1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

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1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby the loafer » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:36 pm

An early 80's investigative news report that showed how some companies tried to cash in on the arcade craze by selling mediocre/crap games to the uninformed via stretching the truth during sales pitches



Leisure Time company may have been vampires but they were half right: it's all about the location, but yeah it's about the games too!

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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby The Evener » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:08 pm

Thanks for posting this - really interesting news piece, I didn't even consider that vendors would be pushing their products to people who might purchase a couple of machines as an "investment." Stories of money-losing games is something that Todd Tuckey (TNT Amusements) sometimes shares during his videos - very sobering.

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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby cait001 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:25 pm

haven't watch it, but I remember hearing about how the cocktail pinball machines were advertised to consumers to "make money while they sleep!"
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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby Azatotht » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:10 pm

That’s funny, great post.
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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby Sparky » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:48 am

They paid the equivalent of 9200$ in today's money for each game, not knowing a damn thing about the industry. Those games are complete garbage. Bad Space Invaders clones. By 1982, they looked ancient already.

A Ms.Pacman sold for 1400$ then. I remember seeing a flyer. So about 3500$. Makes more sense.
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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby cap » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:09 pm

Bad timing too, that was just before the big video game crash of 1983.
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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby Dave W. » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:08 pm

Sparky wrote:They paid the equivalent of 9200$ in today's money for each game, not knowing a damn thing about the industry.


Funny, I was watching this and thinking the same... how overpriced the games were.
People are always looking to make easy money... the people in this report had only themselves to blame

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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby Sparky » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:35 pm

Yeah... what is funny is that at the end of the video, "Leisure Time Electronics" were stating that they were going to sue the game maker for a poor product.

Well, the thing is that Leisure Time were making bootlegs of older games. So their claim was just to get people off their backs. Their game called "Lunar Lander" was a direct rip-off of Taito's Lunar Rescue, a game from 1979. Astro Laser was a shit-playing b&w head-to-head version of Space Invaders. And Space Ranger is just Space Invaders with different graphics.

Considering that Space Invaders came out in 1978 and was released in MANY versions, these were just crappy bootlegs.

The company took people's money, and closed it's doors in 1981. They even suckered people in by naming the company after a popular electronics magazine at the time.

That's capitalism, baby!! LOL
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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby cait001 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:14 pm

WAIT, I wanted to know who was the toughest guy in our town and the video just cuts out!!!! no fair
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Re: 1980's news report that some router operators may appreciate

Postby neo_geo » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:17 am

Fantastic video, thanks for sharing!
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