Vintage Electronics Art and a Contest!


By Shawn Robare

Lately I’ve been thinking about some of the cool electronic gadgets from the late 70s and early 80s, stuff like Simon, Speak & Spells, and those neat mini table-top versions of games like Galaga and Pac-Man.  It seems like I keep coming back to them, whether it’s after spotting them in the Awesome Bedrooms I’ve been dissecting lately (like the Speak & Spell in Poltergeist, the Super Simon in E.T. or the table-top Pac-Man in Flight of the Navigator), or after getting my very first Simon as a gift from my girlfriend’s parents this past Christmas.  So I was pretty stoked when I stumbled upon this rad series of screen printed posters from Boiling Point Creative called *Batteries Not Included…

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Highlighting such great games like Parker Brother’s Merlin, Texas Instruments’ Little Professor, Mattel’s Electronic Football, Coleco’s Galaga, and Milton Bradley’s Simon, this series of three prints is packed with nostalgic eye candy.  Though I never had most of these as a kid (I had a damaged Speak & Spell that I got in a trade for a bit before it stopped working), I used to drool over and covet the few my friends had.  In particular I remember I was always finding an excuse to being up math questions at my friend Ajay’s house so that he’d let me use his Litter Professor to find the answer.

Boiling Point 1

My favorite in this series is the table-top arcade games though.  I think I’d actually love a single print highlighting just that Galaga game as it’s probably my favorite video game of all time…

Boiling Point 2

This series is also available as a series of hand-printed greeting cards too which would be an awesome way of keeping in touch with your vintage-minded gaming friends…

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Contest!

So, I’ve partnered with the nice folks at Boiling Point for a little contest.  They’ve agreed to give a lucky Branded reader one print of their choice from this series!  To enter all you have to do is, like the Branded in the 80s Facebook page and then E-Mail me a picture of yourself with your favorite vintage handheld or table top electric game (it can be a picture from when you were a kid getting them for a birthday or Christmas, or a picture of you with your favorite piece(s) from your vintage collection.)  I’ll do a followup post showcasing all the images sent in and I’ll pick one lucky entry at random on Wednesday the 26th of February.  So get digging though your childhood pictures, break out your phone and take a selfie with your vintage game and good luck!

  • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

    Rad posters. It’s nice to see vintage electronic toys/games getting some love!

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Yup, I love seeing these all together like this too. I bet a combined print of all 12 games would look really cool too…

  • http://www.rediscoverthe80s.com/ Jason G

    Sweet!!!!!! Love the tabletop poster too.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Yeah, these would make swell addition to any nerd cave…

  • http://www.nerdoutwithme.com/ Nerd Out With Me

    Kick ass posters! I ‘liked’ your page a long time ago… and just happened to still have my Speak & Spell… with the box… in my possession. Wish I still had my Merlin.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Cool! Can’t wait to see a picture of you with your Speak & Spell!