Sunday, April 03, 2016

At Flashbak: Milton Bradley's Battleship (1967)

This week at Flashbak, I also celebrated the (almost) 50th anniversary of Milton Bradley’s strategy game Battleship.

“Difficult though it may be to believe, 2017 will make the 50th anniversary of the Milton Bradley strategy game Battleship.

As early as World War I a variation of this beloved game Battleship was actually played by gamers using nothing more than pen and paper.

In 1967, however, Milton Bradley made Battleship official, and in the process produced one of the most beloved games of “all time,” one played by multiple generations, and in multiple formats.

This famous game of strategy pits two players against each other as they attempt to sink their opponent’s naval fleet using red and white pegs and a map grid.

For the disco decade, Battleship was advertised with a TV commercial which became famous (ubiquitous) to my generation; one in which two male audience members at a fancy opera performance actually play Battleship to pass the time, and one player interrupts the performance, announcing -- indignantly -- “You sank my battleship!”

This exclamation became something of a catchphrase, and the game was advertised as “one you can take anywhere…”

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