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A chance of a lifetime sure when's the last time you had an opportunity to win a pound of gold worth over $6,000 for the five finalists and. Odyssey's pickaxe peak contest at the World's Fair it was serious business before the match some warmed up to help ease the tension and then the race for gold began contestants were flown in from all over the country for the extravaganza yes even pickaxe Pete himself showed up to help it was a close race. Closer than many expected about 10 year old Tony Scardino came out on top just jump all this got the. Key and going to the door but fame did not go to the young boy's head or did it what about your friends don't even know yet what are you gonna tell me in a corner tell the kid from Weehawken New Jersey got a chance to call. Home nuts this game is tough I guess that's why Tony gets the big money my gram action 10 News to start this story off we really need to return to the very start of the home gaming market in fact the very first home console the Magnavox Odyssey developed by The Godfather of Gaming himself the one and only. Ralph Baer the Magnavox Odyssey would be unleashed on an unsuspecting audience in 1972 the console featured a strange paddle light controller and could play a series of interchangeable games I don't use the term cartridges because. They didn't actually feature any ROM chips or indeed any code these modules contained a series of switches and jumpers that changed the circuit in the console itself two players different type of game these games were all. Incredibly simple and didn't feature things like enemy AI scoring or even any kind of color screen overlays and extra items within the box such as. Dice and cards with helped. Bring these games to life what does your family do on those stay indoors rainy. Afternoons or on those cold blustery winter days families are content to let television do its thing often find themselves at its mercy for a choice of entertainment while people who want television to do their thing entertain themselves with Odyssey the electronic game of the future and the family's best follow whether friend Odyssey can be attached to any. Brand television receiver with a screen size of 18 to 25 inches either black and white or color and an ordinary screwdrivers the only tool needed to attach this Odyssey antenna game switch to. The antenna terminals on the back of the television Center once the antenna game switch is attached you can select the TV position for regular television viewing or the game position for playing your favorite Odyssey game Odyssey is played through an unused VHF channel of your television set it operates and six common size C cell batteries which compact. With the unit simply connect the game core to the antenna game switch on the back of the set and the master control unit and plug the player control unit chords into their. Respective sockets on the master unit and your Odyssey is ready to begin entertaining your family each Odyssey game uses one. Of these special game cards which plug into a slot at the front of the master control unit the game cards activate lights on your television screen that bounce floater extinguish and contact depending upon the particular game you've chosen to play for example to play Odyssey tennis you. Insert game card number three into the. Master unit this activates three lights to representing the players and one representing the ball press the. Special tennis game overlay into position on the television screen and. You're ready to begin an exciting fast-paced tennis game the horizontal knob on the left side of each player control unit allows you to move your player light in a left-to-right or right-to-left direction the vertical knob on the right side of each player control unit lets you move your player light. In an up and down direction and the reset buttons on top of each player control units bring the ball back into play should it happen to go off the court after you've learned the basics of the game you can increase the challenge of Odyssey tennis by increasing or decreasing the speed of a tennis ball with a special speed. Control on the back of the master unit and when you wanna razzle-dazzle your. Opponent into submission a special English control which fits inside the horizontal knob will make that tennis ball do everything but stand up and talk twelve different and exciting games come with your Odyssey each following the same basic play procedures in addition to Odyssey table tennis in tennis other sport games include hockey football and ski but the. Youngsters in the family there's cat and mouse haunted house and Simon Says rounding out your Allison game series as such challengers as submarine roulette analogic and geography each Odyssey game comes complete with all equipment. Necessary for play whether it's one of the twelve standard games or one of several optional games which include a special shooting gallery complete with gun and four target overlays depending on. Your hunting skills you can choose between sitting or moving targets also available as an option is this special organizer case with separate compartments designed to hold all games and equipment it makes setup a breeze and. Storage or moving of your Odyssey unit sheer pleasure Odyssey can be many things to your family fun excitement entertainment each challenge and education why not take one home with you. Today it's available only from the Magnavox salesman in the store Odyssey the electronic game of the future that lets you do your own thing on television and only from Magnavox Magnavox Odyssey sold moderately well we're sales exceeding 350,000 units proving that there was a market for such devices this persuaded Fairchild to. Then release the Fairchild channel F in 1976 the first console with proper interchangeable game cartridges closely followed by Atari with the video computer system in 1977 I think we all know. How that system changed the industry forever this turned Magnavox and indeed their parent company Dutch electronics