Vectrex: Games of my Youth

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I’m in the middle of building a tabletop arcade machine, which I will talk about more later but something came up when I was mucking with the software.  I saw that the game emulator handled Vectrex files.

You may not recall Vectrex, but I have a long memory when it comes to video games.  I remember walking in to Child World in Saugus, MA in 1982 and seeing this glorious mini-console on display.  I think I was about nine.

Vectrex had a couple of things going for it that I really dug. It had a screen built in, which in the early eighties was a huge boon because you had to kick people off the tv to play video games since most houses had only one tv and the graphics were vector which rocked pretty hard in my book.  Alas they were expensive and the game library was limited so they went the way of the dodo I believe even before the great video game crash.

Check out the ad here, I’m sure you’ll agree that this was rad.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=UNV4VTQFtsI%3Fw%3D640

Image by Marcin Wichary (Flickr: Vectrexes) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons