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The Magnavox Odyssey was the first home video game console. The system was released in August 1972, and started the first generation of video gaming. Compared to today's standard, the games were quite primative. They came in a removable ROM circuit board that could be inserted into the system.

The Magnavox Odyssey was incapable of displaying more than quadrilaterals (basically only squares and rectangles). The player was required to insert a plastic overlay on top of their television to simulate graphics. Players were relied upon to keep their own score, and their own rules. Two of the games could be played with a light gun, which was sold seperately.

The Odyssey was discontinued in 1975, only 3 years after its initial release in North America.

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