From the pages of the past! Ads of yesteryear – The Odyssey 2

Magnavox released the world’s first home console in 1972. It was designed by Ralph Baer who is considered by many to be the “Father of Video Games” and beat Atari’s Pong to the living room by three years. In 1978, the console was followed up with the Odyssey 2 which even came with a built in keyboard to expand its capabilities.

Back then, and as you can see from a trend with old magazines, ads seemed to cram as much information as possible onto a page sometimes spilling over to two or even three page spreads and the Odyssey 2 was no different.

William Cassidy over at the Odyssey 2 Homepage puts it best:

Look, I love the Odyssey² but I recognize its limitations. But from reading its marketing materials, you’d never realize it had any shortcomings. You might even come to believe it was designed by God Himself. Anyone who has read the text on an Odyssey² box, instruction manual, or catalog knows that the products were hyped beyond belief. Of course, all manufacturers promote their products by exaggerating their greatness a little bit, but absolutely nothing compares Odyssey² hype (I guarantee it!).

The Odyssey 2

The Odyssey 2 also came with something that modern consoles don't anymore outside of special "collector's" editions - not one, but THREE games. And this was more than thirty years ago!

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