G7000

Videopac G7000 - 04
	   
In 1976 Fairchild Electronics came up with the idea of using ROM 
(read-only memory) cartridges for their own "Channel-F" videogame system.
With this innovation, each videogame could be completely unique; however
their game system was too primitive and never caught on.
The big news, however was just ahead: By December 1977 Atari released the
programmable Video Computer System, the Atari VCS
(which was later renamed the Atari 2600.)
Readers of this essay are undoubtably familiar with this system; more
description would be superfluous.
RCA also released their own home video game system this same year,
the "Studio II".
For some reason they decided to release a machine that was only capable
of producing black and white images, which did not go over well with the
consumers in home electronics marketplace.
 
A European G7000. Looks slightly different from its american counterpart,
the Odyssey˛. 
Near the same time, in early 1977, Maganox had developed a non-programmable
game console that they called the Odyssey 2.
It would not have the ability to add new games through cartridges, but
instead would have 24 built in games, and allow up to four people to play
simultaneously.
Soon afterward, however, the videogame market became crowded with a number
of other enteries all of which had to compete not only with each other, but
also with the large number of inexpensive hand held electronic games.
The resulting market difficulties convinced Magnavox not to market this
incarnation of the 24-game Odyssey 2.
To date, I am not aware of any classic videogame collectors who own a
prototype of this unit.
In 1978 Magnavox released a new videogame system for the home market:
The Odyssey˛.
This new unit bore no relation to the scapped 24-game system.
Instead, it was a fully programable home video game systerm that was designed
to use 2K ROM game cartridges.
Like the Atari VCS, the CPU of the O˛ was powerful enough such that each
game could be a completely unique experience, with its own background
graphics, foreground graphics, gameplay, scoring and music.
The potential was enormous, as an unlimited number of games could be
individually purchased.
Like the Atari 2600, the Odyssey˛ allowed any game player to purchase a
library of videogames tailored to his or her own interest.
Unlike any other system at that time, the Odyssey˛ also included a full
alpha-numeric touchpad keyboard, which was to be used for educational games,
selecting game options or programming. This was a major selling point of
the system.
For hand held controllers, the Odyssey˛ utilized the classic joystick design
of the 1970s and 80s: A moderately sized, self centering eight way joystick.
It was held in the left hand, and manipulated with the right hand.
In the upper corner of the joystick was a single 'Action' button.
A credit to the designers at Maganavox, three or four years later, with Atari,
Intellivision, and a number of third party companies producing hardware,
many people still felt that the Odyssey˛ joystick was one of the best designed.
 
Some games in various boxes: hard plastic, the strange "Laufschrift"-
cartridge "A" and a paper box. 
By 1981, Atari and Intellivison sales had grown in leaps and bounds beyond
the O˛. 
Nevertheless, unlike some unnamed videogame companies, (hint: their name
rhymes with Vega) Philips kept on supporting the O˛.
Their programmers's slow but steady improvements in gameplay and graphics
made sure that O˛ owners could always count on more and better games being
made available.
Even without massive third party support, by 1983 over a million O˛ units
were sold in North America alone.
It is less well known that the Odyssey˛ was even more popular in Europe,
where it was marketed by Magnavox's parent company, Philips Electronics.
In Europe (and in other parts of the world as well) the O˛ was sold as the
Philips G7000 Videopac console. In France, it was known as the Philips C52.
In Brazil it was known as the Odyssey, as the original Odyssey was never
released in Brazil

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Manufacturer Philips Name G7000
Type Console Origine ???
Introduction Date 1978 End of production ???
Built in Language ??? Keyboard Qwerty, 49 Keys
CPU Intel 8048 Speed 1.78 Mhz
Coprocessor 8245 Graphic Chip Amount of Ram 4 Kb
Vram ??? Rom 1K for BIOS
Text Modes ??? Graphic Modes Background Grid: 8 x 9 blocks; single color blocks; Sprites: 4 independant sprites; 8 x 8 pixels; single color; Single Characters: 12 foreground chars out of 64 predefined chars; Quad Characters: group of 4 single characters with one char space between
Colors 8 Sound ???
Size / Weight ??? Built in Media Cartridges
I/O Ports 2 x 8bit I/O ports, internal timer, interrupt input, 2 x single bit testable input OS -
Power Supply External Introduction Price ???
Sold ??? Serial Number ???
Other Extras 26 Videopacs; C7010 Chess Module; C7420 Home Computer Module Bought Where Schepdaal
Bought When July 11, 2002 Condition Dead
Price Paid - Specs of my Model -
Setup Today -

Nicely Boxed Inside the Box

Nicely Boxed C7010 Chess Module Inside the Boxed Chess Module

The Chess Module in Action Nicely Boxed C7420 Home Computer Module

Inside the Boxed Home Computer Module The C7420 in action … euh … not much action to see, either this module is dead or it only works with the G7400

	   
	   
G7000-04:

Bought in Schepdaal (Brussels) on 11/07/2002.

Very nice Videopac Collection !

It came boxed with a lot of cartridges, the C7010 Chess Module,
C7420 Home Computer Module and manuals.

One problem: it seems to be dead. The good thing is that it also has an
external power supply and I used for testing the G7000_01 but this one seems
to have the same problems (maybe there is a problem with the power supply).

This is a list of the things I bought in Schepdaal:

Tandy TRS80 Model III 16Kb RAM
Tandy TRS80 Coco2 16Kb Ram (26-3026)
Tandy TRS80 Coco2 64Kb Ram (26-3003B)
Tandy multi pak interface
Double disk drive and lots of diskettes
Datasette with lots of cassettes
Lots of cartridges
2 Tandy Deluxe and 1 other joystick
Tandy Mouse
2 Self made kits (80 column screen and disk drive interface)
Videopac G7000
26 Videopacs
C7010 Chess Module
C7420 Home Computer Module
Some Manuals

Paid 100€

Actually this collection was a tip from the guy in Wervik, he didn’t have
the time to go to Schepdaal and so we made a deal.
I would buy the stuff and give him the Videopac with the games.
One problem though: the videopac didn’t work, I gave him one of mine and I
got a Tandy TRS80 200 Laptop.

Good Guy !

When I unpacked everything I noticed I didn’t got the Chess and
Home Computer Module.
I collected them on 15/07/2002