Difference between revisions of "First and Second Generations of video game consoles"

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! scope="col"|Name
 
! scope="col"|Name
! scope="col"|[[MESS]] support
+
! scope="col"|[[MESS]] accuracy
 
! scope="col"|[[Need Games?|No-intro collection]]  
 
! scope="col"|[[Need Games?|No-intro collection]]  
 
! scope="col"|Description
 
! scope="col"|Description
 
|-
 
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|style="text-align:center;"|APF Imagination Machine/MP1000
 
|style="text-align:center;"|APF Imagination Machine/MP1000
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|A PC with a game console mounted on top of it 32X-style (take that, master race!) Only 15 games were released, one being built-in. ROMs are [http://www.theoldcomputer.com/roms/index.php?folder=APF/Imagination-Machine here].
 
|style="text-align:center;"|A PC with a game console mounted on top of it 32X-style (take that, master race!) Only 15 games were released, one being built-in. ROMs are [http://www.theoldcomputer.com/roms/index.php?folder=APF/Imagination-Machine here].
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Arcadia_2001|Arcadia 2001]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Arcadia_2001|Arcadia 2001]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Decent
+
|style="text-align:center;"|Mid
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Bally Astrocade|Bally Astrocade]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Bally Astrocade|Bally Astrocade]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|ROMs are [https://ia801700.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/17/items/Bally_Professional_Arcade_and_Astrocade_TOSEC_2012_04_23/Bally_Professional_Arcade_and_Astrocade_TOSEC_2012_04_23.zip here]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|ROMs are [https://ia801700.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/17/items/Bally_Professional_Arcade_and_Astrocade_TOSEC_2012_04_23/Bally_Professional_Arcade_and_Astrocade_TOSEC_2012_04_23.zip here]
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Bandai Super Vision 8000
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Bandai Super Vision 8000
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Only 7 games. ROMs can be played on archive.org
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Only 7 games. ROMs can be played on archive.org
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Entex_Adventure_Vision|Entex Adventure Vision]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Entex_Adventure_Vision|Entex Adventure Vision]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Decent
+
|style="text-align:center;"|Mid
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Like the Vectrex, this console had it's own screen and operated like a miniature arcade cabinet. Only four games were released for it.
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Like the Vectrex, this console had it's own screen and operated like a miniature arcade cabinet. Only four games were released for it.
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|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Super Cassette Vision
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Super Cassette Vision
|style="text-align:center;"|Decent
+
|style="text-align:center;"|Mid
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|1984 successor to the original Cassette Vision.
 
|style="text-align:center;"|1984 successor to the original Cassette Vision.
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Fairchild_Channel_F|Fairchild Channel F]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Fairchild_Channel_F|Fairchild Channel F]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Fairchild_Channel_F|Fairchild Channel F II]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Fairchild_Channel_F|Fairchild Channel F II]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|NA
 
|style="text-align:center;"|NA
 
|style="text-align:center;"|An update to the Channel F, with no exclusive games.
 
|style="text-align:center;"|An update to the Channel F, with no exclusive games.
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Intellivision#Intellivision_II|Intellivision II]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Intellivision#Intellivision_II|Intellivision II]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|NA
 
|style="text-align:center;"|NA
 
|style="text-align:center;"|An update to the Intellivision, with no exclusive games.
 
|style="text-align:center;"|An update to the Intellivision, with no exclusive games.
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Magnavox_Odyssey_2|Magnavox Odyssey²]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Magnavox_Odyssey_2|Magnavox Odyssey²]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:RCA_Studio_II|RCA Studio II]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:RCA_Studio_II|RCA Studio II]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Decent
+
|style="text-align:center;"|Mid
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Interton_VC_4000|VC 4000]]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|[[gametech:Interton_VC_4000|VC 4000]]
|style="text-align:center;"|Decent
+
|style="text-align:center;"|Mid
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Has 40 games. ROMs are [http://www.theoldcomputer.com/roms/index.php?folder=Interton/VC-4000/Various here]
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Has 40 games. ROMs are [http://www.theoldcomputer.com/roms/index.php?folder=Interton/VC-4000/Various here]
 
|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|VTech CreatiVision
 
|style="text-align:center;"|VTech CreatiVision
|style="text-align:center;"|Good
+
|style="text-align:center;"|High
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✓
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
 
|style="text-align:center;"|
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|-
 
|-
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Milton Bradley MicroVision
 
|style="text-align:center;"|Milton Bradley MicroVision
|style="text-align:center;"|Preliminary
+
|style="text-align:center;"|Low
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|✗
 
|style="text-align:center;"|12 games were made. They're dumped, but uploads are MIA.
 
|style="text-align:center;"|12 games were made. They're dumped, but uploads are MIA.
 
|}
 
|}

Revision as of 20:51, 10 August 2014

In the late 70s and early 80s, the video game market experienced an explosion of products hoping to capitalize on the success of the Odyssey and Atari. From the nigh-infinite Pong clones, to the suspiciously similar consoles, consumers had far more options than they do today. Here is a list of those first and second generation machines for those who wish to relive the dark ages. Not all can be emulated, but thems the breaks.

Pong Consoles

It's Pong, you can play it anywhere. Emulating first generation systems like these can be tricky, as the games were heavily tied to their hardware, and most were just variations of Pong.

  • Colorsport VIII
  • Radio Shack TV Scoreboard
  • Wonder Wizard
  • Sears Tele-Games
  • Ricochet
  • TV4 Four Way Video Game

Coleco Telstar Arcade

Only 4 cartridges were released for this triangular abomination, but the console's design means that they can't be dumped and "emulated." They're more like activation discs for data already in the console. No known emulators.

Cartridge Consoles

Name MESS accuracy No-intro collection Description
APF Imagination Machine/MP1000 High A PC with a game console mounted on top of it 32X-style (take that, master race!) Only 15 games were released, one being built-in. ROMs are here.
Arcadia 2001 Mid
Bally Astrocade High ROMs are here
Bandai Super Vision 8000 High Only 7 games. ROMs can be played on archive.org
Entex Adventure Vision Mid Like the Vectrex, this console had it's own screen and operated like a miniature arcade cabinet. Only four games were released for it.
Epoch Cassette Vision None Only 11 games exist for this console, and none have been dumped because of the cartridge design. Apparently the BIOS for the console is inside each cart. It's on MESS's to-do list.
Super Cassette Vision Mid 1984 successor to the original Cassette Vision.
Fairchild Channel F High
Fairchild Channel F II High NA An update to the Channel F, with no exclusive games.
Intellivision II High NA An update to the Intellivision, with no exclusive games.
Magnavox Odyssey² High
RCA Studio II Mid
VC 4000 Mid Has 40 games. ROMs are here
VTech CreatiVision High

Handhelds

Name MESS support No intro collection Description
Game and Watch None Many of the 60 Game and Watch games can be played in the various Game and Watch collections. Just emulate those.
Milton Bradley MicroVision Low 12 games were made. They're dumped, but uploads are MIA.