http://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/ ... r_Elec.phpColeco had virtually their entire booth devoted to ColecoVision, and with good reason. With the VCS adapter, this system has got to be the most versatile one around. New games included Donkey Kong Jr., and Rocky Battles for ColecoVision and several for Intellivision. Not that all is roses, however, since the Coleco controller is the pits. We usually plug in a decent Ataritype controller (D-Zyne SuprStick or the Newport joystick) and double the scores we can get on Lady Bug with the Coleco toy control. Nevertheless, ColecoVision is great. It is then, with mixed feelings that we present to Coleco the Worst Controller for a Great System Award.
Another new game system called CreatiVision was announced by Hong Kong based Video Technology. The specifications are excellent as is the price. However, we have found from bitter experience that these systems sometimes just don't get into the retail market. Let's hope that this one does since, in addition to being an excellent game unit, it can expand into a fullfledged computer system. We'll report further when we get a production model.
Interestingly, the Laser 2001 was displayed at Winter CES 1984, exactly one year later. Also there was a post on AtariAge that someone went to Summer CES 1982 and saw Technovision (VTech brand) games for the Atari 2600, but by January 1983 they had shifted focus from the 2600 to marketing their own games console.
By the way, COMPUTE! also went to the above CES and wrote about the CreatiVision:
So two major US home computing magazines praising the CreatiVision for excellent specifications and attractive pricing, yet it didn't make any impact on the market. Perhaps if it had been launched in the US one year earlier, to be right on time with e.g. the ColecoVision...Video Technology also is introducing to the U.S. market a video game machine convertible to a home computer which it has been selling in Europe and Australia for a year. Called the CreatiVision, the game machine will sell for $189 and includes a membrane keyboard on the joysticks. The addition of a $10 BASIC cartridge turns it into a 16K RAM computer, and a plug-in keyboard (with rubber keys) will be available for $30. The video game graphics looked excellent. However, the BASIC is not compatible with the VZ200.