In late 1983, Vidco unveiled a then-revolutionary new gadget which
made it possible to copy video games onto the Copy Cart (the blank
Vidco video game cartridge) using Vidco's Video Game Recorder (VGR).
One could program these blank carts not only once, but as many times
as there were games on the market! To copy a game onto the Copy
Cart, one only needed to insert a cartridge into the 'Game Cart'
slot and a 'Copy Cart' into the slot at the opposite end, press the
rectangular button (which activates the LED light) and in a matter of
moments, when the LED light goes out, release the button. The same
blank cartridge can be used over and over, just like a blank cassette
The VGR originally retailed for $49.95, and included one Copy Cart
and a game called Dishaster (which was published by Zimag). Why
weren't the VGR and Copy Carts a resounding success? For one, it
came out at a time when the video game market was crashing, and many
2600 game cartridges were selling for less than the $15.95 Copy
Carts. Perhaps if the Copy Carts were floppy disks instead (like the
Super Wild Card and Game Doctor for the 16-bit systems) and retailed
for a little less, Vidco may have truly created an inexpensive
alternative to purching game cartridges at retail prices.