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March 3, 1982: Pac-Man vs. K.C. Munchkin for Odyssey2

K.C. Munchkin

March 3rd, 1982 K.C. Munchkin was deemed too much like Pac-Man

1982 – a popular game for the Odyssey2 system was called K.C. Munchkin. However, this game looked a little too much like Pac-Man. A Federal court in Chicago, IL. agreed. They ordered Philips Consumer Electronics to take the game off store shelves. A sequal was released called Crazy Chase, which was a game that mocked the legal battle of the Pac-Mac – K.C. Munchkin. Of course that game was very close to Centipede, which could have caused a new legal issue altogether.

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January 29, 1988: Tetris Enters United States

Tetris - spectrum holobyte

January 29, 1988: Tetris – spectrum holobyte

1988 - Spectrum Holobyte releases the puzzle game Tetris for the Commodore 64 and IBM PC. This was the first game imported from the Soviet Union. The game was written by Alexi Paszitnov and Vagim Gerasimov at the Computer Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow. The Commodore 64 version would cost you $24.95, and the IBM version cost $34.95.

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January 27, 1972: Magnavox Odyssey Production Begins

Magnovox Odyssey

Magnovox Odyssey

1972 - Magnavox begins the production of the Odyssey Video game system. The final release date was not until May. It was a very primitive system with no processors and the cartridges are jumpered configurations. The system will be on the market for a year before being discontinued.

Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27

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October 18, 1985: NES Released in New York

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) – Released in US on October 18, 1985

1985- The Nintendo Entertainment System, along with the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.) and the Zapper light gun are released in New York. Eighteen games were available, two of which came bundled with the system: Duck Hunt and Super Mario Brothers.

The NES was a step up to it’s predecessor – the Famicon Disk system (which looks like a Steampunk version of the NES). Differences included 60-pin cartridges (famicon had 72-pin), case design and extra peripherals, like a 3.5 inch floppy drive.

Nintendo Favicon Family Computer

Nintendo Favicon Family Computer with HVC-022 floppy disk drive

I remember riding my bike to the bank (there was no on-line banking in 85) – which actually was 35 miles away from my house – to get the money and buy this system. It was well worth it. My favorite game to date is still Tetris.

The NES system cost $125. Worldwide release would be in Feb 1986.Now You’re Playing With Power!

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September 2, 1995: Sega Saturn Launches, 1969: ARPANET Connects

SEGA Saturn Launches

1995Sega launches the Saturn video game console in the US. The 32-bit Cartridge loading system contained the 2 x Hitachi SH-2 32-bit RISC (28.6 MHz). It was launched in Japan and Europe earlier in the year, but didn’t hit the US until this date.

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You could get the system with Virtua Fighter for $399. Below is the teaser commercial for the game system.

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  • Ultima I released
  • The first Interface Message Processor is connected to the ARPANET
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  • Both the VHS (1983) and the CD-Video (1987) were introduced
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July 25: Violent Video Games Law

Doom Unofficially Released

July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for July 25

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  • Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets
  • Sinclair Radionics is founded
  • Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first aired
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May 16: Phantom Console Called Pump and Dump Scheme

Phantom Console

May 16, 2006: Phantom Console called a “Pump and dump” scheme

2006 - Phantom Entertainment former CEO Timothy Roberts was accused of running a Pump and dump scheme on the Phantom console – a Game system that never came to market. In 2004, he hired a promoter to send faxes stating the Phantom system would ship January 2005. Of course that drove up stock prices in which investors could profit on, including Roberts and the promoter (who got 4 million shares of restricted stock)

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  • Spaghetti-O’s are introduced
  • Sugar Labs extends Sugar OS to EeePC
  • OS X Tiger vs. Tiger Direct ruling.
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April 25: Activision is Formed

Activision is Founded

April 25, 1980: Activision Fantastic Four comes together

1980 - Activision was technically founded in 1979, but it wasn’t until April 25 that the “Fantastic Four” joined up as the first third-party software company for video games. David Crane and Alan Miller left Atari August 1979 to start programming under the Activision name. Larry Kaplan and Bob Whitehead stayed behind until April 25th when Activision came out. Richard Muchmore was the venture capitalist and Jim Levy rounded the group as Activision’s CEO.

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  • Sun Microsystems announces project JXTA
  • XP x64 OS
  • Yahoo begins the national TV ad campaign
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