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JANUARY 2007

  • Intellivision Games on VH1.com
  • Intellivision YouTube Channel
  • Blue Sky Rangers Reunion
  • Intellivision Sighting: Barb Wire
  • Trivia Contest

OCTOBER 2006

  • Halloween Costume Party at Retrotopia Party
  • America's Videogame Expo in Philadelphia
  • It's A Girl!
  • Intellivision Lore: Better Late Than Never
  • Trivia Contest

SEPTEMBER 2006

  • Come to the Retrotopia Party September 30
  • Intellivision Direct-to-TV Wins Editor's Choice Award
  • New Book for Gamers and Art Lovers
  • Intellivision Ringtones Now on MySpace
  • Now Play Intellivision on Xbox 360
  • Intellivision Sighting: John Hodgman Ad
  • Trivia Contest

MAY 2006

  • Retrotopia Party at E3
  • Intellivision now on MySpace
  • Intellivision Lore: The Lost Parking Lot
  • Trivia Contest

NOVEMBER 2005

  • GameTap features Intellivision Games
  • Coming Soon
    • Nintendo DS
    • 2-Player Direct-to-TV
    • New Cartridges
  • Intellivision Sightings
    • I Love the 80s - 3D
    • SCTV
    • The Sims 2
    • Grandma's Boy
    • Gamers
    • Unauthorized Story of Diff'rent Strokes
    • The Martian Child
    • Running Men Softball Team
  • 8 Bit Weapon
  • Trivia Contest
  • In Memoriam: Russ Lieblich

DECEMBER 2004

  • Make it an Intellivision Christmas!
  • What are the Blue Sky Rangers Up To?
    • Don Daglow
    • Rick Levine
    • Brian Dougherty
    • Doug Fults
    • Eric Del Sesto
    • Joe King
    • David Stifel
    • Keith Robinson
    • Michelle Mock
    • Jacques DuLong
  • Trivia Contest

NOVEMBER 2004

  • 2004 Classic Gaming Expo:
    • Intellivision Lives! on GameCube
    • Intellivision Arcade Machine
    • Intellivision 10 & 25 sell 1,000,000+ units
    • Intellivision 10 & 25 win National Parenting Council Seal
  • Intellivision Lives! released in UK, Italy, France, Spain & Australia
  • Intellivision Sponsors Music Show, Loses Banner
  • Intellivision Sponsors Classic Gaming Expo Museum at E3
  • Blue Sky Rangers Commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Close of Mattel Electronics
  • Intellivision Sighting: The Running Man on "The L Word"
  • Trivia Contest

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2003

  • George Plimpton 1927 - 2003
  • PS2, Xbox Releases Scheduled for November
  • Intellivision Lore: Furniture Elves
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Swords & Serpents
  • Trivia Contest

AUGUST 2003

  • Intellivision on PlayStation 2 and Xbox
  • Classic Gaming Expo Wrap-Up
  • Mac OS X-native emulation software completed
  • Intellivision Lore: Call Shirley!
  • Intellivision Sighting: We've Been Framed!
  • Trivia Contest

JULY 2003

  • Intellivision Handhelds
  • Classic Gaming Expo 2003
  • Four Announcements:
    • Intellivision Documentary on G4 Network
    • Blue Sky Ranger Cancels Comic-Con Appearance
    • New Book on Game Design
    • New Book on Game Audio from The Fat Man
  • Intellivision Lore: Tutorvision
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: New Mattel Console?
  • Trivia Contest

JUNE 2003

  • Intellivision Direct-to-TV Units Announced
  • Blue Sky Ranger Returns to Comic-Con
  • Intellivision Lore: SIGGRAPH 1982
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Space Armada
  • Trivia Contest

MAY 2003

  • Blue Sky Rangers at E3
  • Return of Unreleased Atari 2600 Cartridges
  • Intellivision Lore: The Intellivision Snake
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: High Scores
  • Trivia Contest

MARCH/APRIL 2003

  • All Intellipacks Now XP-Compatible
  • Post My Mug: The Intellivision Diet
  • Intellivision Lore: The Intellivision Basketball League
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Intellivision Colors
  • Trivia Contest

FEBRUARY 2003

  • Intellipack 1 Now XP-Compatible
  • Intellivision Greatest Hits Now in Stores
  • Classic Gaming Expo 2003 Dates Announced
  • Intellivision Programmer in Movie Gods and Generals
  • Intellivision Lore: The INTV-PC/XT Computer
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Intellivision Inc.
  • Trivia Contest

