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Looking Backward. Moving Forward. Tripping Often.

Mezrabad

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Normally I do a retroview of the year I just slowly dragged everyone through. I'm not going to do that right now. Now, I want to post the lists of the games I've been chronogaming. The jpgs are suitable for printing and putting on your chrono-corkboards that I'm certain each and everyone of you have hanging in your living rooms by now. You may also use them to make chrono-t-shirts or even tatoo them onto the backs of your children for use as handy and mobile references.

 

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Firstly, here is 1972 to 1976. Witness the stunning lack of PONG dedicated consoles in 1976. That isn't because there were none made, but rather because I seriously didn't want to spend a lot of time thinking about PONG variations when I knew that in 1977 I'd pretty much see them all in Video Olympics on the VCS.

 

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Here's 1977. Still some Stand Alone consoles I'd like to play, and I still can, of course.

 

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Here's 1978. I was shocked to find some titles that I'd accidentally ignored, in addition to the ones I had intentionally ignored. How did I miss Miniature Golf or Super Breakout? Obviously, I'll need to rectify this soon. The Telstar Arcade is the big No-Show in 1978. I had dismissed it as a PONG-a-like, but I realize now that was a mistake. I'll probably retrogame it while I'm chronogaming the early 80s. I'll be retrogaming within chronogaming. Wheels within wheels, man. The universe is complex, but we cope.

 

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Ah, 1979, the year we just finished. Took me too damn long to do so, but we do what we can.

 

Now, let us look into the future . . .

 

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1980 is the year of the Killer App for home videogames. Yes, the chronology swells a bit here, but the basketball in the python doesn't come along until 1982-1983--Sadly, I haven't made the lists for those years yet.

 

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This is as far as we'll look ahead for now. I don't reckon I'll start chronogaming 1981 until spring of 2008 or so. Of course, my estimates have been off before, seeing as how I'm reaching said estimates by simple pulling them out of my ass, which, I guess, is where I keep them.

 

So, before I start 1980, I mean to take care of a few of the games from the past that I've missed.

 

Coleco Combat (Coleco, 1977) (Assuming I can get it to work again)

Atari Video Pinball (Atari, 1977)

Miniature Golf (Atari VCS, 1978)

Super Breakout (Atari VCS, 1978)

Take the Money and Run (Odyssey^2, 1978)

 

And remove from the blogs, until appropriate to add, the games I did too early, namely:

 

Checkers (Zircon Channel F, 1980)

Slot Machine (Zircon Channel F, 1980)

 

And any other errata I find that "need" to be corrected.

 

I know, I know--I'm supposed to just be doing all of this for fun, so little mistakes like the above shouldn't matter. Well, being anal retentive is part of the fun.

 

So, next entry we'll be treading over for the first time some parts of 1977 that we missed. 13350



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Don't be totally dismissive of Pong consoles. Many were based on the GI chipset and perform identically, but some others were not and thus play differently.

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Quote,"The jpgs are suitable for printing and putting on your chrono-corkboards that I'm certain each and everyone of you have hanging in your living rooms by now. You may also use them to make chrono-t-shirts or even tatoo them onto the backs of your children for use as handy and mobile references."

Sick!, but funny.Lets just hope nobody sees these printed out and on display at a tatoo place.

Keep on chronogaming, I still enjoy reading it.

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Don't be totally dismissive of Pong consoles. Many were based on the GI chipset and perform identically, but some others were not and thus play differently.

 

As always, you make an excellent point and thanks for the input. Unfortunately, they all take up a lot of room and shipping expenses for the sake of their subtle distinctions. The Adversary and the Hanimex 777 (which I neglected to mention having and needing to play) are pretty different animals, especially given the latter's lightgun. I also remember having nothing short of pure fun with the Odyssey 300 while I was unable to revive those feelings of fun with the Odyssey 100 or 400. I guess what it comes down to is that I doubt my ability to write entertainingly enough about many different dedicated Pong consoles.

