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Atari

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year -  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from partner...

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video...

Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600)...

Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to...

Pong

The first successful computer game was a video version of ping-pong, whose "ball" was a blip that bounced back and forth on screen between...

Video Games

Encouraged by the success of Atari, other companies tried dipping their joysticks into the home video game market in 1976. Coleco introduced Telstar Pong, while the...

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Invasion USA (1985)

A load of Cuban (?) terrorists land on a Florida beach at night, board a fleet of trucks and head for various key cities...

Merv Griffin Show, The

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 8 6 (USA) Born in San Mateo, California, Merv Griffin became a band singer shortly after graduating from school,...

Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies

24 December 2016 Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68, his manager has said. He died from a severe infection...

Great Space Coaster, The

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 6 (USA) A kid's fantasy/variety show about three friends - Francine, Danny, and Roy - who leave Earth...

Chantelles, The

Led by Riss Chantelle (formerly known as Iris Lana), British girl group The Chantelles cut some high-quality material in the mid-1960s, made numerous TV appearances and...

Hand, The (1981)

Oliver Stone directs Michael Caine in this hybrid horror that combines elements of The Beast with Five Fingers and The Hands of Orlac. Caine stars...

D.A.’s Man, The

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Neighbours

1 9 8 5 - Current (Australia) As the theme song suggests, everyone who lives on Ramsay Street needs good neighbours. Everything in sunny Ramsay Street is...