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1978 Protoview

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1978 Protoview

 

Yes, I'm well aware that there were other things happening in the world of electronic entertainment during 1977-78. I'm only focusing on the Home Videogames for programmable systems. That should be more than enough to keep me busy for a good long time.

 

So, let's look at 1978. There are four (possibly five) active consoles in 1978:

 

Atari VCS

Fairchild Channel F (formerly VES)

Bally Professional Arcade

The Magnavox Odyssey^2

 

I'm pretty certain the Bally console didn't get out and working properly until April of 1978. I really have no clue as to when the Odyssey^2 made its debut. For purposes of keeping this mess manageable, I'm going to continue by starting 1978 with the Atari (hell, mine's still hooked up from 1977) move on to the Fairchild's last hurrah (before it's Zircon resurrection.), continue with the Bally Pro Arcade and close the year with the Odyssey^2.

 

Here's a list of what came out in 1978 as far as I can tell. I welcome any corrections should I be in error.

 

Atari VCS 1978

Basketball

Braingames

Breakout

Codebreaker

Flag Capture

Hangman

Home Run

Hunt & Score

Outlaw

Slot Racers

Space War

 

Fairchild Channel F 1978

#15 Memory Match

#16 Dodge It

#17 Video Pinball

#18 Hangman

#20 Video Whizball

 

Bally Professional Arcade 1978

Gunfight / Checkmate / Scribblin / Calculator (built ins)

280Zzzap / Dodgem

Clowns / Brickyard

Elementary Math / Bingo Math

Football

Letter Math / Spell & Score / Crosswords

Panzer Attack / Red Baron

Tornado Baseball / Tennis / Hockey / Handball

 

Magnavox Odyssey^2 1978

Armored Encounter / Subchase

Baseball

Bowling / Basketball

Computer Golf

Cosmic Conflict

Football

Las Vegas BlackJack

Matchmaker / Buzzword / Logix

Math-A-Magic / Echo

Speedway / Spin-out / Crypto-Logic

 

I'm not entirely sure about some of the years on these, but again, I'm trying not to be too anal about it. The other console I think may have existed in 1978 is the APF MP1000. I don't have that one yet, and I'm not sure if it was 1978 or 1979 during which it was released. If anyone can set me straight on that, I'd appreciate it.

 

EDIT added APF games

APF MP1000 1978

Backgammon

Baseball

Blackjack

Bowling / Micro Match

Boxing

Brickdown / Shooting Gallery

Casino 1: Roulette / Keno / Slots

Catena

Hangman / Tic-Tac-Toe / Doodle

Pinball / Dungeon Hunt / Blockout

Rocket Patrol

UFO / Sea Monster / Break it Down / Rebuild / Shoot

 

Hmm, 1978 may take until Thanksgiving 2005 to get through!

 

Next entry we'll start with Basketball for the Atari VCS.

 

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As much as I'm enjoying your retrospective, please don't feel you have to be an obsessive-compulsive completist about it. Family, particularly kids, is very important (along with providing necessary food, clothing & shelter). Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, and IMHO playing videogames should be at the bottom of the to-do list (ahead of reality TV, at least).

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As much as I'm enjoying your retrospective, please don't feel you have to be an obsessive-compulsive completist about it.  Family, particularly kids, is very important (along with providing necessary food, clothing & shelter).  Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, and IMHO playing videogames should be at the bottom of the to-do list (ahead of reality TV, at least).

 

:sad:

 

Oh, I completely agree. Most of my free time is spent on family and that's how it should be. By "redoubling my efforts" I meant it more in the sense that when I find myself up at 10pm, after my wife and children are asleep, I would feel so much better about what I was doing with my free time if I were actively exploring these games. Too often, I find myself getting lazy and more likely to space-out watching Fear Factor or Blind Date (from which I get nothing). Usually at the end of such evenings I'll say "crap, I could've been playing insert chronogame here, instead of gelling my brain to the comic antics of real people trying to win money". So, in essence, I'd like to do exactly what you're suggesting, move videogames up ahead of reality TV! Heheh. :x

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Let's get 1978 going! I'm already done with the arcades and the pongs! On to the consoles!

 

Oh, what happened to Channel F's videocart #19 in your list above?

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Shoot, Nelio, that's a question I knew the answer to once-upon-a-time. It had something to do with the year being listed differently whenver I looked up its release date. Wow, the fact-checking I'll have to redo when I get started doing this again o_O makes me make a face.

 

I think it had something to do with the Zircon resurrection, though, I don't entirely remember what that was. D:

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On 9/23/2012 at 7:42 PM, Nelio said:

Let's get 1978 going! I'm already done with the arcades and the pongs! On to the consoles!

 

Oh, what happened to Channel F's videocart #19 in your list above?

Hi, I'm writing from 2021 and playing in 1980 now. I've gotten through all of the Atari and Intellivision 1980 libraries and am looking at the Fairchild Channel F (rebranded from VES) games. Back in 2005, I'd read something about 1980/81 was when Fairchild had rebranded its VES to Channel F and released the last of its games. They had skipped releasing #19 Checkers in 1978 and it didn't come out until 1980. Fast forward (well, okay, slow forward) to 2021 and I got my latest list from wikipedia which goes back and lists #19 as coming out in 1978. So.. either I missed it in 1978, or wikipedia has it wrong. Either way, #19 Checkers is probably the next game I need to play here in 2021. (After already playing two Checkers games on the Atari VCS in the recent weeks.)

 

Truth be told. I don't even have the US release of cart #19. I have the German release (that I got when I acquired the German #20 Schach (Chess)) I might just play the German #19 instead if I haven't already. It looks spacey.

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