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Atari has acquired the Intellivision brand, ending the first ever console war

Atari has acquired Intellivision. The company announced today that it had acquired its long-time rival, ending one of the original console rivalries, dating back to the 1970s.

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darthv7227d ago

Wow.... two of my earliest gaming platforms. All they need is Coleco to round things out.

This is like Nintendo buying SEGA.

OtterX27d ago

YES! Colecovision was my start! I came to know Mario there in Donkey Kong before the NES was even a thing. :)

Golfcoachh27d ago

Yes such fond memories. My first was the odyssey, but I really started gaming on my colecovision. Had atari and intelivision but coleco was by far the best of the bunch to me.

Kratos_Kart200727d ago

Yes...a gamer from my era...LMAO

Coleco was good...LOL

shinoff218326d ago

Mine was atari. You guys go back further then me even

anast27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

Good piece of history here.

edit: I wanted to read it but the cookies pop up is stopping me.

badboyz0927d ago

This was just before my time. I do remember my mom's friend having one all dusty in her apartment back in the day.

[R.I.P.} Ms. Irene

Abear2127d ago

People forget that console wars are part of the history of this industry. The console wars were started by competitive companies all the way back then and continued through Sega vs Nintendo, Jaguar/3DO/NeonGeo, and PlayStation vs Nintendo and Xbox.

These companies are across oceans and competing for the same business. These companies created the console wars, not crazy fanboys.

anast27d ago

Console wars are fun. It's fun to be a fanboy too. I don't get what's wrong with any of this as entertainment.

darthv7227d ago

Young kid school yard banter was fun. 30-40+ year olds still doing it is just disturbing. Many my age (50+) grew out of that a long time ago. We may still have our preferences, but we also embrace a more central position because there is a lot to enjoy on a wide range of genres and systems.

You'll understand one day and then things will forever change.

shinoff218326d ago (Edited 26d ago )

Atari to nes. Mario bros hooked me

anast26d ago

@Darth

Yes, I'd like to think 'we' take a central position most of the time, at work, at the grocery, mundane interactions in the world, with our health habits, and so on. Sure, reaching the Aristotelian middle is a great thing, but so is having a few hobbies in which we don't have to be this way, and as long as there's transparency, which is key, they can be considered a category of 'socially acceptable' fun not completely limited to age. Of course, there are extreme circumstances, but to blanket the whole idea of fun with only extreme cases and age is a bit juvenile.

Also, as I've been doing this living thing, I've found that age isn't a necessary perquisite for wisdom, though, it does affect taste.

anast26d ago

@Shin
Mario pulled me in, but Mega Man hooked me. We even used to LARP it. Good 'ol days.

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Petebloodyonion27d ago

The only thing back then was that the game would still appear on competing platforms.
Remember the Coleco Vision could play Atari2600 games via an Expansion modude.

jznrpg27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

I had both. Snafu on Intellivision was addicting as hell. Also had Colecovision which had Time Pilot. Combat was probably my favorite Atari game and both Atari and Intellivision had similar games like Pitfall and Jungle Hunt. It’s been so long I don’t really remember which game I liked bettter out of those but I did play my Intellivision a bit more than Atari though I’m not sure why besides Snafu. That was 40+ years ago damn I’m old lol

Dagexon27d ago

Ahh you're making me all nostalgic! Not old enough to have played these on original hardware but my first console was a bootleg console from Costco that had a bunch of intellivision and atari games. Then had a lot of fun with intellivision and atari collections on ps1 and 2.
Snafu was one of my favourite games and me and my partner still occasionally play it to this day