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Old 11-10-2012, 19:07
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Hi all,

I'm trying to find the gaming console that my parents owned from around 1977.

It was like a colecovision console but wasn't by them.

It had tennis, football and also a light gun that you would shoot a brick on the screen that would bounce around.

Anyone any ideas?, I'd love to find it and maybe buy it for them for old times sake.

Thanks
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Old 11-10-2012, 19:38
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Atari 2600?
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Old 11-10-2012, 19:43
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History...ms)#Comparison
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Old 11-10-2012, 19:43
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An Activision, or a Grandstand console.

You'd know if you had an Atari 2600.
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Old 11-10-2012, 19:48
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Could it be a Philips G7000?

I never had one so its a pure guess.
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Old 11-10-2012, 20:07
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Thanks for the replies.

Looking through google, it's similar to the interton 2400, but it was fake wooden and the controllers literally just had a dial on them to go up or down.

I'll keep looking, I'm sure once I see it I'll recognise it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 20:07
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Did it have black controllers with orange buttons? And the main unit was grey? That was the one I had, anyway... A fair few generic TV games units hit the market in the UK back then, pushed by Currys and Dixons... I'm sure ours was Dynatron but I could be wrong.
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Old 11-10-2012, 21:32
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It sounds like the Grandstand that I had.
This is the model I had. The little white controller at the left side was for a motorbike game on mine, where you judged the right speed to go up a ramp over a growing number of buses.
http://www.bangingtunes.com/img/user...20Game_www.JPG
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Old 12-10-2012, 14:15
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Thanks for the replies.

Looking through google, it's similar to the interton 2400, but it was fake wooden and the controllers literally just had a dial on them to go up or down.

I'll keep looking, I'm sure once I see it I'll recognise it.
Intellivision?..I had one of those...
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Old 12-10-2012, 14:39
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Friend of mine had one of these. 1977.

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/...sp?st=3&c=1039
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Old 12-10-2012, 14:50
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It does sound like the Intellivision. The fake wood effect and crappy controllers was all I remembered, but I was 6 at the time.

^^^ Hotelier helped me on that one too.
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Old 12-10-2012, 15:15
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It does sound like the Intellivision. The fake wood effect and crappy controllers was all I remembered, but I was 6 at the time.

^^^ Hotelier helped me on that one too.
I still have something very similar to what you describe in the loft in working order. I was also about 6 or so when it came along. It was played on the TV. My one has just 3 games, using no scores on screen, you have to do them yourself! It's got tennis, a basic football, and a strange third game with a hole in a wall that moves with the player who has to hit the "ball" through the moving hole. I'm unsure of the make without dredging the loft about, but it did have the fake wooden box effect you mention. It must also have been from around 1977 or even a bit earlier probably. About 5 years ago I got it out for the first time since the 1970's and plugged it into a portable TV and it still worked perfectly!
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Old 22-10-2012, 00:04
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http://www.uknet.net/showcase/Museum..._MK6.sized.jpg

The Binatone TV Master Mk6, came packaged with a light gun, it offers 6 games : 4 pong games (squash, squash practice, football, tennis) and 2 shooting games (target, shooting).

and two detachable paddles with twistable dials/knobs


That sounds like it could be it........
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Old 22-10-2012, 11:35
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It sounds like the Grandstand that I had.
This is the model I had. The little white controller at the left side was for a motorbike game on mine, where you judged the right speed to go up a ramp over a growing number of buses.
http://www.bangingtunes.com/img/user...20Game_www.JPG
I remember playing a motor bike stunt game where u had to jump over red buses but the controller I remember had a slide control for speed. Good fun but near impossible when the whole screen filled up with buses lol
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Old 22-10-2012, 16:53
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same game but mine had the twist controller. If you turned it too high it would go flakey and bike would just keep scrolling at high speed across the screen.
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