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

Coleco Electronic Quarterback - Beta Dog

Coleco Electronic Quarterback (1978, LED, 9 Volt, Model# 2020)
U. S. Patent #s 4,249,735 (game) and 4,327,915 (display)
Invented by: Eric Bromley (according to the patent)
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There appears to be some color variations here- 1st one is 'normal,' 2nd one has black directional buttons (I suspect the overlay sticker is just faded, that would explaind the light blue and white word 'Electronic,' but maybe it was printed this way), the third one has yet another color of buttons, as well as featuring the newer Coleco logo (I think that was the newer one...) THe first version also changed in that the earliest models ((C) 1978 on the box) have an A/C adapter port on the top of the game, later models ((C) 1980 on the box) no longer have this. Also licensed to Sears as Electronic Touchdown.

Electronic Quarterback has been found in Disney's movie 'Tron.' When they are at Flynn's arcade in his apartment, he picks it up and starts playing it for a few seconds. You never see the front of the game, but it's obvious what it is... :) See screen shot at bottom of page.

** Though I call this "Beta Dog" I remember a lot of kids had this.

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.