giant's Philips from industry innovators to playing catch-up as they saw a Tory take control of the marketplace they originally created so in 1978 they launched the Magnavox Odyssey 2 which would be known as the Philips videopak G 7000 in Europe to compete. With the 2600 VCS and other new consoles arriving on the market unlike the original model the Odyssey 2 would feature proper cpu color graphics sound and the ability to use interchangeable ROM cartridges in a point of difference from Ataris machine it also sported a simple membrane keyboard so Philips could market the machine as a. Computer hybrid with educational benefits to are you scared me out too many in the deck cyberspace a how to fight a constant stream of alien spacecraft you will need to be deadly accurate lightning reactions freedom fighters one of a cluster of no video games from Philips by 1983 Philips had already sold over 2 million units of both the. Odyssey 2 and videopak and the console had also gained the support of third-party publishers such as a magic and Parker Brothers who supported the machine with conversions of popular arcade games such as Frogger and Qbert behind the scenes Philips had already been. Working on a follow-up console that would not only be backwards compatible but also feature state-of-the-art well for the time anyway hardware with high resolution backgrounds and sprites as well as a host of other new features this console will be called the video pack G's 7400 in. Europe and most unsurprisingly the odyssey 3 in north america annecy is a mountain change the. Name of the game witness the launch of the policy command center a command center delivers greatly improved graphic treatments of several current game favorites like baseball. Now deep space confinement voice module to the Odyssey command center and add exciting voice and enhance sound effects - looking through the speaker and volume control on your TV cartridges work in the command center many command center series games will work. With existing Odyssey - mainframes a whole new game that protects the current game a masterful marketing stroke. A far-reaching and profitable proportions dark the Odyssey. Command center modem into the expansion course. A telephone and data network subscription and transform command center into a home computer terminal providing access to encyclopedia memory. Banks as a homework helper business and financial reports as an investment guy worldwide news sources as information center also plan for the command center. System is a computer programming module that expands the uses of the standing keyboard to the expectations of tomorrow basic programming capability with optional mass storage packs for program and data retention watch for the intercontinental. Launch of the missy command center to be seen and heard in the news around the world has no other Odyssey product introduction before it the command center now it's a whole new game but anyone who knows the video game history well we were. Aware of something else much bigger that happened in 1983 the North American video game crash this decimated the market for consoles and games in Magnavox his home territory and the Odyssey 2 very much became one of the. First casualties of that however over in Europe video pack sales were still going strong for. Philips so they decided to plough on regardless concentrating all support for the system on. Their own territory I believe video Feroze whether deadly spycraft tarantula smirks or attempt to survive with an unmerciful dragon that breathes fire you will require expert skills and exceptional strategic thinking one of the new species of video games from Billups. Although the Magnavox Odyssey 3 had already been previewed to the press at the 1983 CES show the. Decision was made to cancel it just before it was set to go into full-scale production however the European release continued as planned where it was named the Philips G 7400 you can see from the specs on the screen that the Odyssey 3 offered several upgrades over the original model while remaining backwards compatible in fact it would. Have been the very first backwards compatible console released in North America a step Atari took just a year later with the release of the 7800 Pro System other enhancements that were promised that never came to fruition or a proper computer style keyboard joystick holders and an enhanced sound module although these hardware improvements brought it more in line with. The lights for the Atari 2600 and the Intellivision it was well behind other newly released consoles such as the ColecoVision and Atari 5200 this is likely to be another reason for his cancellation video game you change mazes wait the mineshaft even more menacing pickaxe B from Odyssey 2 where the. Keyboard is the key to great at challenged by an odyssey to now and get $82 where the free including picking speed while the original version. The Philips video pack had been moderately successful in Europe the new version very much wasn't by 1983 most European consumers are moving on home computers such as the. ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 and the. G 7400 offered no discernible advantages over either only 3G 7400 specific games were ever released TransAmerican rally Norsemen and helicopter rescue they were also a further six titles released that were enhanced when played on the new machine in the form of. Terrahawks race stone sling satellite attack freedom fighters and pickaxe. Pete's another game flashpoint was due to be bundled with the North American Odyssey 3 and was shown off to the press but for some unknown reason never made. It over to Europe this has thankfully been recovered and released on. Cartridge in more recent years so there you have it. While the Odyssey 3 never made out the door the European version of the machine very much did and remains one of only a few European exclusive consoles the Odyssey 3 certainly wasn't the end of Philips flirtations in the console industry however. 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