Odyssey Videogame Machine

I love the overlay that goes on the screen.
     Posted By: Paul - Thu May 02, 2013
     Category: Technology | Television | 1970s | Videogames and Gamers

Sort of like a retarded Pong.

So many tried to make game consoles, so many failed due to bad engineering or bad execution. Coleco, Magnavox, Mattel. Those are what come to mind on short notice.
Posted by KDP on 05/02/13 at 11:44 AM
one of my neighbors had one, It wasn't much fun on any but a 27" screen!
:coolsmile: 😝
Posted by Tyrusguy on 05/02/13 at 12:15 PM
Black and white TV? Yellow Pages? Talk about the olden days!
Posted by ScoutC on 05/02/13 at 02:44 PM
How could I have overlooked that console television set! They don't make them like that anymore.
Posted by KDP on 05/02/13 at 02:51 PM
We had one of these! It was a 'family' Christmas present. We set it up and I think it worked for a short time, then it stopped. My dad gave us an option - return it for $$ and get something different -- or exchange it for another Odyssey. My 3 brothers instantly voted for an exchange, while I wanted to get something else, because it was rather boring. We got another Odyssey.

This was back in the day when Pong was king, and if we wanted to play, we'd head to the local pizza parlor because they were the only place in town that had a video game. With the Odyssey, dad would be saved from having to buy pizza for the family.

The screen overlays were pretty annoying, so we didnt' use them. Although it came with several different games, we ended up only paying Pong.
Posted by Nevertheless on 05/02/13 at 03:29 PM
I have all of these game systems back to the first ones with some duplicates. My son has kept up the tradition collecting them also. I even have some that never took off in the US but did in EU like the Fairchild cartridge game system.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 05/02/13 at 04:36 PM
That's one I have never seen before. My dad had a television repair business when he died in February of 1973. The technology has progressed so far so fast that I wonder what he would think of electronic equipment now.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/02/13 at 08:04 PM
My older brother had to have it. The best game they had was Clean Sweep. My Dad owned a janitorial service company. When my son was 5 we had to buy Nintendo for Gumshoe. He can shoot Skeet with a 1911 now. His wife thinks guns are EVIL. This is a skill that he probably will never need. But having any skill is good. Somebody might need it. Space Invaders of course changed everything. Larry and I could roll it over for a quarter.
Posted by charles1682 on 05/03/13 at 03:30 AM
Mattel had Intellivision. It was basically a personal computer. Should have taken control of the market. They were ridiculed at the time. TI and Nintendo just spent more money. I put together a system of a personal computer ( TRS 80 ) Mattel Intellivision and a serious stereo system for my father in law's friend. Wish i had that myself now.
OOPS. Stereo, now you have an idea how old I am. Maybe Intellivision gave it away.
Posted by charles1682 on 05/03/13 at 03:41 AM
My older brother bought the Odyssey. Many hours of pong. But Clean Sweep was our favorite game. Dad owned a janitorial service. Nintendo ( Legend of Zelda ) taught my son to read before he started school.
Posted by charles1682 on 05/03/13 at 09:42 PM
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