This is an obscure Argentinian pong powered by a General Instrument AY-3-8500-7 chipset. Though it looks like a classic pong system, it is interesting for at least two reasons.
First, the paddles are built with calculator or remote control plastic cases !! Indeed, once opened, you can clearly see the holes planned for the plastic keys (see "more pictures" section)...
The second unsual fact is that, thanks to the GI AY-3-8500-7 chipset, the system offers a game rarely found on most pongs : Fútbol de 5 (soccer with 5 players)! Indeed one player control 3 paddles and the other "only" two... that is weird.
Thanks to Sebastian Rho for pictures & info
David Winter says:
For the 5-players soccer game (in fact 2 paddles for left player and 3 for right one), it is a non-documented game. It is normaly possible to play it on any pong system (GI chipset powered) if you can manage to not select any game (game switch must not indicate any game). Some systems, like the Interton Video 2400 if I recall correctly can play this game though... I don't know what differences has the AY-3-8500-7 compared to the standard AY-3-8500 version... I know there is also a AY-3-8500-1x but I have no info about it. It is certainly a question of internal revision.
We need more info about this pong ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system,
please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
Well I think this page is really great for those who loved and loves this kind of stuff, thanks! I´m from Argentine and I did not know about this at all it´s so really amazing. greetings
Thursday 10th June 2004
Juan Ignacio (Argentina)
The previous message is from a friend of mine. We must consider it as an exeception, since all posts should be written in english for the convenience of every one, since that is the main language of this site. For all of you who don't catch up with spanish, it says something like this: "Cool console Seba. Where did you get it from? Was it built by the same guys who make the Magiclik for the cooker? Greets. Juan" Actually (in Argentina, I don't know if in the rest of the world) that device to turn the cokker's burner with a spark is known as "The Magiclick" since this is its brand. I'm not sure is were the same guys who built both the kitchen's device and the pong system... can anyone answer it?
Wednesday 17th September 2003
Muy buena consola Seba. La fabricaron los mismos del Magiclick para la cocina? De donde la sacaste? Saludos. Juan.
Wednesday 17th September 2003
juan b (Argentina)
BUILT IN GAMES
Tenis, Fútbol de 4, Frontón de 1, Frontón de 2, Fútbol de 5
Two detachable controllers with one knob each
AY-3-8500-7 from General Instruments
Inicio del partido y tanteador a cero (start & reset score)
Selector de juego (game selection), Velocidad de la pelota (ball speed), Tamaño del jugador (paddle size), Angulo de rebote (boucing angle), Encendido (power on/off)
Black & white
RF TV video output (VHF channel 3 or 4). There is a channel selector switch on the system.