Pocketeer romanaThree knows video game history and knew it’d be worthwhile to get ColEm, a ColecoVision emulator, running on PocketC.H.I.P.. It’s a classic retro system and it’s easy to install and run on PocketC.H.I.P.!
Unless you’re a video game fanatic of the early 1980s like romanaThree, you may have only heard of the company Coleco from a troubled reboot attempt for the Coleco Chameleon game console.
The 1982 ColecoVision
A portmanteau of the Connecticut Leather Company, Coleco’s early days in the 1950s focused on refining shoe leather. In the late 70s, the company created the world’s first pong-clone know as Telstar and rode the wave of Atari’s video game success. They even bought the license to the Cabbage Patch Kids line of vinyl-faced dolls!
In 1982 Coleco moved to take Atari head on releasing ColecoVision, a more powerful console than the Atari 2600, boasting 12 launch titles including Nintendo’s huge hit Donkey Kong and the Atari classic, Pitfall. By early 1983 had sold over 1 million units and by 1984 the console had more than 145 games! Ultimately, the video game industry crash of the mid-80s killed Coleco, and by 1985, they were no longer making video games.