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(Washington Post)   The greatest childhood game ever invented, electric football, apparently still exists, and even has an official tournament. Champion unavailable for comment, last seen spinning in continuous circle   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 29
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2014-01-17 09:18:59 AM
I appreciated the 12 part Ken Burns documentary on the subject.

/Electric Football is a metaphor for life...
//No, wait, it isn't... it's a terrible game!
 
2014-01-17 09:39:34 AM
It's a miracle they haven't lost the little foam football by now.
 
2014-01-17 10:08:27 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I appreciated the 12 part Ken Burns documentary on the subject.

/Electric Football is a metaphor for life...
//No, wait, it isn't... it's a terrible game!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu-g4VU6v40

Hurray for The Critic.
 
2014-01-17 10:12:59 AM
I thought it was this before reading the article (well 5 or 6 lines of the article)

www.handheldmuseum.com

/ a way better game
// my extended family used to do huge tournaments when I was young
 
2014-01-17 10:39:53 AM

RexTalionis: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I appreciated the 12 part Ken Burns documentary on the subject.

/Electric Football is a metaphor for life...
//No, wait, it isn't... it's a terrible game!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu-g4VU6v40

Hurray for The Critic.


I'm always glad when people pick up on esoteric references on Fark.
 
2014-01-17 10:42:58 AM

TheSlothAlive: I thought it was this before reading the article (well 5 or 6 lines of the article)

[www.handheldmuseum.com image 241x400]

/ a way better game
// my extended family used to do huge tournaments when I was young


Loved that one. Forward, forward, down, forward, down, forward,  forward,  forward,  forward,  forward,  forward,  forward.  Something like that.  We used to play with our eyes closed for a challenge.
 
2014-01-17 11:11:47 AM
We used to play this for days back when I was a kid. Summer on the front porch. One kids older brothers had pretty much every team. Good times.
 
2014-01-17 11:34:48 AM
I've never played Electronic football - what are the rules?  How does it work?  Is it all luck, or is there skill involved?
 
2014-01-17 11:53:40 AM

vonmatrices: I've never played Electronic football - what are the rules?  How does it work?  Is it all luck, or is there skill involved?


It was 70's bullshiat.  a metal "football field" vibrated and made your little football figures move around.  there was no real way to "play", it was all the luck of the vibration.

it was a very shiatty toy.  mostly because just sitting there, it LOOKED cool.  and then you turned it on and all possible avenues for fun close.
 
2014-01-17 12:15:36 PM
I had one of these things, it was horrible.  My parents thought I would like it because I really into AFX slot car racing, had a tackle box full of parts and would build my own cars.  Silly but it if you knew how to race them with out crashing on every corner against somebody else that also knew how to race them it could be quite exciting.  These football tables though were the most boring thing ever.
 
2014-01-17 12:32:39 PM
Can't hold a candle to Hash Hockey

queensjournal.ca
 
2014-01-17 01:25:23 PM
One of the most disappointing toys ever produced. It promised so much and delivered nothing.
 
2014-01-17 01:32:53 PM
He is Jim Davis, the massive man who hobbled to the lectern and led a group prayer.

I know for a fact that if I were in the room during that I would laugh until I peed myself. Then laugh some more.
 
2014-01-17 01:33:43 PM
digitalpolyphony.webs.com
 
2014-01-17 02:06:13 PM
I initially thought they meant this...www.retroland.com
/beat the snot out of the Coleco model
 
2014-01-17 02:31:58 PM
My older sister used to confiscate our fields every time my parents left.  Can't imagine why.
 
2014-01-17 02:42:23 PM

frepnog: It was 70's bullshiat.  a metal "football field" vibrated and made your little football figures move around.  there was no real way to "play", it was all the luck of the vibration.


My older brothers had that when I was a kid. IIRC, the players had little switches on the base that would allow you to make them curve more-or-less right or left, or go more-or-less straight. That's where the combination of luck and strategy came in.
 
2014-01-17 02:43:57 PM
Lawn Darts were a hell of a lot better.
 
2014-01-17 02:45:37 PM

buckler: That's where the combination of luck and strategy came in.

nothing else.

