In 1982 the Emerson Radio Corporation released its ROM cartridge based 'Arcadia 2001' game console sporting sixty one game titles, ten of which were variants on existing themes. The console's design was then on-sold to over thirty two other manufacturers of which Sheen was one; enter the Sheen 2001 Sheen Home Video Centre.
Before I get into the specs, I have to say, after
much deliberation, this has to take the cake as my all time choice for
most horrible and ugly looking game console of all time. Brown on brown
with light brown buttons and gold joystick caps. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING
SHEEN?!!! I know it was the '70s and mission brown was the thing in
Australia but gah. Once the controllers are removed and the inserts
taken out of the paddles it really is just a brown chunk. They tried to
save it with the printed, metal plate in the middle but some things are
too far gone.
Okay... I'm done.
Like the Arcadia 2001 the 2001 Sheen Home Video Centre incorporates an Intellivision / Colecovision approach to the controllers having fourteen function buttons over which players could place inserts sold with game titles to personalise the controller to that game. Unlike the Arcadia 2001 the 2001 SHVC does not have the Intellivision-like disc control pad into which players could elect to screw a joystick should they desire and instead has fixed joysticks.
Graphically it was comparable to the Intellivision and Colecovision and superior to the much earlier released Atari 2600 but sadly it and the Arcadia 2001 never really got a chance to thrive.
Being released at the same time as the Colecovision and the Atari 5200 made it an uphill battle to start with but the real killer was that Atari had stitched up the rights to prevent other companies from releasing the same titles to which they had exclusive rights meaning that very few arcade ports and popular titles were able to be sold for the Arcadia 2001 and its clones.
In fact, versions of 'Galaxian', 'Pac-Man' and 'Defender' had been created and manufactured in the thousands but as Atari had begun taking legal action to protect their licensed titles they were never sold.
|Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.|