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Bicentennial Rehash

Posted by , 23 August 2005 · 752 views

1976
Well, 1976 has come and gone and what have we learned?

*We've learned that Hockey, Tennis and Handball are the first things game designers thought of when putting together a dedicated console.

*We learned that if I were to try to play every single dedicated pong console that ever came out, even just from 1976-78, I'd be buried in them and I'd be bored stiff after the second one.

*"Videocarts", as the Fairchild VES calls them, made their debut in August 1976. This is the start of a Good Thing, even if their megre offerings were ho-hum to start.

So. Here's what I managed to get to from 1976:

:) Magnavox Odyssey 300
:| Magnavox Odyssey 400
:|+ National Semiconductor Adversary (I liked the controllers)
:| Fairchild Tennis
/ :) Hockey
:|+ Fairchild Tic-Tac-Toe
/ :) Shooting Gallery
/ :( Doodle
/ :|+ Quadradoodle
:| Fairchild Desert Fox
/ :) :?: Shooting Gallery
:|! Fairchild Video Blackjack

I'm still looking forward to playing an original Atari PONG unit, but I'm almost certain it will feel like I've played it before.

Next entry is the start of 1977. I need to come up with a TV show or experience worthy of competing against the RCA Studio II. Maybe I could compare each game to a dental procedure through which I'd rather suffer.

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compare the RCA studio II to sitting in Nordstrom's for two hours waiting for your mother/sister/aunt to find the prefect sequence top for a nice dinner date.
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compare the RCA studio II to sitting in Nordstrom's for two hours waiting for your mother/sister/aunt to find the prefect sequence top for a nice dinner date.


:)

You're right! At least a painful dental procedure would leave us with memories of real pain, which does imply a degree of stimulus, a quality which this system lacks.

Your example better illustrates the effect of the RCA Studio II library because, like the experience in your example, it induces seemingly unending streches of time filled with brain-numbing ennui.
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lol, you could start a thread on things to compare the RCA Studio II to.

My suggestion would be: Compare it to being run over by a truck. On fire. Carrying acid.
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hahaha. burning acid fire trucks on rampage!

Yeah, I still twitch when I think about that system which shall not be named.
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