The wonderful vector-based Vectrex system was back in force again for the Underdog 2012 part of the Midwest Gaming Classic. Since the all-in-one unit takes up so little space, I’ve been making it a habit to have it at the show almost every year (it was not in the 2011 show, and one year in the past too). This system from the early 80’s always stands out in the UC room, even considering its small size. It is a very unique system.
While it was planned to display mostly home brews at the 2012 show, this didn’t work out 100%. The following games did run: Color Clash (some play), Debris (got a good amount of attention), and Star Trek Debugged (mild play). The built-in game Mine Storm is the game that got the most attention and play, as it always does when I have the Vectrex on display. This comes across to me as somewhat funny and sad at the same time. Funny because there are other really good games for the Vectrex, and sad in that people don’t seem to want to play those other games for the most part.
The old Vectrex got some good play at the show, and some compliments as well, in regards to how good of shape the screen and unit was in. Honestly, this is my original system from back in the day, bought from Toy’R’Us when it was being sold out during the 80’s video game crash (true story). It still runs like a champ today, and hopefully for many more years to come.
Vectrex popularity rating for 2012: B+
And will that, the Recaps for the 2012 show are done and over with. All future posts here should be about next years 2013 Midwest Gaming Classic show, and what the Underdog is going to do at that show. Yes, the UC will return once again, and hopefully with more change that I’ve wanted to do with the exhibit ready to go. More display boards, other systems, and a few thing I’ve thought about but won’t post here unless they become more feasible. For now, it was a fun ride, and the future looks great. The name will stick for now, but I’m tempted to alter if if one plan goes through. Time will tell.
Thanks to (in no particular order – and in some cases just for being there) Dan Loosen, Gary and Gina Heil, John Norman, Tom Legare, Greg Jervis, Erica Woollums, Jeff Nissen, Erik Olson, Justin Lewandowski, Max Idzikowski, Mark and Jeri Heil, Jeff Koss, Jennifer Drews, Marty and Marcie Goldberg, and Theresa Wagner and son Devon.