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Pong Consoles – Angry Video Game Nerd – Episode 89

August 14, 2019


He’s gonna take you back to the past To play the shitty games that suck ass He’d rather have a buffalo Take a diarrhea dump in his ear He’d rather eat the rotten asshole Of a roadkill skunk and down it with beer He’s the angriest gamer you’ve ever heard He’s the Angry Nintendo Nerd He’s the Angry Atari Sega Nerd He’s the Angry Video Game Nerd Pong. A simple word. A simple idea. It’s just Pong. It was one of the first video arcades from 1972. A simple screen mounted inside what looked like a carved treestump. You could call this the wooden age of video games, when everything was made of wood, and two people playing tennis looked like two glowsticks batting a square ball back and forth. Yeah, this was before circles were invented. In spite of its simplicity, it’s a fun and addicting game, even to this day. I thought it was fun. Apparently, people thought so too, back then. That’s why they made a home Pong console, so you could play it at home. And then, there was another one! And another one! And another one! And another one! And another one! And another one! There was like, nine million fucking Pong consoles! A Pong console can refer to any game system made in the ’70s that didn’t utilize cartridges. Instead, they had one built-in game, which was Pong. Sometimes, they included different variations, certain kinds of updates, but it’s mind-blowing to think that such a simple game could have inspired so many pieces of hardware to play it. So, just for shits and giggles, we’re gonna take a look at all the Pong consoles which I happen to own. This right here is the Tournament 1000 by Unisonic. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t work, but with game consoles this old, that’s something you have to expect. From what we can assume, you can select between four different kinds of Pong. And over here, it looks like the game didn’t even have the technology of keeping score, so you have to do it manually, which is pretty shitty. Even the most basic Pong games kept score. The controllers slide out right here. Now that’s what you call “a basic controller”. Next, the APF TV Fun. That’s a great name, isn’t it? The console’s got that wooden paneling, and it’s shaped like some kind of spaceship. The controllers are like cylinders. You move the paddle by turning this thing right here. This game is your basic Pong. This little switch here changes the type of Pong. One thing that’s typical about Pong consoles is that the sound effects never come through the TV. They come from a built-in speaker on the console itself. I guess you can say it’s similar to the Wiimote, how certain sound effects come out of it. Next, the Wonder Wizard. Looks like a slab of wood with game dials thrown on it. It was literally built from a Magnavox Odyssey, using the same circuit board and part of the plastic casing. Also, it uses the same video connector. It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen, and as far to my knowledge, it only exists on the Odyssey and the Wonder Wizard. This might be a good time to bring up that most of these old consoles have a connector that looks like this. You have to plug them into a box and then screw the box into your TV. But I say get yourself one of these, plug it into the coaxial input on your TV, plug the game in, and tell that box to go fuck itself! However, the Odyssey and Wonder Wizard, with this fucking weird shit, you have no choice but to use a box. And even worse, it has to be a special box that takes this crap. And after all that, you’re lucky if the picture comes in clear! Channel 3, channel 4, what the fuck? The left paddle won’t stop flickering, and the right paddle doesn’t even exist! Where is it? Where is it? And speaking of weird hookups, the worst of all is the RCA Studio II. Technically, it’s not a Pong console because it uses cartridges, but when the hell am I ever gonna talk about this thing? Typically, any game system will use two wires, one for the AC adapter, and one to plug into the TV. But then there’s shitty consoles like this that think they’re being cutting-edge by combining both the wires into one. In other words, both the video connector and AC adapter plug into the same box, which then plugs into the TV. Again, forcing you to use a box, and to unscrew it every time you want to play a different game system. So, technically speaking, the video signal is traveling up this wire, and then the electricity coming from the wall socket is coming back through the same wire. I don’t even understand how that works! The only other system I know that does that is the Atari 5200. We all know how much ass that thing sucks! One last thing to say about the RCA Studio II, it doesn’t even have any external controllers. Two players would have to huddle around and use the keypads. Man, if there was an RCA Studio I, I’d hate to see it. Next, the RadioShack TV Scoreboard. Looks like a remote for a TV, with a Siamese twin. Pull this off, you give it to your friend, say “Fuck you, this is all you get.” “Look at me, I got all this shit. I’m in control, motherfucker!” Ugh, why does the ball keep going through the