* CPU: General Instruments 16 bit Microprocessor 1 MHz
* Memory: 4K internal ROM operating system, 2K RAM
* Controls: 12 button numeric key pad, four action keys, 16 direction disk, overlay support
* Sound: Sound generator capable of 3 part harmony with programmable ASDR envelopes
* Color: 16 colors
* Resolution: 192v x 160h pixels
MESS requires a cart dump (in .rom or .bin/.int/.int format) in the "cartridge" (cart) device to run intv emulation. You can launch emulation using, at command line
mess intv -cart "C:\pathtogame\gamename.int"
Notice that .rom images are **strongly** suggested, as the support for .bin, .int and .itv images (which are basically the same format) is only partial. You can convert your .bin images to .rom, using the program ''bin2rom'' contained in SDK-1600 -- http://sdk-1600.spatula-city.org/.
If you want to help to improve the support, testing your .bin images and reporting bugs, please follow these simple rules:
- If a cart has an issue, please re-run it with the -log option turned on. At exit, check in the file error.log if the issues are due to known missing features (RAM, bankswitch, ECS or Intellivoice). The relevant error would be mentioned in the first lines, before the "opcodes executed on mapped I/O" messages.
- If nothing is mentioned in error.log, you have probably found a bug. Therefore, please report it on Bugzilla or on the MESS message board.
- It would be of help if you also try to convert the file to .rom and try to run it in MESS again. If a game works in .rom format but not in .bin/.int it means we missed something in the code, so we would really appreciate the report
This driver is almost complete. To Do:
* collision detection
* 16-way controller mapping
* default mapping of the right player controller
Support for .bin/.int/.itv images is only partial.
History and Trivia
At the end of 1979, Mattel Electronics released a video game system known as Intellivision along with 12 video game cartridges. Poised as a competitor to the then king of the hill Atari 2600, Mattel Electronics called their new product "Intelligent Television", stemming largely from their marketing plans to release a compatible computer keyboard for their video games console.
Mattel fiercely battled with Atari but the Intellivision suffered greatly from the video game market crash of 1984. After Mattel sold the rights to the system soon afterwards, the Intellivision was kept alive through their new owners, INTV Corp. Another 35 games were released from 1985 to 1990, mostly through mail order service. The system was generally very successful in the end, with over 3 million units sold and 125 games released before the system was finally discontinued in 1990.
During its lifetime, several models of the base system were released, as well as some interesting peripherals including a full computer adaptor, music keyboard, Intellivoice speech synthesis module, system changer to play Atari VCS games and PlayCable (an accessory to download games from your cable provider).
* Bluesky Rangers -- http://www.intellivisionlives.com
* FAQ -- http://www.intellivision.ca/intellivisionfaq.pdf
* Bliss -- http://bliss.kylesblog.com/
* Nostalgia -- http://www.shinytechnologies.com/nostalgia.php