Electronic Plastic

The Electronic Plastic website pays tribute to the consumer electronics video game craze of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The online museum contains listings for more than 900 handheld and tabletop games released between 1976 and 1990. Consoles from this period typically supported just one game each and featured unique displays and custom programming.

The website allows visitors to filter the archive using a myriad of options, including screen type, battery type, year released, size, country of origin, colour, and play interface. A full-text search also supports queries against the archive’s title, company, and description fields.

While the Electronic Plastic website is a standalone historical information repository, it does provide a companion resource to the book of the same name. Released in 2000 by author and web designer, Jaro Gielens, Electronic Plastic the book captures the product design of more than 380 electronic games over 176 pages. The title is no longer in print but can be purchased used online from various book stores.