A Fascinating Look at the History and Creation of the Video Game Cartridge

Fairchild Channel F

Benj Edwards has written a fascinating article at Fast Company that looks at the history and creation of the video game cartridge. The article specifically focuses on the work of Wallace Kirschner and Lawrence Haskel to create ROM cartridges for the 1976 Fairchild Channel F console.

Almost two decades ago, cheaper means of distributing game software—first optical media, then the Internet—began to supplant cartridge technology. Even so, the business model created by Kirschner, Haskel, and engineers at Fairchild still remains as relevant as ever. Until now, their amazing story has never been told.

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