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    RCA Squash

    yes! Umm, as a picture of my TV with Gunfighter on it, sure. (I have no video-in device. I may need to get one soon.)
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    Bicentennial Rehash

    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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    The Southsider?

    You forgot to mention that a pub is a terrific place to hole up with one's mates when the town is being overrun by undead.
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    Score Part 2

    Also chiming in with "what a great blog!". Really enjoying it. Glad to see it still going.
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    Odyssey 300, the Yellow one

    Yes! That's exactly what I was doing late at night. I was playing hockey with myself. I liked setting it up so that the goalie and the opposite paddle had the puck between them on fast speed. That repeating-pinging was hypnotic. I thought I could hear additional rythms within the audible beeps. You know? Like the silence had a rhythm, too.
  6. Awesome information. Truly a great game, though I haven't spent nearly enough time with it.
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    Thanks! It's comments like this that will give me the strength to get through the RCA Studio II. PONG believe it or not. It came out for the Home in 1975. There are so many Pong systems that come out after that (1976-1978) though, so I'll just play the Original and the three or four variants I already have (Odyssey 100, 200, Hanimex 777 and National Instruments Adversary). I really want to find and play a Coleco Combat and a Tel-star Arcade. They're not out until 1977, I think. So I have a little bit of time. After the brief Pong exploration, we'll move into the programmable era with the Fairchild VES in 1976, followed closely by the RCA Studio II. The RCA Studio II is the way of madness and despair. There are dark times ahead for us all.
  8. What a cool idea! I never thought of doing that and the ergonomiclessness of them had been one of my reasons for avoiding purchase. I have the Commodore 64 stick, and while the collection and emulation is excellent, the stick is annoying to use. Maybe I'll try to build a nice wide base for it. Thanks for sharing your idea!
  9. Up for sale is Percepts (R8) for the Magnavox Odyssey. Got the cards, both overlays and the instructions. The cards and overlays are in good shape. The Instructions are in excellent shape, except for a centimeter start of a tear on the fold crease. I can send pictures if requested, though give me time to actually take some. PM me your best offer if you are interested. No lowballers, please. Thanks. (I"m Chronogamer on eBay and have (84) 100% positive feedback.)
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    A Stupid Idea

    I'm glad someone else understands! I did the same thing with Link. I played Wind Waker before playing any of the others. I was about to start the game over again (this time with the color camera) and realized, wait! I can't do this! I've never finished the first Zelda! Then I crawled back into the little mania you see me expressing these days.
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    Überview, 1972

    I absolutely see your point. Someday in the future, I'm sure the shreads of my sanity and/or wallet will stitch themselves together and talk me out of this. Untill then, I'll just be taking it game by game.
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    Überview, 1972

    Actually, I owe him a quarter per game and I have to pay him at the end of every "era". Which means I owe him for the pre-VCS era. (though there were some RCA Studio II games that even I couldn't find it in my heart to force him to play. *shudder*) He makes me pay in other ways, too, sometimes with junk food. Usually he only asks me to play a game of his choice with him. Often, this means we play Super Smash Bros. Melee on the GameCube and he kicks my ass. Sometimes, when I've had him play a particularly painful-for-him Odyssey game (he just didn't "get" Analogic and was frustrated to tears.) he just flat out won't want to try another (once bitten, twice shy, I guess.). that's when I have to start offering bonus cash and/or snacks as incentive. He's a pretty smart kid, and knows not to exploit this because he's begun to realize that not everyone on the block has the selection of games (modern and retro) to which he is privy. I know the blog is only up to 1973 at this point, but in our "lab" we're up to 1977. Thank the gods we can finally play Atari VCS games! He's genuinely enjoying those and has actually requested to play Surround/Chase a few times. We're on a bit of a hiatus now while I try to get the blog up to date, Ebay the stuff from pre-VCS and find the stuff for the coming years. (I think we may have to give the APF MP1000 a miss, unless somone can lend me theirs.) Anyway, thanks for the comment.
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    Congo Mockup

