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Encyclopedia > Coleco Telstar Marksman
The Coleco Telstar Marksman
The Coleco Telstar Marksman

The Telstar Marksman is a first-generation video game console that featured a light gun. It was released by Coleco in 1978. Due to the fact that it had manufacturer-set amount of games, it is considered a dedicated console. It was part of a series of Coleco Telstar Pong-based consoles; it is essentially a Telstar Colortron bundeled with a "3 in 1" light gun and two shooting games. The Marksman light gun is a pistol that features an attachable stock and barrel. It is similar in this regard to the later-released Stack Light Rifle and the Sega Menacer. The elongated barrel included a simple aiming sight. The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a current generation video game console. ... Super Scope, Nintendo´s light gun for the Super Nintendo A light gun is a pointing device for computers and a control device for arcade and video games. ... Coleco was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as Connecticut Leather Company to sell leather supplies to shoemakers. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... A dedicated console is a video game console that is dedicated to a built in game or games, and is not equipped for additional games, via cartridge or other media. ... The Telstar is a video game console produced by Coleco which first went on sale in 1976. ... Pong is also a slang term for odour. ... A Browning 9 millimetre semiautomatic pistol Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century A pistol or handgun is a usually small firearm that can be used with one hand. ... The Sega Menacer The Menacer was a wireless lightgun created by Sega for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive video game console in 1992. ...

In addition to the Light gun, the system featured two paddle controllers built directly into the console. Its reported features included "on-screen digital scoring" and three different difficulty settings (beginner, intermediate, pro). It required one nine-volt battery or Coleco's Perma Power AC/adaptor to power the system. The NOUN paddle is a tool, originally a boat propulsion implement for mixing or pushing against liquids, typically in order to propel a boat. ...


Technical Information

Original packaging, showing the fullly assembled Light gun.
Original packaging, showing the fullly assembled Light gun.
  • CPU: General Instrument AY-3-8512 chipset
  • Sound: One channel beeper
  • Display: 4 simultaneously displayed colors
  • Media Format: Cartridge

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The console came bundled with six color games: Tennis, Hockey, Handball, Jai-Alai, Skeet and Target. The first four games are variations on Pong, The last two games are single player shooting games that utilized the light gun. Tennis balls This article is about the sport, tennis. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Team handball (also known as field handball or Olympic handball) is a team sport where two teams of seven players each (six players and a goalkeeper) pass and bounce a ball trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team. ... Jai-Alai (prounced Hi Ah-Lie) means Merry Festival in the Basque language. ... Pong is also a slang term for odour. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ...

All of the games are incredibly simple compared to the games of today or even the early 1980's. The sports games were minor variations on Pong, with differences in the number of paddles, players, and the main surface to bounce objects off of. Skeet consisted of aiming and shooting at a square that moved diaganally across the screen in one direction, while Target was a variation that made the same square bounce around on the screen. Pong is also a slang term for odour. ...


See also

The Telstar is a video game console produced by Coleco which first went on sale in 1976. ...


  • Telstar Marksman @ Old-computers.com



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