Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Spectacular 2012: DAY 20 - Magnavox Odyssey

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DAY 20 - Magnavox Odyssey

Here it is, the last day, and what better way to end than with the first?  The Magnavox Odyssey was the first home video game system, released in August of 1972 although the prototype was completed in 1968.  Although predated by Steve Russel's "Spacewar!" in 1962 and "Tennis For Two" in 1958, if you wanted to play a video game in the home, it all began with the Odyssey.  It's debatable but even Nolan Bushnell himself got the idea for Pong from the Odyssey (and the first arcade game Bushnell created, Computer Space, was a conversion of Spacewar!)

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