The early 1980s were a watershed moment for digital technology. Aside from the imminent personal computing revolution, it was clear that video recording could change the way we did everything from watch movies to shop for new clothes. And Sears was on it.
That's in the US, anyway, where around 2 million LaserDisc players were sold from the late '70s. 3DTV sellers still have some catching-up to do globally though, where 16.8 million LaserDisc players were bought by format-hungry customers before its death.
It isn't easy being an adventure gamer these days—especially one who gets off on the vintage and oft-forgotten stuff. Lucky for you, Dragon's Lair—the hilarious, laserdisc classic, has a new home on the iPad.
VHS, floppy disks, cassettes, laserdiscs—they're all included in these brilliantly hipster posters and t-shirts. Wear your ironic love for a dead format on your Helvetica-laden chest!
The Magnavox Magnavision Model 8000 DiscoVision Videodisc Player was a "record player that produces beautiful sound and pictures" through your TV. Released in 1978, Magnavision 8000 was the first consumer player of the format you know as Laserdisc.
So what exactly is a Vmedia disc? Well, it's pretty much the worst idea ever.
Pioneer is ceasing production of their three remaining LaserDisc players, marking the end of major manufacture for players of the giant, shiny, long-obsolete format.
What does an ad with a cassette player, boombox, laserdisc, and FM radio headphones get you? Something that's hilarious to watch 22 years later. Panasonic's motto was "Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time", which makes a lot of sense. These things totally look like they're from 1987.