Hilarious Video: Pixels

9 04 2010

So, the Evil Aliens and various Nemeses from our collective 80’s Arcade Video Game past have returned with a vengeance in this amazing video clip I (or someone else who then sent it to me), found on Youtube last night. The creators of the video did a great job mixing in the pixelated attackers with the razor sharp images of real life.

Hope you enjoy it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcXtT3rZcqg

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The Podcast is Up!!!

25 06 2008

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I know that this took way too long, but the premier episode of the Yesterdaze Arcade  Podcast is up.

A rough piece, I hope you find it entertaining, none the less. Audio levels bounce up and down a bit, but it’s assembled. I am hoping that the next episode is a little more polished!

In this first episode I introduce myself and give a brief history of my introduction to video gaming, throw a spotlight on the Vectrex gaming console, Myles from Nowhere gives a look back to 1984 an a bit more!

Please give it a listen at the following links:itunes

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RSS feed. Useful for many who would like to subscribe to the Podcast using something other than iTunes. Hey, it should even work on your Sony PSP’s RSS reader (if you have a Sony PSP)

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(Right click and choose “save link as”) Just the plain ol’ mp3 of the Podcast for you to download and listen to on anything you want… within reason: I doubt “wanting to play it on a toaster will make that happen.

 

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Timing X” by DEVO





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





Nintendo Entertainment System Controller Coffee Table!

10 05 2008

nestable Check out this article on Gizmodo, a very good tech blog,  about someone’s Nintendo Controller coffee table that they built. The darn thing works too!

You’ll find photos and video of the thing being used with an actual Nintendo playing Super Mario Brothers 3.

 

This is very cool!

Click here for the article

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Ho’s” by Pepper





A Tour Through My Madness (My Basement)

5 05 2008

Omnibot I forgot that I Had these pictures up on Picasa’s web site. It’s basically a tour through my basement from about a year and a half ago from the time of this posting.

You’ll see a lot of my systems that I have out, though there are a lot more in boxes under my stairs that I have to pull out some day. Also, the TV shown was sold a while ago to make way for a plasma, and a PS3 has been added to the mix, along with various other toys and old systems.

Click Here to go to the slideshow/album

 

music note While writing this, I was listening to “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” by Alan Parsons Project





Wolfenstein 3-D – 16 Years Old Today (may 5th, 2008)

5 05 2008

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Wolfenstein 3-D is old enough to drive today!!!

Wow, that 16 years passed quickly! Released on May 5th, 1992, Wolfenstein 3-D showed just what a PC could do, gaming wise. Available in the shareware bin at my local department stores for years, this was the first game that I bought the full version of after playing the demo.

Wolfenstein brought a (simulated) three dimensional play field to life. You were a U.S. Commando by the name of BJ Blazkowicz and it was your job to escape a Nazi prison while ridding the place of guards, S.S., vicious dogs and gold and other treasure. It’s my opinion that almost all 3-D shooters that followed owe allegiance to this ground breaking game.

A version was released for the Super Nintendo that was quite watered down (the dogs were replaced with large rats!), and there were probably other versions that I never heard of out there, too.

Wired.com has a good article on Wolfenstein’s 16th birthday here.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Wanna Know You” by Pepper