G4 Icons: Intellivision

13 04 2014

Hey folks, here is episode 23 of G4’s Icons show spotlighting the Mattel Intellivision. For anyone that doesn’t already know, the Intellivision was the Atari 2600’s main competitor an an over all more powerful machine. Not saying it was better (that’s not for me to say), just more powerful. Not sure how long the video link will last (I didn’t post it), but enjoy it while it lasts.





$5 VIC 20 Garage Sale Haul!

28 11 2013

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The Incredible Wizard for the Bally Astrocade

11 05 2013

Hey people of Earth… Hope you are all well.

I just uploaded a little game play video that I recorded of the fantastic port of Wizard of Wor for the Bally Astrocade. This version is titled, The Incredible Wizard, but don’t let the name fool you: this is the best home port of Wizard of Wor.

Check out the video below:





Bought Two Astrocade Games – And Now I Find Myself With a Decision to Make

9 05 2013

So I find myself lucky enough to have acquired two more Bally Astrocade games,Bally Pin (Pinball) and The Incredible Wizard. I relly pumped to have these games, especially the incredible Wizard (my favourite home version of Wizard of War). The Incredible Wizard is basically the reason I got an Astrocade. There’s only one problem: both games are still factory sealed. They made it all the way from 1979 to today without being opened.

Damn.

I really want to play The Incredible Wizard on my own Astrocade.

I am so close to opening them up.

So close…

What would you do? Also, stay tuned to find out if I did or I didn’t.

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New Additions to my Collection

8 05 2013

Hey folks… Long time no see.

I just thought I would let you know about some more recent additions to my collection.

I’ve picked up an Intellivision II in the box but without a power supply (if you can help me out with a power supply I’d be much appreciative), at a Flea Market. Also, I was given, free of charge, a fantastic Nintendo Entertainment System, in a collectible Official Carrying bag and a CRAP load of games. AND… I picked up a Sega Genesis with a Sega CD unit in a cool carrying case. Pictures are below!

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Star Wars Games–A Video From the Angry Video Game Nerd

31 01 2013

So, there is an ever growing series of videos by the Angry Video Game NErd where he plays a game or games and suffers through it (or them) and explains why they suck.

Here is his take on “classic” Star Wars Games:





The History of Nintendo

8 09 2008

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Here is an interesting article on the complete history of Nintendo.

Spanning 119 years, it is quite comprehensive. I haven’t researched this myself so I cannot comment on the accuracy, but it is an interesting read none the less.

Read the article HERE

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Is It Real? Russian Bigfoot” by National Geographic Channel: Most Amazing





Podcast Really Close to Being Done

11 06 2008

The premier episode of the Yesterdazearcade podcast is podcast just about complete! I was going to post it last night but decided that I need to flesh it out and edit it a bit more. I want to add a review or opinion piece…
But until then, if you want to hear what I have so far, you can listen to the rough draft at http://drop.io/yesterdazepodcast/ or if you want the rss feed try this
It is mostly a rambling piece that is pretty boring, but It’s the first one. I am going to organize the following episodes into more cohesive segments. Heck, I might actually write some stuff instead of just making it up as I go along like I did in this episode. There is a really good humorous personal look back at being a young teen in the 1984 by my friend Myles. I hope you like it, as I did. I could relate to it all since I lived it too! Well, like I wrote already, it should be done very soon, but go ahead and listen to the rough cut and let me know how terrible it is!

music note While writing this, I was listening to “No Reason” by Pepper





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





Upgraded My MAME Cabinet

12 05 2008

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So, I spent a few bucks this weekend and upgraded my arcade cabinet’s guts. Previously, it was running an AMD Sempron 2500+ with 768 megs of ram. I purchased a new motherboard (EVGA), dropped in a Intel Core2Duo processor (I had it left over from my last upgrade to my desktop pc), 2 gigs of DDR 2 ram and a new power supply. This machine flies now (for a MAME cabinet, that is).

I stuck with the motherboard’s onboard NVIDIA graphics, as arcade emulation doesn’t require any real 3-D rendering. I am now thinking that I might upgrade the video, too as I may decide to put some more modern games on the system if I can make them mesh with the arcade controls. I also went with the onboard audio, and I have no regrets with that, as it seems to work well. I am using a 2.1 audio setup (two speakers plus a sub-woofer) at the moment, but am considering ways of doing a 4.1 or 5.1 setup in the arcade machine. It would require a redesign of the control panel, but that was something I was already planning anyway.

I was planning on dropping in a 19 inch Samsung flat panel monitor in place of the 19 inch Samsung Sync Master CRT monitor that is in there right now, but that will have to wait, as that will actually take some wood work that I was not prepared to do this weekend. I know a lot of people prefer the CRT for MAME cabinet use, but the Sync Master is fading (focus is way off), and this flat panel is very bright and crisp…and sitting right here.

I then installed Windows XP Media Center (and all updates), along with re-installing Mamewah, the arcade cabinet friendly frontend for the Mame emulator. It also works very well with other command line emulators, though it can be frustrating to setup, initially.

Another change I want to make is to completely redo the artwork for the bezel – Heck, I want to redo the whole bezel it self, as I am using black foam-core with pasted on graphics. Kind of tacky, and it is starting to take a beating from my removing the plexi-glass to get at the monitor controls.

I have to say that I am wrestling with the possibility of just buying a cocktail cabinet and putting everything in there and ditching the upright machine, but I haven’t decided if I really want to do all that work…

 

-If you are interested, you can read an earlier post about my MAME cabinet here.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Most Precarious” by Blues Traveler