Really Early Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Video – Featuring R.O.B.

29 02 2008

Here is a commercial for the original NES. This one features R.O.B., the robotic peripheral that shipped with many early NES bundles.


music note While writing this, I was listening to “Drive Back” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Play Classic Midway Arcade Games Online

29 02 2008

This is cool: Many classic Midway arcade games are available to play on line, for free on Midway’s site. defender2

These are excellent renditions of equally excellent games. Among the classics you can play are Bubbles, Defender, Defender II, Joust,Rampage, Robotron, Satan’s Hollow, Sinistar, Spy Hunter and Tapper. I couldn’t get any sound out of the games at first, but then I updated my version of the Shockwave plugin and all was good.

A Few Game & Watch Related Videos

27 02 2008

I found a few Game & Watch videos and commercials, including one for Mego’s knock-off games.

Here they are. I hope someone enjoys them.

Japanese commercial for the Multi-Screen Game & Watch games.

Commercial for Mego’s Game & Watch knock-off line, Time Out

Video of some one starting up and trying a number of Game & Watches

A Few More Treasures

27 02 2008

Managed to snap a few more pics of some of my games and consoles.

Atari 78007800

I think the coolest of this group is the Atari 7800. Backwards compatible with the original Atari 2600 and able to play it’s own enhanced games, this was a follow up to the 2600 (VCS) and 5200 systems and originally meant to compete against the ColecoVision, but delays in release meant it actually went up against the Nintendo Entertainment System… and I think we all know how that ended!



Tomy Alien AttackAlien-Attack

This unit is basically the classic arcade game Scramble with a different name for copywrite reasons. Surprisingly (to me, at east), this game plays very well. Controls, though simple work and the Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) is bright and colourful. Sound is clear and suitably annoying 🙂

Check out this game play video of Alien Attack that I found on Youtube!


Sega Master SystemMaster-System

The Sega Master system was released in North America in 1986 to a tepid welcome. Though in many ways technically superior to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega was not able to compete successfully against Nintendo’ cutthroat marketing and draconian licensing agreements.  This system had one of the coolest optional components: LCD 3D glasses. The glasses worked in a handful of games. I remember playing the games Blade Eagle 3D and Missile Defense 3-D and thinking that the 3D effect was quite good, but that was more than 20 years ago. If anyone has the 3D glasses (and the doohickie to plug them into the console) and wouldn’t mind parting with them, please let me know! 


Sega Genesis with SegaCD Add-onsegacd2

I’ve managed to find several of these combos over the last few years. This is the Sega Genesis (Megadrive out side of Canada and the U.S.) paired up to the SegaCD (MegaCD to some) add-on. The SegaCD was supposed to revolutionalized gaming with vast amounts of reasonable cheap storage. Although a few truly great classic games were released for the SegaCD (see the game Sonic CD for an example of a great SegaCD game), most were cheap ports of games already found on cartridge with some crappy extra music thrown in.


Space Invaders Mini-CabSpace-Invaders

I found this at Spencer Gifts recently. Very simple, but so was the original Space invaders. It has bright VFD display with loud but clear sounds. The game compensated for the small screen by scrolling to the length of two screens.

Not too much to say about this one  other than it works.








music note While writing this, I was listening to “highway” by HorrorPops

Live Action Space Invaders Re-enactment

27 02 2008

Just like the title says:

My MAME Cabinet: Retrocade

20 02 2008

My addiction to classic video games runs deep. So deep that I felt compelled to convert an old APB arcade game into a MAME arcade cabinet.retrocde

“What is MAME?” you may be asking yourself. Well, MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Mame is a piece of software that emulated the hardware of many (literally thousands) of arcade machines on a PC. You have to supply the roms (the game instructions themselves), but once you have it set up, which really isn’t very difficult, you have an old gamer’s paradise on your hands. There are legality issues, as you are not supposed to have roms to any games that you do not actually physically own unless released to the public, but I’m not a law enforcement officer, and I really don’t care: none of these arcade games are available to me in the arcade any more…so bite me! 🙂

Along with a huge list of arcade games, it also runs emulators for several home console systems, a number of PC games that work well with arcade controls and some pretty good juke box software.

I use a piece of software as a “front end” of sorts that organizes the systems and games into a series of menus that are easily accessible using either the joystick or the trackball. The front end I chose is called Mamewah.  Although not perfect, it has proven to be the easiest one that I have found to configure, so far. The brains of the cabinet id a PC running an AMD X2 4200+ with one gig of ram running Windows XP. It is wirelessly networked to my home network via 802.11N. The controlls are authentic arcade controlls purchased on Ebay, connected to a USB I-pac keyboard encoder which converts inputs from the controls into keyboard inputs that the PC can understand. Also, I installed a large trackball for games like Missile Command, which the PC uses as it’s mouse.

This was a very fun project that was so worth the time. I love being able to sit down and play my favourite oldies on actual arcade hardware like they were meant to be enjoyed.

Anyway, if you want more informaton of this or other mame cabinets, email me!

music note While writing this, I was listening to “From Out of Nowhere” by Faith No More


Good Morning People, and another Game & Watch

20 02 2008

No new posts over the last few days, though I did edit a lot and designed a new retro-ish banner and register a new URL, .

I thought I’d take the time to say “Good Morning” and show off another little toy: my Donkey Kong 3 Game & Watch.

This one is particularly cool, as it has two controllers that are attached by thin cables. Excellent design!

Here are a few pictures.


