Atari Wars

Atari Wars

atari vs intellivision

I am a veteran of the video game wars, fought mostly on my schoolyard. I, being of the clan of Atari, waged daily combat against those who had sworn allegiance to George Plimpton and quoted from the Book of Mattel. Mostly about how much superior the Intellivision system really was. I can remember HATING kids who had Intellivision and those damned commercials, I don’t know why I took it so personal, I guess it was because I had no defense against “If it’s said on TV,it must be true!”
My best friend at the time had Intellivision, and since he was Switzerland we played it all the time, it was a fun system and I liked a lot of the games, there I said it.

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Erick from Wonderful Wonderblog shares with us some late seventies joy with Gene Simmons makeup, I wonder if he used the Remco Kiss Your Face set?

About The Author

AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Dancin' Homer on October 8, 2008

    Intellivision was definitely a step up in graphics and sophistication from Atari, but all I remember is it taking HOURS to play a game of football b/c every play you ran required you to choose from a long list of options and then input a mulit-digit code. Then you’d sit back, watch the play transpire, and go back to work on the next play.

    Atari may have been simplistic, but it was more fun!

  • Erick on October 8, 2008

    I don’t think that I had the Remco Kiss Your Face set. I believe it was just some sort of generic black and white grease paint.

  • Keith on October 8, 2008

    My bro and I had an Atari. To be honest, all the kids I knew had Ataris.

  • Anonymous on December 15, 2008

    My friend had Intellivision with the voice module and B-17 bomber. He was also the first on the block with a Commodore 64.

  • Micro-Heroes on December 28, 2008

    I had a Atari as a kid. I think I still have it out in the garage somewhere.

    I too hated George Plimpton and those commercialsof his putting down Atari.

  • Anonymous on January 6, 2009

    I recently sold my half used kiss make up kit on ebay for $200. (Oh the money my mom must have thrown out over the years!) – I remember taking the Atari controlers apart trying to repair the plastic disk inside.

  • Anonymous on January 11, 2009

    Intellivision was incredible, what with its “calling to order pizza” keypad, its “hope you never lose these” overlays, and its super-ergonomic “press the heck out of it with your thumb till your knuckles cramp up” disc control.

    Plus the original console had a special feature that modern console makers seem to have overlooked.

    Wood tone!

  • atari dude74 on July 21, 2010


    I have an Atari and about 50 games and it still works! lots of fun ahhh…. those where the days.

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