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Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)

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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Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 cartridge contains pictures of Looney Tunes characters. I do not have the expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I tried to preserve the content in other ways. I have included images of the circuit board, as well as a scan of the manual. All screenshots from the...
Topics: LJN, videoart, game cartridges, Looney Tunes
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...
Topics: 1990s, Teddy Ruxpin, animatronic, teddy bear, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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: Japanese, VHS, edutainment, telebikko, terebikko
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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. Here are several pictures of the board. I am supplying them in an effort to document the hardware used. 7805CSP is a standard 5v voltage regulator. EF6805R2P is an implementation of the Motorola 6805 microprocessor. EF9367P is a Graphics Display Processor produced by Thomson. The D41416C-15...
Topics: LJN, Videoart
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 cartridge contains pictures of various zoo animals. For some reason, all of the descriptions in the manuals are limericks. I do not have the expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I tried to preserve the content in other ways. I have included images of the...
Topics: LJN, VideoArt, children's toys, animals
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by LN 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 resented to be colored in. This cartridge contains pictures of various dolls. I have included images of the circuit board. I have also added a scan of the manual. I do not have the necessary expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I have tried to preserve the content in other ways. All...
Topics: LJN, Videoart, dolls, game cartridge
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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 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
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)
by 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 cartridge contains pictures of Disney characters. Because the LJN VideoArt does not erase whatever you draw whenever you switch backgrounds, they tried to use this to tell a story. They show you the image one piece at a time, and you color that part in before moving on to the next one. This...
Topics: LJN, VideoArt, children's toys
In 1993, the company YES! Entertainment produced an animatronic talking bear called TV Teddy. He came with special VHS tapes with a hidden audio track. This audio track was placed on the left side of the video frame. A special transmitter box was connected in between the VCR and TV. This transmitter box was able to take the hidden audio from the tapes and transmit it wirelessly to TV Teddy. This allowed him to talk and move, while appearing to interact with the content on the tape. TV Teddy's...
Topics: 1990s, animatronic, bear, berenstain bears, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 resented to be colored in. The LJN Activity Cartridge was included with the system. I have included images of the circuit board. I don't believe that this cartridge ever had a manual, but I have included the manual for the console itself. I do not have the necessary expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working...
Topics: LJN, VideoArt, game cartridges
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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, John Kassir reprises his role as the Cryptkeeper. He tells a CYOA story about a child name Billy Atkins, who meets a mysterious figure offering a magic...
Topics: Tiger 2-XL, CYOA, Tales from the Crypt
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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
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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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This was part of a line of educational VHS tapes from the late 1980s. The tape apparently dates to 1986. the first half features a bird-like character named Numo, who claims to be of the "Mimble" species. He attempts to teach the viewer simple addition. The second half of the tape tries to tell a story involving two child characters, Timmy and Tina. The company, Tele-Story, also produced sets of educational audio cassette tapes and books during the early 1980s.
Topics: educational, cartoon, Tele-Story, 1980s, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Montgomery Ward
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 cartridge contains pictures of various Disney characters. I have included images of the circuit board, as well as a scan of the manual. I do not have the expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I tried to preserve the content in other ways. All screenshots from...
Topics: LJN, VideoArt
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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This is intended as preservation for the "Video Buddy" game console and the "Muppet Babies" 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: 1990s, game console, VHS, FMV, trivia, Video Buddy, muppets
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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)
by Milton-Bradley
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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, Pat Summerall, Trivia, Sports
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc.
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This was a "Photofact Folder" produced for the Wollensak T-1500 reel-to-reel tape recorder for 1958. It contains descriptions of the different components, instructions for operation, a parts list, detailed diagrams, and instructions for repairing common problems. I'm not familiar with the idea of "Photofact Folders" for products. I would treat this item more as a service manual, or perhaps even an owners manual from the days when it was more normal for people to buy a...
Topics: reel-to-reel, reel-to-reel tape deck, tape deck, 1950s, vintage audio
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...
Topics: 1990s, Teddy Ruzpin, animatronic
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Superscope Inc.
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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. As of this writing, two tapes are known to have been released for Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Both were just abridged picture book re-tellings of episodes from the cartoon. The...
Topics: bill cosby, fat albert, 1980s, children
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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)
by 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)
by Big Comfy Corp.
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 cartridge contains a story about a dream that a young girl has. In this story, she is celebrating her sixteenth birthday party, with all the usual cliches. I do not have the expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I tried to preserve the content in other ways. I...
Topics: LJN, VideoArt, game cartridges
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 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, 1980s, board game
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Milton-Bradley
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story in which the 2-XL robot is selected for a deep-space mission and you are the human ground-control. This cartridge...
Topics: 2-XL, Tiger, choose your own adventure, CYOA, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 and use this to generate the graphics in real time. This enabled a mixture of full-motion-video and more traditional game graphics of the time. The...
Topics: VHS, edutainment, View-Master Interactive Vision
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 first 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...
