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#1 Paranoid OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 1, 2007 5:45 PM

Drove by an Estate sale in my neighborhood today... I was going to stop, then drove by. Later on, I was going by and thought, "what the hell".

As I thought it was an elderly person's house. But there was something going on. There were some burnt CDs (PIL, the Police)... an old PB computer, and a PS-1. They wanted $20 for the PS1, so I passed. Wasn't sure what was in it... a jumble of boxes. I think the guy said there were two in there. I can't imagine paying more than $5 for two of them, and I didn't want to argue with the guy, so I didn't even bother.

On the way out, I saw a pong type dedicated game in a bin. Radio Shack TV Scoreboard. Looks like an old Motorola phone. Target, Skeet, Tennis, Hockey, Squash, and Practice. It has a plug at the top makred "PISTOL". It is a DIN-5. I didn't see the pistol there, though.

Anybody know anything about this one?

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Posted Thu Mar 1, 2007 6:21 PM

i have one also, its a cool looking pong system


i found a pic of the box that ive never seen before
http://www.computerc...VScoreboard.htm


im just glad i didnt get this kind with the gay blue color :)
http://cgi.ebay.com/...I...y=4315&rd=1


oh and there is this page

http://www.old-compu...t...?st=3&c=719

Edited by Lemmi, Thu Mar 1, 2007 6:22 PM.


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Posted Thu Mar 1, 2007 6:35 PM

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I was going to go back and look for the gun, but I'm almost certain I saw nothing that looked like a revolver with a cord coming from it.

My guess is that finding a unit with the gun is next to impossible.

Edited by Paranoid, Thu Mar 1, 2007 6:37 PM.


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Posted Thu Mar 1, 2007 6:41 PM

i found mine with a gun, and i think someone long ago here had a gun for this system and asked what system it went to

here is a pic of my pong collection with the radio shack gun
http://img.villageph...collection1.JPG


still a good find

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 1:06 AM

Maybe I'll go back tomorrow and dig around for the gun.

I got it for a buck. :D

Haven't even tested it out yet.

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 10:28 AM

im just glad i didnt get this kind with the gay blue color :)
http://cgi.ebay.com/...I...y=4315&rd=1


Hey, I resent that. I have the gay blue color one. ;)

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This was from my display at the MGC in 2002. There's the "gay blue" one, with another TV Scoreboard behind it (TV Scoreboard was more of a brand name by Tandy/Radio Shack, with a series of them put out). The boxes are in the stacks behind them.

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 1:43 PM

im just glad i didnt get this kind with the gay blue color :)
http://cgi.ebay.com/...I...y=4315&rd=1


Hey, I resent that. I have the gay blue color one. ;)

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haha but you have to admit that that color is out of place on that thing (and what were they thinking?) i would still have bought mine if it had those colors tho :D
any other pong systems have colors like that?

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 4:59 PM

Went back out to look for the gun and couldn't find it. Oh well.

Looks like the shooting games might be the funnest on this particular box, too.

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 6:08 PM

Went back out to look for the gun and couldn't find it. Oh well.

Looks like the shooting games might be the funnest on this particular box, too.



You're not missing much of anything. If you have any of the other pong consoles that have a gun, you've got the same thing. Most of the pong clones at the time used GI's AY-3-8500 "pong on a chip", which included 2 shooting games. In fact, a lot of the consoles used this chip and just didn't provide peripheral support for the gun, hence the two shooting games are still in there and just not used.

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 6:14 PM

haha but you have to admit that that color is out of place on that thing (and what were they thinking?) i would still have bought mine if it had those colors tho :D
any other pong systems have colors like that?


Not quite like that, though I've run across many that have big, bold, bright colors that remind me of the single piece plastic molded chairs of the 70's. Like garish orange and red colors. The Nintendo TV-Game 6 that I have is like that (here's a pic someone has online):

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 6:40 PM

i love that system, and orange is cool unlike baby blue :D

just think if nintendo kept the color for the NES :D

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 10:04 PM

Heh. No other pong games with a gun. Are the guns likely to be pin compatible, if I come across one?

Heh. That Nintendo console looks like a Commodore 64, although I totally get you on that Tangerine molded plastic look.

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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 11:28 PM

Heh. No other pong games with a gun. Are the guns likely to be pin compatible, if I come across one?



Hard to say. The chip is just precise on what signals it needs for input, not on how that input is sent from the light gun. So while they could have more pins with some just not used, or the same ammount - but even then could have different pin arrangements. Really, all GI did was provide the chip and the specs to operate it. Everyone else was free to do whatever they wanted with everything else. Hence the plethora of casings, paddle styles, game setting switches, etc. across the board of pong clones.

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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007 12:10 AM

I got one just like that at Goodwill, so I definitely know what it looks like. Mine came with an AC adapter, but no gun.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that just about any light gun (with a DIN-5 connector) from any old Pong console could probably work. The game machine likely won't know the difference.

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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007 12:22 AM

Gonna have to be on the lookout for orphan Din 5 light guns...

Maybe I should put THAT on my want list! :D

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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007 2:38 PM

i love that system, and orange is cool unlike baby blue :D


Orange is awesome. That's why the Odyssey 100 is my favorite pong. :)

The gun games on the TV Scoreboard are worth playing, but after you do, you'll probably rarely feel compelled to ever do so again. The guns themselves seem tough to find for some reason. Plenty of systems with no gun, but hardly any guns without systems...

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Posted Thu Mar 8, 2007 12:09 AM

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I was going to go back and look for the gun, but I'm almost certain I saw nothing that looked like a revolver with a cord coming from it.

My guess is that finding a unit with the gun is next to impossible.


i used to have that!! the gun looked terrifyingly real. for the gun game, a white box would bounce around the black screen (a switch changes its sizes from tiny to big).

those were the days...
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Posted Fri Mar 9, 2007 5:40 PM

Yeah... I saw the picture of the gun. It could be used to rob a bank. I miss the good ol' days.

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Posted Fri Apr 6, 2007 2:49 AM

This is the most common model released by Radio Shack.
Two models existed: model 60-3060 which only played four games (no target shooting) and model 60-3061 which played the two target shooting games in addition to the four pong variants. The game chip is GI's AY-3-8500.
This game is often found on eBay and sells at quite cheap prices. Loose units usually make $4.99 or so, complete boxed ones virtually unused can make up to $19.99 but often sell at $10-$15.

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Posted Sat Apr 28, 2007 1:03 PM

i just scored one of these bad boys offa ebay, complete with lifelike gun and box for just under $20 !!!

i can't for this thing to come in so i can go back to the good old days... :D

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Posted Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:56 PM

One of the websites says 1981? That seems to be rather late. My dad bought one for my brothers and myself for Christmas sometime in the late '70s I'm sure, before my first 2600. Remember my older sister couldn't figure out how to move the knob without looking at it :ponder:

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