At last - a fresh newsletter from Intellivision Productions! It has been a busy year; in addition to developing new products (see below), Intellivision cosponsored or supported the Classic Gaming Expo in Burlingame, California; the "I Am 8 Bit" art exhibit in Hollywood; the IGN Live Video Game Show in Anaheim; the Classic Gaming Expo Interactive Game Museum at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles; and America's VideoGame Expo in Philadelphia.
In 2006 we will be participating in even more video game shows and events, so we will be launching a new website that will better inform you of what is going on with Intellivision and with the video game community at large.
We believe that classic video games are not ancient history, but are an iconic part of our culture that continue to influence art and entertainment today. So our new website will be constantly updated, interactive and fun. Watch for it soon after the start of the new year.
NEW GAMETAP PUTS INTELLIVISION GAMES ONLINE
Turner Entertainment turned on GameTap October 8. The online service lets subscribers play over 300 console, PC and arcade games on their home computers. Most of the well-known classic hits are included, as well as more recent titles. You can play Pac-Man, Frogger, Pitfall, even the original arcade version of BurgerTime!
To put together the most comprehensive collection ever, Turner spent over two years licensing games and emulation software from dozens of companies, including Intellivision Productions.
The inaugural games on the service include the Intellivision classics Astrosmash, Buzz Bombers, Hover Force, Night Stalker, Pinball, Shark! Shark!, Skiing and Snafu. More Intellivision titles will be added over the next few months.
In addition to games, the site features trivia, history, interviews and cartoons featuring video game characters. Think Cartoon Network for gaming.
"I think this is the site classic gamers have been looking for," says Intellivision Productions President Keith Robinson. "Instead of searching all over the web for bootleg ROM images and a bunch of different emulators, here they are in a legal package at a reasonable fee with an easy user interface and consistent quality. Plus all the extra features. I was interviewed by Space Ghost for a video clip about Intellivision. How cool is that?"
INTELLIVISION LIVES! FOR NINTENDO DS
No game system has had a controller this sophisticated until now. The Nintendo DS features a touch-sensitive screen to control gameplay. Using this touchscreen to display the overlay icons from the original Intellivision games, players will properly experience the thrill of these games for the first time in 25 years!
Intellivision Lives! for the Nintendo DS features over 30 classic Intellivision games running in full emulation. Introduced at the industry's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in May, the public had its first chance to try it out at the Classic Gaming Expo in August.
A release date has not yet been scheduled, but Intellivision Lives! should be available in the first half of 2006.
INTELLIVISION X2 DIRECT-TO-TV
Available at toy stores everywhere in early 2006.
NEW INTELLIVISION CARTRIDGES
Deep Pockets is a game completed in 1990 for INTV Corp., which closed before they could release it. We published it for the first time in 1998 on Intellivision Lives! for PC and Mac; it has never appeared in cartridge form. Illusions was completed in 1984 by the Mattel Electronics programmers in France. The Intellivision version has never been released in any form.
Deep Pockets and Illusions will be the first two releases in a series of new cartridges for the Intellivision. The printed circuit boards, the cartridge casings, the boxes are all being custom manufactured for this special series.
Release date and price for the first cartridges will be announced soon in the Intellivision Newsletter. Subscribers to the newsletter will have the first chance to purchase the cartridges, so stay tuned!
I LOVE THE 80s - 3D (VH1)
Actor Mario Lopez opens with "Intellivision was like the rich man's Atari." "This had better graphics," says actor Chris Coppola. "When you played with Intellivision," adds commentator Mo Roca, "you thought you were really blasting asteroids." Comedian Joe Lorge concludes, "If you got the Intellivision, you were just a little better. Pissed me off." (Guess he didn't get one for Christmas.)
SCTV VOLUME 3 (DVD)
This is a must-have for the true Intellivision fan. And as a bonus, the five-disc set contains another 12 hours or so of pretty funny stuff.
THE SIMS 2 (NINTENDO DS)
Yes, finally, you can play an Intellivision video game while playing another video game!
The Sims 2 was developed at Griptonite Games (home of Steve Ettinger, programmer of the Intellivision games Hover Force, Chip Shot: Super Pro Golf and Slam Dunk: Super Pro Basketball). Space Armada was included with the permission of Intellivision Productions, Inc.
GRANDMA'S BOY (20TH CENTURY FOX)
It turns out that Covert and director Nick Goossen are both Intellivision fans. They contacted us for permission to feature Intellivision products in the movie, but warned us that the film would feature crude language, sexual humor, nudity and drug use. Hey, you had us at "crude language". We were delighted to agree, and sent over t-shirts, posters, consoles, games, even an Intellivision arcade machine to decorate the set.