JANUARY 2003

  • Blue Sky Rangers Reunion
  • Intellivision to Hit Store Shelves
  • Intellivision Lore: The Last Mattel Programmers
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Bump 'n' Jump
  • Trivia Contest

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2002

  • Christmas Deadline
  • Intellivision Football Player Honored
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Utopia and a Thunder Castle Correction
  • Trivia Contest

OCTOBER 2002

  • Space Spartans - The Next Generation
  • New Intellivision Poster and Shirts Available for Christmas
  • Intellivision Lore: Halloween 1983
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Thunder Castle
  • Trivia Contest

SEPTEMBER 2002

  • Billboards boost Intellivision
  • High-end PCs ship with Intellivision games
  • Intellivision Lore: No Parking
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Happy Trails & Pitfall!
  • Trivia Contest

AUGUST 2002

  • CGE 2002 Wrap Up
  • Intellivision in Hi-Fi Released
  • Intellivision Lore: Flight of the Bumblebrains
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: B-17 Bomber
  • Trivia Contest

JULY 2002

  • Come to Las Vegas for CGE 2002!
  • Intellivision Cartoonist Peddles Cartoons at Comic Book Convention
  • Intellivision in Hi-Fi CD scheduled for August Release
  • Another Intellivision Album Cover Spotted
  • Intellivision Lore: Viva Las Vegas!
  • Ask the Blue Sky Rangers: Major League Baseball
  • Trivia Contest
  • In Memoriam: Gene Smith

JUNE 2002

  • Get Ready for CGE 2002
  • Intellivision Programmer appears in Spielberg's Minority Report
  • Intellivision Tribute Band: Astrosmash
  • Microsurgeon used on Album Cover
  • Preview: Intellivision in Hi-Fi
  • Time Running Out on Low-Cost Upgrade to Intellivision Lives! Version 1.1
  • Intellivision Lore: Business Cards & Job Titles at Mattel
  • Trivia Contest

MAY 2002

  • New Videogame Book
  • Intellivision Spotted on That 70s Show
  • New Mugs and "Sports" Tee
  • Intellivision Lore: History of Sports Cartridges
  • Trivia Contest

APRIL 2002

  • Intellivision Wireless is Here!
  • Discounted T-shirts
  • Low-Cost INTELLIVISION LIVES! Upgrade Still Available
  • Intellivision Lore: The Cult of 47
  • Trivia Contest

MARCH 2002

  • Announcing INTELLIVISION LIVES! Version 1.1
  • Low-Cost INTELLIVISION LIVES! Upgrade
  • INTELLICART is Back
  • Intellivision History: TV POWW!
  • Trivia Contest

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Press Releases

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IntelliBuzz

INTELLIVISION PANEL AND OTHER TALKS AVAILABLE NOW
The Digital Press web site has posted sound files from the 2004 Classic Gaming Expo. Included are keynote speaker Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple, and talks by programmers from Intellivision, Atari, Imagic, Vectrex, coin-ops and others. Each MP3 file includes an entire session, uncut. Available for free downloading now. Go>

2004
BLUE SKY RANGERS MEET FANS AT 2004 CLASSIC GAMING EXPO
Eleven former Intellivision game designers attended the 2004 Classic Gaming Expo, held August 21 and 22 at the San Jose, California, convention center. They talked about the old Mattel Electronics days during a ninety-minute seminar and signed autographs in the Intellivision booth. Guests to the booth were the first to play the new GameCube version of Intellivision Lives! and the new Intellivision Arcade Machine. More>

INTELLIVISION LIVES! COMING TO GAMECUBE FOR CHRISTMAS '04
Intellivision Lives! will be released for GameCube by Christmas 2004. The collection of 60+ classic Intellivision games will follow the same format of the previously available PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions, using the 3-D environment of "Hal's Pizza Parlor" to let players access the games, production histories, video clips and other features. More>

INTELLIVISION 10 & 25 AWARDED PARENTAL SEAL OF APPROVAL
The Intellivision 10 & Intellivision 25 Direct-to-TV Controllers have been awarded the National Parenting Center 2004 Seal of Approval. The Center, using parents, children and educators, evaluates products for desirability, sturdiness and interactive stimulation, along with other criteria. More>

INTELLIVISION SPONSORS CLASSIC GAMING MUSEUM AT E3
Intellivision Productions was exclusive corporate sponsor of the Interactive Gaming Museum at the 2004 Electronics Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Guests to the museum, organized by the Classic Gaming Expo, could play dozens of classic arcade machines and home consoles of the 1970s and early 1980s. More>

