- Odyssey never gained a strong foothold in the home console market, though Magnavox
patented the idea of the home video game and got a royalty from the other big names for
each of the games they made. I believe that Mattel tried to get away with making games
despite the patent, and lost in patent court and coughed up, er, a few million dollars.
Odyssey games looked good, and some of them were excellent strategy types. The
Odyssey^2 console was very slick looking, and the carts even had handles on them to
make removal from the console easier.