Various -  View Master Interactive


If you remember View-Masters, it's probably as the cheap plastic viewers you'd insert photo discs into to see faux-3D scenes of cities, and some of your favorite cartoon characters. Manufacturer Ideal wanted to license that brand name for something in the modern era, so they decided to jump feet-first into the game console world.

The resulting hardware is a deeply weird piece of technology, with one of the most bizarre and non-ergonomic joysticks ever produced. Looking more like a fishing controller, it boasts a quintet of colorful buttons.

Games play with video footage that allows you to make choices along with simple arcade gameplay in between segments. The illusion of interactivity came with the soundtracks - each video had a pair of audio tracks, different ones of which would play depending on the buttons you hit.

By Pioneer CPU Intel 8048 @5.91MHz Memory 192Bytes CPU-RAM, 6K RAM, 1K ROM Sound 1 Channel, 8 sounds Sprites 4 8x8 single color user def sprites; 12 8x8 ROM sprites; 4 quad characters Display 320x238 16 colors, 160x200 16 colors Display Chip Intel 8244 (PAL)/8245(NTSC) and EF9340 / EF9341 for new Video Modes Sound Chip Intel 8244 (PAL)/8245(NTSC) CPU Class Z80 Developed by Pioneer
Related Systems
Various Consoles
View Master  Interactive
Books & Publications
Collection of books on the 6502 and compatible CPUs
A collection of books on Assembly Programming
A collection of books on Programming in BASIC
Books on programming in the higher programming languages Pascal and C
Collection of books on the Z80 8-bit CPU used in various home-computers
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Magazine devoted to the 68xx user
Advanced Computer Entertainment Magazine
Aktueller Software Markt (ASM)
The Journal for progressive computing
Computer and Video Games, multi-format British Magazine
Das Grosse Heimcomputer-Magazin
Monthly Programming and Technical Magazine
Una delle riviste storiche di informatica in Italia
Basic listings for various Japanese computer systems, including Sharp, MSX, Pasiopia, and more.
The 6502/6809 Journal
Slovenian Computer Magazine
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