BLUE SKY RANGERS 20TH REUNION
Intellivision Productions bought out Castle Park Arcade & Miniature Golf the evening of February 7, 2004 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Mattel Electronics closing its Intellivision programming offices. Over one hundred guests helped the Blue Sky Rangers celebrate the day in 1984 when they were thrown out of work. More>

2003
GEORGE PLIMPTON, "MR. INTELLIVISION," DIES
George Plimpton, celebrity spokesperson for Intellivision in the early 1980s, died September 25 at his home in New York City. He was 76. Plimpton's TV and print commercials usually featured him directly comparing Atari 2600 games with Intellivision games and pointing out "The difference is clear." In a series of commercials with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial star Henry Thomas, the child actor would refer to Plimpton as "Mr. Intellivision."

INTELLIVISION COMING TO PLAYSTATION 2 AND XBOX THIS CHRISTMAS
A collection of over 50 classic Intellivision games is coming to both the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox game consoles. Video of the user interface - a 360 degree 3-D pizza arcade - was shown at the Classic Gaming Expo, August 9 & 10, 2003, in Las Vegas. The publisher, Crave Entertainment, has announced that the collection, Intellivision Lives!, will be in stores before Christmas. More>

BLUE SKY RANGERS TALK AT CLASSIC GAMING EXPO 2003
Eight of the original Mattel Electronics Intellivision programmers - The Blue Sky Rangers - discussed game development then and now to an audience at the Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, August 10. A question and answer session followed. Transcript>

INTELLIVISION DIRECT-TO-TV CONTROLLERS TO DEBUT AT CGE2003
Intellivision 10 and Intellivision 25 direct-to-TV video game systems will be introduced at the Classic Gaming Expo, August 9 & 10, 2003, in Las Vegas. Each system is a complete video game console with classic Intellivision games built into a battery-operated hand controller. The controller plugs into the video/audio jacks on the front of most TV sets via an 8-foot cable. Intellivision 10 and Intellivision 25 will become available in stores worldwide over the next few months. More>

SEA BATTLE AND SWORDFIGHT CARTRIDGES FOR ATARI 2600 ARE BACK
In 2000, Intellivision Productions produced a limited number of Atari 2600 cartridges Sea Battle and Swordfight. These games had been developed at Mattel Electronics in the early 1980s but were never released. We finally introduced them in our booth at the 2000 Classic Gaming Expo. Those cartridges quickly sold out, but now we've licensed AtariAge to make more. You can purchase them for $25 each on the AtariAge web site. Sea Battle> | Swordfight>

ALL INTELLIPACKS NOW WINDOWS XP-COMPATIBLE
As of April 26, all three of the free Intellivision game collections are compatible with Windows XP, as well as other Windows and Mac operating systems. The three Intellipacks are available on our Downloads Page>

TWO INTELLIVISION COLLECTIONS HIT STORES
Two Intellivision Greatest Hits collections for PC and Mac - one with 10 games, one with 25 games - are now shipping to stores across the USA. These are the first Intellivision releases for PC and Mac available in brick-and-mortar outlets. More>

2002
MUSIC, TIKIS AND TATTOOS AT CGE 2002
George "The Fat Man" Sanger led his band Team Fat in performing "Surfin' on Thin Ice" at the 2002 Classic Gaming Expo held August 10 and 11 in Las Vegas. The song is just one of the updates of classic Intellivision game themes found on the new music CD Intellivision in Hi-Fi which was first released at the Expo. More>

GENE SMITH, CREATOR OF BOMB SQUAD, DIES
Gene Smith, designer/programmer of the Intellivoice game Bomb Squard and developer of the IBM PC versions of BurgerTime and Lock 'N' Chase, passed away July 14, 2002 after a brief fight with cancer. The Blue Sky Rangers share their memories of Gene. More>

INTELLIVISION PROGRAMMER IN MINORITY REPORT
(From the June 2002 newsletter) Former Intellivision programmer David Stifel, who designed Game Factory for the Entertainment Computer System (ECS), appears in the Steven Spielberg summer sci-fi movie Minority Report. Stifel, an actor before joining Mattel Electronics in 1982, has a "brief but memorable" one-on-one scene with star Tom Cruise. More>

INTELLIVISION TRIBUTE BAND: ASTROSMASH
(From the June 2002 newsletter) Two Los Angeles-based musicians have founded what they call the "first Intellivision tribute band," Astrosmash. While the band is "still in the developmental stages," they have posted several songs on their web site for free downloading, including an instrumental made up entirely of actual sound effects from the game Astrosmash. More>

