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A Tesla Games Console / Home Computer . . ?!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by PV4EV, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. PV4EV

    PV4EV Member

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    As a change to Model S news and Stock predictions, I thought I'd put up a random post about my 1985 "home computer" made by Tesla … Bratislava :biggrin:



    Bit of background to this :-

    For my sins, I have written numerous computer games over past 30 yrs, mostly in machine code, starting off on many early 8 bit computers and consoles, but continuing right through to modern stuff. I also collect/restore/repair old arcade games, pinball machines and games consoles.

    Many years ago I was sent off on a trip to the Czech Republic to try and rescue a troubled games development project. Whilst there the team kindly presented me with a games console known by the catchy name of a "Tesla PMD85" (pity its not a MSP85+, but hey). Back then I'd never heard of it probably because the Iron Curtain / Cold War was very much in place.

    As many TMC people know, a certain Elon Musk also started off writing video games, at the same time I did, with something called Blastar back in 1984, which involved shooting rockets into space, now he's shooting real rockets into space, and the rest is history (sheesh . . . where did I go wrong then ?!!)

    Anyway, here below are a few photos of that very same console, complete with Tesla branding on all the IC's and PCB within. Tesla Bratislava is still in existence too :-

    Intro TESLA STROPKOV, a.s.


    They were made between 1981 and 1985. They're based on an 8080 processor (that takes me back !) running at a fearsome 2Mhz, with a huge 4k OS and even more massive 64k RAM. It had simple character map graphics, and pseudo bitmap mode mapped into a character grid, displayed in all its glory on a domestic TV via an RF modulator. It had a few plug in carts featuring BASIC, and a few games. Programs could be saved/loaded using a audio cassette recorder, which was hopelessly unreliable!! Ahh, the good old days . .



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    TelsaICs1_zps1e2b7af7.jpg


    TeslaEasternBlock1980sConsolecomputer1_zpsd71aa31f.jpg

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  2. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Hmmm... A Tesla with a V8.
     

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