Archive for Handheld Electronic Games

New Video Series – “Vintage Minute”

I like using vintage electronics. I also like to share the experience with others in order to familiarize people with the wide variety of vintage technology our society had at its disposal. In a compromise between available recording time and the sheer variety of vintage electronic items, I decided to start producing a series of […]

Throwback Thursday – Mattel Dungeons & Dragons Game – 1981

Portable gaming in 1981 was limited to individually configured devices, most of them with a new look and feel to both confuse and amaze the child who just received the game. The Mattel Dungeons & Dragons game is no exception. This game is one of the earlier LCD based handheld games. During its heyday, most […]

Milton Bradley’s Microvision – The First Commercial Interchangeable Electronic Game System

Forget your Nintendo DS, DSi, 3DS, or one of the many variations of cartridge based games in the past 30+ years. None of them are as innovative as Milton Bradley’s original cartridge based system, called Microvision. My first experience with the Microvision was a few days after Christmas in 1980 or ’81. I had some […]


Merlin was made by a company called Parker Brothers back in 1978. It’s about the size of a man’s shoe and looks kind of like a telephone that’s red and burgundy in color  There’s a built in speaker at the top end and two sets of flat, membrane style buttons. One set of buttons is […]

The way ELECTRONICS used to be!