28 May 2006

Re: Just a small brag [Mattel Football I handheld]

[Originally posted to rec.games.video.classic.]

In article , Relic wrote:
Went into a local thrift store earlier today and found a number of the old Mattel Electronics devices laying around their toy section. My guess is that someone got rid of their collection en masse judging how many devices were there. I just picked up three (fearing that they may not work); Football 1 (1977 copyright on back), Auto Race (1976 on back, missing the battery cover) and Battlestar Galactica Space Alert (1978, missing battery cover).

To add my own brag, I found a Football I at a church rummage sale for
$0.50 a month or two ago. And it had the battery cover, something the
one I've had since back in the '80s is missing. Works, too.

26 May 2006

Brag: INTV games

[Originally posted to rec.games.video.classic.]

Hi! Maybe someone here still remembers me. I haven't checked in for a long time. Video games have been on the backburner as a hobby for a while now. I'm trying to do some catching up here, but I'm currently reading messages from July and August 2005! Despite this, I thought I'd check in with a brag, as they're few and far between for me these days.

For the past year and a half, I've been going on a semi-annual trip that took my by a flea market quite a ways away from here. I was happy to discover a stall with used video games all the way back to the 2600. Back in October, I stopped even though I didn't really have enough money to buy anything. Boy, was I sorry! I found copies of Stadium Mud Buggies and Hover Force for the Intellivision.

Now honestly, I don't know Intellivision rarity that well, as it's not my primary system. A check of eBay when I got home, however, had me kicking myself for not buying them. It's too far to make a special trip, even for such gems, so I waited.

A few weeks back, it was time to go again. With some trepidation, I stopped at the flea market and went to see what they had. At first, I couldn't even find any Intellivision games, but continued searching revealed that box. It had been covered by something else, causing me to overlook it.

I scan through the titles. They're both still there! Also Bump 'N Jump and Chip Shot Super Pro Golf! And Pitfall II, which according to my list, I don't have. I pick them all up for $2 each!

"Wait a minute," you say, "Pitfall II wasn't released for the Intellivision!" This is true. I told you Intellivision wasn't the system I know best. It turns out this is a C-64 cartridge that got stuck in with the Intellivision ones. Oops.

I finally tested them tonight, except for Pitfall II. They all work! It's nice to find something I don't have. That they're of respectable rarity is even better.

[I found these at the flea market beside I-59 near Hammondville during our semi-annual trip to a Cub Scout camp out. I'm amazed they were still there after six months. I haven't seen them ever get anything new in for the classic consoles since, so I no longer mind sharing that information. — 18 June 2010]