Set those cameras for 1985!
Monday Photo Shoot: Got something that screams the 1980s? Get it in picture form! This can include things you currently have around the house that are from the 80s era, or alternately, is a picture that is so very obviously from the 80s itself.
That's Merlin you see me holding (ignore the hairdo; we rode the motorcycle today, and that's what a helmet does to my hair). It's a game that first came out in 1979. I believe my daughter received Merlin for Christmas in 1980 or '81. She used to take it to bed with her, and we'd hear Merlin's beeping, musical noises coming from her room after she was supposed to be asleep. When she left for school in the mornings, I'd play with Merlin.
This is not the one she had, though. I bought it on Ebay a couple of years ago, just for the memories it evoked. It must have been a well-made toy, because there are dozens of them on Ebay at any given time, it seems.
There are six games on Merlin: tic-tac-toe, Music Machine, Echo, Blackjack, Magic Square, and Mindbender.
I found a Virtual Merlin online that can be downloaded to your computer.
If you have a photo entry, be sure and leave the link with John Scalzi.