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A collection of the documentation, images, and digitized tapes related to a family of machines that provided electronic entertainment primarily based off audio and video tape. This includes the Tiger 2-XL, a tape machine with a robot personality, as well as Tele-Story and other related systems. This approach fell by the wayside with more and more inexpensive solid-state and digital products.



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Aug 2, 2022 Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories.
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Topics: 1990s, France, 2-XL, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Aug 2, 2022 Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories.
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Topics: 1990s, Tiger, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Dec 21, 2021 Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This was the second tape in a two tape set that came with the board game Robotrivia. The tape consists of two programs that run parallel to each other. The first program only uses the A and B buttons, while the...
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Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1980s, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Dec 12, 2021 YES! Entertainment
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Around 1998, YES! Entertainment Corporation, Shoot the Moon Products Inc, and Alchemy II Inc worked together to produce a new iteration of the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic teddy bear. In this version, there were six VHS movies, which were abridged re-releases of the original 1980s movies. In this release, there was a "TV Talk Box" that hooked up to both the VCR and the Teddy Ruxpin toy. This is the original manual from the TV Talk Box accessory.
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Topics: 1990s, Teddy Ruxpin, animatronic, teddy bear
Around 1998, YES! Entertainment Corporation, Shoot the Moon Products Inc, and Alchemy II Inc worked together to produce a new iteration of the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic teddy bear. In this version, there were six VHS movies, which were abridged re-releases of the original 1980s movies. In this release, there was a "TV Talk Box" that hooked up to both the VCR and the Teddy Ruxpin toy. The VHS tape contained an alternate audio track, which appears to have been hidden in the VHS hi-fi...
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Topics: 1990s, Teddy Ruxpin, animatronic, teddy bear, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Oct 30, 2021
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Aired December 1979
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Topic: America, 70s, commercial
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Oct 28, 2021 Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This is a fairly simple program. Two tracks interact with each other for handling true/false questions. A third track features around 20 minutes of disco music to exercise to, with 2-XL interjecting to tell jokes...
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Topics: 2-XL, Mego, 1970s, exercise, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Apr 13, 2021 Tiger
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This was an introductory title to the 2-XL. It begins with instructions on how to use the system and proceeds to a wide variety of trivia questions. This cartridge was...
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Topics: 2-XL, Tiger, edutainment, compact cassette
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Mar 14, 2021 View-Master Ideal Group Inc
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The View-Master Interactive Vision was a children's edutainment console from 1988. The games were held on VHS tapes consisted of VHS footage with computer graphics generated over the footage. This was done by playing the tape in the VCR and passing the video signal through the console. The console would identify game code hidden in the video signal (the barcode on the right side of the frame) and use this to generate the graphics in real time. This enabled a mixture of full-motion-video and...
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Topics: VMIV, View-Master Interatcive Vision, Sesame Street
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Mar 14, 2021 View-Master Ideal Group
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In 1988, the View-Master Ideal Group released their "View-Master Interactive Vision" game console. It used VHS tapes and combined the footage with graphics that were rendered by the console. The graphics appear to be constructed based on a barcode that is present on the right side of the video frame. Also, there is a hidden audio track that is visible as a waveform on the left side. At times, player choice can access this alternate track to give the impression of different paths...
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Topics: View-Master Interactive Vision, VHS, edutainment, video game
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Jan 13, 2021 Bandai
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This was a VHS tape game released for the Bandai Terebikko (or Telebikko), a Japanese edutainment console. I'm uncertain of the name. Google Translate claims that it is "Hello Kitty's Fun Things". However, other sources have pointed to "Hello Kitty's Fun Food" or "Hello Kitty's Fun Tasting.
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Topics: Hello Kitty, Bandai, Telebikko, Terebikko, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Dec 26, 2020 Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape was a licensing of the Nickelodeon show "Are you Afraid of the Dark?". It contains choices related to which character to follow, as well as which...
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Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, CYOA, Are you afraid of the dark
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Apr 17, 2020 Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This cartridge contained more complicated trivia aimed at adults. This cartridge was originally digitzed by Mouser of DonationCoder.com for the 2-XL Simulator
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Topics: 8-track, 2-xl
This was a VHS game released for the Bandai Telebikko game console (or Terebikko) in 1988. The Telebikko was a very simple game console in the shape of a phone with four buttons. As the tape played, the characters asked the player questions, and an audio tone from the tape told the console which button corresponded to the correct answer. Then, the user would choose the button that matched their chosen answer and the console speaker would let them know if they were correct. This tape focuses on...
