Atari 2600 and Intellivision Console Online In 1983!? -History of The Gameline & Playcable


Today, Top Hat Gaming Man talks about Online Gaming in the early 1980s covering both the Atari Gameline for Atari 2600 and the Play Cable for the Intellivision

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A man in a top hat, with a dashing moustache or a highly distinguished beard, reviews rare video games in his massive collection. Appreciate the finer things in life! Top Hat Gaming Man travels around the globe, playing the best games for the handhelds around the world. The best games are like fine wines and only get better with age.

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  1. One more thing that makes me European; before NES I was playing games on Atari 600xl and Mac. (Sips on hot, unsweetened tea) how worldly of me

  2. nice video 🙂 always fun to learn about these little ambitious 80s projects.

    also, can somebody please tell me what the song at 4:33 is from ?

  3. "Get off mah board, maaan! Yer tooo hawt; yer a hit waiiitin ta haaappen."

    I so love that very bad, very good movie.

  4. @8:10 lower right. That would be the infamous Jimmy Safechuck. Michael Jackson's favorite pet at the time.

  5. APOCRYPHAL! The Gameline was produced and sold for the 2600 by CVC, and they never got permission, approval, or even any support from Atari.

  6. I love that he very unapologetically says “Helllo, GENTLEMEN” because in all reality, does he need to say more? Does it TRULY matter? Hahaahahahahahaha

  7. @2:37 "The high cost of the cable company to send you the games"?? We HAD PlayCable in 1982-83. IIRC, it was only about twelve dollars a month to get PlayCable. Hardly a high cost! Also @4:55, while the service may have been introduced in 1980, it only had 15 games on it until late 1982, when it was upped to 20 games per month.

  8. In USA, 1993, people starter playing games on the Rising IBM PC. King Quest is an example.
    This "video game crash" is such BS.. Atari and Matel crashed, not gaming, even on USA.

  9. Other overlooked items I'd like to see covered,
    Cromemco (creators of the 1st PC video card, joystick controller, & commercial PC games).
    Color Gotcha (1st color video game)

  10. I would have never known MB made a "Frogger" board game, thanks for that. It was one of the funniest/strangest things I've ever seen.


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