Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
I had an Atari 2600 as a kid. I loved playing Pac-Man, Defender, Missile Command, and Space Invaders.
But there was one game console I wish I had...ColecoVision.
My neighbor down the street had one, and we played Donkey Kong until our fingers bled. This awesome console came out in 1982, and in less than a year sold 1 million units. The technology inside the ColecoVision wasn't as advanced as Atari's new 5200, but I'm pretty sure it's the Donkey Kong game Coleco licensed from Nintendo that came with the console that sold it.
ColecoVision's version of Donkey Kong was identical to the arcade version.
What made ColecoVision extra cool was that you could buy this adapter that allowed the thing to play Atari games! So basically, I could take all my cartridges and fire them up and my friend's house.
Alas, ColecoVision died out shortly in 1985. Coleco discontinued the console. The Video Game Crash of 1983 had taken out yet another victim. Sales dropped by 97% in the video game industry. A saturation of the market coupled with a lack of new technology probably caused the crash.
I'm pretty sure home computers also took a big bite out of the video game industry. Commodore 64 had just come out, and ColecoVision just couldn't compete.