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Simon - The popular game of the 80s

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Simon - The popular game of the 80s

 

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Another pop culture symbol of the 80s, Simon. Despite having been launched in 1978, it is a pop culture symbol of the 80s as it was very popular during that decade. So millions of children of the eighties had one or played with one.

It was designed by Ralph H. Baer and Howard J. Morrison and its name was based on the old children's game Simon Says. The marketing slogan of Simon was: Simon's a computer, Simon has a brain, you either do what Simon says or else go down the drain.

It is an electronic game of rhythm and memory skills, it consists of four large buttons, one each of the colors red, blue, green, and yellow. The unit lights these buttons in a sequence, playing a tone for each button; the player must press the buttons in the same sequence. The sequence begins with a single button chosen randomly, and adds another randomly-chosen button to the end of the sequence each time the player follows it successfully. The game ends when the player makes a mistake or when the player wins by matching the pattern for a predetermined number of tones. The Red button (upper right) plays an A-note or La, the Green button (upper left) plays an A-note or La but an octave higher than the Red button, the Blue button (lower right) plays a D-note or Re, and the Yellow button (lower left) plays a G-note or Sol.

There were lots of clones and re-releases of this game; including one with translucent case rather than plain black, a two-sided Simon, Pocket Simon, an eight-button Super Simon, a wriswatch version, a themed version featuring Star Wars sounds and a handheld Atari arcade named Touch Me (Actually the latter was a re-release of the 1974 version of the homonymous Atari game; since the company tried to take advantage on the success of Simon). But no one was so successful as the original.

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