem must have been in either 1984 or 1985.  Wargames came out at the end of 83 and the Apple IIc came out in 84.

"SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?!?!?"

How about the rest of you?  And what did you use your modem for back in the day?







 

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2 minutes ago, Tommy Tallarico said:

"SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?!?!?"

No, let's not and say we did.  Lol.

2 minutes ago, Tommy Tallarico said:

How about the rest of you?  And what did you use your modem for back in the day?

I used it for my computer.  I still use a modem today, but it's more modern and updated of course.

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12 minutes ago, Intellivision Master said:

I used it for my computer.


What did you use it for on your computer?  For example... downloading cracked games, downloading naughty pics, visiting bulletin boards and chatting?

Hahaha! 

:)

 


 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


What did you use it for on your computer?  For example... downloading cracked games, downloading naughty pics, visiting bulletin boards and chatting?

Hahaha! 

:)

 


 

 

 

It was a cable modem for internet.

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My first computer, modem, CD drive, Zip drive, MIDI interface, CPU Accelerator, Ethernet card, and dual monitor setup is still in everyday use in my living room.  Surprisingly it still connects to the modern internet if you can decipher the images displayed in 2 bit graphics.  Can't get enough Dark Castle for me.

 

I actually still use it for music notation since most of my old compositions from middle school and high school band were done on it with old software that doesn't exist anymore.  I'm only missing my old Korg M1 I used to use with it since my brother took that and later donated it to his son's school where it continues to be used in live performances.

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As someone who only started getting online in the year 2000, the Internet in the 90s seems interestingly "retro", but the "Internet" in the 80s feels like sci-fi, like some interactive version of teletext.

 

I googled to see if there are some archives of the 80s "Internets", but all I could find is some guy who's selecting quotes from BBSs that date back to 1980: https://wwwtxt.org/tagged/txt

 

Some quotes are great:

 

Have you ever broken a date or other romantic engagement in favor of nonessential computer activities? ↯82MAY

 

Please, think before you post next time. ☯88SEP

 

I only have two GIFs: a satellite image of Neptune and a nice photo of Madonna. ↯90MAR

 

CDs are taking over and it seems like a marketing scam to make all of us replace our entire LP music collection. ☯91JUN

 

Maybe the Net will be the place to eventually start a cyber-MTV with digital video and a massive “video-server”? ☯93AUG

 

Every now and then, I go for a surf (ride waves in ocean) at night (after dark). ☯94JUN

 

It remains my opinion that pretending to be an asshole on the net and actually being one are not as far apart as some people think. ☯94JUL

 

 

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2 hours ago, Tommy Tallarico said:


Considering our target audience, yeah... I'm thinking sippy cups might have a better chance than pint glasses... but ya never know!

BOTH would be the best answer!

:)

 

 

Lol, well the kids don't have to know that they are pint glasses. They used to sell these types of drinking glasses with Atari arcade side art years ago. I was lucky to have purchased some. Except, I'd be even more lucky if I knew where the heck we put them.

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1 hour ago, Tommy Tallarico said:

Does everyone here remember their first modem they had??
Mine was for my Apple IIc.  It was a 300 baud!
I never had the kind where you put your phone on it (like in the picture above).

Absolutely... for my first computer, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (16K, expanded to 48K), from Christmas 1982.
Sadly, if you missed it, the inventor/entrepreneur, Sir Clive Sinclair, died this week.
https://www.theguardian.com/games/2021/sep/17/clive-sinclair-zx-spectrum-offbeat-brilliance

The cleverly designed VTX-5000 1200/75 baud modem, included software to access Prestel, and other services.
https://worldofspectrum.org/hardware/feat24.html
Then, for my next computer, a huge leap to a 2400 baud modem, but uploads were still restricted to 75 baud.
If people still had to have a verified account, and pay to post their stupid comments online, there'd be fewer. 🙂

The VTX-5000 definitely opened the door to online for lots of people, because it was literally "plug-in, dial-up",
for Prestel, with an on-screen timer, because even local-rate dial-up was a serious expense in the UK then.
Prestel - https://bt.kuluvalley.com/view/AxB2TlJ032M?start=71#/

I loved the look of the acoustic-couplers; but my dad got a cool "Trimphone" which would not work with one.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimphone
 

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1 hour ago, Tommy Tallarico said:



Does everyone here remember their first modem they had??

