Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2023-01-18, 14:19:
We were fortunate here in Europe since the vast majority of our CRT TVs made after the 1980s had an RGB SCART port by default. Only the cheapest of the low-end models were RF only.
Here in Germany (in the middle of Europe) the situation was a bit different, I suppose.
I'm not saying the SCART argument was a lie, but it's just half the story.
Told by people who would like to remember things being better than they really were.
While those black, boxy "modern" TVs with their plastic chassis often had SCART inputs,
a lot of the older TVs from the 70s/early 80s looked like the one in the attachment.
Maybe even had a fake wooden chassis.
It were those old, used TVs that kids got for free to play with their C64s, ZX Spectrums and Nintendos.
- Just google for old photos of C64 owners from the 80s. The majority did use these classic TVs without SCART or Composite, even.
The Commodore 1702 and similar were video monitors or "computer" monitors that were around at the time, existed,
because of the lack for AV inputs on regular TVs and because of their low-resolution CRTs.
Edit: The 1702 also was my Nintendo monitor in the 90s.
Because it had Cinch (RCA) connectors that could be used for both NES/SNES.
This was something special back then, an upgrade from RF.
Thanks to the comb filter and the adjustment knobs things looked bearable, non-pixelated.
The Nintendo (NES) didn't include anything but an RF switchbox, by the way.
My father gave me an old Cinch cable with the old video monitor.
The Super Nintendo (that's how we called it, not SNES or Super NES) was my firsr console to include an AV cable in addition to thst switch box (3x Cinch with a paasive SCART adapter, no RGB).
Of course, if you bought a new TV in the late 80s/early 90s, it was a black plastic box.
Maybe with a square remote control, too.
But that was the difference between being a kid and a teenager/young adult.
If you got a new TV with your Nintendo or Sega, then that's a different story.
Same goes for the big TV in the living room, of course.
It maybe even had 100 Hz and PAL Plus at the time, not just SCART.
For example, if you were in your teenage years, chances were good that you got money for your communion.
Edit: Here's another colour TV, from the mid-80s. SCART-free, but with a remote (!)
It's a Robotron TV from former East Germany.
TVs like this were being sold in West Germany, too, via Quelle and other sellers.
They also were PAL compatible (GDR used SECAM and B/W, but many GDR citizens watched western TV channels, too).
PS: Another thing that's being forgotten..
Not all video game magazines had access to digitizers (frame grabbers) in the 80s/early 90s.
Sometimes, they did use a camera to make screenshots.
This may look ridiculously amateurish these days, but back then this practice
simply "existed" in the same way as simple RF-only TVs in the bed rooms of kids and teenagers.
Ironically, also, these amateurish screenshots are sometimes those which are the most accurate.
They include the CRT in its function as a filtering mechanism.
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