 

For instance: "This pong variant has a green background, instead of just a black one, and the ball hits the paddle with a more satisfying 'ping' than the last pong varient we looked at."

 

Wow, I honestly yawned while writing just that one sentence! It would be a "blog jumps shark" moment if I seriously began pursuing all the myriad PONGs.

 

Though, I shouldn't blame it on Pong, as it is much more my fault than Pong's fault. Dan Boris has written an amazing blog centered entirely on the circuitry of a PONG device, but he's a much more talented and knowledgeable technical writer than I am, so he totally pulls it off.

 

PS: Thanks SpiceWare and jboypacman for the words of encouragement! I'm really glad people like this thing. :ponder:

 

PPS: dwh, LOL, maybe I'll print them out myself and "seed" them onto university bulletin boards, right next to the tatoo parlor ads.

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Like everyone has said, keep up the good work. Even posting something tangentially Chronogaming related - and yet does not require the research - would be appreciated. Your latest post is a good example since, I assume, you already did the research for the list long ago when you first started Chronogaming.

 

Another thing you could do is test your readers to make sure they are paying attention. For example, enter "Tanhauser Gate" in the middle of one of the game lists you posted above just to see if anyone has actually looked at them closely. Well, that's something I would do. :ponder:

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Like everyone has said, keep up the good work. Even posting something tangentially Chronogaming related - and yet does not require the research - would be appreciated. Your latest post is a good example since, I assume, you already did the research for the list long ago when you first started Chronogaming.

 

Another thing you could do is test your readers to make sure they are paying attention. For example, enter "Tanhauser Gate" in the middle of one of the game lists you posted above just to see if anyone has actually looked at them closely. Well, that's something I would do. :ponder:

 

LOL That's pretty darn funny. Of course, I have a responsibility to not introduce misinformation into the timestream for the safety of other chronogamers to follow in my footsteps someday. It's sort of a prime directive. Heh.

 

Actually, I don't have all the information for 1982 onwards yet. But I guess I'll explain why in a future tangential entry. ;)

 

 

 

Nathan, that thread was evil with stuff i wanted. fortunately my Bally controlls are much better than they used to be. I aquired four more controllers (one of them still in the protective membrane of its manufacture).

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I don't think I've ever posted here before, but I have to say I love this project. I know very little about video games in the pre-NES era, so you have been a godsend of information.

 

I know this is a long way down the road yet, but with an eye toward the NES I was wanting to make sure that you were aware of the new PowerPak put out by the guy at RetroZone. You can play virtually any game on the real system with it. He doesn't have any currently available, but there's supposed to be a new batch going on sale sometime soon.

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I don't think I've ever posted here before, but I have to say I love this project. I know very little about video games in the pre-NES era, so you have been a godsend of information.

 

I know this is a long way down the road yet, but with an eye toward the NES I was wanting to make sure that you were aware of the new PowerPak put out by the guy at RetroZone. You can play virtually any game on the real system with it. He doesn't have any currently available, but there's supposed to be a new batch going on sale sometime soon.

 

Thank you!!

It's an honor to be on the receiving end of your first post and I appreciate you appreciating my attempts to talk about these old games. I have heard about the PowerPak and am pretty darned excited about it. I've been checking their website everyday but I'll probably end up getting one at CGE (assuming they have them there with them) before getting one from their site. I just got my NES working, too (replaced the 72-pin connector; it really worked!)

 

Anyway, thanks again for the positive feedback. :ponder:

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Yay! More fans! I guess you have more readers than the comments would suggest. ;-)

 

1980 and 1981 seem pretty doable. The era of hundreds of games a year is yet to come. This is me trying to motivate you to go through a few more years of chronogaming. Get that chronojuice flowing!

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On 2/18/2013 at 11:07 PM, Nelio said:

Get that chronojuice flowing!

 

Narrator's voice: But then, the chronojuice stopped flowing...

 

 

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