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    Default First home video game console

    I was just talking to my brother about thing. So now were both curious, so if anyone knows that would be great.

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    What was the first home video game console released in the U.S.?

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    It's the Magnavox Odyssey, came out i think 1970.. if not, then the early 1970s.

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    Yeah, as said it's the Magnavox Odyssey. I did a report last year on the history of video gaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbowl View Post
    It's the Magnavox Odyssey, came out i think 1970.. if not, then the early 1970s.
    May 1972. More information can be found in (shameless plug) Videogames: In The Beginning by Ralph Baer, the guy who invented it. Follow the link below.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolenta View Post
    May 1972. More information can be found in (shameless plug) Videogames: In The Beginning by Ralph Baer, the guy who invented it.
    Additionally (shameless plug), I devote a full chapter to the system in Classic Home Video Games 1972-1984. Included is a complete Odyssey console biography, plus descriptions/reviews for every game for the system.

    Click on the following link for more info:

    http://brettweisswords.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitgamer View Post
    Additionally (shameless plug), I devote a full chapter to the system in Classic Home Video Games 1972-1984. Included is a complete Odyssey console biography, plus descriptions/reviews for every game for the system.

    Click on the following link for more info:

    http://brettweisswords.blogspot.com/
    So far I think every one of your 32 posts have been shameless plugs. We get it.
    It's on like Cranky Kong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cranky Kong View Post
    So far I think every one of your 32 posts have been shameless plugs. We get it.
    I beg to differ. Lots of posters on lots of message boards (including this one) have a signature they use with every post, whether it's a pithy quote, a silly aside, a saying of some sort, or a link to a website or a blog.

    When I weigh in on a topic, my signature is part of my post, the same as with lots of other people. If I have recently posted a relevant article or review on my blog, I will sometimes make mention of it since classic gamers may be interested. I could simply post the article within the body of the message, but oftentimes there are pictures, and sometimes the articles are quite long.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitgamer View Post
    I beg to differ. Lots of posters on lots of message boards (including this one) have a signature they use with every post, whether it's a pithy quote, a silly aside, a saying of some sort, or a link to a website or a blog.

    When I weigh in on a topic, my signature is part of my post, the same as with lots of other people. If I have recently posted a relevant article or review on my blog, I will sometimes make mention of it since classic gamers may be interested. I could simply post the article within the body of the message, but oftentimes there are pictures, and sometimes the articles are quite long.


    http://brettweisswords.blogspot.com/

    Screw anyone who bitches at you for plugging your book. You've proffered info along with the plug and both related to the topic at hand.
    Dude, they should have seriously put Kissinger and Nixon in their own reality/sit-com show. It would be like the odd couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirin jensen View Post
    Screw anyone who bitches at you for plugging your book. You've proffered info along with the plug and both related to the topic at hand.
    Amen. It's a tough gig being a freelance writer and as long as your plugs aren't off topic or obstructive then I see no problem with it.

    Btw, your book has now gone on my Christmas list. Good luck with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirin jensen View Post
    Screw anyone who bitches at you for plugging your book. You've proffered info along with the plug and both related to the topic at hand.
    Thanks, bro! I appreciate the support.

    http://brettweisswords.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfrider31 View Post
    Amen. It's a tough gig being a freelance writer and as long as your plugs aren't off topic or obstructive then I see no problem with it.

    Btw, your book has now gone on my Christmas list. Good luck with it!
    Thanks to you, too, my friend. I hope Santa comes through!

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    I have a Magnavox Odyssey and I've always thought it was pretty cool, despite its primitivity. The way the early designers tried to compensate for lack of graphics and sound with colorful overlays and game pieces was very clever for the time--there was no precedent, so they were the ones blazing the trail.

    Check out Mezrabad's excellent Chronogamer blog to read about his adventures of playing those Odyssey games with his son in the here and now:
    http://www.atariage.com/forums/index...wentry&eid=328

    I love my Odyssey, but have decided that it's time to sell it, and tried to do so, but without any luck, surprisingly. Oh well, I'll keep trying.
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