These Were Your Parents' Sports 'Video Games'

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These Were Your Parents' Sports 'Video Games'

It's a rainy Saturday in 1974, and Jimmy's Little League game has been postponed. What is a sports-craving 14-year-old to do? Hey Jimmy, why not fire up the PS3 and pop in MLB: The Show?

Fire up the what?

Oh wait, that's right, even the original PlayStation won't hit the market for another 19 years. Xbox? Got a 26-year wait for that one. Wii won't come along for another five years after that.

So how did a blossoming Gen-Xer get his game on with no games?

Oh there were plenty of games to choose from. Some—only the most cutting edge, mind you—were even powered by electricity.

Click forward to see these accoutrements of amusement from an age gone by.

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