They returned everything after the movie was finished, but then they borrowed it all back a few months later to shoot a music video with New York rockers The Twenty Twos, whose song "Another Day" is featured on the movie soundtrack.
One of the main characters, Gordon, played by Kevin Kirkpatrick, appears for a substantial amount of the movie wearing Intellivision t-shirts. And you can get shirts just like them on our website! Don't worry, you don't have to be a geek to wear one (but it helps).
Directed by Intellivision-fan Christopher Folino, Gamers is an independent film headed for the festival circuit and, with luck, a general release.
BEHIND THE CAMERA: THE UNAUTHORIZED STORY OF DIFF'RENT STROKES (NBC)
Child actors gone amuck - is this one more thing they're going to blame on video games?
The movie was shot earlier this year in Vancouver. No airdate has been announced yet.
THE MARTIAN CHILD (NEW LINE CINEMA)
The Martian Child stars John Cussak and Amanda Peet and is based on a book by David Gerrold, writer of the classic Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles."
INTELLIVISION MUSIC RELEASES 8 BIT WEAPON CD
Earlier this year we launched a new record label, Intellivision Music. We recognize that video games have seeped into our culture; those who belong to the generations under age 35 cannot remember a time when arcade and video games didn't exist. Its natural that video games influence the artists and musicians of these generations and their work. Through Intellivision Music, we will bring you a variety of artists who are creating music that reflects how video games have affected their lives.
Our first release is 8 Bit Weapon - The EP.
8 Bit Weapon is a duo that specializes in creating modern music using classic video game consoles, vintage synthesizers, and obsolete computers. Seth and Stacey have performed at the Classic Gaming Expo, E3, IGN Live and many other gaming shows and events with their arsenal of 8 bit weapons, which include a Commodore 64 and 128, a couple Nintendo Gameboy Classics, an Intellivision Music Synthesizer, a Suzuki Omnichord, hybrid lo-fi acoustic-electric drums, and an assortment of other vintage and toy synthesizers.
Inspired by classic videogame soundtracks and electronic music from the 70s and 80s, 8 Bit Weapon delivers a sound that is as unique as it is original. Clever melodies, nostalgic atmosphere, and energetic beats create a decidedly modern sound while maintaining a fun, lo-tech aesthetic.
INTELLIVISION CONTEST WINNERS
CLASSIC GAMING EXPO DRAWINGS
Stephanie Kettle and Jesus Lara, Jr. won drawings for classic Intellivision consoles in original packaging. (Stephanie won the Saturday drawing; Jesus the Sunday drawing.) The consoles came from 4Jay's Classic Video Games. Stephanie and Jesus will also receive copies of the Deep Pockets and Illusions game cartridges when they are released.
Ben Prunty won the drawing for a Nintendo DS Video Game System. He will also receive a copy of Intellivision Lives! for the DS when it is released.
THE INTELLIVISION TRIVIA CONTEST!
When investors bought Intellivision from Mattel in February 1984, one of them was quoted in The Los Angeles Times saying the brand was still strong and that they would be expanding it to new products. What did he give as an example of a possible future Intellivision product?
Forty-two of you had the correct answer: Hair dryers. (And one of you opined, "Would be quite cool to see that added to your online store, actually!")
From the 42 correct answers, the random number generator at http://www.random.org/ selected Rob Blanchard of Manassas, Virginia, as the winner of an Intellivision coffee mug.
Congratulations, Rob! And thanks to all of you for playing!
Now try this question:
What two different Intellivision games have the same name on their title screens?
Sorry! This contest is now closed. To get in on the next trivia contest, subscribe to the newsletter (below). We do not post the most recent newsletter on the website until the contest is over!
Russ's game career started at Mattel Electronics in 1980. Hired as an Intellivision programmer, it quickly became apparent that his talent lay in creating music and sound effects. An early triumph was Snafu, which featured musical themes playing during the game - a first for a home video game. He also created sound effects for Night Stalker, Bomb Squad and other Intellivision titles.
In 1982 he left Mattel for Activision where he continued to create game music. During his career he created soundtracks for scores of video and computer games. Millions of people have had their gaming experiences enhanced thanks to his talent.
In recent years he had returned to his first loves: working on original compositions and performing live. The night he died he was coming home from sitting in at a local jazz club.
His friends and colleagues remember him as a creative, eccentric character who will be missed.
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