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1972 - 1st generation system
The Magnavox Odyssey is the world's first home video game console, released in 1972 by Magnavox. It was invented by Ralph H. Baer and used analog circuitry and removable circuit boards to play games. It was compatible with a variety of television sets and could be connected to the TV through RF modulator. The console had a total of 28 games, including sports, action, and puzzle games, and came with two controllers that used knobs for game play. The Magnavox Odyssey was not a commercial success, but it laid the foundation for the video game industry and inspired other companies to develop their own home video game consoles. The Magnavox Odyssey had a total of 28 games, some of the most popular ones include: Table Tennis Simon Hockey Roulette Analogic Shooting Gallery Statesmanship Submarine Space War Tic-Tac-Toe. These games used simple graphics and often relied on players to imagine the game environment. The console's game play was basic compared to today's video games but paved the way for the future of home video gaming.