Considering the vivid memories I have of the early video game systems, it was a surprise the Bentley Compu-Vision didn’t strike more of a chord. First there was good old whats-his-face and his Atari Super Pong system when I was six or seven. Then Sean McConnahy got the Atari 2600 around the third grade. He already had an Odyssey buried in his closet.
Oh Lord, how I coveted.
For my sins I was years later sentenced to ten Hail Marys and a used Coleco Vision. Over time, I learned what a cruel mistress Zaxxon could be. But Donkey Kong and Q*bert helped ease the pain until my NES years later.
Back to the Bentley, which I picked up for ten bucks today (presently $25 to $90 on ebay) at a flea market. For you technophiles out there, a flea market is a real-time event held in meat-space, where users exchange credits (USD) for goods and/or services.
Now, the Compu-Vision was marketed by Bentley in 1983. I’d like to believe that this console heralded a time of fiscal prosperity for Bentley, but on October 18, 1985 a little box called the NES arrived in America. End of line. The Compu-Vision was such a flash in the pan that history couldn’t even throw it a Wiki.
Whenever I get lucky, there’s always a catch. In my haste to procure said Compu-Vision, I failed to notice the missing 6V power cable. Sigh. It was already going to be necessary to get another converter for the “rabbit ears” TV connection (in spite of the duffel bag full of electronics cords that amuses my girlfriend so), now another snag.
Stay tuned as I stumble forward on this ridiculous quest to play quasi-Pong on a 40-inch HD screen.