July 29, 2013
Today we will feature an article from a blog that share’s our interest: retro-gaming. The topic this particular time is joysticks. The homebrew comm– *cough* I mean professionals have cooked up an excellent iPhone add on that let’s you play tons of arcade classics through your apple device. Check it out for more details.
January 28, 2012
Yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time with Garrett figuring out the intricate nature of Save Mary for the Atari. While it was an adventure in itself trying to figure out what was going on, after a bit of time we seemed to get the hang of it.
Wikipedia thoughtfully wrote out the storyline for this odd game in just a few sentences:
Save Mary is an Atari 2600 action game that revolves around creating platforms to save Mary, the damsel in distress. The character is a humble construction worker who must pick up crates to use as platforms to get Mary to climb up, eventually leading to the top of the valley. The villain of the story is a mustachioed fiend who keeps Mary at the bottom of the valley for his own perverse pleasure.
Just one small problem: there was no villain.
Atari games are made to really draw on your imagination. Without it, we make very little sense of what is going on. But in the case of this game, the exact opposite happens: we know exactly where we are and what is taking place before our eyes… Which allows us to ask some questions about our environment, and what really is happening on the screen.
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October 21, 2010
I’ve been waiting a long while to start this article because of the project that I’ve been a part of. The goal of it was to create a Canon of video game music so that anyone who wanted to listen to VG music, would have a good place to start.
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October 11, 2010
The cliche move of walking to your local garage sale to find old discarded NES games is becoming a thing of the past.
With countless new generations of video games falling into the laps of today’s youth, old cartridges are becoming harder to find. I know I’d never give up my old games, but some people don’t know the value of what they hold in their hands. To raise awareness for collectors, I’m going to go over just how our beloved NES and Genesis games are meeting their end.
Garage sale decline: By now, the peek season for buying old games at garage sales has pretty much passed. The generation that played those games as kids are now Read the rest of this entry »
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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