paddle? Serve, reset, reset, serve…I’m playing Ghost Pong! Oh, there’s color? All of a sudden, the color comes on? The Sears Super Pong Telegames. Simple enough. Two little knobs for controllers. Works alright. Basic Pong. You got four different kinds of Pong. Like, what the hell is this? Reverse Pong? Okay, now what’s this? Asshole Pong? That’s not fair! Colorsport VIII. Now this is badass-looking. The controllers pop out the sides, like that. Two more controllers plug in, so I guess you could have four players. Got all these switches here, four different games, Handball, hockey, tennis, skeet. Okay, what’s going on? All they do is change color? Hockey’s red, tennis is blue, is that it? I don’t even know if this thing’s working right. Ricochet. Well, this is excessive. Instead of two controllers, let’s have two consoles. Aside from the clunky design, the game works okay. Except the right controller’s a little jittery. That’s what happens. The thing about these Pong consoles, and one of the things that makes them so fun to play, is that the paddles move so fluently. It’s like an analog control that doesn’t exist in games today. The downside is that they break easily, and sometimes you get this jittery movement. This yellow bastard here is called the TV4 Four-Way Video Game. Rolls right off your tongue. Well, you already know how I feel about these accursed boxes. How do you think I feel that this one is permanently attached to the fucking game console? These things come from Hell. These forks at the end might as well be the Devil’s pitchfork. One of them’s chewed off, so I have no way of connecting it to the TV. And I have no way of replacing the box! You think that makes me happy? (laughs slightly) It doesn’t! [crash] Another one I can’t play is the Color TV Game 6. It was made by Nintendo in 1977. Pretty cool. It was only released in Japan, which is why it won’t work on my American TVs. I’ve heard something about turning the channel to 95, but none of my TVs go any higher than 82. Apparently, it has six games, and two players would have to grapple for the controls. Nintendo had an updated version with 15 games and detachable controllers. Here’s the Volley VI, fresh in the box. Ah, that stained white color, tasteless wood grain. It reeks with age. The controllers dismount, and you got a nice tray to hold your beer. Fuck, almost. The games are pretty typical, it’s your average Pong, with one exception – it’s got some gun games! I don’t have the gun that goes with it, but as you can see on the box, it was some serious shit. This is an example of a Pong console that uses batteries. That’s another thing I need to mention, it’s always C batteries, but you have the option of using an AC adapter. Now, tell me, what would you rather do? Run to the store to get some C batteries to play your Volley VI, or just plug it in the wall? The only problem is that a lot of these Pong consoles did not include the AC adapter. Now, I don’t know if that’s because people lose them, or they break, but judging from the box, and just the fact that batteries are an option, I imagine a lot of times they didn’t include it. Now, what are you gonna do with batteries? Play it at the fucking beach? Did Pong consoles have some kind of deal with the battery companies to sell more fucking batteries? Alright, this is the Magnavox Odyssey 4000. In between the Odyssey and Odyssey², which were cartridge-based, Magnavox made a whole bunch of Pong consoles, naming them after the thousand digits. The biggest innovation here is that you can move in any direction, rather than just straight up and down. The Fairchild Channel F was another innovation. It’s a cartridge-based console, but it includes a great Pong game. The controllers were the most complicated yet, and it takes some time getting used to, but when you do, it’s awesome. Rocking the stick moves the paddle in any four directions. Twisting and turning changes the angle the paddle’s facing. Pushing and pulling moves the goalie up and down. If you play it with a friend, it makes for a busy and intense game of Pong. This is the Coleco Telstar. Once again, the controllers are built on the console. There’s three settings, tennis, hockey, and handball. It’s another basic Pong console. At last, we have the Coleco Telstar Arcade. Look at this mess. A steering wheel, a gun? What madman came up with this? Believe it or not, it actually uses cartridges. Have you ever seen a cartridge like this? A silver triangle that snaps onto the top of the console? On one side, you have a regular Pong game. On the other, you have a racing game. The lever controls your speed, and the wheel steers your car vertically on the screen. It’s kinda cool. The gun game is like trying to shoot falling stars. It’s impossible, but the gun’s probably broken, so who knows? Well, that’s Pong for ya. All these different consoles goes to show how such a simple game could become such a hot-selling franchise. I could see people thinking 30 years ago, “Wow. Pong. This is where it’s at. It ain’t gonna get any better than this.” “Now what’s this here, this Xbox 360? Some modern game system?” “I don’t know, maybe it has advanced graphics. Might even be in color. Let’s check it out.” [rock music]

