Orphaned Computers & Game Systems

Vol. II, Issue 6    October 1998


Letters and Maybe Some Replies

by Chris Federico and Adam Trionfo

Hi Adam & Chris.

Reading your newsletter definitely brings back a ton of memories. Back then, I was so into the video games. I had the Intellivision, which was my very first; I remember I paid $249 at Toys "R" Us. The controllers were a major pain. I had the ColecoVision (which was one of my favorites, 'cause of the games), the Atari 2600 and the 5200. I had the Vectrex system (which, in my opinion, didn't get enough support).

I even had the Fairchild video system. Do you guys remember that? There was one game I will never forget. It was the Bowling game. It was an okay game, but the thing that made it stand out was the sound effect: If you got a strike, it would make a sound that sounded exactly like a fart. And I wasn't the only one who thought that. My friends couldn't stop laughing.

I had the Atari 800 and the Commodore 64. I even subscribed to most of the magazines. I was really into the games.

A couple of quick notes about the August issue: If I remember correctly, Antarctic Adventure was one of the very last games produced for the ColecoVision. I could get around the first "lap," but I rarely got past the second.

Anyway, I really enjoy reading your newsletter. It's about time the "original" game systems were remembered.

Best, Robert Soderberg
(East Olympia, Washington)

Thanks! It's cool to hear about people's experiences back in the days of the first era.

You're right: The Vectrex didn't get enough support -- meaning more GAMES! We don't remember Fairchild's Channel F system, as such, but we've read about it. That must have been quite a while ago.

Thank you for the disclosure of the first FARTING MOMENT to be referenced in OC&GS. In fact, you've inadvertently spurred a little contest.

Anyone who can think of an instance in a game, on any console or computer, during which a farting sound is heard, please send information on the game and the action that yields the sound. We'll publish a list of the farts and their...contributors. (Okay, so contests usually involve prizes, but hell...Electronic Games this ain't.)

Just send your info to one of the e-mail addresses on the first page. We'd appreciate as many contributions to this new, exciting and vital compendium as possible. Your help is needed! Send in those farts, friends!