This week we would like to introduce a new segment to the ol’ What’s Your Tag? lineup called “Know Your Consoles.” We will explore some of the finer and more obscure details of retro gaming and maybe even introduce some products or concepts you’re unfamiliar with. Come along and take a wild ride on this retro magic carpet with Michael from Ninety-Nine Percent Gaming.
The Magnavox Odyssey
The history of video game consoles stretches back in a rich tapestry of failures and success, hits and duds. In this, the first article in a weekly series, we take a look at the very first home console ever – the Magnavox Odyssey.
Invented by Ralph Baer, commonly known as the ‘Father of home video games’, the Odyssey was released in May 1972 for $100. It came out swinging, selling 100,000 copies in it’s first year, and 300,000 overall.
The console mixed both analog and digital circuitry and was powered by batteries. Video game cartridges looked less like cartridges and more like computer chips that were slotted into the front. The controller looked and handled like a toaster, with a knob on each side for vertical and horizontal movement. It may not look like much, but it was the start of controllers such as the Dualshock and 360 controller.
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