Coleco’s ADAM & Microsoft’s Xbox 360: things that make you go ‘hmm’


ADAM Xbox 360Those that know me know that I am a fan of Microsoft products.  I write about, read about them, own them, and use them.  Of course I am into the ColecoVision & Coleco ADAM as well.  I recently thought about the similarity of the Xbox 360 & ADAM computer.  Stay with me here as I will try to show how they are alike.

Coleco had much success with their game console the ColecoVision which was released in 1982.  Consumers raved about it.  Then Coleco tried to get their hands in the computer business by producing the ADAM.  Unfortunately, its creation was rushed.  As a result, nearly 50 percent (some say more) of ADAMs were returned as defective.

Red RingMicrosoft released a game console called the Xbox back in 2001.  Like the ColecoVision, consumers were very excited and happy about Microsoft’s gaming console.  When the Xbox 360 debuted in 2005, there were many owners complaining of something called the “red ring of death”.  Basically there was a flaw in the Xbox 360 that would cause it to stop working and a red circle L.E.D. to light up around the power button.  Microsoft exchanged these bad ones for devices that worked.  It has been estimated that somewhere between 25 to 50 percent of 360’s failed.  (Keep in mind, these are first generation 360s.  The 360 Slim, which came later, was a much better piece of hardware, with very little being returned as defective.)

Those first generation Xbox 360s would have bankrupt many companies.  Microsoft, however, has many divisions which bring in record profits year after year, such as Office and Windows.  Coleco was no where near as big as Microsoft and could not rely on their other divisions to save them.  While the Cabbage Patch Kids earned huge profits for Coleco, it was only popular for the first year it debuted.  Coleco had too much debt and not enough product to save itself.  And unlike Microsoft, they dropped their video game division at the first sign of trouble.

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About Coleco ADAM

I’m Justin M. Salvato, a fan and collector of vintage computers. This blog is dedicated to the very first computer I have ever owned: The Coleco ADAM. It is also my favorite. The goal of the blog is to provide information about the ADAM as well as the software and hardware that were created for this vintage computer system.
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One Response to Coleco’s ADAM & Microsoft’s Xbox 360: things that make you go ‘hmm’

  1. I loved my coleco adam compouter.I eventually got over run with computers and never seemed to have the time to enjoy that machine any more. Broke my heart to finally be with out it. I just want to add for the record, AT&T were set to set the online gaming standard. Unfortunately our government decided to break up the monopoly AT&T had in the phone market. with it went Coleco. The only survivor off that era was the term “”SMART””. Smart Basic Program Language. all that was left was smart yello pages, and today smart phones. Coleco was wired with telephone cord’s keyboard, modems, keypad and game controller also phone cord. I emember tv ads comparing Adam to Apple’s. and Coleco was out selling everything. first computer offered for $675- with a printer. What I was looking for here to begin with was some dialog from “The Digital Deli” you know the computers that were boy friend and girl friend, (cyber) and the conversation, jealousy and sexual terminology. Did I loose ya, are ya saying WTF . Ok any info would be appreciated
    I did have the program on data pack a long time ago. Yes thats right the Eve synthesisor.
    Once again the ancient contraversy Adam and Eve and the Apple.. People werent pleased with a computer company making cabbage patch dolls that could talk. Red flags went up and of course the devil jumped on that as well.

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