Mine was for my Apple IIc.  It was a 300 baud!

I never had the kind where you put your phone on it (like in the picture above).

I think I had this one, but I don't remember the Apple logo on the front.  But it definitely looked similar if this wasn't the exact one.

images22.jpg.886559dff359b7a278cc7bcd07776d04.jpg


I mostly used it to go on bulletin boards and clap back at hater trollz.  (kidding!)


:)

 

I remember getting one after watching WarGames.  I think for anyone our age... that movie was a turning point.  Hahaha!

So my first modem must have been in either 1984 or 1985.  Wargames came out at the end of 83 and the Apple IIc came out in 84.

"SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?!?!?"

How about the rest of you?  And what did you use your modem for back in the day?







 

Mine was a 1200bps on a pulse landline since my dad wanted nothing to do with touch-tone (the command line started with ATDP 😂). Must've been 1986. Had what they used to call IBM-compatible (a PC) with an 8086 CPU.

 

Went on BBS' and played online game with other BBS users: you logged onto the BBS, play your move, wait for the other user to log in and play his move - a chess game could last weeks 😂😂

 

But mainly we used to download games (cracked for the most part). That was mostly happening at night time since we were using the phone line and waited hours for it to complete. That was IF you were able to get a line with the BBS! That was pre-Internet ...

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50 minutes ago, LinemanDoc said:

My first computer, modem, CD drive, Zip drive, MIDI interface, CPU Accelerator, Ethernet card, and dual monitor setup is still in everyday use in my living room.  Surprisingly it still connects to the modern internet if you can decipher the images displayed in 2 bit graphics.  Can't get enough Dark Castle for me.

 

I actually still use it for music notation since most of my old compositions from middle school and high school band were done on it with old software that doesn't exist anymore.  I'm only missing my old Korg M1 I used to use with it since my brother took that and later donated it to his son's school where it continues to be used in live performances.

Sadly I don't have my ZX Spectrum any more. I think my ex gave it to charity a few years ago, post divorce.
More sadly, I think a super-rare copy of my first commercial game, and the source-code cassette, got binned.

 
In the 1980s, in the UK, very few people bought or considered consoles; there was such diversity back then, in
the UK, for gaming. Computers! Sinclairs, Commodores, BBC/Acorns, Dragons, Amstrads, and so many more.
We also couldn't afford console games back then; games on cassette were affordable at least; new every week.

I didn't know any friends who had any console; I rarely saw them. Much later, I really wanted an Atari XE/GS,
as it seemed so well to combine computing and console, but I'd just got married; there were other priorities.

I literally never saw an Intellivision in the UK back then! All my friends had computers; we wrote games too.
I did read about the Intellivision, but before I saw one, the equally unobtainable Colecovision was announced.

The other thing, besides family consoles, which is missing these days, is high-street electronic stores. In the
UK, systems sold in Dixons, Rumbelows, Tandy, WH-Smiths, Boots, dept. stores, and even computer shops!
Now, where to buy a family games console in NL? Only video-games stores, toy-shops, or (rarer) MediaMarkt.

My first console was a Binatone B/W games system. (Which sounds worse? Players 1 & 2, or left & right?)
Easy controls. For the shooting games, it had a light gun.
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3 hours ago, Tommy Tallarico said:



Does everyone here remember their first modem they had??

Mine was for my Apple IIc.  It was a 300 baud!

I never had the kind where you put your phone on it (like in the picture above).

I think I had this one, but I don't remember the Apple logo on the front.  But it definitely looked similar if this wasn't the exact one.

images22.jpg.886559dff359b7a278cc7bcd07776d04.jpg


I mostly used it to go on bulletin boards and clap back at hater trollz.  (kidding!)