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100 Comments

  • Reply Cinemassacre March 17, 2019 at 11:52 am

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  • Reply Brenda Cervantes June 20, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Do smash bro

  • Reply Darxcalibur [Sp00ny] June 20, 2019 at 8:22 am

    5:09 when apple releases that extra component that plug the headphones and charger at the same plug

  • Reply Y01K June 20, 2019 at 11:45 am

    If people from 1970 were to play a xbox one / ps4 / nintendo switch, they'd think that they're high

  • Reply Charles Jessup Jr June 20, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    At an arcade in Tennessee I saw a pong game that looked like a 3d pong with a disk and it was like sideways and that arcade was the flashback arcade

  • Reply Erin Davis June 20, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I wanna do asshole pong

  • Reply TheDinosaurKing 777 June 21, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I never knew that circles didn't exist in the 1970s.

  • Reply Jacopo Rossetti June 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

    And Another One!

  • Reply Hacker Freddy June 24, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    11:37 Oooooohh that ones my favorite!!!

  • Reply Steve Smith June 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    1:48 WE THE BEST MUSIC!!!

  • Reply Miles Campbell June 26, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Yay Pong consoles!

  • Reply Jonathan Delgado June 27, 2019 at 1:44 am

    1:59 Game music PLEASE?! ANYONE ?!?!?😫

  • Reply Dragonball 777 June 27, 2019 at 7:48 am

    11:19 this joke gets funnier every year

  • Reply DemonBowser June 28, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Who else is on a wild all day binge watch of avgn?

    Also watching in 2019?

  • Reply Tyminator June 28, 2019 at 1:18 am

    6:23 Asshole Pong gets me everytime

  • Reply Roulette June 30, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    goat

  • Reply Cursingbow June 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    7:53 pepsi for tv game

  • Reply Scorpion Venom July 1, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I just noticed that the power switch on the RadioShack TV scoreboard was off

  • Reply Ian The Cool Thief July 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    How do you have money to buy all of these?

  • Reply MYSEGAISBROKEN July 3, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I have wood just watching this.

  • Reply Lordkey July 3, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    the stone age video games

  • Reply Stickmanimation July 3, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    This man can afford anything, can he.

  • Reply Ever Villatoro July 4, 2019 at 3:46 am

    30 years later cod infinite warfare episode 3000

  • Reply WhyBe Productions July 6, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Another one, another one “5 years later” another one and another one wait? What year is it?

  • Reply ultramegaclay July 6, 2019 at 6:26 am

    JAMESS PLEASE READ MY COMMENT. MAKE LOTS MORE OF AVGN

  • Reply ultramegaclay July 6, 2019 at 6:27 am

    analog doesn't exist today? lol what!? thats all there is now

  • Reply Kris Shaw July 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Hey nerd i ripped major butt

  • Reply Kris Shaw July 6, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Loved the festers quest music

  • Reply HarmonySword July 7, 2019 at 6:36 am

    6:55

    Nintendo Switch: Hold my beer

  • Reply Chris Oly July 7, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    This brings back memories, I had a friend back in the 80's, he owned a Philips pong console
    He was wining constantly and making fun of me , and I decided to break the controller on his head
    Needless to say I had to run before his father showed up, this was a prized posession of their family back then

  • Reply Cheng Liu July 9, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    @7:41: Could you buy a new fork and solder it or crimp it to the wire?

  • Reply Mamodokod July 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Wow this video is 9 years old.

  • Reply Caleb Gameplay July 11, 2019 at 2:11 am

    I am not into pong

  • Reply werewarwolf3366 July 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    fuck you this is all you get, look at me i got all these shit im in control mother fucker!

  • Reply Trevgauntlet July 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    5:55 Thor gives you the left paddle

    Here, I get the big one, you get the little one.

  • Reply willow July 14, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Classic nerd episode! I love this one! 🙂

  • Reply Jesse N July 14, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    9:48 I want one of these.

