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Anyone lucky enough to be taking the family to this? Isn't close enough to me unfortunately.

 

I think if I was able to make it these are the games I would showcase since Crayola should be geared towards such a young audience.

 

1. Cornhole (make sure there are lanyards on the controller) - Motion controls could be fun for small kids.

2. Shark! Shark! - I think this has some good potential to be fun for young kids. My kid loves fish games right now and I think would laugh at eating other fish and like the shark.

3. Side Swipers/Hotwheels game - good simple fun with crashing cars.

4. Sesame Street & Care Bears - while I don't personally see these games adding value since the Sesame Street ones are free online, I do think they would be better for the Crayola kid audience.

 

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I'm hoping I can find a way to play this locally eventually.   I'm more than willing to give it a chance if that opportunity comes my way.  I'm mostly interested in that controller and how it will feel and perform, because its my biggest worry. 

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6 hours ago, SegaSnatcher said:

I'm hoping I can find a way to play this locally eventually.   I'm more than willing to give it a chance if that opportunity comes my way.  I'm mostly interested in that controller and how it will feel and perform, because its my biggest worry. 

I'm curious about it too because I don't like the looks of it at all. I really want to see more motion controlled games. Not simple tilting like in EK, but like Cornhole.

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The Amico After Dark "Crayola Planning" even is more focused than usual! 🙂
 

 

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If you have 3 hours to spare, grab a beer, and you can mentally take part in the pre-event party! 
It's wild, ha ha. A lot of people, a lot of live game feedback, and a lot of smiles, from many faces!
 

 

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Apparently the Crayola event has started in the USA. 
This should lead to a lot of very interesting fan videos!
 

 

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He's exhausted after his drive, and the Amico gaming evening, but ecstatic!
 

 

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Thanks to the link on the end of a review, by Rich at BaconIceCream Productions, 
I discovered there's a Livestream here...
 

 

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Watched both the Retrobro live stream last night and the NLG stream this morning. 7 and 1/2 hours of Amico. Lol. 

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The first of a lot of material... Ha. I think this weekend will produce a week or more of footage in the end.

My YouTube feed already got so busy...

 

Saggy Melonz live blog...

 

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More reactions.

 

Side note…..lol, wearing a mask in your own house??  Wouldnt of believed if of hadnt seen with my own eyes.    Anyway.   

 

 

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1 hour ago, Rev said:

More reactions.

 

Side note…..lol, wearing a mask in your own house??  Wouldnt of believed if of hadnt seen with my own eyes.    Anyway.   

 

 

He always wears it. It's his super hero disguise.

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1 hour ago, Swami said:

He always wears it. It's his super hero disguise.


Right…..

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I think this event really built momentum with existing fans and dispelled doubts for others about the controller, and more of this type of video will be interesting this week. (Sunday breakfast browsing.)

 

 

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12 hours ago, Rev said:

More reactions.

 

Side note…..lol, wearing a mask in your own house??  Wouldnt of believed if of hadnt seen with my own eyes.    Anyway.   

At least he doesn't look as goofy as the guy with the full face mask that looks like something from a Quiet Riot album! 😆

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4 hours ago, atarifan88 said:

At least he doesn't look as goofy as the guy with the full face mask that looks like something from a Quiet Riot album! 😆

Cum on feel the noise! 🤣

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15 hours ago, Rev said:


Right…..

I think some folks aren't necessarily comfortable showing their face on camera, sort of like how some people aren't necessarily comfortable with how they think their voice sounds like on a podcast. 😜

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I went to the event cause its under an hour from me and I was curious to see the Amico in person and try the controller. There's people that say everything Amico is perfect and people who say the opposite.  I like to form my own opinions. So I was able to try 2 games and saw biplanes  being played. Things mostly work as intended but I still don't completely see the market for this. 

 

So there were 2 consoles setup and probably 8 controllers.  Tommy was usually near the consoles. To the side of the consoles there was a guy filming and behind the consoles there seemed to be staff or people associated with Tommy.  The people associated with Tommy or with other small youtubers were by far the most excited about the console.  I saw the next level guy filming his stream and introducing his family to Tommy.  The rest of the people played a bit some had a few laughs then they moved on.  Didn't see anyone ask about buying the console. Saw Tommy try to get reactions from the kids like "it's fun right?! " then make some exaggerated face.  On line Tommy tapped me and asked me how I knew about the event.  During play he put his hand on my shoulders for a second and asked about the game and gave some tips. The touching is a bit creepy and I don't like people I don't know putting their hands on me. Pet peeve of mine. 