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Topics: Telebikko, terebikko, educational, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Feb 2, 2020 Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This tape follows 2-XL as he tests the world's first time machine. He travels back to the days of the cavemen, the days of pirates and buried treasure, and a hypothetical future city. The tape has plenty of trivia,...
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Topics: 2-XL, Mego, 1970s, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
Jan 23, 2020 Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This cartridge was used to play a game with 2-XL in which the player dropped counters on a small tray that attached to the front of 2-XL. The objective was to create a triangle out of three counters. Dropping the...
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Topics: Mego, 2-XL, robot, edutainment
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Computersmarts game console, released in 1987 by Connor Electronics. The one appears to focus on teaching children about possessive pronouns.
Topics: Connor Electronics, Computersmarts, Videosmarts, Educational, VHS, puppets
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This was a game released by Worlds of Wonder around 1987 for their Action Max game console. The Action Max games were all light gun shooters. However, as VHS was a linear system, the game is the same each time. The objective is to get the highest score. The games are incredibly cheesy. This one follows a submarine that discovers some sort of hostile fish-robot hybrids.
Topics: VHS, light gun, Action Max, Worlds of Wonder
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This was the first of two tapes used with "Robotstronomy", which was one of the board games that worked with the 2-XL robot. In this game, you move forward or backward a number of squares on the board as...
Topics: Mego 2-XL, edutainment, board game, 1980s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. As the title suggests, this one focuses on popular science fiction from the time. It was a sequel to the Science Fiction 1 cartridge. There are two versions of this cartridge. Both cartridges have identical labels,...
Topics: 2-XL, edutainment, Mego, 8-track
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The Video Driver (known as the Family Driver in Japan) is an obscure video game console released by Sega in 1988. The console consisted of a bar that hung down in front of the television. A tiny plastic car, representing the player, was placed on top of it. This car was controlled using the wired steering wheel controller. The games were held on VHS tapes and contained dashcam footage with a black and white bar at the bottom that was used to tell the console which parts of the screen were...
Topics: VHS, Sega, Video Driver
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- Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics.
Topics: puppets, educational, connor electronics, videosmarts, computersmarts
This was a VHS game released for the Bandai Telebikko game console (or Terebikko) in 1988. The Telebikko was a very simple game console in the shape of a phone with four buttons. As the tape played, the characters asked the player questions, and an audio tone from the tape told the console which button corresponded to the correct answer. Then, the user would choose the button that matched their chosen answer and the console speaker would let them know if they were correct. This tape focuses on...
Topics: Japanese, educational, VHS, telebikko, terebikko
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This tape contains a French-language version of the "Games and Puzzles 1" tape. Despite this, the tape has an English-language label. However, it is molded in white plastic, which is unusual for Mego 2-XL...
Topics: mego, 1978, children, 8-track
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
- Mego Corp.
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This flier was an attempt to pitch the Mego 2-XL robot to schools, with special offerings that were not sold to the regular market. First, this 2-XL unit would have a headphone jack, which was not present on the regular model. Second, many of the tapes would come with 8x11 inch workbooks, rather than the small workbooks that were common with the retail 2-XL tapes. Finally, the tapes are listed in four assortments. The first assortment was released in the retail market, but the other three were...
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1970s, Scholastic
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This is a fairly simple tape. There are two separate series of true/false questions. One set of questions uses only the A and B buttons, while the other set uses only the C and D buttons. There is no interaction...
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, edutainment, trivia, 1970s
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The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console released in 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Milton-Bradley, Omni, 8-track
Throughout the mid 1970s through the late 1980s, the company Superscope produced various audio cassettes for the purpose of education and classic storytelling. This tape discusses manners. It is framed by two children who forget their manners being told a story by their grandmother about her own  childhood struggles with manners.
Topics: 1980s, children
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Throughout the mid 1970s through the late 1980s, the company Superscope produced various audio cassettes for the purpose of education and classic storytelling. This tape attempts to teach children about animals via a story of a class field trip to the zoo.
