BBG Entertainment announces it has bought the rights to some Amico games like Astrosmash and Shark! Shak! to be put out on actual platforms that exist.
This is somewhat redundant to yesterday's news about how these games would be coming to other platforms, but a full transfer of rights means that Intellivision has basically given up on publishing these games itself. Because these two games were supposed to be launch pack ins with the system this only makes sense if they've given up on the system altogether. Monday's announcement had some mealy-mouthed stuff about still wanting to put out a console and I think they'll maintain that line for legal reasons as their official intent, but it's over. It has been over for awhile now, but it's TRULY over.
The Amico project was poorly conceived, filled with lies, an outright scam that took millions of dollars from clueless investors and wasted it on self-dealing and hubris, and possibly the biggest vaporware console in industry history. It also fascinated and in some ways delighted me. The video game industry used to be weird and full of bad ideas. The 32X. The SuperGrafx (a souped-up PC Engine that only had 5 games ever released.) The Virtual Boy. I never owned any of this stuff but I delighted in learning about it and even seeing it in action both during and after the fact.
That's gone now. The best we get in terms of true weirdness is either intentional, very small scale (like Paprium), or quickly fixed. The Amico promised to bring back the truly dumb free spirit of video games in a system that was poorly conceived and incompetently marketed. I was excited for that. I feel bad for those scammed and angry at those responsible but mostly I just feel disappointed that this thing never got off the ground so we could all really point at it and laugh.
Anyway I doubt anyone who has followed the saga actually thought they'd put a console out after all the delays and staff firings and such but now even if they did they wouldn't have games to put on it.
Though in a way that would be the most perfect ending of all...
It looks like Intellivision did retain the rights to put Shark! Shark! and Astroblast on the Amico should that ever launch, but I don't think that really matters. Imagine putting out a console where your launch pack in games have already launched on other platforms. And these were two of their most heavily promoted games. I still think this is the end of any chance for the console, which actually ended some time in 2021.
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