Paddles and Joysticks… But Not So Naughty

Long before the time of Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, and Halo, there were home console video games with insane premises (birthed from their arcade counterparts) that children today couldn’t possibly fathom. Imagine explaining to a youngster today that the big game at the arcade consisted of a roaming yellow circle with a mouth chasing pellets around a maze and running from multi-colored ghosts… all to eat the big dots and the fruit. Or perhaps praising the merits of a crazy Italian plumber running around girders with a hammer, smashing barrels and saving a girl from a monkey. I’d bet that in either case, you’d get some truly confused looks, and maybe an accusation of drug abuse.

But, even before the glory of 8-bit came the originators, the forerunners, the… past orthodoxies, if you will. Yes, there were video game systems in the 1970s. And they were… well, they were primitive and oh-so-similiar to each other. In a word, Pong.

Check out this retro piece on those consoles of yesteryear… written by someone who probably wasn’t even a zygote by decade’s end. Eh, who cares… look at those designs! I’ll have mine in lime green, please.


Matt G. Paradise is Executive Director of Purging Talon, a media company responsible for releasing groundbreaking and often imitated audio, video, print, and Web work since 1993, including the internationally respected Satanic magazine, Not Like Most. Paradise is also a Magister in the Church of Satan and, since the early-1990s, has also done media representative work for the CoS through all major media forms — network television, radio, print publications, and the Internet. He is the author of Bearing The Devil’s Mark, a collection of writings on Satanism; as well as editor of The Book of Satanic Quotations (First and Second Editions). He was also producer and co-host of Terror Transmission, a horror movie commentary podcast; and is currently the producer and host of three podcasts (The Accusation Party, Vintage Vinyl Vivisection and Strange Moments in Cultural History) on The Accusation Network.

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