Topics: education, 1980s, animals, zoo, children
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This was one of the VHS tapes for the obscure "See 'N Say Video Phone" produced by Mattel in 1989. This product was intended to build upon the success of their existing See 'N Say toy, but turn it into a VHS based edutainment console. During the program, questions are asked, and users can answer the questions using the four buttons on the console. This one features our puppet friend preparing a surprise party for Mother Goose.
Topics: puppets, children's entertainment, edutainment, Mattel, See 'N Say Video Phone
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape features 2-XL introducing a Spiderman story in which Spiderman must foil a plot involving the abduction of the king of Symkaria. This tape was originally...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, CYOA
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This was one of a series of video storybooks produced by the company Tele-Story during the late 1980s. There is no animation, instead showing hand-pained still images. The images were taken from a picture book produced by Tele-Story and Superscope around 1975. The audio used for the VHS tape was originally on an audio cassette that came with the picture book. This tape contains the classic fairy tales of "Sleeping Beauty" and "Hansel & Gretel".
Topics: fairy tales, tele-story, 1980s, VHS, hasel & gretel, sleeping beauty
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This is intended as preservation for the "Video Buddy" game console and the "Big Comfy Couch" TV show. This was taken from a tape on the Video Buddy edutainment game console, which used VHS tapes containing full episodes of children's shows. These episodes then had breaks inserted where the Video Buddy character would ask what the child learned. The child used the controller to give their answers, and would receive responses depending on whether they were correct.
Topics: Big Comfy Couch, Video Buddy, 1990s, VHS, game console
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The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console releasedin 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Vincent Price, trivia, family game, milton-bradley
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. Once again, 2-XL leaves the narration to an unknown narrator. This one follows the classic story of the original "Jurassic Park". We get the computer system...
Topics: Dinosaurs, Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment, CYOA
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape has plenty of facts related to food. However, it does have a clear focus on healthy diet and exercise. It brings up historical events, such as the Potato...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, 1990s, trivia
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape was all about world records. Most of them were truthful for the time. However, 2-XL inserts himself by claiming to hold the world record for singing Happy...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, 1990s, trivia
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. "Das Glaubt Kein Mensch" (Nobody Believes That) was released in Germany in 1993. It is believed to be the German equivalent of the U.S. tape "Fascinating...
Topics: 1990s, Germany, 2-XL, trivia
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- Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one is full of general trivia. Additionally, three children come to visit 2-XL: Paul, Zachary, and Rebecca. Other characters, such as Esmerelda the Witch and Sammy...
Topics: 1990s, Tiger, 2-XL, trivia
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- Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one was one of the Scholastic series, some of the last tapes released for the Tiger 2-XL in 1994. This one has 2-XL hosting the whole thing, which often did not...
Topics: tiger, trivia, safety 1990s
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. In this tape, 2-XL asks a wide variety of trivia questions. However, the show is hijacked part-way through by a pirate. 2-XL is able to fight back and regain control...
Topics: tiger, 2XL, CYOA, edutainment
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- Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape contains trivia on ocean life.
Topics: tiger, 2-XL, trivia, 1990s
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- Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one, "World of Animals" shares its title with one of the Mego tapes. At around 13:52, there is a mistake. The question regards whether lizards or humans...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, trivia, 1990s
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This was one of the two tapes that featured Superman. In this one, chaos has enveloped Metropolis. However, even Superman cannot track down all of the different groups...
Topics: 1990s, CYOA, Tiger, 2-XL
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Throughout the mid 1970s through the late 1980s, the company Superscope produced various audio cassettes for the purpose of education and classic storytelling. Throughout the 1970s, they focused on classic fairy tales and bible stories. In the 1980s, they moved to educational content, as well as licensed properties. This tape contains both an Portugese-language and English-language telling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.
Topics: 1970s, Portugal
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The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console released in 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Milton-Bradley, Omni, Sports, Television, Movies, Trivia
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- Tremendous Productions, Inc
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This is intended as preservation for the "Video Buddy" game console and the "Once Upon A Tree" puppet TV show. The Video Buddy was a children's game console that used VHS tapes containing full episodes of children's shows, including Once Upon a Tree. This tape contains the entire episode with breaks, during which the Video Buddy character will ask questions about what happened.
Topics: Video Buddy, Once Upon A Tree, Childrens television, VHS, puppets
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The Takara Video Challenger was a light-gun game console released by Takara of Japan in 1987. The console was contained within the light gun itself. All of the games were on VHS tapes. Most tapes appear to have been released in Japan only, though some were released in parts of Europe. This Japanese tape consists of flying through space and blowing up enemy spaceships.