There, FTFY
 
2014-01-17 03:58:21 PM

ocendot: I initially thought they meant this...[www.retroland.com image 650x300]
/beat the snot out of the Coleco model


Spent the better part of grade school playing this. Awesome game.
 
2014-01-17 04:03:05 PM
I had an electric football game when i was a kid. I really has no idea what i was supposed to do so id just set the little guys up and turn it on. Unfortunately my parents got it at a yard sale and it had a dent in it so all the guys just congregated around the 30 yard line. After a while i just played pretend games and moved the pieces around myself.

/iirc the teams i had were the cowboys and giants.
//i stepped on the corner of the board one time and cut the shiate out of my foot.
///that article was more boring than electric football if that was possible.
 
2014-01-17 04:15:46 PM
"It's just a stupid game that didn't even work right. Get your documentary-making butt outta my face!"
 
2014-01-17 07:55:18 PM
Table hockey is the greatest game ever invented
 
2014-01-17 09:13:28 PM
i975.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-17 11:28:58 PM
Whoever above that noted the Electric Football was one of those toys that promised so much, but delivered so little.  

Got one for Christmas was all excited, set it up and I think my cousins and I ran about 1 series before we gave up on actually trying to play a football game and decided it was far more fun to see what that vibrating board would do to other toys and inanimate objects.   Most boring toy I think that was ever produced, but it looked cool as hell though.
 
2014-01-17 11:59:51 PM

vonmatrices: I've never played Electronic football - what are the rules?  How does it work?  Is it all luck, or is there skill involved?


I had one as a kid, spent hours playing with it, during the summer before the NFL season started up.  There were rules, even passing and kicking, but like with Monopoly I made house rules.  My football was a running game only, no kicking.  That stuff was too complicated.

It was a thin metal board that vibrated, with the players skating on four plastic prongs under their base.  By tweaking the prongs you could cause them to move in certain directions when the board vibrated.  So you could have your linemen carry out blocking assignments, make the running back go in a given direction, and do the same on defense.  Yes, this means lots of adjustments of players before every play, it wasn't a fast paced game.  The luck factor came in with never knowing how the players would exactly move, which players would get bumped/blocked and which wouldn't, it was pretty exciting in a low tech virtual football kind of way.  For me it played out sort of like an automated chess game with a bit of randomness thrown in.

If you simply lined up your players, then it was pure luck and chaos.  They might go straight, might spin, go sideways, it was just a madhouse on the field unless you did your job as coach.
 
2014-01-18 12:05:03 AM

Birnone: vonmatrices: I've never played Electronic football - what are the rules?  How does it work?  Is it all luck, or is there skill involved?

I had one as a kid, spent hours playing with it, during the summer before the NFL season started up.  There were rules, even passing and kicking, but like with Monopoly I made house rules.  My football was a running game only, no kicking.  That stuff was too complicated.

It was a thin metal board that vibrated, with the players skating on four plastic prongs under their base.  By tweaking the prongs you could cause them to move in certain directions when the board vibrated.  So you could have your linemen carry out blocking assignments, make the running back go in a given direction, and do the same on defense.  Yes, this means lots of adjustments of players before every play, it wasn't a fast paced game.  The luck factor came in with never knowing how the players would exactly move, which players would get bumped/blocked and which wouldn't, it was pretty exciting in a low tech virtual football kind of way.  For me it played out sort of like an automated chess game with a bit of randomness thrown in.

If you simply lined up your players, then it was pure luck and chaos.  They might go straight, might spin, go sideways, it was just a madhouse on the field unless you did your job as coach.


How did you know that the ball carrier was down?  In that respect was it touch football?
 
2014-01-18 09:52:01 AM
I remember we figured out that when you ordered other pro teams, they didn't check how much you paid.
 So ended up eventually with the Entire NFL in both home and away jerseys.
 
2014-01-18 11:17:09 AM
My brother in law actually made this a really cool thing. Over the course of several years he bought set of teams and painted them for all 32 teams both home and away. He bought a field for every team and made it look like the home fields. Then he set up a league. It was pretty cool even if it was electric football.
 
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