WIRELESS INTELLIVISION SHOWCASED AT E3
Visitors to the 2002 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles were able to play a number of classic Intellivision games on cell phones. A display in the THQ Inc. booth let visitors play Astrosmash, Night Stalker, Shark! Shark!, and a variety of the sports titles. Nextel is already making the games available to their subscribers; Sprint is scheduled to start carrying the games in August. The Expo, open only to professionals in the electronic game industry, was held May 22-24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More>
Related article (Wireless NewsFactor) >

INTELLIVISION IN NEW BOOK ON VIDEOGAME HISTORY
(From the May 2002 newsletter) The new book High Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games covers the development of computer and video games from pre-Pong to the present. Of several recent "comprehensive" histories of the game industry, this is the only one in which the authors contacted Intellivision Productions for the firsthand story of Intellivision. More>

INTELLIVISION LIVES! VERSION 1.1 RELEASED
(From the March 2002 newsletter) A new version of the hit CD-ROM collection Intellivision Lives! is now available. Version 1.1 features Windows-native emulation software, making this new release playable on more versions of Windows, including Windows XP, 98, 2000, and Me. Also, the new version supports DirectX-compatible hand controllers. More>
Review of Intellivision Lives! (Gamespot) >
Related article (Associated Press) >

2001
INTELLIVISION GAMES COME TO WIRELESS PHONES
Intellivision Productions and THQ Inc. announced an agreement November 6, 2001 to bring the classic Intellivision games to wireless phones and PDAs. The first game, Astrosmash,will be available for downloading to selected Motorola telephones by Christmas. More>

INTELLIVISION ROCKS RELEASED
(From the November 2001 newsletter) The follow-up to the hit CD-ROM collection Intellivision Lives! is now available. Intellivision Rocks features the complete library of Intellivision games published by Activision and Imagic in the early 1980s. Also included are Mattel Electronics' Intellivoice and Entertainment Computer System (ECS) games, plus a number of previously unreleased titles. Video interviews and rare photographs tell the story of the development of the games. More>
Review of Intellivision Rocks (Video Game Time Online) >

INTELLIVISION IN VEGAS FOR CGE 2001
Visitors to the Intellivision booth at the annual Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas could play unreleased prototypes, try out the new Intellivision Rocks collection, and meet eight of the original Intellivision programmers. More>

CLASSIC GAMES AT THE GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE
Intellivision Productions and the Classic Gaming Expo put on an exhibit of video game history at the 2001 Game Developers Conference, held March 22-24 in San Jose.The 10,000 attendees had a chance to play classic games on an Atari 800, Commodore 64, Apple II, ColecoVision, Atari 2600, IBM PC, Vectrex, and (of course) an Intellivision. More>

INTELLIVISION, STEAMROLLER WIN TOP AWARDS
Intellivision Productions was named Publisher of the Year and its release Steamroller for ColecoVision was named Game of the Year in the first annual Digital Press Classic Videogaming Achievement Awards. More>

2000
BLUE SKY RANGERS RECALL SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST

VIVA LAS VEGAS! THE 2000 CLASSIC GAMING EXPO

GIGA GAG FOOLS INTELLIFANS

BLUE SKY RANGERS CELEBRATE INTELLIVISION'S BIG 2-0

1999
INTELLIVISION AT THE 1999 CLASSIC GAMING EXPO IN LAS VEGAS

INTELLIVISION MERCHANDISE: HITS AND MISSES

BLUE SKY RANGERS REUNITE AT 1999 GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE

Links to Articles & Reviews

"Intellivision Rocks (review)"
Video Game Time Online, June 12, 2002

"Classic Video Games Hit Mobile Phones"
Wireless NewsFactor, May 22, 2002

"Atari, Intellivision Redux"
Wired.com, April 27, 2002

"Intellivision Classics Coming to PlayStation"
Gamespot.com, July 15, 1999

"Relive What Once Was State of the Art Games"
Associated Press, June 1999

"Intellivision Lives (review)"
Gamespot.com, May 6, 1999

"Return of the Blue Sky Rangers"
Easy Reader, March 4, 1999

"Behind the Scenes with the Blue Sky Rangers"
TV Guide, June 19, 1982

Video Clips

Intellivision Lives! on CNET Central TV series, originally broadcast on USA Network and SciFi Channel April 8, 1999. (Click on image to view. Requires RealPlayer G2.)

Intellivision Lives! on Electric Playground TV series, syndicated in the USA and Canada. (Click on image to view. Requires RealPlayer G2.)