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Gameroom Tele-Pong

Very interesting and early pong system but sadly nearly nothing is known about it.

It might be an analogic pong, using no dedicated chipset. The back of the manual says "Semi-conductors: 8 ICs, 26 transistors".

The controllers are weird : two knobs for each player, integrated into the plastic case. One for vertical movements and the other for horizontal movements. Two other knobs at the top of the case are used to set V-Hold and H-Hold values of the display. Another control (dial or push button) seems to be used to choose between channel 26 or 31 on the TV.

It does not have sound and there is a swith on the right hand to switch between 2 player or 1 player with computer. In this case, the computer is almost impossible to beat!

The score is not displayed on TV, but there is a way to keep track of each player's score thanks to two numbered wheels built-in the case.

There is a UK version marketed by Binatone : TV Game Unit.

We need more info about this pong ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.

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I just came across one of these at a thrift store. Any idea how much it is worth. No box but seems to be in nice condition Thank you

          
Sunday 9th December 2012
Bobby

Hi.
This pong is a dedicated system. I can say the following thing to them:

*All chips are SN74LS00.
*No use CPU.
*Only battery operated (1.5V "C" cell x 4).
*No power adaptor conector.
*Signal Output VHF (RF) 3 or 4 channel. (¿latin american model?)
*it is absolutely a museum piece. Mine it cost 4 dollars in a flea market.

Regards.

          
Monday 25th June 2007
Luis Muñoz (ZZT) (Chile)
retrogames.cl

Wow. I remember having one of these when I was about 10 years old. I believe it ran on batteries, because I seem to remember that the batteries corroded and so my dad threw it out (too bad, it would have made a nice museum piece). I also believe that it had a mode where you could play against the machine, but it could not lose because its paddle simply followed the exact vertical position of the ball.

          
Tuesday 28th September 2004
Dan Howell (Earth)

 

NAME  Gameroom Tele-Pong
MANUFACTURER  ENTEX
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  ? 1976
BUILT IN GAMES  one (pong)
CONTROLLERS  4 built-in knobs. Two for each player (vertical & horizontal movement ?)
CPU  Unknown
BUTTONS  Unknown
SWITCHES  Unknown
SCORE  On the system himself
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  No
SIZE / WEIGHT  W 182mm x L 345mm x H 84mm / 1.5 Kg
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output (channel 3 or 4)
BATTERIES  4 x 1.5V
POWER SUPPLY  Superior limit DC-6.3V, Inferior limit DC 5.5V
GUN  No
PRICE  Unknown


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