The history of KC Returns dates way back to 1972 and is a culmination of my belief that if we can see it, we can solve it. KC Returns! II is one small step toward providing the tools for solutions.
The start of the consumer video game era. Magnavox electronics released the Odyssey game console that allowed games to be played on your TV. This early version could only display black and white blocks, moving dots, and plain straight lines.
The Odyssey 2 game console was released that used game cartridges and went on to become popular around the world. I started creating games for the Odyssey 2, with the first one being Take the Money and Run!
K.C. Munchkin! game production begins. K.C. Munchkin was an inside reference to then president of Philips Consumer Electronics Kenneth C. Menkin. Followed by K.C.’s Krazy Chase released in 1982.
24 video games later… the end of an amazing era for me. The final game I created for Odyssey 2 was Power Lords. I always attempted to design fun and challenging games that would grow thinking skills for both of us.
1987 - Today
The post-Odyssey 2 era continues today. Enthusiasts from around the world have established clubs and even released new games for Odyssey 2.
KC Returns! was created for my grandchildren to give them some understanding of DNA and their Adaptive Immune System. KC uses the same format as before… having fun while exercising your thinking skills at your own pace.
KC Returns! II evolved to tackle Covid. Because of today’s technology, I can now address real-world issues, sharing how our Adaptive Immune System defends us and specifically how it battles the Covid virus.
2022 and Beyond
I am currently working with a great group of people at Komaya to pull together this website. Once complete I intend to listen carefully to feedback on what everyone would like to see next. My personal thinking is that it would be important to reproduce more of my original Odyssey games so that everyone might learn from history with firsthand experiences of the original games before they are lost forever.
However, there are enormous opportunities to expand the DNA and adaptive immune system types of programs.