Sunday, I went to my first auction. I was hoping to win a bed, but the bidding went nuts on both of them.
While looking at the beds, another item caught my eye. A box containing two Magnavox Odyssey 2 game consoles (1978-1984) and 32 games. I had an Atari 2600 during that console generation and I was always curious about the other systems, so I decided to place a bid. I got it for $10. I probably could have gotten it for less, but I still think it was a decent deal.
7 of the games were duplicates, so we got 25 unique games. Famous classics like Football!, UFO!, and Thunderball!. Yes, most of the game titles end with an exclamation point. One AC adapter was bad and one console had it’s TV connection cable’s end ripped off, but the other one had it’s old antenna connector replaced with a sloppily attached RF switch connector. I plugged that one into an NES RF switch and got it to play. Signal was very fuzzy though.
Not sure if the RF switch was bad (we have a bad one, I just grabbed the first one I found) the poorly attached cable end was bad, or if the console was going bad. The games we tried out all played without a hitch anyway.
The other console looked to be in better condition aside from the TV connection cable being cut. I just needed to find a way to hook it to a television that’s not from the 1970s. Google to the rescue!
Modify an Odyssey 2 to output composite video (aka, RCA jacks) Yeah, that’s what I need, and it sounds very easy.
As with anything geeky like this, I read a lot about it:
History and tons of info about the Odyssey 2
How to program for the Odyssey 2
How to Build an Odyssey 2 Cart Reader
Odyssey 2 Emulator
How to make an Odyssey 2 cartridge
A Site that Manufactures and sells homebrew Odyssey 2 games
If you know me, you know that these links make me want to write a game for the Odyssey 2.