I’ve just posted a full playthrough of Cartoon Arcade for the View-Master Interactive Vision on YouTube. For those of you just tuning in, the Interactive Vision (or IntVis, as I like to call it) is an edutainment system from the late 1980s that uses VHS tapes instead of cartridges or discs. You pop the tape into your VCR, plug the VCR into the IntVis, and then plug the IntVis into your TV. The tape then somehow communicates with the system to produce gameplay that’s specific to that particular tape, which is overlayed on top of footage from the tape. It’s pretty rad.
With this video, and the two articles I’ve written before about the IntVis, GameCola is quickly becoming the number one source on the entire Internet for information about the IntVis. I’m totally serious. There’s like nothing else out there, except for an entry on a Muppets wiki site, and one lone FAQ.
Because of that, I decided not to do a running commentary for these videos, because I didn’t want want the Internet’s only footage of this system to feature me cursing about how much I fail at the damned teacup minigame.
Anyway, check it out!
For the rest of the videos in the playlist, go here. If you poke around that channel, you just might find a few other IntVis playthroughs, too.