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    Video Game History:1967-1980

    First, the name of this article and pictures come from an article written by Michael Poh on Hongkiat.com. Information found for systems was found on: ataricommunity.com in a post by KG Kaiju and Wikipedia
    Second, I have to thank Chambers for putting this idea into my head from a reply on the "Happy Birthday Atari" thread.
    Third, this is part one of the "Video Game History" series. I plan on doing the 80's, 90's, 00's and the future. I may also try to do a piece on the history of developers and some historical numbers. Not sure though.
    This is mainly to go through the consoles that have come out since video games first appeared on the scene. However, I am going to try to put some actual history into the threads.
    Timeframes have been put in red. Specific systems in each timeframe are in blue. Information on each system and a picture are in seperate spoilers. Hopefully you enjoy this and apologize for the length.

    Pre-1967 Information


    Quite a few inventions helped to start the ball rolling towards what would be the first "video games".

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    1950's-1969

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    1967

    Brown Box (1967)

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    1970's History

    - 1971: Stanford students set up the arcade game Galaxy Game.
    - Atari founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabny
    - Golden age of arcade games starts in 1978 and lasts until 1986
    - First generation of consoles appears in 1971. Phased out in 1977
    - Second generation of consoles appear in 1977. Phased out in 1983
    - Video game crash of 1977 happens (more on that later)
    - Some top games from the 70's: Pong, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Death Race


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    Video Game Crash of 1977

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    1970's Video Game Systems


    1972
    Magnavox Odyssey (1972)

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    1975-1977

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    Atari Sears Tele-Games Pong System (1975)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 100 (1975)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 200 (1975)

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    Coleco Telstar (1976)

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    Fairchild Channel F (1976)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 300 (1976)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 400 (1976)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 500 (1976)

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    The Wonder Wizard Model 7702 (1976)

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    RCA Studio II (1977)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 2000 (1977)

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    Atari 2600 (aka Atari VCS 2600) (1977)

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    Atari Video Pinball (1977)

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    Atari Stunt Cycle (1977)

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    Coleco Telstar Ranger (1977)

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    Coleco Telstar Alpha (1977)

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    Coleco Telstar Colormatic (1977)
    [SPOILER]*Same as the Telstar Alpha but with detached wired paddles as well as color graphics. Uses the AY-3-8500 game chip and the Texas Instruments SN76499N chip for color/SPOILER]

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    Coleco Telstar Regent (1977)

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    Coleco Telstar Combat (1977)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 3000 (1977)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 4000 (1977)

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    1978-1980

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    Nintendo Color TV Game Series (1977-1979)

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    Coleco Telstar Sportsman (1978)

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    Coleco Telstar Colortron (1978)

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    Coleco Telstar Marksman (1978)

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    Coleco Telstar Gemini (1978)

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    Coleco Telstar Arcade (1978)

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    Bally Astrocade (aka Bally Professional Arcade)(1978)

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    Magnavox Odyssey 2 (1978)

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    APF M1000 (Originally the APF MP1000) (1978)

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    Mattel's Intellivision (1979)

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    Atari 400 (1979)

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    Zircon Channel F System II (1979)

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    As I said, I hope you enjoyed this. If I missed any systems, let me know so that I can add them and give you credit for it
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    That's pretty damn interesting. Thank you Father of Video Games!


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    As an avid collector, im glad to see someone else is into old skool games such as myself. Kudos

    There is a man named Brett Weiss (maybe its Wiess? idk one of the two) and he has authored a series called Clasic home games, and he reviews every game made up to the 64 i believe, throught 4 or 5 volumes. just came out in paperback so now its cheap too. highly recommend the read if this stuff is what floats your boat
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    you also forgot the TI Solid State 99. pretty sure it launched in 78 or 79. also, i think people were playing commodore (128, vic 20, ect) by that time too but i could be wrong. i know both were marketed as 'at home cpu's' but both were mainly used for games, and i considwe mine as consoles
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    Pictures posted. Sorry about the delay and the fact that apparently the spoiler didn't want to work for some of them o_O

    @ jenkem...if you can find me info for the TI Solid State 99, I will gladly put it in the thread. I can't find anything on it
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    Cool work, I'll actually read up on it when I can.

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    Damn that's a whole lot of information right there, nice job and thanks for the mention.

    Some of the spoilers aren't coded properly

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    pretty amazing
    Thanks whoever did something to invent videogames

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    i had to do a project on this one time. Props for posting this, even though its from an actual article, and no from your research alone



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