Monday, November 21, 2011

My table top that topped them all. a GCE VECTREX

Its not everyday that you meet something like this. A huge 9" table top video game that literally has a tv on the system it self. Its probably one of the most delicate and fragile collection that i have. Its a General Consumer Electric / Milton Bradley Vectrex

Vectrex is a very interesting stuff! Was first distributed by GCE and then MB .It used the vector graphics to display the game which made it really unique for it is the only home based game that used that technology which was really popular that time for arcades. It is also a catalyst for 3d peripheral releasing the Vectrex 3D imager years earlier than that of Sega Master System.

A very cool trivia from WIKI :

"The game built into the Vectrex, MineStorm, would crash at level 13. However, on some machines the game would continue until the highest level, in which more mines were laid than would hatch. Consumers who complained to the company about the crash at the 13th level received a replacement cartridge in the mail. Entitled MineStorm II, it was the fixed version of the Vectrex's built in game. However, very few wrote to the company about it due to the difficulty in reaching level 13, making MineStorm II one of the rarest cartridges for the Vectrex system"

Well, to be honest, i really had to part with somethings just to get this not so little thing. The man who previously owned it definitely knew this machine is something.

The owner told me that this was given to him by his father as a birthday present when he was a kid. Though he doesn't really remember where did his father bought it, locally or abroad.

To cut the story short, We haggled. Haggled allot, until i got to a little bit of dilemma.

The man started to share some stories where he said that, he used to value and really enjoy the machine being a child, things like that. He was actually fitting his fingers on the very bulky controllers while doing that, so the feeling is there. You know, memories.

By the way, you can play two player on it for it has a sencond player controller port but the controller that comes with it fits on the box itself just right under the screen.

Back to the story, i was really afraid that while the stories go on, the numbers keep raising up! =D

I really liked the machine thinking that i might not see one again if i missed that moment so, finally we agreed on to something after hours of haggling.

heres a simple math of what i had to give for the machine. Now do the numbers !

Ipod Nano 2nd gen 2gb
DVD player
about $21us / 1 Thousand pesos
Hassle of bringing it home

= Milton Bradley Vectrex

To do another a little bit of math, Im just about 90% happy about the stuff. Missing 5% more because it had no cartridge with it. Yes this stuff has a built in game "mine storm" on it but of course the experince isn't full if i dont get to insert something on the cartridge slot which sits on the bottom right of the box.

He assured me that it works anyway. So upon going home. I checked the back

cleaned and cleared away the dust of time. and

It is indeed working great ! He enjoys my stuff , I enjoy the history and playing !

I don't know what hit me but, We, in a weird manner, somehow managed to come up to that solution. Its not really a bad thing for me. The electronic stuff were my extras but also came with some memories. Well, same as his Vectrex, probably even more value because of the good times and childhood factor. So i thought, its a good exchange. Its not always about the monetary value anyway, things like this (retro stuff) have way more historical and personal value.

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