The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 January 2008

Overexposure to scorpions, maybe

Back in the Pleistocene era, I had one of Mattel's Intellivision consoles with the infamous disc controllers. The discs had good motion but just didn't compare to real joysticks, and in a week or so I'd scored a couple of plastic joystick tops that epoxied to the discs, killing the system's presumed resale value but adding serious win to my gameplay.

And one day, feeling full of myself, I connected the gamebox to the Betamax, fired up Activision's Pitfall!, and twisted and twirled and jumped all the way to the final screen. For a couple of years I showed the tape to anyone who was interested and rather a lot of people who weren't.

I had, of course, no idea that Pitfall Harry himself was something of a bad egg, or I would never have worked so closely with him.

Posted at 2:34 PM to Bogus History

That's the trouble with this age of TMI - it turns out all our heroes have feet of clay.

I suppose a tell all about Chun-Li is due at any moment.

Posted by: Jeffro at 3:05 PM on 9 January 2008