TV game

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The Atari Classic 10-in-1 TV Game

A TV game is an interactive entertainment device designed for use on a television set that does not require the use of an actual video game console for operation.

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Overview

The term "TV game" can be used to refer to any number of self-contained, portable game systems operating on either batteries or an AC adapter which plugs directly into a TV or VCR. The game software is built directly into the unit, which is typically designed to look like a toy or classic game console/controller with the addition of two AV ports. These systems usually contain either highly-specialized games or activities, or a collection of classic games. As the game software is integrated into the game unit and almost never designed to be changed by the user, these game systems are typically sold by retailers as electronic toys or collectibles rather than game consoles. Most units sell for prices typically under $50 US.

Although several manufacturers produced these devices prior to 2002, such systems became more known following the release of Jakks Pacific's Atari Classic 10-in-1 TV Game. Most manufacturers have their own trademarked names for these systems, such as Radica's "Play TV" or Majesco's "TV Arcade". However, most retailers refer to all of them as TV games or Plug & Play games.

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