Mobility

The Handheld Museum: A tribute to the early history of handheld gaming

Alba Baseball

To say that technology has changed in the last 20-30 years is really nothing short of an understatement.

Those of us who remember rotary phones and three television channels, frequently receive blank stares and down-turned mouths when we refer to those things in the presence of our younger co-workers.

It is important to remember that it was right about the time of Tron, and the advent of cable-tv, that computer technology really started to become mainstream.

Remembering these things is more than just entertainment, it is also a useful reminder about how far we've come technologically, and maybe a good sounding board to ask ourselves how this has affected us as a society. - But I digress.

I love the nostalgia of old games, mainly because they were the mainstream manifestations of major technological advancements.

I asked to do a series on vintage handheld games, and our intrepid editor came across a website that had them all.

It was called Handheld Museum and is maintained soley by a man we know as Rik M. There seem to be thousands of different handheld games on the page from the 70's on.

Instead of a series, we decided to do a single large gallery that highlighted a number of the handhelds.

All of the images are taken from Riks site and 90 percent the captions too. I have put my own comments in at the end, preceded by "**". Some of the games have more pictures on the website with boxes and some instruction manuals, even movie clips from when the games appeared in movies.

If you want to find more info or pictures of a particular item, Rik has the items nicely cataloged by manufacturer, by item title.

I sorted the gallery here in this order:1 - watch games2 - Sports games3 - All of the others

I tried to keep similar genres together as well.

I found that the watch games had a lot of sales images for the Sears catalogs and the like. The Sears catalog, kiddies, was all we had for browsing "back in the day".

So without any additional delay - we give you - The Handheld Museum: A tribute to the early history of Handheld gaming.

Be sure to visit Riks site when you are done here.

Alba Baseball (19??, LCD, Watch batteries, Model

15 comments
sabu2005
sabu2005

I had this watch. The game consists of getting the pieces to build a pyramid. If you let three peaces away, then the game is over. And when you get the pieces upside down, you get more points.

blue6demon
blue6demon

Hi ! Just wanted to tell you that this game had the VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) technology no LED here :)

Lost Cause?
Lost Cause?

but, I did have a great electronic pool game... Anyone know which one I'm talking about? I can't rtemember the company name. It was in the 80's.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I loved electronic quarterback! I also had a cool baseball game for two players. One guy batted and ran while the other had a pitching controller (FBall, Slider, Curve, Sinker, KB, etc.) that was on a wire connected to the top of the game so you could play head to head and just switch roles from pitcher to hitter, VERY cool at my little league baseball parties!

drew.mcbee
drew.mcbee

I'd be interested to know if anyone had any of the games in this gallery. Every time people my age start talking about this kind of stuff, funny ( or not ) stories come to the surface that are somehow linked to these games/devices.

drew.mcbee
drew.mcbee

Interesting - Thanks for that Blue!

drew.mcbee
drew.mcbee

I think I remember a kid down the road that had an electronic pool game. I googled and all I found was the patent application - which looks like the right time frame...Interesting anyway. www.freepatentsonline.com/4346892.html

blue6demon
blue6demon

Hi ! That would be the Entex baseball game, they made 3 of those, 2 were black and one white.

drew.mcbee
drew.mcbee

As soon as I read the slider, and Fball, and Curve part, I remember playing that too - or maybe something like it.

Fregeus
Fregeus

I have Mattel's Baseball (1978, LED, 9 Volt, Model# 2942). Still works fine. I play it from time to time. Kinda reminds me of the good old days. Mine doesn't look as good as the one in the picture though. I used mine A LOT!! TCB

blue6demon
blue6demon

I'm one of the collectors from Rik website forum, i have about 180 of those games, wich is not much compared to some of the guys (and a girl) there !!!

rchew
rchew

Between my brother and I we had just about all of the titles relased by Coleco. Basket Ball and Soccer were my favs. Also had the D&D game but never got into it. I just remember having one. What a trip down memory lane...

teedot
teedot

I had the Donkey Kong tabletop as well as the Galaxian tabletop (which wasn't featured). It's great to see all these old games on here!

floorshine
floorshine

...I had Football I, which was a blast. One game that I had, which wasn't shown, was 'Battlestar Galactica.' A black handheld. You used a small metal joystick to avoid "Cylon" blasts and a button to fire your own. Tons-o-fun. This would have to be around 1979.