 

So my first game was Astrosmash and it looks better in person than in YouTube videos.  Still a bit basic but sharp and smooth framerate. My initial impressions of the controller are that it does work and doesn't have any noticeable input lag like Amico detractors assumed it did.  I tried manual fire and the shoulder buttons just didn't seem up to the task. Thankfully I realized that there is an auto fire toggle on the touchscreen. The screen is neat with that toggle and hyperspace.  However the controller is just a terrible design overall and felt like the worst possible way to play the games I played. Personal opinion obviously.  Using the disc as a dpad felt awkward and you feel the grooves of the disc digging into your thumb. Astrosmash was pretty fun though. There's some enemies that require a bit of strategy like waiting for them to get low and then hyperspace into them. Different power ups that you shoot to activate. I got to level 4 out of 10. Starts real slow but ramps up. I wasn't amazed but if it came on switch I'd probably buy it if it was on a decent sale.  Also I encountered a bug that Tommy said was introduced that week.  For maybe 2 minutes hyperspace activated on its own without tapping the screen. 

 

I took a break then came back to try shark shark.  Saw some people twisting the disc while playing but the only reliable way I could move was using the controller like a dpad again. This felt aimed at kids.  I didn't play long but seemed kinda boring and slow.  I couldn't figure out how to dash like in the original.  So you move at a consistent speed.  The graphics looked low grade and as I heard the next level guy say targeted 30fps.  It felt like there were dips below that.   The most potential for fun seemed to be playing competitively and stealing fish from other players. This ran into problems at one point.  They had the astrosmash amico controllers charging but the shark shark ones on battery. Some died at one point not sure how long they last but there seemed to be issues reconnecting controllers and Tommy had to reset the whole system.   I wasn't impressed with the UI and it seems you need to press a button on the system to try a different game. 

 

So overall it works and was better than I expected but still not impressed and definitely wouldn't buy one at $250.  Games seemed similar in quality to random android games compatible with nvidia shield tv. The controller is just a flawed design and trying to reinvent the wheel. It ignores everything we've learned about ergonomics since the intellivision. It's a brick with shoulder buttons and a dial.  Those shoulder buttons barely extend past the controller and are squishy and not clicky. They worked but felt awkward to use. The touchscreen is neat but probably could have been smaller and shouldn't have been there instead of normal buttons.  The disc needed a traditional joystick or dpad to complement it. The grooves are annoying and uncomfortable and the feel of moving around wasn't good.  The games seemed like they all should be free to help justify the cost of the system.   I know Amico is targeting families but it doesn't seem like it offers much more for that than the switch.  I can see intellivision and retro gaming fans buy this with hopes to play with their kids who will quickly tire of it and play minecraft or something instead.  There's party game potential but with the price of the controllers that's also a hard sell.  It's nice to have another system trying its own thing but I'm having trouble seeing the point of it.   Maybe it would work better as a brand of games for other consoles. 

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, Rev said:

More reactions.

 

Side note…..lol, wearing a mask in your own house??  Wouldnt of believed if of hadnt seen with my own eyes.    Anyway.   

 

Explanation here.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B7NHbVQyeqo

 

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Memes of Destruction thoughts

 

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38 minutes ago, jbrodack said:

I went to the event cause its under an hour from me and I was curious to see the Amico in person...

 

Awesome unbiased review of the system. Basically the downsides that you have mentioned are what we the Amico "non believers" have been saying all the time, buy any kind of criticism gets you labeled as a hater around here. 

 

Tommy and his followers may fill their mouths with words all they want, but testing the Amico just confirms that this is an underpower, unfinished and overpriced console, with dissapointing games.

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54 minutes ago, jbrodack said:

I went to the event cause its under an hour from me and I was curious to see the Amico in person and try the controller. There's people that say everything Amico is perfect and people who say the opposite.  I like to form my own opinions. So I was able to try 2 games and saw biplanes  being played. Things mostly work as intended but I still don't completely see the market for this. 

 

So there were 2 consoles setup and probably 8 controllers.  Tommy was usually near the consoles. To the side of the consoles there was a guy filming and behind the consoles there seemed to be staff or people associated with Tommy.  The people associated with Tommy or with other small youtubers were by far the most excited about the console.  I saw the next level guy filming his stream and introducing his family to Tommy.  The rest of the people played a bit some had a few laughs then they moved on.  Didn't see anyone ask about buying the console. Saw Tommy try to get reactions from the kids like "it's fun right?! " then make some exaggerated face.  On line Tommy tapped me and asked me how I knew about the event.  During play he put his hand on my shoulders for a second and asked about the game and gave some tips. The touching is a bit creepy and I don't like people I don't know putting their hands on me. Pet peeve of mine. 

