The Spark 80s Tech Quiz

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Test your knowledge of retro technologies for a chance to win one of five Ready Player One prize packs!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What was the line of computers made by Tandy & Radio Shack in the early 80s, with the derogatory name the “Trash 80”?
    • A. 

      The TDP-100

    • B. 

      The TRS-80

    • C. 

      The Apple II

    • D. 

      The Atari 800

  • 2. 
    What is the title of the first video game to contain an easter egg hidden by a developer?
    • A. 

      Defender

    • B. 

      Yars' Revenge

    • C. 

      Adventure

    • D. 

      Super Breakout

  • 3. 
    In 1986, which company released the first disposable camera?
    • A. 

      Fuji

    • B. 

      Canon

    • C. 

      Nikon

    • D. 

      Minolta

  • 4. 
    In June 1980, North America was introduced to the world's first low-cost portable cassette player. Originally called the “Soundabout” this was quickly changed to what famous brand name?
    • A. 

      The Walkman

    • B. 

      The Pressman

    • C. 

      The Freestyle

    • D. 

      The Stowaway

  • 5. 
    The videotape format war raged on for about 10 years until the mid-80s, when finally the VHS (originated by JVC) emerged victorious and became the standard in the home video market. What was its main competitor in the war?
    • A. 

      Phillips' Discovision

    • B. 

      Sony's U-Matic

    • C. 

      Sony's Betamax

    • D. 

      Sanyo's V-Cord

  • 6. 
    In 1980, Atari became the first company to register a copyright for computer games. What two awesome games were the first to be registered?
    • A. 

      Pole Position and Centipede

    • B. 

      Asteroids and Lunar Lander

    • C. 

      Joust and Battlezone

    • D. 

      Zaxxon and Space Harrier

  • 7. 
    MS-DOS was introduced in 1981. What is MS-DOS short for?
    • A. 

      Microsoft Data Open System

    • B. 

      Microsoft Disk Operating System

    • C. 

      Massive Data Open Source

    • D. 

      Massive Desk Operating Source

  • 8. 
    What was the first affordable* computer to include a Graphical User Interface? (*If to you, affordable meant $2,495 in 1984!)
    • A. 

      The Apple Macintosh

    • B. 

      The VIC-20

    • C. 

      The ZX Spectrum+

    • D. 

      The Commodore 64

  • 9. 
    In what video game did the character Mario (later of Super Mario Brothers fame) first appear in?
    • A. 

      Frogger

    • B. 

      Q*bert

    • C. 

      Space Invaders

    • D. 

      Donkey Kong

  • 10. 
    Who was Teddy Ruxpin?
    • A. 

      A dancing Pepsi can

    • B. 

      A talking toy bear

    • C. 

      The voice of KITT

    • D. 

      The leader of the A-Team

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