Chek out this funky 1980 commercial for a handheld electronic game called Blip. I started watching it and immediately thought, “Hey, I had this.” The game was kind of like pong, and as I recall the moving blip of light would cause the machine to make little whirring noises. It pretended to be an up-to-date electronic game, but actually the mechanics involed were pretty old school. Thanks to Jerry Beck of Cartoon Brew for unleashing this one!
That brings to mind another old electronic game from that period: Merlin (at first I thought it was called Mr. Merlin, but no that name belonged to a short-lived TV sitcom from back then). Every Christmas Eve, my parents would let me and my brothers open one gift early. On one such year I picked a gift from my grandparents, and I was truly excited to find that it was a Merlin. You could play tic tac toe on it! Anyway, dig the jingle on this one. Those old commercial jingles are manna from heaven.