Magnavox Odyssey – The First Video Game Console! – Chronicles of Gaming



Magnavox Odyssey – The First Video Game Console! – Chronicles of Gaming

Exploring the history of the Magnavox Odyssey, and how Ralph Baer introduced video gaming to the world.

Logo by: Megan McCune, @TheSnippersaur

Theme Music by: ViperOfVic

Sources:
Videogames: In the Beginning – Ralph H. Baer
The Ultimate History of Video Games – Steven Kent
United States Census Bureau

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36 Replies to “Magnavox Odyssey – The First Video Game Console! – Chronicles of Gaming”

  1. gentlegiant6585

    I can actually say that I had one of these when it first came out. My grandfather actually bought it, who was an early adopter of technology (He had the 1st t.v. remote control too. Only had one button). I still game and play with my grandson now 🕹🎮😎.

  2. HiFi5280

    When the Atari was released and was the hottest thing out is when my dad bought us this system. I hated it because I wanted an Atari but had no choice but to enjoy it. Bowling and a race car game were my favorites. Not a lot of folks not about this system.

  3. Adam Mayo

    My parents bought one of these for me. (Yes, I am OLD) It sucked. My brother and I both hated it. Even Pong didn't work right. There were no top and bottom borders to keep the ball on the screen. And the static cling graphic overlays were horrible. Since we hated it, they refused to get us an Atari, Intellivision, Colecovision etc later on.

  4. marlb0r015

    The Odyssey is like the gameconsole i feel belongs more to the 1940s then it does to the 1970s. I wonder what took them so long to make this. I mean, we had airconditioning color tv's, fance cars mobile phones etc etc.. Even though not everybody had them afcourse i know that..

    But it feels so weird to me.. Also, technology really took a sprint after the year 2000. That makes it extra weird, knowing this console came out in 1972.

  5. Wendy Robinson

    A friend of mine had the Odyssey system, the games were fun, particularly the Haunted House game. Little did we know this was a prelude of what was to come, and be a huge part of our teen years in the 1980s

  6. Mutex50

    It is pretty much bullshit that Magnavox was able to get a patent for the concept of a video game. Trying to use a television instead of forcing customers to buy a computer monitor is kind of "no shit" territory.

  7. johneygd

    Eventrough the manovox oddysey had only 1 white line in the middle, 1 ball and 2 moving blocks with can cross eachother,however you can move the ball so there is some hit detection, it also UNSUPPOSEDLY resambles and paved the way to the way to pong.
    You can Simulate pong by just hitting the ball as much as possible with another friend, eventrough that will be very hard and slow since you will get out of centre,so yeah.
    Those cartrides are NOT programmeble BUT switcheble.
    It also has a connector input for the lightgun.
    I still see high potential in this device like making an external speaker along with supported HOMEBREW games for it,so common homebrewers, brew the crap out of this thing.

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