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Toot Toot, Hey, Blip Blip

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.

7 Thoughts on “Toot Toot, Hey, Blip Blip

  1. I remember that Blip game also. For some odd reason, the buttons used to stick on ours.

  2. A couple of years ago, Beth and I found a Japanese version of BLIP at a church rummage sale. It’s surprisingly fun to play. And, yes, the buttons stick and are often unresponsive.

  3. Anonymous on December 2, 2006 at 11:59 am said:

    Your Cartoon Brew link is broken (outside of the quotes).

    Thanks!

  4. Oops. Fixed!

  5. coolness! we had both these growing up. i wonder how many families had this tradition of being able to open one present on christmas eve and the rest on christmas day?

  6. Merlin! OMG! I need to get on EBay to find one! That’s how I learned to play “21”. It’s crazy, but I remember playing it in the backseat of my parent’s Buick on Chirstmas morning (we were goning to my Grandma’s). I played with Merlin for a loing time – until the buttons stopped working.

  7. Holy crap, that took me back.

    Blip. I can’t believe I remember it.

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