Had An Awesome Time Hangin’ With My Retro Collector Friends From Colexions.com

7 04 2014

My buddy and fellow Retro Gaming fanatic Corey Buckner has put together a great community of fellow minded collectors over at colexions.com. Well, not only has he put together a great site to show off your own collection and geek out over fellow collectors treasures, he also hosts a monthly “Show And Tell” on Google Hangouts. What it is is a group of us collectors having a great time, showing off our stuff and talking about retro gaming and what ever else might come to mind. This was the third monthly get together and boy did we get to see some amazing stuff. We represented five different countries and three different continents but the distances just made the conversation better. It’s really cool to be able to meet like this. We had Corey Buckner (of course) from just outside Chicago and indie game developer Gary Brafford in West Virginia and lifespiller79 from…um sorry man, Texas (I think), all three in the U.S. of A,  We had Gabo representing Argentina, Mark in the U.K, Paul in Australia and little ol’ me up here in Canada. Everyone pulled out all the stops and showed some real stunners from our collections. Checkout last Saturday’s get together below:

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Calgary Pincade Show September 28, 2013

30 09 2013

I had an awesome time this weekend at the Calgary Pincade Show. Local pinball and arcade machine owners brought out their machines to all to play. Admission was $15 at the door or $20 for the weekend. Quite a few games were up for sale and they had two pinball machines for raffle. It was an awesome time and I can hardly wait for next year.

Check out The few pictures and video I caught while there:

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Bally Astrocade – I Finally Have One!!!

19 04 2013

CameraZOOM-20130418024243585There are few classic consoles that I lust after. One of those systems has always been the Bally Astrocade, and now I have one.

The Astrocade was released in 1978 and was very poorly marketed. At first only available through mail order and then later marketed poorly in small computer stores (though I saw it at a super drug mart called London Drugs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). It didn’t help that it was marketed more as a home computer than a gaming console, which it really is.

A contemporary of the original Atari 2600/VCS CameraZOOM-20130418024537977and Intellivision, it surpassed both in graphic and sound capabilities. The Astrocade got very few arcade ports, though it had a few great clones of classic games such as Galactic Invasion, a Galaxian clone, and The Incredible Wizard, a spot on clone of Wizard of Wor and Astro. The only true arcade port that I’ve seen is Space Fortress and is almost spot on. The Astrocade’s controllers were unique in that they resembled a revolver pistols handle with a small orange nub at the top that works as the joystick that can also be twisted to be used as a paddle controller. They are both unique and comfortable to use. The cartridges look surprisingly like audio cassettes, though they are solid state cartridges like other systems. There is a compartment at the top end of the system where you store the cartridges. And, being a console of the late 1970’s, it sports a great fake wood finish!

CameraZOOM-20130418024420711I acquired my Astrocade through a trade done on reddit.coms retrogameswap page. The guy I traded with, Chuck traded his Astrocade with a crap load of games for my NEC TurboDuo. I know the TurboDuo is worth more if I were to sell, but the Astrocade is worth more to me as a collectible. The system was clean and in perfect working condition. All the game, except one work perfectly, and the one that isn’t working is a math game so I am not upset. The one game I really want, The Incredible Wizard was not part of the haul, but I have purchased a copy via Ebay, and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival and this evening I also added Pinball to my Ebay purchases. I’d also love to get a copy of Muncher, an amazing Pacman clone that was released for the system, but the only times I’ve seen it on Ebay, the seller wanted a lot more than I’ve been willing to pay. There are also a few home brew games out there, including absolutely amazing versions of the arcade classics, Crazy Climber and War, a Warlords clone.

I am so happy with this trade.

Here is a video of me demonstrating the games that came with it:





Colexions.com–A Special Place on the Net for Us: The Crazy Classic Video Game Collectors

29 01 2013

Last year sometime I was looking for software that would allow me to catalogue my game and system collection. Using various search word combos in Google I came to the conclusion that there wasn’t such a thing (or at least not one that had all the functions I wanted). That was a bummer. There was an upshot to my search, though: I found the awesome site, colexions.com.

What the heck is colexions.com? It’s a site where fellow classic video gamingcolexions collectors can congregate and post our collections and look at other like minded folks collections. If you want to blog about your hobby you can, and if you want to read someone else blogging about it you can do that also. Do you have a game or a system you want to buy? Or maybe something you want to sell? You can do either here. It’s got pretty much everything you need in a classic video game collecting except one single thing. What’s that thing? Before I tell you what it is, I will tell you that you can actually bring that missing piece to the site yourself. That missing piece is just this: The site needs more members for it truly to be as effective as I know it will be.

So I am asking you to do me a favour and go to colexions.com and sign up and post your collection. I get no financial benefit as the site is not mine in any way, shape or form. The benefit I get is that I get to gawk at even more systems and games and toys on a site that is made just for that. If you’re a collector, or even thinking of collecting then I don’t see what you have to lose.





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





The History of Atari

26 07 2009

atari_logo Found this good article on the history of Atari. Twenty comprehensive pages, this is a good look at the beginnings and development of the company that made video games a house hold term.

TCMR-V22-P18 Not the first company to create video games, they were the ones to popularize them.So much so that many people forget that Magnavox came out with Ralph Baer’s creation, the Odyssey a couple of years before Atari was even a company.

Is you’re reading this blog, then you are probably going to like this article.

Here it is:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/2000/the_history_of_atari_19711977.php





The Podcast is Up!!!

25 06 2008

Hey folks!podcast

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

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)

mp3

(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