Donkey Kong 3 Game & Watch closed


opened up showing stored controllers


And with controllers taken out.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Portrait Of Authority” by Bad Religion

And Another Classic!!!

17 02 2008

Ok, this is quite a bit of posting in one day (for me), and I really have got to get to work, but here is one more from my collection:

ATARI XEGS Game System (and Home Computer)

This game system shipped from Atari in 1987 and included a detachable keyboard wich allowed the system to be used as a computer. The following is the short entry on Wikipedia regarding this system:

The XEGS was sold bundled with a detachable keyboard (first for an Atari computer), a joystick and a light gun (XG-1), and a couple of game cartridges (Bug Hunt and Flight Simulator II). The XEGS was essentially a repackaged 65XE, and was compatible with almost all Atari 8-bit software and hardware as a result. Bad marketing and a lack of newer releases hampered sales.

I found mine at a certain flea market in Edmonton, Alberta where I seem to find a lot of good deals. I also found a Qix game cartridge for this system at the same flea market, but a different table. I’d love to find one of the light guns and perhaps the matching joystick. The joystick was just a regular Atari 2600 stich, but grey instead of black.

Here are a couple of pictures of my system:


The Base system


The system with keyboard attached.

Three More Rarities From My Collection

14 02 2008

Hello imaginary Internet People. I have taken pictures of three more relatively rare systems from my ever growing collection of classic video game systems. Here they are in absolutely no particular order:

Commodore CD32

This one is really cool. Commodore (the makers of the Commodore 64, one of the biggest selling personal computers of all time) produced the CD32, which was basically an Amiga 1200 computer without a keyboard or a hard drive. Released in 1993, you can probably guess from it’s name that it was a 32 bit CD based game system. An add-on board was available which basically turned it into a full fledged Amiga computer. My unit has a add-on called a TVI that has a modem and supported a remote control. Apparently the modem was used to access certain dial up banking services, and the remote was long gone when I acquired this little baby.

Although a fine machine, it never really gained much ground here in North America. It seems to have been a little more popular in Europe.


Commodore’s CD32 (dust and all!)


A CD32 controller

Sega CDX

The Sega CDX (Multi-Mega outside North America) was a portable Genesis (Megadrive to those from outside North America) and Sega CD wrapped up in a unit not too much bigger than (at the time) a portable CD player – which it also functioned as.

Released in 1994 as what seemed like an attempt to gather interest in Sega’s Sega CD format, the CDX ultimately failed, although it is an interesting and well designed piece of gaming history.


Sega’s short lived CDX gaming system.


The X’EYE is a clone of the Sega Genesis and Sega CD combined into a single unit, licensed by JVC with a few extras. Along with doing everything a Sega Genesis and Sega CD could, the X’EYE offered S-Video out, microphone in (and a microphone volume control) for karaoke and an enhanced sound system.

This is a cool looking machine that I have not seen many of… heck I’ve only seen one “in the wild” and I bought it!


music note While writing this, I was listening to “I Think of Demons” by Roky Erickson & the Aliens


A Couple More Gems from my Video Game Collection

13 02 2008

I find myself with a little extra time before work, so I thought I would post (brag) a few pictures of two more little gems from my video collection.

We’ll start with a real rarity:NEC TurboDuo 16

This was the NEC Turbo Grafx 16 with integrated CD-ROM and a number of internal enhancements (including more system memory). Released in North America in October of 1992 with a price tag of $299 U.S., the system languished on shelves ($300 was way too expensive for a game system at that time). NEC tried to combat this by selling various bundles with a number of game pack ins. Even so, sales were dismal.

NEC beat Sony to the punch by releasing a CD-ROM based system a full two years before the Playstation invaded our homes. At the time, CD-ROMs were rare in computers, let alone game consoles.

Here’s a a look at my system:


TurboDuo, two controllers and multi-tap


The Console alone


Close up of one of the controllers


The multi-tap. The system only had one controller port, but with the multi-tap up to four controllers could be used.

System Two: The Sega Game Gear

Sega released the Game Gear (hereon referred to as “GG”) in Japan in October 1990 and in North America in 1991. This was a hand held system designed to compete with Nintendo’s wildly popular Gameboy handheld system. The GG had some advantages over the Gameboy, namely a beautiful (for the time) colour screen (the Gameboy had a sickly looking green screen with the graphics displayed in grey).

One disadvantage was the fact that it ate batteries like crazy… and it took six AA batteries at a time. You were lucky to eek out five hours of game play with fresh alkaline batteries, compared to what seemed a lifetime of play (probably a couple of days) out of four AA batteries in the Gameboy. Sega tried to combat this with rechargeable, external battery packs that greatly increased the gameplay between charges, but also increased the bulk of the already large game system.

Despite the fact that this was a great little system (far superior to the original Gameboy, in my opinion), it was not accepted in Japan, and while a little more popular in Europe and North America, it was outsold by Nintendo’s Gameboy by a large margine. Nintedo continued to eat up the handheld market over the years. Eventualy, in 1997, Sega dropped support for the system.

Although I wouldn’t call this system rare, I definitely consider it collector worthy. With lots of add-ons and a ton of games to hunt down from a lot of markets (any GG game from any region will play on any GG), I always seem to find somethig new…well, new to me.

Here are some pictures of my collection:


The Game Gear unit.


Official Sega Game Gear carrying bag


Some of my Game Gear games.


The coveted Television tuner add-on. Note: This did not work with later releases of the Game Gear


The “official” screen magnifier (there were quite a few third party versions of this).


The Game Gear Game Genie – a third party “cheat” device.