Talk:Magnavox Odyssey

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Photo Image - Violation of USPS Rules & Rgulations![edit]

If you look closely at the two yellow items in the background you will see that each is covered in a piece of blue Priority Mail plastic tape which has a repeated pattern of a Eagle on it. This tape is provided under USPS (Post Office) for use only for sending Priority Mail packages - its use for anything else, as exhibited within this photo, is a violation of USPS rules and regulations. I suggest removing this photo before its pointed out to USPS Postal Inspectors (I wouldn't suggest messing around with them as they have the authority to take both legal and criminal action in such matters).

By that logic, the Prostitution article shouldn't have any pictures becuase prostitution is illegal. 16:52, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

The incidental use of the eagle in a larger photo does not violate postal regulations, as it is not an attempt to "use" the eagle image. --Brouhaha 06:46, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

First commercial light gun[edit]

The article claims that the Magnavox sold the first commercial light gun, but this is incorrect. IBM sold the first commercially produced light gun to the US government as part of the SAGE systems. The article should instead say that Magnavox sold the first consumer light gun. --Brouhaha 06:48, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

The SAGE system's "gun" was a light pen used in direct or close proximity to the screen, not an actual "light gun". It was simply a light pen in a power drill like housing for the convenience of adding a trigger for selection (due to the limited technology of the time). Ralph's invention was for an actual gun that was fired from a distance and was tracked in response to the light emitted from the television screen from that distance. It was meant to function as an actual "gun". That's exactly why Ralph was awarded patent #3,559,221 for this invention. Nobody's claiming it was the first light pointing device or first light pointing device with a trigger for point selection. I think that's where your confusion is arrising from. --Marty Goldberg 07:11, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Magnavox odyssey logo.gif[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 01:01, 14 February 2008 (UTC)


Im sure the Magnavox Oddssey was basically PONG that no one had a clue what to do with, because unlike Atari's PONG and Coleco's Telstar (along with many others.) the Magnavox Oddssey was not just a one game console with ABSOLUTELY no peripherals, you had loads of plastic overlays you stick on the screen to make graphics (cheapskates, lol.), and you got a free brief case with it. But yeah the Magnavox Oddssey was bascailly the first home PONG. mcjakeqcool Mcjakeqcool (talk) 12:22, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

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I can't help but notice at the bottom of the list of games is Pkemon-Khoto. It seemed odd to me since to the best of my knowledge the Odyssey is older then Pokemon, and acording to the Wiki article of Pokemon that's correct. I Googled Pkemon-Khoto and came across only French language pages about an online Pokemon game. This seems like some sort of vandalism to me, but I don't claim to be an expert on either Pokemon or the Odyssey, so I'll wait to see if anyone replies to this before removing the game. If not I'll remove it in a few days. —Preceding unsigned comment added by KearF (talkcontribs) 20:12, 5 January 2010 (UTC)


I second the belief that Pkemon-Khoto is vandalism. Here's the diff: There was also something about the World Cup added here: which has been reversed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:47, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

released in Japan by Nintendo[edit]

The Japanese version of the Odyssey was released by Nintendo.--ILoveSky (T | C) 00:00, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

Nintendo sought the rights, but Odyssey never saw a Japanese release. Nintendo instead made their Color TV Game 6. ZadocPaet (talk) 14:31, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

link to picture of butt[edit]

A Hacker Wiped Out Every Thing In The Article And Added A Paragraph Called Butt Which Contains Nothing But Parentheses Containing A Link To A Picture Of A Butt followed By Round Ass —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:10, 1 January 2011 (UTC) Update:Someone Has Wiped Out The Link To A Picture Of A Butt And The ParagraphNAme As Well, But The Info Hasn't Been Restored Yet. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:19, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Category:German inventions[edit]

The Magnavox Odyssey was invented by German born Ralph H. Baer. (talk) 15:47, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

In America, long after he was already a German-American. Those category tags are not used how you're trying to use them, they're for the country of origin of the article topic. If it was invented in Germany, than sure. But the Odyssey was not.--Marty Goldberg (talk) 16:08, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Original Brown Box no longer at Smithsonian[edit]

The article currently lists the original Brown Box as being displayed at The Smithsonian. However, after talking with one of the former holders of it, MICHAEL THOMASSON, who used to take it to trade shows. He said that it was sent to a Japanese Museum. Fun fact, before being displayed they had to assess the value for insurance, and it came out to about $3 million. I don't usually edit wiki pages and can't find an article to cite for transferring it, other than talking with one of the former holders of it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:20, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Thomasson was not a holder of it, you're confusing the original Brown Box at the Smithsonian with the multiple replicas Ralph has made for people and museums. Ralph continues to make almost exact replicas specifically for this purpose (and they're not cheap). --Marty Goldberg (talk) 22:28, 26 January 2014 (UTC)