Wizard's Arcade Sharing my thoughts on gaming

Monthly Archives: August 2015

You are browsing the site archives by month.

Garage sale finds – August 21, 2015

2 Movies Double Feature (Vertical limit, Stealth) $1
Legion $1
Over America In High Definition (As Seen on PBS) $1
The Sum of All Fears $1

4 Film Favorites: Extreme Action (Eraser, The Last Boyscout, Passenger 57, Point of No Return) $1
4 Movie Marathon: Family Comedy Collection (Dudley Do-Right, Sgt. Bilko, Cop and A Half, Ed) $1
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Collector’s Edition $1
Deadtime Stories (Hollowman, Flatliners) $1
Freaked $1
Lean on Me $1
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 $1
MGM Presents: Midnite Movies Double Feature (Morons From Outerspace, Alien From LA) $1
New Kids on the Block: Hangin’ Tough Live (Sealed) $1
P.O.D.: Still Payin’ Dues $1
Starman $1
The Pentagon Wars $1
The Rookie $1
The Roswell Crash $1

Fisher MT 420 Turntable Record Player $10
HP Pavilion G6 laptop computer (750gb hdd, 4gb ram) $3
Magnavox 836 Turntable Record Player $1

Video Games
Disney’s Cars (Leapster) $0 (was part of deal)
Disney Princess: World of Enchantment (Leapster) $1
Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure (Nintendo Wii) $1
Dora The Explorer: Wildlife Rescue (Leapster) $1
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City (Microsoft Xbox 360) $1
Halo 3 Essentials (2 Disc Version) (Microsoft Xbox 360) $1
Pet Pals (Leapster) $1

Fairchild Channel F

I used to own one of these back around 1992. I still have one of the controllers, but the console was sold in a garage sale around 1995. Since I no longer have access to the console I will try to remember everything as acurate as I can, but since it has been over 19+ years (I do not know the exact date I got the system, or when we had the garage sale) please excuse if I leave anything out or get some information wrong. Now on to the console details



Fairchild Channel F

Fairchild Channel F


Fairchild Channel F


Fairchild Semiconductor

Launch prices

US$169.95 (equivalent to $704.00 in 2015)

Release date

US August 1976



Top-selling games


Backward compatibility


Accessories (retail)



Fairchild F8
1.79 MHz (PAL 2.00MHz)


64 bytes main RAM
2 kB video RAM (2×128×64


Resolution: 102×58 to 128×64 pixels visible
(128×64 framebuffer)[8]
Colors: 8 colors, maximum of 4 per


Mono audio with:
500Hz, 1kHz, and 1.5kHz tones
(can be modulated quickly to produce different tones)

The Fairchild Channel F has a black casing with a woodgrain decals on the case. The game cartridges are a Yellow colour and are labeled as different channels or stations. They released a total of 26 commercial games, and 2 games built into the system. Fairchild also created 2 Democarts which was used in stores to demostrate how the consoles worked. It also looks to me that these cartridges could be used a test carts to make sure each input on the controllers are in working condition or not.

During the Retrogathering 2008 (September 27, 2008) in Alvik, Stockholm. Atariage user e5frog auctioned off a homebrew cartridge of a Pac-Man game he created for the system using Videocart-27 Pac-Man as the label. Which I think is still the only homebrew game for the system to actually get put into a cartridge.

Garage Sale finds – Aug 7, 2015

Garage Sales Finds
Worms 2 Open Warfare (Sony PSP) $2.00
Napoleon Dynamite (Sony PSP Video) $2.00

Gamestop Purchase
64mb Memory Card (Microsoft Xbox360) $0.49
The outfit (Microsoft Xbox360) $0.99
MorphX (Microsoft Xbox360) $2.99
Kinect Adventures (Microsoft Xbox360) $0.99
Kane & Lynch 2 Dog Days (Microsoft Xbox360) $1.99
Deus Ex Human Revolution (Microsoft Xbox360) $2.99

Garage Sale finds – Aug 6, 2015

    Finds of the day

Garage sale finds for the day
Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga (Nintendo DS) $2
46 3.5″ Floppy Disks & 2 Storage cases $3
Warhammer 40K figures & Parts $5
Kinect Camera (Microsoft Xbox 360) $10 [in box]

Madden 97 (Sega Saturn) $2.99 [Loose Disc Only]

Garage Sale Finds – July 31, 215

Firefly – The Complete Series (DVD) [Complete] $2.00

Video Games
Exhibition Demo Disc Volume 03 (Microsoft Xbox) [Complete] $2.00
Ray Tracers (Sony Playstation) [Complete] $1.99
Sonic Mega Collection Plus (Sony Playstation 2) [Missing Case] $1.99
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 (Microsoft Xbox) [Complete] $2.00