Father and Son Playing Intellivision, 1981 (Part One)

Intellivision 1981

The box on top, and the game they’re playing, is NBA Basketball. The game on the bottom belongs to the Strategy Network (Intellivision cart boxes were color coded according to game type). I bet it’s Utopia, one of the first sim games and a favorite of mine.

(Photo via Adam Pratt/Flickr)

2 Responses to “Father and Son Playing Intellivision, 1981 (Part One)”


  1. 1 narvo July 25, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Man. A lot of the stuff I loved about the early ’80s is actually ’70s leftovers, which my parents had a lot of. And this photo once again says it all.

    Comfy-itchy couch, check.
    Knit tapestry draped over back of couch, check.
    Brass (lamp post) and gold (curtains) hues, check.

    The only, yes the only thing missing are those faux wood panels. I can’t believe it.

    The one remarkable difference about this picture though, in comparison to all the “kids playing Atari” photos, is that neither of them (at least at the time the photo was shot) were looking at the screen, but rather at their controllers. And that’s what made Intellivision what it was. That’s definitely something us Gen-Xers could understand and identify with in this picture.


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