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Fairchild Channel F

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Fairchild Channel F

The Fairchild Channel F (also known as Channel F) is a home video game console. The "F" in the name stands for "Fun".[1] It was designed by Jerry Lawson and released in November 1976 by Fairchild Camera and Instrument in the United States for a price of 169.95 $.[2] It is the first console that uses ROM cartridges and a microprocessor. By 1977, 250,000 Fairchild Channel F consoles were sold.[3] The production ended in 1983.[4]

Licensed versions[change | change source]

Many licensed versions were released in Europe. For example, the Luxor Video Entertainment System (Sweden), Adman Grandstand (United Kingdom), Saba Videoplay, Nordmende Teleplay, ITT Tele-Match Processor (Germany) and Dumont/Barco Videoplay (Italy and Belgium).[2]

Nordmende Color TelePlay µP
Adman Grandstand Video Entertainment Computer
Luxor Video Entertainment Computer
SABA Videoplay

Games[change | change source]

26 cartridges were officially released for the Fairchild Channel F. Some cartridges have several games included. Each cartridge was sold for 19.95 $.[5] On November 5, 2009, a homebrew game, a version of Pac-Man, was released.[6]

List of games[change | change source]

  • Integrated with console: Hockey, Tennis
  • Videocart-1: Tic-Tac-Toe, Shooting Gallery, Doodle, Quadra-Doodle
  • Videocart-2: Desert Fox, Shooting Gallery
  • Videocart-3: Video Blackjack
  • Videocart-4: Spitfire
  • Videocart-5: Space War
  • Videocart-6: Math Quiz (Addition & Subtraction)
  • Videocart-7: Math Quiz (Multiplication & Division)
  • Videocart-8: Mind Reader, Nim (also referred to as Magic Numbers)
  • Videocart-9: Drag Strip
  • Videocart-10: Maze, Cat and Mouse
  • Videocart-11: Backgammon, Acey-Deucey
  • Videocart-12: Baseball
  • Videocart 13: Robot War/Torpedo Alley
  • Videocart-14: Sonar Search
  • Videocart-15: Memory Match
  • Videocart 16: Dodge-It
  • Videocart-17: Pinball Challenge
  • Videocart-18: Hangman
  • Videocart-19: Checkers
  • Videocart-20: Video Whizball
  • Videocart-21: Bowling
  • Videocart-22: Slot Machine
  • Videocart-23: Galactic Space Wars
  • Videocart-24: Pro-Football
  • Videocart-25: Casino Poker
  • Videocart-26: Alien Invasion
  • Videocart-27: Pac-Man (homebrew)

Technical specifications[change | change source]

Successor[change | change source]

Fairchild Channel F System II

In 1979, the successor named Fairchild Channel F System II was released.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Edwards, Benj (2015-01-22). "The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Adman Grandstand (Fairchild Channel-F) Video Entertainment Computer - Game Console - Computing History". www.computinghistory.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  3. Jones, Gareth R.; Hill, Charles W. L. (2007). Strategic management: an integrated approach (7th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. p. C-123. ISBN 0-618-73166-0.
  4. Wolf, Mark J. P. (2018-11-21). The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-315-44266-2.
  5. 1976 commercial trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXvpsmanhsk
  6. "Homebrew:Pac-Man - veswiki". channelf.se. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  7. "Fairchild Channel F / Channel F System II (1976 – 1984)". Museum of Obsolete Media. 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2020-06-04.

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