    This sounds really cool. Just reading about programming the VCS is making me want to get into it. Guess that makes me a masochist!
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    Gallery of things to Shoot

    Thank you! I'd like to appear gracious and humble but I've got to admit the first thing I did was yell to the rest of my family "Hey! Another person likes my blog! Whoo-hoo!" Then I did a little "blog dance". Thanks so much for saying so. I will do my best to not stop. I really like your blog, too, by the way. I hope you continue it and tell us what Teachers do on their summer vacations! (I always imagined they sat on the beach and wrote up lesson plans. Heh.) EDIT: I just noticed that I split my infinitive when I said "to not stop". I know that to be grammatically correct I would have had to say "to boldly not stop". I apologize for the error.
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    Fireworks and 2 year olds

    Unless I'm mistaken there are also fireworks at the end of Escape from the Mindmaster.
  16. I had a tooth start to hurt once. It's the "chronic" as in "it just doesn't stop" part of the pain that gets to me. It's the last thing you feel when you go to sleep and the first thing you feel when you wake up. If it is really bad, your dreams evolve plots to account for it as well. It's been a little while since you posted this. Has it been taken care of?
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    Gallery of things to Shoot

    This is probably the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me about anything into which I've put effort, ever. Thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot!
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    Simon Says

    Hmm, there may have been "Simon says" stuff in Die Hard 3, but my flashback seems to extend back further than that to the mid to late 70s. I'm leaning heavily towards Underdog. I'll google around a bit, maybe I'll figure it out. EDIT: Okay, here we go: http://www.toontracker.com/totaltv/underdog.htm I also found a reference to "Simon Says 'Be my Valentine'" which I think is where this flashback is coming from. I didn't know that Underdog ran on TV for NINE freakin' years! I'm happy to find that the flashback fits right into our little chronology here, I remember watching it around the same time of life I was watching Ultraman.
  19. Yes! The lightgun apparently reacts to any bright source of light including lightbulbs, other TVs showing the Odyssey and, especially, The Sun. It doesn't keep score, but when you hit a bright target off-screen the little bright square on screen does disappear. This could probably be considered the first "cheat code"!
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    Place your bets!

    I agree, I am very unfair. I'll be the first to admit these "reviews" are extremely subjective and based on fairly short sessions with the system. Taking away points is a silly thing to do and is meant more to be humorous. Since I did invite voting for the system in the comments and since you are the first to voice an opinion then I will restore the points. Oh, and I actually LIKE the Odyssey! Honest! You will see.
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    First Home Adventure

    Dang, I knew I should've eBay'd all my Odyssey stuff before doing this!
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    First Home Shooter

    Thanks! You just made my day!
  23. Sent ya two seperate paypal payments for two orders today. Let me know if there are any problems. Oh, the payments came from Michael McCourt on Paypal. Just so ya know.
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    A Stupid Idea

    heheh, thanks scogey. I think the 70s will go by quickly enough. It's the 80s that I think I'll be in forever! Actually, I just thought about it and I take it back. The 80s might move a little quicker. What's slowing me down so much in the 70s is getting my 7 year old son to play these 2-player only games with me. We do have surprising fun with some of them (none that I've talked about yet) but every bad one reinforces the "crap game from hell" feeling that makes him not want to try any more of them. I shudder to think how hard it's going to be to get him to play anything from this era after he plays a few RCA Studio II games.
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    Tennis und der Überlay

    That "screenshot" is actually a scan of the Odyssey's overlay for the game Tennis. (A painstakingly composited scan as the overlays are all too big for my scanner.) Those players never move from their spots. The Odyssey Overlays are like what the Vectrex system used to add color. It is a sheet of plastic that clings to the video screen. All the action takes place behind it. If I can get a good picture of the Odyssey in action with the overlays on it, I'll post it. EDIT: There, above is an actual screen shot of the game in action. You can see that the overlay just adds a little flavor while the Player Spots and Ball Spot does their thing underneath.
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