SPECTRAVISION

Mangia! Mangia!

As an Italian-American, I can really relate to this entirely reasonable Atari 2600 title. You play a little boy whose mother or possibly grandmother keeps approaching with plate after plate of spaghetti. You have no choice but to eat it, and eventually, as the screen below shows, your stomach explodes and you die.

The only way to avoid this fate is to pass the spaghetti to either your dog who walks by once in a while, or a color changing cat who shows up in the window (it might be a raccoon) (or frankly, possibly a demon, it’s kind of hard to tell with 2600 graphics). Of course, if your mom sees you, she brings three plates for you next time.

The gameplay is actually a lot like a side-scrolling Klax, with elements of Red Light Green Light mixed in. It’s pretty fun, too, if you turn the sound down, since both the dog’s and the cat’s sound effects are extremely jarring ringing telephone bell sounds. If you don’t believe me, please, watch this YouTube video:

The game is as rare as it is weird, with a coveted R10 rating from AtariAge, and it’s even more difficult to find than the legendarily rare Chase the Chuckwagon, which was a) also from Spectravision and b) ranks as the first videogame that was ever really considered a rare, difficult to locate collectors’ item.

In fact, the game is so rare and obscure that Mike Mika only has *two* copies. Actually I don’t know if he has any copies, but a version with the box and no manual just sold on eBay for $1000, which is what reminded me about the game. It is one of Mike’s favorite 2600 games though, because he talks about it a lot.

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SPECTRA-VISION

Heroes of EDM awareness, bringers of bass, saving eardrums around the world from a lifetime of radio-sameness!

SPECTRA - The noise. The spirit of BASS. Prepare for an earthquake.

VISION - The voice. Dreams of dancing. Lose yourself in the lights.

Can you handle SpectraVision?

(Why yes that is myself and PRGM-KR1 as maskedEDM peeps. lolololol.)

HATERS B LOSERS

"I still don’t understand why I have to be naked for this…"

Don’t worry Spectra, you don’t have anything to show anyway~

I didn’t have a reference sort of picture for how Spectra looks! So here you go, have a 4-armed green-haired music sprite thing.

  • <@Vision>One of them blares a tone that sounds like a button on a toutchtone phone
  • <~kyox>BOOOOOP
  • <~kyox>BEEEEEP
  • <~kyox>BEEEEP BOOOP
  • <@Vision>But if you turn the radio all the way up it gets really distorted and blown-out sounding
  • <~kyox>GUYS STOP DIALING OUT IM STILL ON THE LINE
  • * Vision tries to use the modem while kyo is on the phone.
  • <~kyox>GODDAMMIT
  • <@Vision>DAMN IT KYO GET OFF THE PHONE I HAVE TO CHECK MY EMAILS.
  • <~kyox>YOU BITCH THIS IS A LONG DISTANCE CALL
  • <~kyox>GO DOWN TO THE LIBRARY OR SOMETHING
  • <@Vision>I CANT CHECK MY WORK EMAIL FROM THE LIBRARY THOUGH
  • <@Vision>(Its like we're yelling up and down the stairs)
  • * kyox is laughing so hard rn
  • <@Vision>I HAVENT CHECKED IT IN LIKE 15 MINUTES I MIGHOTT HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT
  • * Vision is having weird typos.
  • <~kyox>(welcome to a day in the life of spectravision, age 65)
  • <@Vision>(Age 65 in 1992)
  • <~kyox>oh god my tum hurts from laughing
  • <~kyox>EEEEERRRRRRKKKKZZZZVVVRRRRREEEEEEEEETTTTTTTCC HHHSSSSCCHHVVV
  • <~kyox>Spectra and Vision living platonically in a house as old ladies would be the best thing
  • <~kyox>even all old and frail they're yelling at each other like GODDAMMIT YOU WHORE YOU ATE MY FUCKING YOGURT