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[12 Apr 2011 | 3 Comments | 4,661 views]
Jerry Lawson, video game pioneer, dies at 70

Gerald A. “Jerry” Lawson died on April 9 at the age of 70-years-old in Santa Clara, Calif.
Who was Lawson? Let’s put it this way — if you’ve played and enjoyed a video game in the past four decades, you likely owe him at least a small “thank you” for his work in that field. Yes, Lawson led the team that developed the Fairchild Channel F console, which was released in 1976 and was the first system on the market that used cartridges. We all know what happened next — the …

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[25 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 4,715 views]
The Video Game Crash of 1983

The video game systems we’ve covered so far in our Retrogaming series here at First Arkansas News have been from the so-called second generation of video game consoles.
The second generation started in 1977 with the introduction of the Atari VCS (later called the Atari 2600). Other major second generation systems included the Bally Astrocade, Magnavox Odyssey 2, Mattel Intellivision, Emerson Arcadia 2001, Atari 5200, ColecoVision and the GCE Vectrex.
By 1984, Coleco, Magnavox and Mattel had left the video game industry, some minor publishers (Games by Apollo and U.S. Games) were …

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[15 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | 5,751 views]
Magnavox Odyssey 2 — an ‘also-ran’ with a devoted fan base

Years ago, most kids my age in this town had a video game console of some sort.
The overwhelming majority of us in my neighborhood had Atari 2600s, but there was one fellow who had something completely different, — the Magnavox Odyssey 2. While I can’t honestly say any of us preferred the Odyssey 2 to our Ataris, that little Magnavox system had a lot going for it and provided hours of fun.
Still, Magnavox’s foray into the U.S. gaming market wasn’t entirely successful. It’s worth mentioning that that the Odyssey 2 …

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[13 Nov 2010 | 4 Comments | 3,880 views]
Bally Astrocade — should have been a contender

What do you get when you put together a video game console with graphics and sound that were well ahead of what the Atari 2600 had to offer and one of the best controllers of any early gaming system?
You get the Bally Astrocade, a system that was released (sort of) in 1977 and had a lot going for it. If you just look at the specs, the system should have whipped the socks of the Atari, frankly — the CPU was faster, the graphics were sharper and even rivaled the …

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[10 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,836 views]
Retrogaming in style with the Atari 2600

Yes the time has come to start up a series on those obsolete gaming consoles of which a number of us are still fond.
Why is now the time to start a series about those old machines that many of us grew up with and still enjoy? Well, let me tell you a little story. Last week, we got a copy of the fantastic Fable IIIfor the Xbox 360(and, yes, that fine RPG does live up to the hype). When you get a new game, what do you want to do? …