The Top 5: Atari Commercials

May 11, 2010

The Atari 2600 defined a generation of gamers. With its sleek 8-bit graphics, sound effects, and probably the largest library of games available to any one system at this time, it was no wonder it was such a success. Over the last year, I have taken time to research the success of the Atari 2600. I’ve dredged through books, I’ve scoured the internet, and I’ve talked to early adopters of the system. It wasn’t the library of games. It wasn’t the graphics, and it certainly wasn’t the price. The key to the Atari 2600’s success can now only be seen on YouTube and other video sites. I’m talking about, COMMERCIALS!

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Stand Out Game Introductions

June 18, 2009

Well today I was playing an online Video Game Music quiz and I happened upon the opening theme of Cannon Fodder. I’ll just say that I had no idea what was coming there, it starts out with ska chords and goes into “♫ War, never been so much fun…♫” So for the focus of this article I will talk about some attention grabbing intros.  Not all of them need take the Cannon Fodder approach but all of them have some quality that makes them unforgettable.

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Set the Arcades on fire with: Alpine Racer 2

May 18, 2009

The Soundtrack that I’m reviewing today is Alpine Racer 2. This arcade soundtrack is full of rock and punk stylings and some killer guitar licks.

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Top 5: Fan Made Live-action Trailers

December 22, 2008

Video game movies: a subject that every true gamer fears the most. Why is that? Maybe it is because video games are not truly respected as an art form or maybe Hollywood doesn’t really care about the quality of the movie, they just want a franchise to sell tickets. However, today, I present to you, the Top 5 Fan Made Live-Action Trailers. The only criteria for this list was that it was a trailer, so sadly incredible on-line series like “Street Fighter: The Later Years” did not make the list.  So without further ado, let’s get started with my number 5 best trailer!

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“Keep It Up!”: Magic Johnson Cheers You On | The Top 5 Things that make Magic Johnson’s Fast Break unique

December 19, 2008

Sports video games are a funny thing in the world of early gaming. The games are always judged on how close they come to the actual sport, and are always criticized for the sheer number of exploits that you can find in them. However, there’s always something charming about going back to play a sports video game on the NES. You know the developers were trying their hardest, but there’s always that one little thing that ruins the game for you.

Tradewest, however, made a game that is seriously fun and pretty close to the way you’d remember basketball in the late 80’s… except for one thing… Read the rest of this entry »