Once upon a time, many years before Game Boy Color, MAME, and Namco Museum, there were low end console games and there were battery-operated LED-display games. Back then, it was roughly an equal trade-off. Did you prefer blocky, clunky graphics that moved with some semblance of fluidity, or more colorful, elaborate graphics that didn’t really “move” at all?

Handhelds and tabletop games had grown in popularity since the 70s, though most of them were based on sports. Mattel’s multiple football, baseball, and basketball
LED games ruled the market, despite their graphics consisting of scarcely more than glowing dashes or plusses (not even as elaborate as the average pocket calculator).

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