70s gaming errata

making a thread instead of a pinterest board b/c why not

currently contemplating the first-generation of home consoles. lots of really interesting industrial design.

archive.org has a collection of instruction manuals from over 100 different pong-era systems. the market was very glutted.

The majority of these systems used game-on-a-chip designs sourced from half a dozen or so tech companies. The earlier designs were just pong-clones, though they quickly diversified. pong-story.com has an article that goes into more detail about this stuff

http://www.pong-story.com/gi.htm

Here’s the Ping-O-Tronic (pong-story.com, wikipedia). Apparently it does not use a pong-on-a-chip, but apparently uses a bespoke analog design (!). It was made by an Italian furniture company called Zanussi, which makes about as much sense as a Connecticut leather company or a Japanese toy company making electronic games.

Beautiful.

Its follow-up, the Play-O-Tronic, uses a generic pong chip and doesn’t look quite as striking:

I love how Nintendo’s breakout clone looks.

The Coleco Telstar Arcade is a beautiful, ridiculous thing. That triangle thing on the top is actually a cartridge that contains a game-on-a-chip. Absolutely wild.

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RIP interesting industrial design

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The telestar looks like its America: the arcade

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Those controllers remind me very much of the Nunchuck design for the Wii.

Or movie bomb detonators

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Fucked up part is I think those are knobs on the top

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is it wrong to think that this is somehow a horny controller? it seems horny.

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Whats horniest: knobs, buttons, sticks, wands, pedals, sliders, guns, wheels?

I’m at work so I’m too lazy to post pictures, but you folks should look up the Channel F controller.

It does so much

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