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2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 20th, 2016, 7:50 pm
by VideoGameCritic
I think you'll enjoy my latest set of Fairchild Channel F reviews.

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 20th, 2016, 9:14 pm
by goldenband
Awesome! I love seeing new Channel F reviews -- I really want to get one someday. There's something special about that innocent 1970s approach to game design.

You're actually getting close to reviewing the full set, especially if you skip the educational games (which you tend to do). Other than those, it's pretty much board and card games remaining, plus Dodge It.

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 21st, 2016, 3:21 am
by Sut
Echo Goldenband. Really enjoy the Channel F reviews although I no longer own a machine. It's a machine I'm kinda fond of.

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 21st, 2016, 3:02 pm
by Sut
goldenband wrote:You're actually getting close to reviewing the full set, especially if you skip the educational games (which you tend to do). Other than those, it's pretty much board and card games remaining, plus Dodge It.


Yes Dodge it is a fun little title. Basic, but reasonably addictive.

Another reason I enjoy your older game reviews they seem to allow you to inject more of your humour into them. The Madden line in the Pro Football review made me laugh.

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 21st, 2016, 7:07 pm
by crimefighter
FYI - the X's & O's of Pro Football should remind you of the early arcade Atari Football --

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGDzW6JCGMs

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 21st, 2016, 11:07 pm
by crimefighter
What's left --

Videocart-03: Video Blackjack
Videocart-06: Math Quiz I (Addition & Subtraction)
Videocart-07: Math Quiz II (Multiplication & Division)
Videocart-08: Magic Numbers (Mind Reader & Nim)
Videocart-11: Backgammon, Acey-Deucey
Videocart-15: Memory Match
Videocart-16: Dodge' It
Videocart-18: Hangman
Videocart-19: Checkers
Videocart-22: Slot Machine
Videocart-25: Casino Poker

So the three gambling games will likely get reviewed together, with the Dodge'It & board games reviewed together. And that will wrap it up, unless a new homebrew title surfaces.

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 22nd, 2016, 2:29 am
by Sut
crimefighter wrote:What's left --

Videocart-03: Video Blackjack
Videocart-06: Math Quiz I (Addition & Subtraction)
Videocart-07: Math Quiz II (Multiplication & Division)
Videocart-08: Magic Numbers (Mind Reader & Nim)
Videocart-11: Backgammon, Acey-Deucey
Videocart-15: Memory Match
Videocart-16: Dodge' It
Videocart-18: Hangman
Videocart-19: Checkers
Videocart-22: Slot Machine
Videocart-25: Casino Poker

So the three gambling games will likely get reviewed together, with the Dodge'It & board games reviewed together. And that will wrap it up, unless a new homebrew title surfaces.


There is also a Chess game released for the Saba version of the Channel F. It is on the Multi-cart.

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 22nd, 2016, 6:03 am
by scotland
Has anyone read Kevin Savetz's 2012 book, Terrible Nerd? The Fairchild Channel F was his first video game console , so he waxes on about it in a charming way. When you lose in Tic Tac Toe, it tosses a mild 1970s insult at you (you lose turkey), which Dave did not comment on. Is it true, Dave?

Kevin's favorite games are both ones Dave did not enjoy - maze and quadra doodle. Quadra doodle lets you create kaleidoscope like mirroring, or let the game auto draw while you sit back and enjoy it. He also enjoyed shooting gallery. He also criticized the innovative but odd controller.

Kevin met the Channel F designer, Jerry Lawson too. Lawson was another member of the famous Homebrew Computer Club. Jerry signed some of his Channel F games, which is awesome.

One of the games Kevin writes he was missing was Whizball, and wanted to know what Whizball was. Maybe he will see your review Dave.

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 22nd, 2016, 3:17 pm
by CaptainCruch
I really enjoyed those reviews, while I do not even own (or wish to own) a Channel F. I looked at the frontpage of your site and I now realise why I enjoy visiting it so much... I can't think of any other site that offers new game reviews on the frontpage of Channel F, Playstation 4, Turbografx-16, ColecoVision, Super Nintendo (and so on...)! Keep it up! :)

Re: 2016/9/20: Fairchild Channel F: Bowling, Pro Football, Video Whizball

Posted: September 22nd, 2016, 10:08 pm
by goldenband
scotland wrote:Has anyone read Kevin Savetz's 2012 book, Terrible Nerd? The Fairchild Channel F was his first video game console , so he waxes on about it in a charming way. When you lose in Tic Tac Toe, it tosses a mild 1970s insult at you (you lose turkey), which Dave did not comment on.


Interesting -- the Odyssey² uses a similar insult ("Come on, turkey!") in Smitheerens, and maybe other games as well, if you have The Voice attached.