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Every game. Chronologically.

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Cat and Mouse

Ugh.   Picture a crossword puzzle grid (see overlay above). You know the type, empty squares (for the letters) and full squares (uh, not for the letters). The players start with their Player Spots on the Mouse and Cat icons respectively, which are already placed in the maze. In one corner of the maze is a "mouse house". (Yes, that's what "they" call it). The mouse has to get to his house before the cat gets him, but must do so by moving through only the white squares of the maze. The cat must

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First Home Shooter

I think that Submarine would count as the First Home Shooter, ever !   Player A plays the Convoy Commander. She is leader of of a convoy of cargo ships. She must navigate them safely through a twisty-turning path on the screen which represents the shipping-lanes. Player B plays the Submarine Commander and gets to shoot at the convoy! The Submarine Commander has more fun, obviously. When the Sub Com hits the Reset button he "serves" a torpedo that can be controlled with his ENGLISH knob. When t

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Ski!

Ski! We liked this! Whoo-wee!   No, seriously, we had fun with this one. It's pretty simple: the Überlay is mostly opaque, but your skier shines through a few key spots. Most notably: the trail, the flags, mountains and trees. This is an Odyssey game about controlling the horizontal and vertical motion of the glowing TV square representing your skier and moving her along a predetermined trail of translucent points.   The challenge is to keep the skier on the trail. If the light square does g

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Insert lame "puck" pun here.

Hockey is today's "sport port" from the real-world to your television through the magic of . . . Odyssey!!!   I'm not sure I "get" this game of Hockey. I do get it in the real-world, alright, but not this variation.   The game starts with a "face-off", which is refreshingly different from the first three games we played. (Table Tennis, Tennis and Football) You set the two paddles across from each other and maneuver the "PUCK" between them so that it is whizzin' back and forth at an amazin' s

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Odyssey Football . . . ouch.

Playing Football on Odyssey, for me and my son, is worse than staring at a blank wall.   We're not into football. We don't watch football. We don't even own a football. (well, we have a Nerf™ somewhere.) Beyond our lack of interest, I honestly think that if two football fans played this back in 72/73 they would have tried it for 15 minutes and said "Screw this, let's go outside and throw a football around."   Football is more of a "football abstraction". It's as if the game is asking you to

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Tennis und der Überlay

You: Didn't we just play Tennis yesterday?   Me: Oh, no, that was Table Tennis and this is Tennis.   You: I see. Well, what's the difference?   Me: For one, this game uses the videogaming technological breakthrough known as The Overlay, in parts of the world that speak German this would be Der Über-lay (though, probably not), which, to my mind, sounds a lot more exciting.   Yes, writing in the style of a Platonian dialog was never my strong suit… now let's move on.   When I get my sche

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Drunken Physics

Let's get this out of the way: I'M LONGWINDED! It's probably one of the many reasons I'm not a professional writer along with reasons like NOT being able to write about INTERESTING things, NOT being able to spell worth a damn and NOT caring (too much) about whether or not what I say makes ANY sense.   *ahem* Okay, we're stranded at the beginning of 1973 having only the videogames released prior to that year for entertainment OR we can watch Ultraman. (Notice I picked a show which actually has

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Ultraman vs. Odyssey

Okay, for those of you who didn't read my last entry (and who could blame you?) this blog is about pretending it isn't 2005. We're using our imaginations and pretending that it is 1973.   This isn't a historical blog. I won't bore you with relevant facts. I'm going to bore you with blow by blow descriptions of really old videogames. Before I do that, I'm going to bore you by talking about the Odyssey and how it may not have had anything to do with people loving video games nor was it ever mean

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A Stupid Idea

I like to play computer/videogames. There are many of these games and I want to play them all, even the bad ones. In one lifetime, I can't. Well, I technically could, but then, at the end of it (the lifetime) would I be able to call it a life? With my clawed hands and burned out eyes on my deathbed, would I relish having consumed all possible videogames or would I curse my life as wasted? Nevertheless, I'd like to give it my best shot, while still trying to maintain a real life. We'll call this

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