Some Miscellaneous GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex Photos featuring Matt and Bill

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Matt and Elizabeth Barton came for a visit back in July, and I'm just now getting to cataloging some of the photos and video. Looking through the footage we took, I saw a fun series of Vectrex-related images, which I thought I'd share. This is truly miscellaneous stuff, but still a glimpse into some of the Vectrex-related homebrew activities that are out there, including the madtronix 3D imager and the VecVoxx-enabled (voice and high score) Spike's Circus. Enjoy:

Short video of Matt Barton and madtronix 3D imager for the Vectrex running a compatible game

The photos:

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Matt Barton and madtronix 3D imager for the Vectrex

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Bill Loguidice and madtronix 3D imager for the Vectrex

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Bill Loguidice and madtronix 3D imager for the Vectrex running a compatible game

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Vectrex controller

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Bill Loguidice messing around with miscellaneous Vectrex items

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Two Vectrex systems

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Matt Barton playing the Vectrex homebrew, Spike's Circus, which is VecVox-enabled

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Matt Barton and madtronix 3D imager for the Vectrex running a compatible game

The complete photo and video set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/loguidice/sets/72157624729953568/

Some older blog posts to get to know more about what I'm referring to:

VecVoxX Developer and 3D Imager for the GCE Vectrex Now Shipping from Pre-order: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/546

3D Lord of the Robots now available for the GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex!: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/763

and the Vectrex Museum: http://vectrexmuseum.com/

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davyK
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I'm guessing the Vectrex is

I'm guessing the Vectrex is region-free aside from power requirements? The only hands-on experience I have of it was back in the early 80's playing Mine Storm on a display model in Woolworths until being asked to leave!! Spotted one in good nick in the window of retro paraphernalia shop in town last week.

Bill Loguidice
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davyK wrote:

I'm guessing the Vectrex is region-free aside from power requirements? The only hands-on experience I have of it was back in the early 80's playing Mine Storm on a display model in Woolworths until being asked to leave!! Spotted one in good nick in the window of retro paraphernalia shop in town last week.

Yes. In fact, the vast majority of consoles were region-free prior to the release of the NES in late 1985. The nice thing about the Vectrex of course is that it has a built-in monitor, so there's no need to worry about NTSC/PAL/SECAM either...

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Matt Barton
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I seem to vaguely remember

I seem to vaguely remember these on display at KB Toy Store, but I could be getting it confused (just too long ago and too brief of contact). At any rate, I really enjoyed the Spike games, especially the voice. The 3D imager was a bit difficult; I kept trying to adjust it and my viewing angle but could never seem to get the whole screen looking right. In any case, it was lots of fun playing with the Vectrex. "Eek--help--Spike!" Who could forget?

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vectrexmad
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Hip hip for the Vectrex

Hi, always nice to see people enjoying the Vectrex.
Did you also play 3d Sector X? - I spotted it lying on the table in your last photo - at least it looks like the laser engraved 3d Sector X box, although I couldn't read the writing. Curious to know what you thought about the game play.
I'm currently struggling with Fury's recent game Sectis which is really difficult (in my opinion) to play.

VectrexMad!
http://www.vectrex.co.uk

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Bill Loguidice
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vectrexmad wrote:

Hi, always nice to see people enjoying the Vectrex.
Did you also play 3d Sector X? - I spotted it lying on the table in your last photo - at least it looks like the laser engraved 3d Sector X box, although I couldn't read the writing. Curious to know what you thought about the game play.
I'm currently struggling with Fury's recent game Sectis which is really difficult (in my opinion) to play.

VectrexMad!
http://www.vectrex.co.uk

Yep, we played it. I was expecting something a bit more complex actually, but I had fun with it. I haven't enjoyed the 3D as much as I would have hoped, though it's certainly some clever technology, and certainly a clever homebrew implementation. I don't think I've gotten my copy of Sectis yet.

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Bill Loguidice
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Mr. Boston Clean Sweep

The Mr. Boston (distillery) version of the common Vectrex game, Clean Sweep, $3,827.00, plus pricey shipping and handling, reserve not met...

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vectrexmad
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Yes, but Vectrexer on

Yes, but Vectrexer (the seller) on Atariage.com says that the reserve amount (5,000 USD) was met privately through a flurry of emails after the auction. However, he is still open to higher offers for a private sale - see:

http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/167212-vectrex-mr-boston-complet...

VectrexMad!

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Bill Loguidice
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vectrexmad wrote:

Yes, but Vectrexer (the seller) on Atariage.com says that the reserve amount (5,000 USD) was met privately through a flurry of emails after the auction. However, he is still open to higher offers for a private sale - see:

http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/167212-vectrex-mr-boston-complet...

VectrexMad!

Interesting. I consider myself a crazy collector, but then there are people who drop $5,000+ on something like this and it makes me seem rather pathetic in comparison.

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Mark Vergeer
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You guys had a blast

It seems that you guys had a blast. Those mug shots with the 3d apparatus on your heads are hilarious. Those two vectrexes remind me I still have to repair my two systems.

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Matt Barton
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There's definitely a point

There's definitely a point where you need to be very specialized to justify such a price. I know it's a losing battle, but I really hate to see these bubbles forming in our favorite hobby. The last thing we want is a "gold rush," where people with no knowledge or interest in games start speculating on all this stuff and drive the prices sky-high. That's what happened to comics in the 90s and totally turned me off of collecting them.

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