We always have fun digging up sound clips for the “Name that Tech Tune” contests that air regularly in the final segment of the GeekWire radio show and podcast.

But this last one was special — the sound of a device that many of us grew up with, but probably hadn’t thought about for years, or even decades.

Going in, we had a hunch it might be the toughest challenge we’d ever come up with, so we lined up a great prize courtesy T-Mobile USA: an HTC Sensation Android device.

And the entries that came in confirmed the degree of difficulty. Out of more than 100 submissions from our audience of tech-savvy GeekWire readers and listeners, only 30 people got it right. The most common incorrect guesses were Pong, Simon, and Coleco Football or Baseball.

The correct answer: Merlin, the handheld game device from Parker Bros.

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From the pool of correct answers, we randomly drew a winner this morning: Congratulations to GeekWire reader Steve Sim of Envisage Recruiting, the winner of the HTC Sensation. As it happens, he was one of a handful of people who not only know that it was Merlin, but that the sound was the Merlin playing a game of tic-tac-toe. So he’s particularly deserving, apart from being randomly picked.

Thanks again to everyone who played, congrats to everyone who got it right, and stay tuned for another installment soon. We’ll also be giving the answer and talking about this on the GeekWire show this weekend on KIRO-FM and GeekWire.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Ah man. If I saw this come thru, I coulda got it. I spent hours and hours of my childhood playing Merlin at Tic Tac Toe. I COULDA BEEN A CONTENDA!!  ;)   Congrats, Steve Sim!

  • http://pop-pr.blogspot.com Jeremy Pepper

    I had one too – and I KNEW the sound and just couldn’t remember the game. Great (odd?) childhood memories.

    Ironically, never was allowed a gaming system (no Atari, Colecovision or the other ones). I blame my parents for buying an Apple IIe instead.

  • Steve

    Totally unexpected – especially since I never win anything.  Thx so much GeekWire & T-Mo!

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