The Magnavox Odyssey (1972)

The Magnavox Odyssey was “the world’s first commercial home video game console. It was first demonstrated in April 1972 and released in August of that year, predating the Atari Pong home consoles by three years.”

This thing is a trip. There was no sound whatsoever, and the only graphics to speak of were plastic overlays you put over your TV screen. Check out the commercial.

I like how every game is essentially the same. It’s also interesting that there are no kids in this spot.

(Image source: Kyma Labs)

(Video source: ohbutyes/YouTube)

5 Responses to “The Magnavox Odyssey (1972)”


  1. 1 Anon October 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I found some videos demonstrating the different games for this wonderful machine. Wow, were they bad. Sadly, I would have lost most of my childhood to it had I been alive then. Instead it was dominated by Atari 2600, Nintendo, Sega, and an Atari 130XE computer that I would gladly play today.

  2. 2 Tania Rodrigues October 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Great blog!! I write about video games on mine as well, feel free to check it out if you’re interested 🙂 I also made a video game twitter today so you can follow it @allyoucangame , I love meeting fellow gamers.

  3. 3 Steve December 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Watching this freaked me out a bit. It must have been the very creepy music. Also the gunshot sounds when they switched games didn’t help matters either XD


  1. 1 Kids Playing Atari in Department Store, 1980 | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on October 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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