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1st Generation of Video Game Consoles

The first-generation era refers to video game consoles available from 1972 to 1983. Notable platforms of the first generation include the Magnavox Odyssey, Odyssey series, Atari Home Pong, Coleco Telstar series and the Color TV-Game series. The first generation of home video game consoles were mainly dedicated systems which only gave the ability to play different varieties of one game.

With the games built into the system there was no option to add additional games that were developed after the console’s release. These systems initially gave the general public the ability to play some of their favorite video arcade games in the comfort of their homes. However due to the limitations of the consoles only being able to play built in games and the overwhelming amount of new games being released into the arcades forced home console manufacturers to look for a more innovative approach to allow for the ability to play multiple games without having to continue to purchase a completely new system. The generation ended with the computer tv-game in 1980, but many manufacturers had left the market prior to this due to the video game crash of 1977 and the start of the second generation game consoles.

  • Media & Promotional Material
Magnavox Odyssey Commercial from 1972
Magnavox Odyssey Promo Video from 1972
Magnavox TV with built in Odyssey console - 1976
Magnavox Odyssey Premiers on Game Show What's My Line
Sears Tele Games Commercial 1976
Nintendo Color TV Game Commercial 1977
TelStar Console Commercial from 1976
Coleco's Telstar 'Combat!' Video Game Commercial 1977
Coleco Telstar Arcade commercial 1977