:)

 

I remember getting one after watching WarGames.  I think for anyone our age... that movie was a turning point.  Hahaha!

So my first modem must have been in either 1984 or 1985.  Wargames came out at the end of 83 and the Apple IIc came out in 84.

"SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?!?!?"

How about the rest of you?  And what did you use your modem for back in the day?







 

My first computer was a Tandy X1000 if I remember correctly I don’t think I had a modem for it if it. I would play play games and run programs off floppy disk.  I remember a math game where you had to solve the problem before it climbed to the top of the screen Math Blaster maybe and a banner making program and a dot matrix printer. And a Bible quiz game where if you got the answe wrong there was a winged devil on the game over screen 

 

 First time we had a modem it was for dial up Internet around 96-97 for going online 56k dial up modem but we lived so far out of town we would connect anywhere from 8kbs to a max of 24kbs we used to hit go on a webpage and come back in 3-5 minutes to see if it loaded lol 

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2 hours ago, Tommy Tallarico said:

How about the rest of you?  And what did you use your modem for back in the day?

I spent half an hour looking into old boxes for my old 300 baud modem, but couldn't find it. Maybe it's still at my mother's house (if she didn't throw it away). I'm pretty sure it was the Commodore Automodem model 1650. I used it for BBS forums and multiplayer turn-based games (also on BBS). I believe I later upgraded to a Supra Modem 2400 and then a US Robotics 14,400 Sportster. After getting an Internet access in 93, I upgraded again to a 56k modem.

 

I believe my first nickname was Red Dragon. I remember Wolfman, Sweetie, Grenouille, Ti-Gilles and several other users. We met in GT several times. Oh, how time flies...

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Alpha82 said:

First time we had a modem it was for dial up Internet around 96-97 for going online 56k dial up modem but we lived so far out of town we would connect anywhere from 8kbs to a max of 24kbs we used to hit go on a webpage and come back in 3-5 minutes to see if it loaded lol 

Same here.  That's what I had for a internet connection.  Wasn't dial up great?  Lol.  Those were the days.  

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3 minutes ago, Papy said:

I spent half an hour looking into old boxes for my old 300 baud modem, but couldn't find it. Maybe it's still at my mother's house (if she didn't throw it away). I'm pretty sure it was the Commodore Automodem model 1650. I used it for BBS forums and multiplayer turn-based games (also on BBS). I believe I later upgraded to a Supra Modem 2400 and then a US Robotics 14,400 Sportster. After getting an Internet access in 93, I upgraded again to a 56k modem.

 

I believe my first nickname was Red Dragon. I remember Wolfman, Sweetie, Grenouille, Ti-Gilles and several other users. We met in GT several times. Oh, how time flies...

 

 

That all sounds like french-canadian nicknames 😉

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1 hour ago, Alpha82 said:

My first computer was a Tandy X1000 if I remember correctly I don’t think I had a modem for it if it. I would play play games and run programs off floppy disk.  I remember a math game where you had to solve the problem before it climbed to the top of the screen Math Blaster maybe and a banner making program and a dot matrix printer. And a Bible quiz game where if you got the answe wrong there was a winged devil on the game over screen 

 

 First time we had a modem it was for dial up Internet around 96-97 for going online 56k dial up modem but we lived so far out of town we would connect anywhere from 8kbs to a max of 24kbs we used to hit go on a webpage and come back in 3-5 minutes to see if it loaded lol 

I started with the same 56k modem. My friend was so jealous. I purchased a Compaq Presario with a 266 MHz processor and a two gig hard drive. I remember my same friend saying, "Man, you're never gonna use all that space. Two gigs will last you a lifetime."

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5 hours ago, Tommy Tallarico said:

Does everyone here remember their first modem they had??

Mine was for my Apple IIc.  It was a 300 baud!

I never had the kind where you put your phone on it (like in the picture above).