  • Reply ElliotWashington July 15, 2019 at 3:50 am

    3:41 So this means that Magnovax Oddessey and Wonder Wizard share the same cord?!

  • Reply ElliotWashington July 15, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Well for the RadioShack Tv is like the controller of the world and no matter how hard you try it will go on for ever

  • Reply ElliotWashington July 15, 2019 at 3:57 am

    RicoChet is like now a fucking Plug and Play system maybe

  • Reply ElliotWashington July 15, 2019 at 3:58 am

    For this japanese color tv game 15
    DOES ANYONE HAVE IDEAS TO MAKE THIS BETTER SINCE MY BIRTHDAY WAS FROM THE LAST 3 DAYS

  • Reply ElliotWashington July 15, 2019 at 3:59 am

    The FairChild F was the hottest console to me!!

  • Reply The Awesome Gamer July 15, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Upvote if you like the vectrex

  • Reply no way July 16, 2019 at 1:39 am

    I had one that was bright orange super pong

  • Reply Cruz Sal24 July 17, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    7:45

  • Reply Waluigi Mayer July 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    This man never get old

  • Reply FBI Agent July 18, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Why would u want a fckng xbox 360 when u could have an odyssey 4000, is more than 10 times microsoft's shitty product, just do ur fckng math!

  • Reply Golden Experience Requiem July 18, 2019 at 10:05 am

    2:51 they predicted Nintendo switch

  • Reply TheShadowlord90 July 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    For those who are curious or don't know; "Asshole Pong" is actually meant to be Handball; so one player can play Pong alone by bouncing the ball off a solid wall and see how long they can last without missing.

  • Reply TheDeLoreanGaming July 19, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I have the tournament 2000

  • Reply Neil O'Keefe July 19, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    How bout the game Test Drive where you played Pong on the loading screen

  • Reply Billybob July 20, 2019 at 4:42 am

    I played Pong in the 70's as a kid. If you had showed me GTA V then, I would have thought you a Sorcerer!

  • Reply tomoyafujiwara July 20, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    It looks like he’s giving a lot of these consoles titty twisters.

  • Reply TGBplays • July 20, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I find it funny I have quite a few of these and none of them work, at lest not in my TV but the Atari works so I can’t say for sure. And also that one cord only on the Odyssey and Wonder Wizard, I have consoles with that. I think one or two. But like I said, they don’t work.

    Edit: Actually I have a bunch of different Odyssey models that work but that’s it. I felt like I should say that.

  • Reply Muscle Tribe of Excellence July 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    These consoles compared to modern consoles seems like it should have been invented 400 years ago instead of 40.

  • Reply Fabian Haegi July 21, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    your mom has a special type of over sized box..could''t resist

  • Reply Dat boi Who goes ahoy! July 22, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    2:54 Nintendo Switch: DONT FKN UNDERESTIMATE ME NERD

  • Reply Julian Newton July 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Justin is so poor he can't afford a pong console

  • Reply xxvenumusxx July 24, 2019 at 5:27 am

    My mom used to play this back in the 70s

  • Reply Mortimer Sanchez July 25, 2019 at 5:18 am

    7:45 is the best moment

  • Reply Gus Mcgussy July 25, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    You missed quite a few

  • Reply Pit929 Tsakirhs July 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    wow where did you find these consels

  • Reply AtlasSolid July 26, 2019 at 12:32 am

    My dad was telling me about how his family used to own a pong console back when he was a kid. He was describing it to me, saying it had four game modes. Tennis, Hockey, Handball, and Skeet shooting. He said that it had mechanical buttons to change the game modes that would light up and told me that you could pop out the controllers. I was thinking to myself, "that sounds so familiar. Where have I heard about this before?" I went back to this video to look for it, and lo and behold, 6:27 showed up and that was it! The Colorsport VIII. I showed some screenshots to my dad and he confirmed it. That was the one. Thanks for helping me out by making this video, James!

  • Reply Stephen Nicoil July 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Anybody know what game the NES song comes from it sounds very familiar?

