Nuts for Nintendo–An ABC News 20/20 Special Report from 1988

3 07 2011

I found this while Stumbling today: a special report on the Nintendo Craze of the Late 1980s (1988) from ABC News 20/20.Nintendo-Carts

This is a great look back at what was the beginning of the third (or second, depending on how you decipher the trends) Video Game Boom. These were heady times for Gamers and Nintendo was leading the Video Game revolution here in North America.

Check out the video at the link below (or click the picture – your choice!)

http://vimeo.com/12997770

While Blogging I was listening to Wall of Voodoo – Call of the West – Mexican Radio

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Pacman – The Movie

22 05 2010

In light of the recent 30th Anniversary of the release of Pacman into the wild, I’ll post this link to a Youtube video of Pacman, The Movie.

 

Just very silly, stupid stuff and I love it.

Enjoy!





Happy 30th Birthday Pacman

22 05 2010

It’s hard to believe (for me at least), but it has been 30 years since Pacman was released.

30 years…

Oh my god… I am officially old.

Ah, but I digress!

30 years ago today videogames officially became part of the main stream. PACMAN SmallA videogame starring a yellow circle character inspired by a pizza (true story, read about it here, that ran around a maze eating dots while being chased by ghosts exploded onto the scene. Pacman went from being just a videogame to being a huge media icon. If there was a way to market Pacman, then it was done. There was everything from Pacman cartoons on the television to a one hit wonder song playing on the radio (Pacman Fever by Buckner & Garcia).

Pacman’s goal was to navigate a maze eating all the dots while avoiding the ghosts. 

Each maze had four power pellets in each of the corners. When Pacman ate one of these power pellets the ghosts would for a short period of time turn blue and Pacman would be able to eat them, sending what appears to be their eyes back to their house (a square in the center of the maze). The more you played the faster the ghosts would get and the shorted the period when they were vulnerable after eating a power pellet.  Occasionally pieces of fruit would appear that Pacman could eat for bonus points.

Pacman spawned many sequels and clones, most of which paled when compared to the original with perhaps the exception of Ms Pacman started as an unauthorized modification of the original Pacman motherboard. Apparently a convoluted lawsuit took place between Namco and  General Computer Corporation (creators of the Ms Pacman modification). The suit was eventually dropped and they were in fact hired by Namco to make games for Atari.

Once again, I digress!

Pacman was (and is) a great game that changed the very face of pop culture forever.

Happy 30th birthday, Pacman.

Here are some cool (in my opinion at least) Pacman related links

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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





And While I Am At It…

21 10 2008

Well, I thought that since I was talking up my mini cab collection, I thought I would put ’em all out together, along with some of my Nintendo Game and Watches (well, the ones that I could find at the time) and take a picture of them. I have a number of other games that fit into the mini cab format, but I wanted a picture of the classics. The only reason I threw the Game And Watches in is because I had to move each one to get at the mini cabs themselves.

Here is that picture:

Coleco Mini cab collection and some of my Nintendo Game And Watches

Coleco Mini cab collection and some of my Nintendo Game And Watches.

Back row from left to right: Zaxxon (not working), Frogger, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Galaxians. Front row from left to right: Mario Bros., Donkey Kong (dual screen), Donkey Kong 3, Life Boat





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





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