Topics: Mego, 1980s, 2-XL, trivia, board game
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Houston Chronicle Library
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This is a rare press photo from the release of the Connor Videosmarts VHS-based game console in October of 1986.
Topics: 1980s, Connor Toy Corporation, Connor Electronics, VHS, console, educational
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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. 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tele-Story
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 cartridge contains pictures of Marvel comics characters. I have included images of the circuit board, as well as a scan of the manual. I do not have the expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I tried to preserve the content in other ways. All screenshots from...
Topics: Marvel, LJN, superheroes
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 was one of the two choose-your-own-adventure stories that used the X-Men license. In this story, Magneto pledges to kill 25,000 humans for every mutant which is...
Topics: X-men, Tiger, CYOA, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Playthings
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This was the cover to the September 1978 Playthings Magazine. It shows the Mego 2-XL robot on the front cover, which had only just been widely released.
Topics: 1970s, Playthings, magazine, Mego
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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This was an early magazine advertisement for the Tiger 2-XL robot.
Topics: Tiger, 1990s, robot, 2-XL
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Mattel Inc
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Worlds of Wonder
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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. The one pits the player against some evil spirits that have been haunting a house and disrupting things for a family of kind ghosts, the Ghostlys.
Topics: Worlds of Wonder, Action Max, light gun, VHS
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 tape featured questions about various comic book super heroes. Mego licensed characters from Marvel Comic and DC Comics for use with this tape.
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, trivia, 1970s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by SuperScope Inc.
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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 actually starts during the earlier bible story of Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, and king of Babylon. In this story, a hand appears and writes a message on the wall....
Topics: bible, bible stories, 1970s, tele-story
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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-painted 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 "Cinderella" and "Jack and the Beanstalk".
Topics: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, fairy tales, VHS, 1980s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 features trivia questions from a wide variety of topics. However, it also features an interview with a character known as the "Trivia Maestress"....
Topics: tiger, 2-XL, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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 is the first of two featuring Godzilla. Mothra and its grubs also appear. The objective is to point our gun at the screen and shoot the target on Godzilla to gain points, while pointing your gun...
Topics: VHS, Japan, Godzilla, Vide Challenger, light gun
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Sega
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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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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. "Il Mondo Del Mistero" (The World of Mystery) was released in Italy in 1992.
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Topics: 1990s, 2-XL, Italy, Trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 was one of the two choose-your-own-adventure stories that used the X-Men license. Depending on which track you start in, one of two new mutants appears on scene....
Topics: X-men, 1990s, tiger, 2-XL robot, CYOA
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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. 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...
Topics: View-Master Interactive Vision, VHS, edutainment, video game
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 is believed to have been the last tape produced for the Tiger 2-XL, and the only tape released in 1995. This is a story based on the "Mighty Morphin'...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment, choose your own adventure, CYOA, cassette
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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...
Topics: View-Master Interactive Vision, Sesame Street, VMIV
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Milton-Bradley
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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: Milton-Bradley, sports, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Milton-Bradley
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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, trivia, 8-track
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 was a coloring book that came with the TV Talk Box.
Topics: 1990s, Teddy Ruxpin, animatronic, coloring book
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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: Milton-Bradley, Omni, 8-track, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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...
Topics: Sesame Street, View-master, View-master InteractiveVision
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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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 "David & Goliath" and "Samson & Goliath"
Topics: 1980s, Tele-Story, VHS, bible, bible stories
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Mego Corp.
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This trade ad from early 1981 featured the Mego 2-XL robot, as well as an assortment of tapes from 1978-1980. It features the three special games: "Robotrivia", "Robotstronomy", and "Word & Sound Games", which came in two-tape sets. Some tapes, such as "Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic" and "Storyland" had already been discontinued by this point.
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1980s, 8-track, trade ad
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 a simple cartridge with two different sets of questions. Both sets were true/false type questions. The first set used Button A and Button B. The second set used Button C and Button D. The two sets of...
Topics: mego, 2-XL, trivia, edutainment, 1970s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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. "Batman: Karneval des Verbrechens" (Batman: Carnival of Crime) was released in Germany in 1994. This is a choose-your-own-adventure story based on Batman: The...
Topics: 1990s, Germany, 2-XL, trivia
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...
Topics: 1990s, VHS, Teddy Ruxpin
Title - Au Pays Des Contes Catalog ID - Unknown System - Tiger 2-XL Robot Year - 1992 Languages - French Scan Info: DPI - 1200 Bit Depth - 24 RAW - Yes Scanner make & model - Epson V600 Items scanned - Tape and Box Post Processing: TIFF - Untouched with ICC/ICM profile attached
Topics: Raw, 1200DPI, tape, Box, Cartridge, 1990s, Tiger 2-XL, Tiger 2-XL Robot
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 holds various science trivia questions. It also features an interview with someone claiming to be Albert Einstein.
Topics: tiger, 2xl, edutainment, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by 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 of the two-tape set "Word and Sound Games". The tape is built around a full-size (8.5 x 11) workbook that was to be reused for new games. The games included crossword puzzles,...
Topics: trivia, edutainment, 1980s, mego