The History Of Video Games On TV

The First Commercial Of A Video Game Console Airs

Year: 1973

The Magnavox Odyssey was the first ever home video game console ever made. That's right, it pre-dated Atari's Pong which came out a year later. If you wonder why you've never heard too much about the Oddysey, it was poor marketing that made it fail. Since it had the Magnavox brand name, consumers thought that it only worked on Magnavox televisions. This led Atari to boast that their Pong console worked on any television and scoop up the market share. If only video game marketing was so simple now. Anyhow, Magnavox created the first television commercial to ever advertise a video game console which you can check out below.

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