Video of Classic Video Games Recreated with Everyday Stuff

30 05 2008

Ok, now while this person (or people) may have way too much time on their hands, thisimage  is very well done. They have recreated several classic video games using everyday objects. Included are Centipede, Frogger, Space Invaders and Pacman.

Very clever and very fun, I think this is prett well genius!

 

Watch it here

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Sam’s Toy Box

30 05 2008

I found this site when I was clicking the very addictive Stumbleupon button on my  imagebrowser. It is a site that someone has put together of a lot of very cool toys that he has collected. I remember several of these toys and am very jealous of this collection! 🙂

I don’t know how long it took to amass this collection, but I have to thank him for sharing it with the Internet world.

There are a lot of very cool toys here, with pictures of each of them

See it here





Retro Remakes of Classic Video Games

28 05 2008

I stumbled upon the Neave Games website this afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised  imagewhat I found there: fantastic remakes of a few classic arcade  games that you play right in your browser. There was Asteroids, Space Invaders, Frogger, Snake and a Tetris clone. These are very true to the originals and play absolutely great. I really liked them and hope you do, also.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO NEAVE GAMES





Pac-Man Movie in the Works. Or, How they Finally put the Final Nail in Pac-Man’s Coffin

23 05 2008

I don’t know how accurate this is, but I just read about a Pac-Man movie being in the  imageworks.

Now, if it was so difficult to develop a good sequel to the game (aside from Miss Pac-Man of course, as that game rocked and Pac-Man CE for XBOX Live Arcade, which also rocks), how can we expect them to get a movie right?

Come to think of it, hasn’t most video game to movie translations sucked badly? Look at Alone in the Dark (Uwe Boll, you should not be allowed to make any more movies after that piece of… well it just sucked). Street Fighter? I thought it was terrible… And don’t get me started about Mario Brothers!!!

Anyway, you can read about the Pac-Man movie here.





Every Mortal Kombat Fatality

21 05 2008

Like the title says, someone has put together every Mortal Kombat fatality in to a six minute video.

Not for those who can’t stomach pixelated unrealistic video game death and gore.





Starcade – 80’s Video Game Show

20 05 2008

  Some people just understand the ‘Net. I mean, some people really get it. The hosts of Starcade.tv are examples of people who get it.

Starcade was a television game show where two teams consisting a kid and a parent compete against each other. There is a combination of trivia questions about video games and game play contests where theimage players each play a certain video game for a set amount of time (50 seconds, I believe), and the winner being the one with the higher score after said time. Along with minor prizes along the way like skateboards, radios and other gizmos, the over all winner goes home with their very own arcade game. The show ran from 1982 – 1984 with two hosts along the way. Obviously not a huge hit, as it came near the big video game crash it nonetheless had a core following of avid fans. starcadeIt was pretty cheezy stuff, but I know I liked it.

Now, the reason I say The people at Starcade.tv get it, is that they seem to understanding that keeping old media stored away where no one can enjoy it does no one any good. They have made 15 complete episodes of the show available on their site. There are also clips of what I believe are all the video games featured on the show available on the site. If more content owners did things like this, mabe a lot more of our past wouldn’t fade into nothingness.

The site itself is very gaudy, but the 80s were gaudy too so it make sense. Poke around a bit and there is lots to find. So, why not take a step back in time and watch an starcade2episode or two!

Check it out folks!

STARCADE WEBSITE 

 

 





New Acquisition: A Boxed TI-99/4A

17 05 2008

DSCF1658 At the business I work for, they have an electronics recycling program for the public. For the most part, we receive old boat anchor PCs, televisions and fax machines, but once in a while someone brings in a classic gem. Yesterday was one of those times.

I saw a lady enter the store with a box for a Texas Instrument TI-99/4A computer. She was heading towards the recycling dump when I approached her and asked if she minded if I took it instead. She laughed, handed it to me and said “Have fun, it’s all yours!” I thanked her and brought the box to the lunch room. I opened it up to find a treasure trove that I had only dreamed to find. The box, in great shape, hels the original computer, a cassette deck (for storing programs) the voice module (very cool at the time), several games and other programs and all the original manuals, cables, cords and power supply… Freakin’ Sweet, I tell ya’!!!

DSCF1659 Now, I never had a TI-99 when I was a kid, but a good friend of mine did (Robb, I’m talking about you!), and I was always impressed by what this machine could do. At the time, I had a Commodore VIC-20, and I managed to squeeze a surprising amount out of it, but it always paled in contrast to what the TI-99 could do. The TI-99 had 16 megabytes of RAM, while my little VIC-20 had 5 MEgabytes of RAM…3.4 available after basic. Not much at all. The one big thing the VIC-20 had going for it was a very low price tag: $99 when my parents relented and bought me one – even though I had wanted an Atari 800!DSCF1660

I’ve posted few pictures of my un-boxing of the TI-99 at home. I plan on posting some videos of it in action soon.

Enjoy, folks!

 

 

 

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music note While writing this, I was listening to “Far Side of Crazy” by Wall of Voodoo