5.0 Marketing



5.2 What is the closest thing to the real thing?

"The Closest Thing to the Real Thing" was the lead campaign slogan from George Plimpton (see 4.1) in Intellivision commercials from the early 1980's. Comparing baseball and golf games on the Atari VCS/2600 made George's words ring true!

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5.2 Was the Intellivision showcased at CES?

CES 1982 (21:15, 22:28, 26.05 in Youtube link)

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5.2 Were contests held using Dr. Pepper?

Dr. Pepper played a role in 1981 marketing by providing a chance to win an Astrosmash or Lock-n-Chase video game after opening a can.

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5.2 What original promotional music can I hear about the Intellivision?

The ultimate fan song "My Intellivision" is out there, as well as some others that make use of heavy samples from the 1980s and synths. Once they play, you can't un-hear it. Enjoy!

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5.2 What songs are included in Intellivision games?

Game Song
Loco Motion Railroad Bill
Sub Hunt Ride of the Valkryies
Horse Racing William Tell Overture
Horse Racing First Call
Electric Company Math Fun Electric Company Theme
ABPA Backgammon 1812 Overture
Masters of the Universe Main Theme
Scooby Doo's Maze Chase Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Thunder Castle Abdelazer Suite
Magic Carousel Maple Leaf Rag
Rock n Bullwinkle Adventures of Rocky n Bullwinkle Theme

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5.2 Was the Intellivision advertised much in newspapers?

Mattel Electronics marketing department went through multiple newspaper campaigns over the classic console lifetime. See the media link for a large depot hosted by "Intellivision Dude" Google Drive.

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5.2 How was print media advertising for the Intellivision?

Mattel Electronics fairly heavily marketed the console and entire "game machine today and computer tomorrow" paradigm.

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5.2 Were games rented to people in the UK?

Radio Rentals rented televisions and appliances via Thorn group (EMI records) and they rented out inty cartridges.

TVs cost a lot in the 70s and early 80s and had reliability problems, so most people rented them. Thorn were involved in the early KC development on the tape side.

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5.2 Was Intellivision advertised in comic books?

Mattel Electronics tried to reach the kid market in 1982/1983 with advertising for most action-packed games. Marvel Comics contained full-page cover ads for Tron Deadly Discs, Burgertime, Lock-n-Chase, AD&D, Super Cobra, Masters of the Universe, Kool Aid Man, Bump-n-Jump, and Treasure of Tarmin.

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5.2 What Intellivision TV ads were shown?

Sellers like the Hills chain and other advertised the Intellivision in the early days. Note how many refer to the games as "video tapes".

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5.2 What Mattel Electronics partners advertised?

Mickey Mantle endorsed the PlayCable (see section 2.6) in many video commercials. During the 1980s, an "influencer" had to be a celebrity, not anyone with a social media account and desire.

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5.2 Where did Intellivision hardware or games appear in television or movies?

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5.2 Has the Intellivision been mentioned personally in public?

The band Rush includes a nod to Intellivision Baseball in the album "Signals" liner notesin "Most Valuable Perons". Apparently member Geddy Lee became a baseball fan in the 70's, and his love of the game expanded into playing so much, the console had to be thanked.

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5.3 Were book covers made with Intellivision game themes?

For school students in the 1980s, hardcover books were required to be covered by students. Most anyone in the USA over age 35 remembers having to find grocery paper bags and wrapping their books for protection. Mattel Electornics capitalized on this idea with the coolest covers, ever.

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5.3 What is the employee paperweight?

The "We've got Momentum" paperweight was given out in the final days of Mattel Electronics in 1983 as souvenirs 'good job', along with jars of candy and leftover trade show pens.

Programers had asked for their names on games, royalties on what they developed, and offices with doors. But they got things like the paperweight.

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5.3 Was Intellivision advertised in movie theaters?

An innovate 35mm reel commercial was played before mainstream movies across the USA in 1982. The narrators are live-action people with pixelated rotoscope process to make their blockiness match the games they advertised.

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5.4 What did retailers have to learn to sell Intellivision?

Mattel Electronics distributed training and pre-sales marketing material in 1979 for retailers, and a 3/4" video tape for showing behind closed doors to exclusive parties.

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5.4 What was the Intellivision Kiosk?

Mattel distributed customer kiosks for walk-up-and-play trails for the public in (non-Sears) stores. Each kiosk seems to have contained an Intellivision peripheral, model #3806, similar to a turbo charged Videoplexer, a "POPlexer", with the ability to read the intro headers from conventional Mattel releases and show the game title dynamically. This is unlike other kiosks where the menu or games were hardcoded.

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5.4 What was the Sears Intellivision Kiosk?

Sears created specialized kiosks with their Super Video Arcade (Sears-branded Intellivision) with single cartridge capability. It was cobbled together from existing parts, rather than the fully integrated unit with cartridge multiplexer like the Mattel Electronics version.

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