Topics: VHS, Japan, Video Challenger, Takara
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- Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics. This one focuses on teaching the alphabet.
Topics: puppets, videosmarts, computersmarts, educational, VHS
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The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console released in 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Vincent Price, television, Milton-Bradley, Omni, trivia
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This cartridge features trivia on TV and movies, mainly from the last 1970s. Some items referenced include Little House on the Prarie, Bonanza, and Lassie.
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 8-track, edutainment
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This is a CYOA story in which Batman investigates a plot by Penguin and Mr. Freeze to heat up Gotham city with a giant magnifying glass. This tape was originally...
Topics: Tiger 2-XL, Batman, DC Comics, compact cassette
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This is a Russian-language circuit diagram for the Elektronika MK-52. This was a scientific calculator released in 1983 in the Soviet Union. There were at least two expansion modules for this calulcator, the BPN-3 and the BPN-4.
Topics: Elektronika, Elektronika MK-52, Soviet Union, USSR
The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console releasedin 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Milton-Bradley, Omni, 8-track, trivia
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- IMPACT Creative Group
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This was a VHS tape created by "IMPACT Creative Group" to market their C776C and C778B Compactor units.
Topics: VHS, 1990s, construction equipment, construction, marketing
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This was a trade ad given to toy stores around 1981 to help them market the Mego 2-XL robot. The ad features the Tri-lex game. Unfortunately, they chose white text on alight brown background, so it can be difficult to read.
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1980s
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This is one of the few surviving non-English advertisements for the Mego 2-XL robot. This advert was from the company Airfix, which distributed the robot and 8-track tapes in Germany. The tapes themselves included an Airfix logo in the lower right of the artwork. Scan Info: DPI - 1200 Bit Depth - 24 RAW - Yes Scanner make & model - Epson V600 Post Processing: TIFF - Untouched with ICC/ICM profile attached
Topics: 1970s, 1980s, Germany, Mego, Airfix, educational, robot, Raw, 1200DPI
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This was an early listing for the Mego 2-XL robot in the 1978 Montgomery Ward catalog. Some of the tape names are a bit off. "Sports" was renamed as "Sports Fun",  "Science Fiction" was renamed as "Science Fiction Fun", and "Games and Puzzles 1" was renamed as "Games, Puzzles, and Riddles". Also, the 2-XL robot appears to be a prototype, as he is gray, while the released model was brown.
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1970s, Montgomery Ward, magazine
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This was one of a series of video storybooks produced by the company Tele-Story during the late 1980s. There is no animation, instead showing hand-pained still images. The images were taken from a picture book produced by Tele-Story and Superscope around 1975. The audio used for the VHS tape was originally on an audio cassette that came with the picture book. This tape contains the classic bible stories of "Moses in Egypt" and "Daniel in the Lions' Den"
Topics: 1980s, Tele-Story, VHS, bible, bible stories
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- LJN Toys Ltd.
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Around 1987, toy company LJN released a game console known as the VideoArt. All of the games were very simple paint programs with the difference being the pictures that were presented to be colored in. This is the title screen that comes u only if no cartridge is detected. After this it opens a blank screen where you can draw whatever you want. My video capture setup captures LJN videoart in black-and-white for some reason. Thus, to present this image in the correct colors, I had to send the...
Topics: LJN Videoart, LN, Videoart, children, game console
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Around 1987, toy company LJN released a game console known as the VideoArt. All of the games were very simple paint programs with the difference being the pictures that were presented to be colored in. This cartridge contains pictures of various vehicles. It all seems to be everyday vehicles at first with fire trucks and helicopters. However it takes an unexpected term with a tank and a Naval destroyer. I do not have the expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I...
Topics: LJN, children's toys, VideoArt, vehicles
This was one of a series of video storybooks produced by the company Tele-Story during the late 1980s. There is no animation, instead showing hand-pained still images. The images were taken from a picture book produced by Tele-Story and Superscope around 1975. The audio used for the VHS tape was originally on an audio cassette that came with the picture book. This tape contains the classic bible stories "Noah & The Ark" and  "Joshua & The Battle of Jericho"
Topics: 1980s, tele-story, VHS, bible, bible stories
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Throughout the mid 1970s through the late 1980s, the company Superscope produced various audio cassettes for the purpose of education and classic storytelling. Throughout the 1970s, they focused on classic fairy tales and bible stories. In the 1980s, they moved to educational content, as well as licensed properties. This tape tells the classic bible story of Noah and the Ark.
