A New Intellivision Console Is in the Works

As modern video game companies push the limits of technology with virtual reality implementation and Hollywood-level production values (and budgets), it turns out that there’s a sizable portion of the gaming public that yearns for simpler times. It’s how Nintendo created a sensation with its NES and SNES Classic systems, and why Sega and Capcom keep generating fanfare with retro throwbacks like Sonic Mania, Mega Man 11, and the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.

That love of classic gaming now includes the revival of the Intellivision console, which was originally released by Mattel in 1979 and was on shelves through 1990. This new Intellivision is being touted as a “family video game console” and is being headed by Intellivision Entertainment's president, Tommy Tallarico, an industry veteran who served as a composer on games like Earthworm Jim and 2000’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation.

In a press release, Tallarico stated that this new console will separate itself from modern competition by “focusing on bringing all age groups and levels of gamers and non-gamers together while introducing new generations of people to the legacy success of the Intellivision brand.”

During its formative years, Intellivision touted games like BurgerTime, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and plenty of others. Though the console was a hit in the early and mid-'80s, it lost steam after the video game crash of 1983 and could never rebound once the NES took hold of the market. Aside from the games, the system also had one of the more unique ad campaigns at the time. Instead of featuring flashy graphics and hyperactive children in the commercials, the most memorable Intellivision ads involved the erudite actor and journalist George Plimpton giving his expert opinion on why the system was far better than its Atari competition.

As for more details about the Intellivision revival—you’ll just have to wait until October 1, 2018 for information to become available, according to the company.

[h/t Maxim]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Remake Will Star a Mixed-Breed Rescue Dog Named Monte

Disney
Disney

Following the success of The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp will be the next classic Disney movie to be revamped in 2019. And while most of Disney's live-action remakes boast star-studded casts, the lead in this upcoming film is totally unknown. That's because Monte, a mixed-breed dog from Phoenix, Arizona, spent his pre-Hollywood days living in animal shelters.

As AZ Central reports, Monte will make his film debut as Tramp when Lady and the Tramp releases alongside the launch of Disney+, the company's upcoming streaming service, on November 12. In the original 1955 animated movie, Tramp was portrayed as a mutt who lived on the streets, so instead of looking for a purebred dog to portray the character, producers stayed faithful to the source material.

Monte lived in a New Mexico animal shelter before transferring to HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. When the filmmakers went there in search of a star for their movie, he instantly won them over. Like Tramp, Monte is a mixed-breed dog, but the shelter doesn't know exactly what his background is, other than being part terrier. Despite his scrappy appearance, Monte is very well-behaved. He knows how to sit, walk on a leash, and he's friendly with everyone he meets, according to the shelter.

The Lady and the Tramp crew adopted Monte in April 2018, and earlier this month, Disney released the first promotional image of him for the film. It features Monte snuggling up with his co-star, Rose, who plays Lady. True to the original, Lady is portrayed by a purebred cocker spaniel. Though you likely don't recognize the dogs on the poster, you may have heard of the voice actors who will bring them to life: Justin Theroux is playing Tramp and Tessa Thompson is Lady.

[h/t AZ Central]

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