Magnavox Odyssey: The world's first video game console! – Unboxing, Gameplay, and Review | RGLR




On this episode of Retro Game Living Room, I take a comprehensive look at Ralph Baer’s world-changing invention, history’s first video game console, Magnavox Odyssey released in 1972.

The video begins with an unboxing and an examination of the items included with the system.

The video features gameplay footage from the following Odyssey games:

* Table Tennis
* Tennis
* Submarine
* Cat and Mouse
* Simon Says
* Volleyball
* Handball
* Prehistoric Safari
* Shooting Gallery
* Odball
* Red vs. Blue
* Tag
* Peacekeeper Command-O

The game Invasion is also unboxed. Packaging for Brain Wave and Interplanetary Voyage are commented on. Expect an Interplanetary Voyage review coming soon!

The video reviews several Odyssey games and the hardware itself. A working demonstration of the light gun/rifle is also included.

The connection between Nintendo and Magnavox Odyssey is explored as the system’s history is discussed.

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28 thoughts on “Magnavox Odyssey: The world's first video game console! – Unboxing, Gameplay, and Review | RGLR

  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    Hey YouTube. This nice retrospective video deserves more viewers. I know you can do this 🥰

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    Sorry for the insane number of comments but I don't see the other magnavox videos! Would love if you put them out! Would you mind making one about fixing the machine as well? Having trouble with the ball and left player dot on mine. I can't figure out how to get the chip things out of the board. I am so happy you put this video out. There is little info out there and you are wonderful for doing the research and putting it out.

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    Also if you have any copies of your game i would love to buy one!!!

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    Great video! Thank you so much for the info. I have a blue gamecard 8 that is double sided. Do you know what that is from? Also do you have extras of the 6 game pack that you may want to sell? Having a little trouble finding them. Liked and subscribed 🙂

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    came here from avgn to see if anyone else laid there hands on this filthy peice of crap. and oh it seems curious to see how this will sound

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    Look absolutely terrible to be honest lol but it was the grandfather of all video game consoles

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    Oh wow. Great video, super informative and I appreciate your positive take on the system. Would you recommend getting a complete system with all the launch games and overlays? I've seen some listings where it's just the unit and controllers and of course those are cheaper but I'm wondering if it'll be hard to obtain the games for those systems later on.

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    I've never heard of this system. I was born in 1970 and I've never seen one before. I always thought that pong came first and then Atari. Very interesting.

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    You have to consider we wouldn't have the Games and computers of today if they hadn't taken this most important step, and yes I had this when I was a kid

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    6:26 I swear i literally choked when I saw what batteries and how many of them needed to be used for this console-

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    "This is in fact the world's very first shooter video game" Um… Space War anyone?

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    i just realized hes the dude on the internet forums on interplanetary voyage. which is a game ive been waiting to see gameplay of for years.

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    So if I’ve been trying to get one of these for a while now should I continue looking on eBay for one? Thank you

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  • December 3, 2020 at 4:49 am
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    Awesome review and one of the most thorough I could find.

    The 1973 odyssey games are really rare so I don't know if you have them, but since i couldn't find any video of them online I think you should consider making one.

    Also the OdySim guy made 4 new homebrews of Donkey kong, Frogger, Space invaders, and Pac man, that's pretty interesting aswell

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