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Watch these 1972 game show panelists baffled by an ‘electronic game simulator’
11
Jan 2018

Watch these 1972 game show panelists baffled by an ‘electronic game simulator’

There’s a great piece of sleuthing and historical recreation over at The Videogame History Foundation, where Kate Willaert chronicles her attempt to track down the first video game commercial.

She offers tons of interesting tidbits in her article, but I found one artifact especially curious. It’s a clip from 1972 TV gameshow What’s My Line?, in which the Magnavox Odyssey makes an appearance. This episode of the long-running show ran on Oct. 16, 1972. We don’t know exactly when Odyssey launched, except that it was in the second half of 1972.

Given that Odyssey was the first commercial games console, this must be one of the first video game appearances on TV. We know that actual Odyssey commercials ran in early 1973, but they may have run…

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