I think I had this one, but I don't remember the Apple logo on the front.  But it definitely looked similar if this wasn't the exact one.

images22.jpg.886559dff359b7a278cc7bcd07776d04.jpg


I mostly used it to go on bulletin boards and clap back at hater trollz.  (kidding!)


:)

 

I remember getting one after watching WarGames.  I think for anyone our age... that movie was a turning point.  Hahaha!

So my first modem must have been in either 1984 or 1985.  Wargames came out at the end of 83 and the Apple IIc came out in 84.

"SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?!?!?"

How about the rest of you?  And what did you use your modem for back in the day?







 

300 baud... My first modem was a pair of cans and a string between my and my neighbor's house. We tried to get three way calling going, but tying that third string made it too garbled. It also could have been the FBI trace as well because my neighbor's brother had a wicked stash of porn that he would describe over the connection.

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6 hours ago, Tommy Tallarico said:

How about the rest of you?  And what did you use your modem for back in the day?

First modem used was my buddys Vicmodem on a Vic20. Used it to dial into the local university where my buddys dad worked, and we could play adventure text parser game. 300 baud fun. 
 

My first modem was on our IBM clone 8088 7mhz turbo pc. Best use was to play Trade Wars BBS game. 1000 sectors, wait your turn to dial in and make your moves. Remember being pumped when you would connect after about 50 redials because bbs was busy.

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It sure seems more and more like there is a concerted & coordinated effort to spin falsehoods and crap on Amico.  
 

You would think this is an article from journalists, but I don’t consider anyone a journalist who puts something like this out without fact-checking the “facts” they spout off on. How can IE not be damaged by unprofessional journalism like this?  It sure starting to feel like something more than just unprofessionalism in journalism to me.   
 

Absolutely distasteful. 
 

https://apple.news/AAuqw0yrmRlGXJUfqn8AKIw

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12 minutes ago, Starpaddler said:

It sure seems more and more like there is a concerted & coordinated effort to spin falsehoods and crap on Amico.  
 

You would think this is an article from journalists, but I don’t consider anyone a journalist who puts something like this out without fact-checking the “facts” they spout off on. How can IE not be damaged by unprofessional journalism like this?  It sure starting to feel like something more than just unprofessionalism in journalism to me.   
 

Absolutely distasteful. 
 

https://apple.news/AAuqw0yrmRlGXJUfqn8AKIw

I read a bit and then gave up. Terrible and false journalism.

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19 minutes ago, Starpaddler said:

It sure seems more and more like there is a concerted & coordinated effort to spin falsehoods and crap on Amico.  
 

You would think this is an article from journalists, but I don’t consider anyone a journalist who puts something like this out without fact-checking the “facts” they spout off on. How can IE not be damaged by unprofessional journalism like this?  It sure starting to feel like something more than just unprofessionalism in journalism to me.   
 

Absolutely distasteful. 
 

https://apple.news/AAuqw0yrmRlGXJUfqn8AKIw

Fortunately, I've never heard of this joke of a magazine before about a year ago, so, it's unlikely any other casual gamers have either.  I'd ran across Ars Technica on non-gaming electronics, but their articles seemed lazy and poorly researched, often ranking type of item without ever trying it, like these YouTube article that do the same thing (and I'm not only talking about the Amico).

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1 hour ago, Swami said:

Fortunately, I've never heard of this joke of a magazine before about a year ago, so, it's unlikely any other casual gamers have either.  I'd ran across Ars Technica on non-gaming electronics, but their articles seemed lazy and poorly researched, often ranking type of item without ever trying it, like these YouTube article that do the same thing (and I'm not only talking about the Amico).

This article was in my Apple news feed that I try and run thru every day.  I did not come across it by searching Amico, but rather it was one of the 5 gaming articles that came up from my set gaming news filter.  

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21 minutes ago, Starpaddler said:

This article was in my Apple news feed that I try and run thru every day.  I did not come across it by searching Amico, but rather it was one of the 5 gaming articles that came up from my set gaming news filter.  

I think it still applies as I would not set such a filter as I don't care about 95% of gaming news.

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