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This method of construction simplified the motherboard design and lowered its cost.
Fortunately, Bill Enders, a member of the RCA team, had left that company and moved on to become a marketing VP at Magnavox in their New York sales offices.
He had been thoroughly impressed with the demonstrations of the Brown Box.
Bill spent much of his time with George Kent and other Magnavox engineers assigned to the project.
Meanwhile, Ralph worked mostly with Bob Fritsche, who had become Magnavox’ Odyssey program manager.
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It took until March of 1971—nine months later—for that to happen.
A preliminary agreement was signed between the two companies, Sanders Associates and Magnavox.
- Background (How Ralph Baer built the first video game) - The very first law suit in the history of video games - The Odyssey system (its design) - The Odyssey variants made between 19 - Operation of the Odyssey - Technology of the Odyssey - Shooting Gallery, the Odyssey add-on rifle - Misc Odyssey pictures - How the Odyssey sold in the USA - Odyssey exports and clones - Odyssey information for the collector - Odyssey schematic (original 1TL200BLAK version) - Odyssey Service Manual - Warnings about mistaken Odyssey sales on e Bay - How to date your Odyssey console - Video game history at Sanders Associates (1966-1971) - Odyssey FAQ.
- Ralph Baer's biography - The accessories of the Odyssey - Percepts, the free Odyssey add-on game - The extra games of the Odyssey - The Apex-Magnavox 2-in-1 blue card - Schematics of the Odyssey cartridges - The different modules of the Odyssey (circuit boards) - The Odyssey, as sold in France - The German manuals of the Odyssey - Spanish Odyssey clone: Overkal - Argentinian Odyssey clone: Telemach De Panoramic Some sellers happen to propose Odyssey and other Pong games at very (and sometimes extremely) high prices.
When that failed to jumpstart the industry, TV manufacturers (Zenith, Sylvania, GE, Motorola and RCA) were contacted in order to find a licensee.