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  1. Yes, I am still around. My book on videogame history, Phoenix, is now in its 4th edition. And all of my articles can be found at thegamescholar.com.
  2. Thanks for posting the manual, Edward. Because of problems with the printer, the manual that was supplied with the game was much smaller in dimensions than how it was designed, so it made it much harder to read.
  3. I’m writing a manual, which will be included with the boxed versions.
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  5. I believe it was you also. I think it was in a PM which I can't get to from the phone. I'll check the next time I'm on a computer
  6. Truthfully, I don't know if the Kindle edition is in color or not. The file sent was in color, but I have an old monochrome Kindle so there's no way for me to find out. Personally, I'm not a fan of ebooks. Which leads me to other ebook formats. Since I don't read ebooks, I'm not familiar with the different formats. Kindle was easy because Amazon did all the work. Someone sent me information on other formats several months ago but I was too busy to look into it at the time. I guess I should revisit that post. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Tim is cool. We writers all went out to dinner last night and had a great time together. We figure we'll have a great time today whether anyone shows up or not Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Sorry, can't help you with this one. David Winter may know. Out of curiosity, do you know where the Magnavox Odyssey systems were manufactured? I'm my own attempts to look into the history of video gaming I'd love to find people who worked on the original Odyssey whether that was in manufacturing, engineering, marketing, sales, etc.
  9. I got it from an ad sheet that David Winter sent me. By the way, what do you think of the book? I haven't received the hardcover edition yet. PS: It's actually on page 38
  10. I'm working on it and it should be done soon. I'm working on a Kindle version but will explore other formats. I still don't know if it will work because the size of the file may be too large for a Kindle to handle.
  11. Phoenix IV has been completely rewritten and has chapters up to the year 2015 (major events of 2016 are mentioned in the endnotes.). Japanese and European history is included. Over 1000 high-res B&W photos. 828 pages. The book is available from Amazon in North America and Europe. https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-IV-History-Videogame-Industry/dp/1539031292/ref=s9_simh_gw_g14_i1_r?_encoding=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=FCHP5R7VQDSAF56A8EF6&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=a6aaf593-1ba4-4f4e-bdcc-0febe090b8ed&pf_rd_i=desktop An autographed copy could be purchased from www.rolentapress.com (U.S. only) A deluxe color edition will be available soon.
  12. It's ironic that this happened today, on Ralph Baer's birthday, since he was responsible for getting Coleco into the videogame business in the first place.
  13. I feel the same way. As a historian, I just want to make sure that all of the facts are correct. Nothing irks me more than revisionist history, which is then deemed to be correct.
  14. From Page 5: "Founded in 1932, Coleco originally stood for Connecticut Leather Company. Moving away from leather supplies, Coleco turned to items such as dolls and tabletop games. With the success of Atari and Pong, Coleco produced their own home Pong console called the Coleco Telstar and immediately experienced their own success as they designed and produced 9 additional Telstar products." Technically, the Telstar was not a "home Pong console" since Pong was a trademark of Atari. It was a home video tennis console, just like the dozens of others that were available.
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