Cool Classic Game Watches

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Fossil Atari Centipede Animation WatchFossil Atari Centipede Animation WatchThe last "fun" watch I got, save for a relatively recent MP3/WMA/Voice Recorder/FM Radio/512MB Storage/USB watch, was a Nintendo Tetris watch, which I believe I got around 1998. I just found out about this new watch from Fossil, based around Atari's Centipede (and here are the others). Unfortunately, unlike the classic watches of old - like the ones from the early 80's based around Pac-Man and Space Invaders - you can't actually play this one. That and the high price make this a bit of a dissapointment, despite being well designed and in color. I'll take a classic 70's/80's computer, red LED or playable game watch any day over this, though if I ever saw it cheap enough...

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mrCustard (not verified)
Hmmm I dunno... I rather

Hmmm I dunno... I rather liked those watches. The Utrecht Fossil store has the complete series on display. The Asteroids and the Centipede ones are my favourites (The Centipede watch had a really nice tin as well). Unfortunaly I can't stand wearing a watch, but if I could, i probably would've bought one.

Matt Barton
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Computer Watches

I saw these watches a year or so ago and was tempted to buy them, but I shared Bill's concern. I'd rather have a watch I could actually play!

I had a Casio calculator databank watch in high school that could store telephone numbers, a schedule, and memos. I really enjoyed playing around with it, but of course it couldn't play any games.

Now, I don't even wear a watch. If I need to know what time it is, I just look at my cell phone.

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Bill Loguidice
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I'm of course a gadget

I'm of course a gadget freak, so I want the best possible portable device, watch included. Despite being bulky, I actually liked my MP3/WMA/Voice Recorder/USB/512MB watch for the versatility, but it doesn't have a date display! I also LOVE this one: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/7243/?cpg=froogle , but again, there's no date, though I may overlook it because it could teach me binary and it's darned cool. I have an old remote control watch (controls IR devices like TV's and what-not) and saw some cheap ones recently that also had a full-featured calculator, which is often handy. Finally, the PDA watches (Palm-based) are dirt cheap on clearance. Still, there's not quite the perfect wrist device out there it seems...

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Mark Vergeer
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pacman watch

I remember a pacman watch with playable game!
-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-

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Matt Barton
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Military Linux PC

I just saw this post on ZDNET, which features a wrist-worn linux computer. Unfortunately, it looks a little bulky to be a "watch"--more like a bracer, really.

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Bill Loguidice
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In my opinion, this is still

In my opinion, this is still the coolest, sleekest hi-tech watch that was unfortunately a flop, though definitely worth $80: http://www.fossil.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemType=PRODUCT&R...

It had definite advantages over other PDA watches. While not a full-blown computer watch, it's nearly as good as any 2MB PalmOS PDA...

Frankly, the next (and perhaps final for typical portable devices) frontier is when someone crams a good connected PDA/cell phone/camera/recorder combo into a stylish watch... We already have marginal virtual keyboard technology commercially available: http://www.alpern.org/weblog/stories/2003/01/09/projectionKeyboards.html

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