Vectrex: The High Performance Machine

I lusted after the Vectrex for several years in the eighties. It was probably on every birthday and Christmas list I made for 2 or 3 years. This amazing system wasn’t on my lists because I got to play it often, but because of ads like this that kept reminding me about its awesome capabilities (and promised ones). From this ad, I would have been excited about the 3D and the built-in monitor, but what really pulled me in was that light pen. Ever since I saw WarGames it was something I wanted.


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4 thoughts on “Vectrex: The High Performance Machine

  1. blinddog says:

    The vectrex is a system I missed growing up. I don’t remember seeing it anywhere and none of my friends owned one either. I must have been lost in my Atari 5200 world at the time. It’s one of my most played systems now though. It’s definitely a gem with some great games made for it and there are some really good homebrew games also.

  2. vinvectrex says:

    That built-in screen was my argument to my parents that I’d stop hogging the household’s sole TV with my 2600. Their much cheaper solution was for me to simply play fewer video games. Why didn’t I see that one coming? Took me 25 more years until I got my system, but it was worth the wait.

  3. Vectrex was awesome! I even got the light pen for Christmas one year. I asked my parents where all my Vectrex stuff was years later but it had been tossed out after my nephew broke the monitor.

  4. lmorchard says:

    I bought a Vectrex last summer, and it was everything I dreamed it would be from the 1983 Sears Wishbook

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