  • Reply demanoth July 27, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Man, AVGN is pure gold, james is one of ghe best youtubers in history

  • Reply Adam Zukerbirg July 27, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    2011 ؟؟؟

  • Reply flyingscotsman91 91 July 27, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    0:06 people in 1972

  • Reply El RtroAlf July 28, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I’ll love to see a James and mike Mondays episode playing asshole pong

    Edit: I hate edited comments

  • Reply horrid henrygamer July 28, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    11:36 he played Grand Theft Auto IV

    2019 ANYONE

  • Reply Chris Davis July 29, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Made me laugh in 2019! Thanks.

  • Reply Renew Crew July 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Nice junk lol what a joke

  • Reply Kai0nTheMoon July 30, 2019 at 3:17 am

    One day the AVGN Jr. will be shitting on the basicness of the XBox 360, comparing it with the Sony Virtual Station 2040.

  • Reply Isoroku Yamamoto July 30, 2019 at 4:23 am

    This is true back then pong game was a really good game. Now GTA open world game much more good game

  • Reply richard hare July 30, 2019 at 4:28 am

    We had the last one and it wasn't bad you could control the speed from really slow to really quick like a blurr

  • Reply C H O D E W R A N G L E R July 30, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    This has gotta be a top 5 episode

  • Reply Edward Kirby July 31, 2019 at 1:28 am

    I hope these episodes are not the begining of the end of a great series. He's starting to look like he has lost his spark

  • Reply dear god why July 31, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I want the one at 9:49

  • Reply anonymous Citizen July 31, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    the great thing about building and maintaining truly modern PC, means ALL console's are on the level of retro, lol.

  • Reply John Ross July 31, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    "Fuck you, look at me I'm in control!!!" I always laugh at that

  • Reply madmax2069 August 1, 2019 at 5:33 am

    the plastiwood age

  • Reply Mick August 1, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I think this is the best AVGN video, no bullshit or strings attached, just James talking about games.

  • Reply aerial ace August 2, 2019 at 8:29 am

    11:30 this is what would happen if a time traveler from the 80s went to 2019 and played a modern game I hope that’s what would happen

  • Reply Алексей Лаврикинт August 2, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    11:44 THIS! FACE!

  • Reply Arminius Hermann August 4, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Yeah fuck you kids today an your game systems. We had pong and we had to be geniuses an wizards and also skilled in maintenance to start this shit an keep it working.

  • Reply Jan Garnes August 5, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    This is my favourite episode of avgn ever

  • Reply The Nintendo DSi Mapper / Japan Gaming 日本 August 6, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    1:49 nintendo pong

  • Reply 91.5 the phoenix! August 7, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Have you ever heard of the activision plug and play???

  • Reply Daniel Sonnenfeld August 8, 2019 at 1:00 am

    I'll be honest, I only liked this video because I heard the song from Wizards and Warriors.

  • Reply Drone On August 8, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    “Play it the fucking beach?”
    Can someone actually take a battery powered TV and Pong console to the beach and play it there to see what happens?

  • Reply Gabriel Banebridge August 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I'm a sad motherfucker. I can literally identify every single music theme in ur vids. Fuck. Where did I go wrong in life?

  • Reply g10118 August 9, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    'The Wooden Age of Video Games' hahahaa lmao the wood years were kind of a dark time, mostly because everything in the goddamned house was a dark woodgrain tone. Artifacts from the Wooden Age are becoming increasingly rare.

    Edit* hey, just what the fuck was the deal with that box anyways? I forgot all about that thing

  • Reply TheRandomness 66 August 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    1:58 Here come dat boi

  • Reply The S Factor August 10, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    You forgot the telstar ranger

  • Reply Venom Hemi August 11, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    i had the orange pong system

  • Reply Stuit3rb4l August 11, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    'Pong' thats a great name for a disease…

  • Reply TimeKeeper25 August 12, 2019 at 2:05 am

    The Wonder Wizard: It makes your money disappear!!!

  • Reply Matthew Myers August 13, 2019 at 3:36 am

    This guy that narrates is a funny motherfuker LMAO

  • Reply Tommy Hallum August 13, 2019 at 4:53 am

    How did he get his score of 13 to 13 when 1 side didn't even have a paddle? Lol

  • Reply Hussam Zahid August 13, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Wow I'm already buying GTA IV at this moment while watching this.

  • Reply First Kek Last KEEK August 14, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Ricoshit

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