Topics: 1970s, bible, bible stories, tele-story
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fter the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This was one of the two tapes that featured Superman. In this one, Lex Luthor recruits a new hero, "Themis" for his peacekeeping force. At the same time, he...
Topics: 1990s, CYOA, Tiger, 2-XL
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- Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one involves 2-XL taking a trip through time and observing the various time periods of the dinosaurs.
Topics: tiger, 2-xl, edutainment, dinosaurs
This was part of a line of educational VHS tapes from the late 1980s. The tape apparently dates to 1988. The first half features an ape having a birthday party while teaching the viewer the ABCs. The second half features a video storybook of two children who find their way to "Rainbowland". In this world, everything, including the people are made of simple shapes and colors. The company, Tele-Story, also produced sets of educational audio cassette tapes and books during the early...
Topics: Superscope, Tele-Story, VHS, 1980s, educational, cartoon, video storybook
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- View-Master Ideal Group Inc
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In 1988, the View-Master Ideal Group released their "View-Master Interactive Vision" game console. It used VHS tapes and combined the footage with graphics that were rendered by the console. These graphics are used to form simple games. The console itself had a controller that looks a bit like a fishing rod, with five buttons and a joystick. The graphics appear to be constructed based on a barcode that is present on the right side of the video frame. Also, there is a hidden audio...
Topic: View-Master Interactive Vision
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- Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics. This one is treated as the culmination of various other tapes about letters. It puts to use all of the information learned from the other tapes and quizzes the player.
Topics: puppets, educational, videosmarts, computersmarts
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The Takara Video Challenger was a light-gun game console released by Takara of Japan in 1987. The console was contained within the light gun itself. All of the games were on VHS tapes. Most tapes appear to have been released in Japan only, though some were released in parts of Europe. This Japanese tape focuses on shooting down various enemy flying machines, as well as strange golden gun turret.
Topics: VHS, Takara, Video Chalenger, Japanese
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This cartridge is unusual, as it was never sold to the general public. This was purely intended for display units to demonstrate their capabilities. This cartridge was originally recorded by Mouser of...
Topics: 2-XL, robot, 1980s, 1970s
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- Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. The title of this cartridge is self-explanatory. It contains trivia on various sports information from the time. This cartridge was originally digitzed by Mouser of DonationCoder.com for the 2-XL Simulator.
Topics: 2-XL, edutainment, 8-track, Mego
This was a VHS game released for the Bandai Telebikko game console (or Terebikko) in 1988. The Telebikko was a very simple game console in the shape of a phone with four buttons. As the tape played, the characters asked the player questions, and an audio tone from the tape told the console which button corresponded to the correct answer. Then, the user would choose the button that matched their chosen answer and the console speaker would let them know if they were correct.
Topics: educational, Japanese, VHS
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This was one of the VHS tapes for the obscure "See 'N Say Video Phone" produced by Mattel in 1989. This product was intended to build upon the success of their existing See 'N Say toy, but turn it into a VHS based edutainment console. During the program, questions are asked, and users can answer the questions using the four buttons on the console. This one teaches about different animals Originally ripped to YouTube by SuperPlurobloxyoutub
Topics: edutainment, puppets, kids
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The Video Driver (known as the Family Driver in Japan) is an obscure video game console released by Sega in 1988. The console consisted of a bar that hung down in front of the television. A tiny plastic car, representing the player, was placed on top of it. This car was controlled using the wired steering wheel controller. The games were held on VHS tapes and contained dashcam footage with a black and white bar at the bottom that was used to tell the console which parts of the screen were...
Topics: Sega, Video Driver, VHS
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- Playskool Inc.
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Casey was a tape playing robot produced by Play-Skool around 1982-1985. There were three main groups of tapes produced for Casey: The yellow "Classic" tapes, the red "Creative" tapes, and the blue "Adventure" tapes. The tapes came with picture storybooks. While the tapes played, Casey's LCD face would move around, largely randomly. The Classics series contained classic fairy tales, such as "The Gingerbread Man", "The Bremen Town Musicians", and...
Topics: Playskool, Casey, educational, 1980s, compact cassette