Saturday, April 8, 2017
Intellivision to the Rescue!
Since Mattel stopped making the consoles in 1990 after a very successful 12-year run, you probably don't remember these if you are under the age of forty. I never owned one myself, but they were for a time Atari's only real competition in the home video game field.
Back in the 70s, the idea was that the home video game would replace the board game as the best way to keep families engaged with eachother instead of the images on the screen. Mom, Dad, and Kids would compete in fun contests of skill by manipulating joysticks instead of dice or cards. Innocent fun and all that. And much better than the pathetic, zombie-like couch potatoes they were when they were just watching tv, never interacting in any meaningful way.
Ugh, can you imagine? People used to spend up to two or three hours a night watching television. Then Atari and Intellivision came around and instead they started spending an hour or two a few nights a week playing video games. We sure were obsessed with glowing screens back then- if it hadn't been for Atari and Intellivision, I bet we'd still be spending hour after hour ignoring our families and staring at the tv.
This was in the late-70s. Thank goodness things have changed so much, right? Thanks for saving our society, Video Game Industry!