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Though initially conceived as an old-school, paper-and-pencil game, "Battleship" was unceremoniously thrust into the computer age in 1977, when Milton Bradley released an electronic version (followed by "Electronic Talking Battleship" in 1989). Players entered their opponents' coordinates into a computer, flashing a red light or emitting a whistling noise if they hit or missed their targets. The new "Battleship" spawned a series of memorable commercials -- not to mention a now-ubiquitous catchphrase. Yet the electronic version fell short of the original by announcing a player's loss or victory for them, thus robbing the game of one of its biggest draws: doing a jig and screaming triumphantly at your opponent after you've sunk his or her battleship. If nothing else, "Electronic Talking Battleship" proved that having a computer humiliate your friends for you is a lot less fun than doing it yourself.