Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photo Odds and Ends

I thought I'd take a quick break to post some interesting photos I've come across recently.

First up are some more photos from the 1974 All Japan TV Game Championship that I reported on before ( As I mentioned, it was likely the first national video game tournament and one of the first major coin-op video game tournaments.

(BTW - I have discovered yet another early attempt at an e-sports league from ca 1982. I am going to try to contact that people who started it for more information. I am also still corresponding with Dennis DeNure of the Video Athletes Assn and hope to do a more in depth post on that one soon.)

These are from the November 30, 1974 issue of Marketplace.

Here's tournament winner Osamu Kuroda (a 28-year-old banking employee).

From Video Games magazine, here are articles on two rare games:

A few other rare video and non-video games:


Not a video game, but an odd video game-related product from the 80s.

Here's a photo of The Country Store from ca 1985, which was formerly the famous Andy Capp's Tavern (where Pong was play tested and the coin-op video game industry was arguably launched).
I don't know when it stopped being Andy Capp's and so far, I have yet to see an actual photo of Andy Capp's (The San Jose Mercury News might have printed a photo of it, but I don't have access to their archive). I think that today, the site is occupied by Rooster T. Feathers comedy club.

Finally, from Taito's history blog, here are some photos of a Space Invaders parlor, some bags used to collect quarters from Space Invaders, and a few other Taito products.

No comments:

Post a Comment