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Atari 'TouchMe' (BH-100)
In 1978 Atari, under Warner at that time, decided to enter the market of handheld gaming, establishing a new division: 'Atari Electronic Games'. The new division designed three different models of handheld games:
'TouchMe', 'Super Breakout' and 'Space Invaders'.
All three games were based on the existing coin-op versions, but only Atari's 'TouchMe' (not very successful in the arcades) made it to the market, the other ones were shelved.
The game 'TouchMe'
randomly lights up the LEDs on colored areas on the handheld's housing,
playing distinct sounds with each color lit up.
Well, 'Milton Bradley'
copied the idea of 'TouchMe' and invented the 'Simon', a large, round toy
with big colored buttons on it, so non-players around can see the action
taking place while up to 4 players can enjoy the thrill of this simple,
yet addictive game.
Years ago, Bushnell 'stole'
the idea for his 'Pong' from Ralph Bear (developing the 'Odyssey 100' for
'Magnavox' at that time).
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