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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

  • MIT vs. David LaMaccia
  • Kevin Mitnik cracks the WELL
  • White House e-mail outtage
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November 29, 1972: Noel Bushnell Installs First Pong Machine

Pong

Pong

1972 - Andy Cappa’s tavern in CA was the site for the first Pong game was wheeled into the establishment. The coin-operated game was put in by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and game designer Al Alcorn. The duo decided that making their own game – rather than having 3rd parties do it – would help keep costs down. They then turned an old Roller rink and converted to a production line. Pong was the first successful video game system.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for November 25


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