Published on May 27, 2018
The Vectrex' case was completely broken, leaving the picture tube to fly around freely while shipping. It arrived in shards.
So the Vectrex was in desparate need of a new case and picture tube.
The IBM 5151 had a broken flyback (and no spares left), so I just married the two machines.
With the long sustain green phosphor, you'll get a unique gaming experience. Trippy!
TRASHED VECTOR GAME CONSOLE REVIVED WITH VINTAGE IBM MONITOR
by: Dan Maloney
This cruel fate befell a vintage Vectrex game console ordered by [Senile Data Systems]; the case was cracked and the CRT was an imploded mass of shards. Disappointing, to say the least, but not fatal, as he was able to make a working console from the remains of the Vectrex and an old IBM monitor. The Google translation is a little rough, but from what we can gather, the Vectrex, a vector-graphics console from the early 80s with such hits as MineStorm, Star Castle, and Clean Sweep, was in decent shape apart from the CRT. So with an old IBM 5151 green phosphor monitor, complete with a burned-in menu bar, was recruited to stand in for the damaged components. The Vectrex guts, including the long-gone CRT’s deflection yoke assembly, were transplanted to the new case. A little room was made for the original game cartridges, a new controller was fashioned from a Nintendo candy tin, and pretty soon those classic games were streaking and smearing across the long-persistence phosphors. We have to admit the video below looks pretty trippy.