I don’t think the console wars of today have anything on the console wars of the late 70’s/early 80’s. You had a choice to make: The Atari 2600 or the Mattel Intellivision. For me the choice was always obvious: The Atari 2600. For some reason, I always felt superior over kids who owned the Intellivision and would usually voice my opinion accordingly. “Oh, you own that console? It’s okay, I suppose,” and then I would continue to snicker behind their backs while playing “Adventure.”
Of course there were no valid reasons for me to feel as I did. Mattel’s Intellivision was graphically and audibly superior over the 2600. However, George Plimpton’s attitude on Intellivision commercials made me want to put my foot through the TV screen. Intellivision owners would reciprocate their feelings of superiority by managing a guffaw while comparing Atari’s sports games to the Intellivision’s. I think Odyssey owners were created so the Atari and Intellivision owners could agree on whom to laugh at.
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