In Pictures: 3 decades of hand-held game systems

Three decades after the debut of Milton Bradley's Microvision, here's a look at how handheld video game systems evolved, from early flops like the Atari Lynx to the gaming innovations of the iPhone.

Entex Select-A-Game Machine (1981)

This obscure machine walks a fine line between handheld and tabletop. Entex designed the SAG for potential two-player action on a table, but during single player matches, it was easy to hold somewhat upright. The Select-A-Game included a "vacuum fluorescent display" with display elements arranged in a 7 by 16 grid.

Entex released only six game cartridges for this system, most notably versions of Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Photo Courtesy Rik Morgan (handheldmuseum.com)

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