Managed to snap a few more pics of some of my games and consoles.
I think the coolest of this group is the Atari 7800. Backwards compatible with the original Atari 2600 and able to play it’s own enhanced games, this was a follow up to the 2600 (VCS) and 5200 systems and originally meant to compete against the ColecoVision, but delays in release meant it actually went up against the Nintendo Entertainment System… and I think we all know how that ended!
This unit is basically the classic arcade game Scramble with a different name for copywrite reasons. Surprisingly (to me, at east), this game plays very well. Controls, though simple work and the Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) is bright and colourful. Sound is clear and suitably annoying 🙂
Check out this game play video of Alien Attack that I found on Youtube!
The Sega Master system was released in North America in 1986 to a tepid welcome. Though in many ways technically superior to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega was not able to compete successfully against Nintendo’ cutthroat marketing and draconian licensing agreements. This system had one of the coolest optional components: LCD 3D glasses. The glasses worked in a handful of games. I remember playing the games Blade Eagle 3D and Missile Defense 3-D and thinking that the 3D effect was quite good, but that was more than 20 years ago. If anyone has the 3D glasses (and the doohickie to plug them into the console) and wouldn’t mind parting with them, please let me know!
I’ve managed to find several of these combos over the last few years. This is the Sega Genesis (Megadrive out side of Canada and the U.S.) paired up to the SegaCD (MegaCD to some) add-on. The SegaCD was supposed to revolutionalized gaming with vast amounts of reasonable cheap storage. Although a few truly great classic games were released for the SegaCD (see the game Sonic CD for an example of a great SegaCD game), most were cheap ports of games already found on cartridge with some crappy extra music thrown in.
I found this at Spencer Gifts recently. Very simple, but so was the original Space invaders. It has bright VFD display with loud but clear sounds. The game compensated for the small screen by scrolling to the length of two screens.
Not too much to say about this one other than it works.
While writing this, I was listening to “highway” by HorrorPops