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The Games We Played – The Video Game Systems Of The 1983 Sears Wishbook

The Games We Played – The Video Game Systems Of The 1983 Sears Wishbook

The Video Game Systems Of The 1983 Sears Wishbook (Images courtesy The Retroist)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve been racking my brain for the past few weeks, but I just can’t remember ever playing a video game that had some sort of Christmas theme to it. I know games like that existed, but I like to keep this column limited to titles that I’ve actually played. So instead, for this week’s special ‘Christmas Edition’ of The Games We Played, please enjoy these scans of video games and systems from the 1983 Sears Wishbook catalog, courtesy of The Retroist.

Let’s face it, before the internet or you were old enough to hang around with the weirdos at your local computer store, catalogs were really the only place where a kid could get information about what new games and systems would soon be available. And since 1983 was the year of the great video game crash, this particular Wishbook features everything from the Odyssey 2 to the Vectrex and even Merlin! I can remember a lot of these systems being on my Christmas lists of yesteryear, and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind finding a few of these under the tree this year either.

[ The Retroist – The Video Game Systems Of The 1983 Sears Wishbook ]







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  • pds

    Oh man! I had that Donkey Kong game!

  • HAL_9000

    I loved those mini arcade games. I had the Donkey Kong and Galaga ones back in the day. Merry Christmas everyone. 🙂

  • HAL_9000

    I loved those mini arcade games. I had the Donkey Kong and Galaga ones back in the day. Merry Christmas everyone. 🙂

  • Merk

    Oh man, I remember waking up xmas morning and finding that little Ms. Pac-man game under the tree, sure, it was for my sister, but she didn't need to know that at the time! My parents said that since I got a new bike, Santa probably left that for her…

    I ended up getting it from her later in the year on a trade anyway :p Ah, memories…

    Oh, and the Odyssey 2…my dad bought that piece of crap over the Atari 2600 cause it was advertised as an “educational” machine as well as for games…damn thing made your thumbs hurt typing on the optional flat keyboard thing…

  • Merk

    Oops, the keyboard was already on the machine, it was “The Voice” that was the optional thing that pluged on top.

  • Merk

    Oh man, I remember waking up xmas morning and finding that little Ms. Pac-man game under the tree, sure, it was for my sister, but she didn't need to know that at the time! My parents said that since I got a new bike, Santa probably left that for her…

    I ended up getting it from her later in the year on a trade anyway :p Ah, memories…

    Oh, and the Odyssey 2…my dad bought that piece of crap over the Atari 2600 cause it was advertised as an “educational” machine as well as for games…damn thing made your thumbs hurt typing on the optional flat keyboard thing…

  • Merk

    Oops, the keyboard was already on the machine, it was “The Voice” that was the optional thing that pluged on top.

  • Merk

    Oh man, I remember waking up xmas morning and finding that little Ms. Pac-man game under the tree, sure, it was for my sister, but she didn't need to know that at the time! My parents said that since I got a new bike, Santa probably left that for her…

    I ended up getting it from her later in the year on a trade anyway :p Ah, memories…

    Oh, and the Odyssey 2…my dad bought that piece of crap over the Atari 2600 cause it was advertised as an “educational” machine as well as for games…damn thing made your thumbs hurt typing on the optional flat keyboard thing…

  • Merk

    Oops, the keyboard was already on the machine, it was “The Voice” that was the optional thing that pluged on top.