The tape features raw footage shot for a television show called "Wired In." While the program never actually came to fruition, the footage and demos put together are an interesting look into the the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, Jamie (Jay) Fenton of Bally/Midway discusses the problems that plagued The Adventures of Robby Roto, a video game that ultimately failed to make a mark in the video game market.
Note: Jamie Fenton is a trans woman. Even though she was presenting as male at the time this footage was originally recorded, these notes refer to her using her proper gender.
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00:51Copy video clip URL Open on Jamie (Jay) Fenton. The interviewer asks Fenton about The Adventures of Robby Roto, a video game she had developed for Bally/Midway. Fenton talks about the the game and its game play problems.
03:12Copy video clip URL One of the videomakers asks Fenton about the marketing of the Roto game. Before Fenton can answer, she is interrupted by two phone calls. Fenton eventually explains the video game marketing process. Fenton also continues to talk about the plight of the Roto game.
06:55Copy video clip URL Fenton is asked about what game players are missing out on from taking Roto off of the market. Fenton believes that Roto is a fun game, but that there were problems with it. Fenton talks about the differences between Roto and Pac Man.
09:52Copy video clip URL Fenton expresses her disappointment in the Roto game being unsuccessful. She goes on to talk about some of the problems with the final version of the game and the way it had been marketed. Fenton then talks about the current video game boom.
14:06Copy video clip URL Fenton begins to talk about the newest game she is working on. The game is apparently a “quasi-sequel” to the video game “Gorf,” a game that Fenton had created in 1981.
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