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MAVERICK'S LIST OF FAIRCHILD CHANNEL F VIDEOGAMES

Journey back to the early, primitive days of
videogames (we're talking mid-70's here) when
using cartridges was an innovation!  (Before
the Channel F a hot home videogame may have
had three or four built-in variations
of pong.)  The Channel F built in speaker 
generates the appropriate beeps.  The 
"dazzling" half-dozen colors and blocky 
graphics are actually used to good effect 
by the games.  The Channel F also featured 
a unique joystick style controller that 
could be pulled up, pushed down or twisted 
right or left in addition to the standard 
forward, back, right and left movements.  
A dinosaur, and a nostalgic one at that 
since it was the first videogame my 
family owned.  

Some of my favorite titles are marked * and
have a brief commentary as to their merits.

B M GAME (CARTRIDGE NUMBER)
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    ALIEN INVASION (VIDEOCART 26)
X X BACKGAMMON/ACEY-DEUCEY (VIDEOCART 11)
X X BASEBALL (VIDEOCART 12)*
     although this laughably simple version of
     baseball will never be confused with a
     simulation, it's simple style lets everyone
     get in on the fun.
X X BOWLING (VIDEOCART 21)
X X DESERT FOX (VIDEOCART 2)
  X DODGE' IT (VIDEOCART 16)
X X DOODLE (VIDEOCART 1)
X X DRAG STRIP (VIDEOCART 9)*
     the design of the Fairchild stick gives a
     great H-pattern 4-speed feel in this quick 
     shifting game of blown engines and red-light
     starts!  Cool feature: since your car stages
     (starts) a bit behind the starting line, you
     actually have to get moving slightly before
     the green light to get the best times.
X X GALACTIC SPACE WARS (VIDEOCART 23)
X X HANGMAN (VIDEOCART 18)
X X MAGIC NUMBERS (VIDEOCART 8)
X X MATH QUIZ II (VIDEOCART 7)
X X MAZE (VIDEOCART 10)*
     fast action fun for one or two players
     trying to escape a variety of mazes
     (including filled in and invisible 
     variants.)  Cat-and-mouse variants
     require players to avoid computer
     controlled cats sweeping the maze.     
    MEMORY MATCH (VIDEOCART 15)
X X PINBALL CHALLENGE (VIDEOCART 17)
    PRO FOOTBALL (VIDEOCART 24)
X X QUADRA-DOODLE (VIDEOCART 1)
X X ROBOT WAR (VIDEOCART 13)
    SABA VIDEOPLAY (GERMAN VIDEOCART 1)
X X SHOOTING GALLERY (VIDEOCART 1)
X X SHOOTING GALLERY (VIDEOCART 2)
X X SONAR SEARCH (VIDEOCART 14)
X X SPACE WAR (VIDEOCART 5)
X X SPITFIRE (VIDEOCART 4)*
     aspiring dogfighters could face-off against
     the computer or another player in this
     primitive air combat game.
X X TIC-TAC-TOE (VIDEOCART 1)*
     I'm joking about the asterisk of course.
     Perhaps the only videogame to use the line
     "You lose turkey" when the computer wins!
X X TORPEDO ALLEY (VIDEOCART 13)
X X VIDEO BLACKJACK (VIDEOCART 3)*
     attractive rendition of blackjack considering
     the system's limitations and good for hours
     of fun for one or two miserly gamblers.


6/19/00

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