The Ultimate Home Gaming System

The Ultimate Home Gaming System

The Oddessey by Magnavox (the TV people) was the world’s first home gaming system, it came with plastic sheets you could put over your TV to simulate colour game play. I found one of these in my aunt’s basement one day around 1980, even though it was only a few years old it looked like a cross between a relic and some sort of prop from “Space:1999” to my then Atari riddled brain.

I’d like to find one now and present it my “X-Box” raised offspring…

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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Arkonbey on December 3, 2009

    Man, that is a clunky thing, isn't it.

    My dad built us a Pong game from Heathkit. We played the bejezus out of that thing (on the TV he also built from Heathkit).

  • Wings on December 3, 2009

    My brother had a pong game in the 70s, not sure if it was this one or not, though.

  • John III on December 4, 2009

    Hi Arkonbey. What else did your dad make from heathkit? Sounds interesting to say the least!

    I never did get an Atari, but I did have a Commodore 64 that I loved to no end. Started me on my cycle of computer gaming that still lasts 25 years later!

  • Ally on December 9, 2009

    I remember my parents got PONG when I was a kid. It was the coolest thing!

  • Anonymous on December 9, 2009

    Okay, we actually had this thing. In fact, I am pretty sure my Mom still has it stashed somewhere. Ours came with transparencies that you taped to the TV and could play several games on. I don't remember much more than that but I know we played it alot.

  • Htos1 on May 2, 2011

    I played this one in summer 1975,hanging out with some buds.

  • Anonymous on February 27, 2012

    Actually I happen to own a brand new Odyssey including a shipping box, its an amazing piece of video game history invented by Ralph Baer and has dice, chips, even play money!!!

  • Anonymous on September 15, 2017

    For a time, the Odyssey 2 system tried to be a viable competitor to Atari 2600, and even had some apparently "lookalike" games (as if Atari's were soooo much better, all had low computing power, so they paled in comparison to their arcade cousins). But while Atari licensed the names to genuine arcade games, Philips made play-alike game versions they did not have to pay licensing fees for, so they seemed quite as good, and Odyssey 2 never had the benefit of third-party game developers like Activision, Parker Brothers or others. My cousins were cursed with an Odyssey 2 system (we got Atari!) which featured a weird, touch-screen keyboard and some decent joysticks. While Atari had Space Invaders, Odyssey 2 had Alien Invaders, and while Atari 2600 had Pac-Man, Odyssey 2 had K.C. Munchkin! In reality, neither version (Atari 2600 or Philips Magnavox Odyssey 2) were very close, but this was the late 1970s-early 1980s, and personal computers were still very expensive so they did what they could with the limited computer power in the machine. But Odyssey 2 was always a third best seller (after Atari's 2600 model and Mattel's Intellivision), and eventually, it stopped selling in the U.S.

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