This is one of those filler episodes that tell you what happened during all the previous episodes of the season, like that really lame episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation at the end of Season II where instead of actually writing a plot they just put Ryker in a coma and had him flash-backing the entire episode.
What's worse is that, not only is this a flash back episode it's a two-parter!!!
For those of you who are new (as if any of you are new) this blog is about going back in time and slowly, oh so slowly, plodding through history one game at a time as they were released. That's what it's about. What's actually involved is a lot of very expensive time travel, seedy hotels, cold meals and bad 70s hair.
We started in 1972 with the Magnavox Odyssey. (EDIT 2021: Below were links to all the Odyssey entries however now (in 2021) they are no longer links. Which makes this entry even more of a waste of brain space and eye fluids. End EDIT)
With the main console:
Cat and Mouse
And the "Register your Odyssey and Get a Free Game" game,
With the Shooting Gallery add-on:
And finally, the Six Extra Games from 1972:
1973 was easy to get through as there were only four games, though they weren't exactly the least expensive.
1974 went by with no new videogames released. Everyone just think about that a little bit. Yes, so many people complained about it that they were able to force the President at the time, President Nixon, to resign in disgrace. Many people don't know that. You can impress them with your knowledge.
1975 was the year PONG came home to the masses. I still haven't actually played a PONG unit. It's still on the list.
Sears Telegames PONG by Atari
Magnavox Odyssey 100
Magnavox Odyssey 200 (no entry for this.)
1976 was the year of the dedicated PONG clones with an innovative bright spot at the end.
Magnavox Odyssey 300
Magnavox Odyssey 400
National Semiconductor Adversary + (I liked the controllers)
Fairchild Tennis and Hockey
Fairchild Tic-Tac-Toe + / Shooting Gallery / Doodle / Quadradoodle +
Fairchild Desert Fox / Shooting Gallery
Fairchild Video Blackjack !
In 1977 and 1978, things start gettin' busy which I'll do in the next entry.