TurboGrafx 16 Commercial

29 09 2012

Hey folks, how are you all doing? [Insert cricket noises here]

I was poking around on Youtube seeing if Steve Benway* had uploaded anything today when I noticed that one of the suggested videos for me was a commercial for the old TurboGrafx console. A great machine that I think never got the respect that it deserved here in North America, it was wildly popular in Japan where it was known as the PC Engine. I remember seeing the commercials and lusting after the system! Check out that commercial here:

* If you don’t know who Steve Benway is and you come to this site, then you should go check out his Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/SteveBenway where he has uploaded, and continues to upload hundreds of classic video game gameplay video (so hard to say). He’s the best!

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Video: 20 Games That Defined the [Original] XBOX

25 09 2012

So I have stumbled upon a whole bunch of “20 Video Games That Define” type videos all applemctom’s Youtube page and will be posting them. Sure, this type of list is always an opinion piece, and we know opinions vary but these are good list and good video footage of the games.

This one is the 20 defining games for the original XBOX. I know that the original XBOX didn’t get a lot of love when it was current, other than Halo… but I liked this system,. In fact, until the advent of the XBOX 360, it was my favourite system – playing it far more than any other system (and I always have the current run of consoles). I almost never turned my PS3 or my Gamecube on when these were the three current systems – Pretty much stuck to my XBOX. Some of these games are part of the reason!

 





Cool Video: IGN’s Top 20 Game Consoles of All Time

24 09 2012

Excellent video from ign.com: Their choice of the top 20 Consoles of All Time:





The Arcade’s Robot Ancestors: Electro Mechanical Games

3 09 2012

When I was really young (in the very early 1970s), there was a style of game arcade game that would seem alien to most gamers of today: electro mechanical games. Preceding the [commercial] video game, they were arcade games that utilized motorized mechanical bits and lighting effects to create a gaming experience.

Humongous, noisy cabinets with flashing lights and sirens recreated everything from naval battles to horse and motorcycle races with varying degrees of success and or failure. Companies like SEGA (among many other companies) with their 1968 game, Periscope, bridged the gap between pinball and videogames.

The specific games that I recall playing as a kid were a motor cycle game with model bikes, a lunar landing game with a model of the moon and a replica lunar lander on a cable, and a cool (for the time) car chase game called The Car where a movie clip played of a chase scene (you’re following a orange car) and you have to move the steering wheel back and forth to keep from…uh… hitting the sides of the road and traffic. If you went off track a loud grating noise was heard and an orange light flashed. It was simple but I was young and easily impressed by shiny things. I still am, actually.

There was a lot of ingenuity and hard work put into these machines and few survived the years due to the fact that moving parts break down and become scarce and eventually impossible to replace in time.

Actually, a number of electromechanical games made it to the home in the form od various racing, bowling and other games, including a mechanical representation of Pong called Blip.

If you ever get a chance to play one of these machines, I definitely suggest it. Check out some videos below of some different machines that were out in the wild, back in the past.

 

Missile (1969) Sega
Captain Kid Light Gun Game (1966)
Space Flight (1969) Bally
Hill Climb (1972) Bally
Moto Champ (1973) Sega
American Indy
Silver Gloves (1948) Mutoscope
Panzer Attack (1974) Midway
Sonar (1972) Sega