 

So my first game was Astrosmash and it looks better in person than in YouTube videos.  Still a bit basic but sharp and smooth framerate. My initial impressions of the controller are that it does work and doesn't have any noticeable input lag like Amico detractors assumed it did.  I tried manual fire and the shoulder buttons just didn't seem up to the task. Thankfully I realized that there is an auto fire toggle on the touchscreen. The screen is neat with that toggle and hyperspace.  However the controller is just a terrible design overall and felt like the worst possible way to play the games I played. Personal opinion obviously.  Using the disc as a dpad felt awkward and you feel the grooves of the disc digging into your thumb. Astrosmash was pretty fun though. There's some enemies that require a bit of strategy like waiting for them to get low and then hyperspace into them. Different power ups that you shoot to activate. I got to level 4 out of 10. Starts real slow but ramps up. I wasn't amazed but if it came on switch I'd probably buy it if it was on a decent sale.  Also I encountered a bug that Tommy said was introduced that week.  For maybe 2 minutes hyperspace activated on its own without tapping the screen. 

 

I took a break then came back to try shark shark.  Saw some people twisting the disc while playing but the only reliable way I could move was using the controller like a dpad again. This felt aimed at kids.  I didn't play long but seemed kinda boring and slow.  I couldn't figure out how to dash like in the original.  So you move at a consistent speed.  The graphics looked low grade and as I heard the next level guy say targeted 30fps.  It felt like there were dips below that.   The most potential for fun seemed to be playing competitively and stealing fish from other players. This ran into problems at one point.  They had the astrosmash amico controllers charging but the shark shark ones on battery. Some died at one point not sure how long they last but there seemed to be issues reconnecting controllers and Tommy had to reset the whole system.   I wasn't impressed with the UI and it seems you need to press a button on the system to try a different game. 

 

So overall it works and was better than I expected but still not impressed and definitely wouldn't buy one at $250.  Games seemed similar in quality to random android games compatible with nvidia shield tv. The controller is just a flawed design and trying to reinvent the wheel. It ignores everything we've learned about ergonomics since the intellivision. It's a brick with shoulder buttons and a dial.  Those shoulder buttons barely extend past the controller and are squishy and not clicky. They worked but felt awkward to use. The touchscreen is neat but probably could have been smaller and shouldn't have been there instead of normal buttons.  The disc needed a traditional joystick or dpad to complement it. The grooves are annoying and uncomfortable and the feel of moving around wasn't good.  The games seemed like they all should be free to help justify the cost of the system.   I know Amico is targeting families but it doesn't seem like it offers much more for that than the switch.  I can see intellivision and retro gaming fans buy this with hopes to play with their kids who will quickly tire of it and play minecraft or something instead.  There's party game potential but with the price of the controllers that's also a hard sell.  It's nice to have another system trying its own thing but I'm having trouble seeing the point of it.   Maybe it would work better as a brand of games for other consoles. 

 

 

 

I'm sorry, but I seriously doubt you were there at the event, and i'm calling BS on your post. I think you've got a vivid imagination and a deep seated enmity for Tommy and Amico, your comments on the nintendolife site confirm this to me 😉 (https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/06/intellivisions_amico_is_shaping_up_to_be_the_most_nintendo_non-nintendo_system_ever)

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20 minutes ago, adam1977 said:

I'm sorry, but I seriously doubt you were there at the event, and i'm calling BS on your post. I think you've got a vivid imagination and a deep seated enmity for Tommy and Amico, your comments on the nintendolife site confirm this to me 😉 (https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/06/intellivisions_amico_is_shaping_up_to_be_the_most_nintendo_non-nintendo_system_ever)

I can't tell if you're serious or making a joke.  I definitely was there. I've made posts critical of the system but went there with an open mind and was friendly to everyone.  Briefly talked to a girl that seemed excited about the console at least for playing with friends and seems that was saggy melonz. 

 

I tried to be honest and accurate with my account and give some separation between facts and my opinions.  If I was a hater with an agenda I would have made up something about input lag. But it's a non issue currently.  Maybe it was never there maybe it was fixed but input seemed as responsive as any other console. 

 

Most other accounts came from people with YouTube channels so I wanted to give a reaction from a normal person. 

 

 

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