Since we’re on the topic of childhood memories today, one of the first video games I remember being exposed to was Frogger, followed by Grand Turismo, which explains the ever present need for speed, power, and having my traffic court lawyer on speed dial. But that’s a different story in and of its self.
The Smithsonian Museum has opened its doors to video games. Among the classic video games that grace its halls are Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, and other household classics. However, Frogger is no were to be found in the line up.
We, along with other, more creative activists, feel that the Frogger snub is an injustice! How do you rep a 30-year-old game in modern times? Well, take Frogger to New York City and attempt to get him across a street of traffic. Oh, and make sure it's based on real time traffic flow in order to make the game near impossible to complete. If you’re not located in NYC, get a look at the action in the video below, then head on over to the Smithsonian’s Facebook page and tell them you want Frogger.
We chat with Discovery Bay about their iPad game accessories that turn the Apple tablet into an actual game board. The accessories include Duo Plink, Yoomi Duo, and Duo Pop. In addition, they've got the Atari Arcade joystick that, in conjunction with the Atari games app, lets you control the old-school retro games with a bona fide controller. You can pick up these Discovery Bay products on Amazon. This was recorded at CES 2012.
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For anyone out there who has been longing—nay, pining—away for remixes of the stripped-down melodies that accompanied their favorite 80’s Midway/Capcom/Atari games, then 8-Bit Weapon has the cure for what ails you. The Tron Tribute EP is available for download, and the remixes are based off of the original score by Wendy Carlos for the 1982 film. The EPs samples use sounds from the following systems: Commodore 64, Nintendo NES, Nintendo Game Boy, Apple II, and Atari 2600. Beware: repeated listening may cause you to troll eBay and craigslist for your old Coleco-Vision console. For anyone born after 1985, this may be a little confusing. I know that quarters are like the nickel of the 80’s now, but 6-8 of those in your pocket used to mean 2-3 hours at the arcade… What’s an arcade? ...I hate you.
Atari’s new president Phil Harrison has plans to have its name associated with more than simply retro gaming. Their “Jenga World Tour” and “Godzilla Unleashed” didn’t receive the best of reviews so they plan to move into MMO games, such as “The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf” that will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 late next year. Other plans include “EVE Online,” “Ready 2 Rumble Revolution” on Wii and “Ghostbusters: The Videogame.” Be that as it may, we still remember when “Asteroids” was hot enough for us and were grateful for the Atari name.
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Remember how much coinage you lost at the arcades? Now you can play a couple of those old games and save some cash at the same time. Every time you feed the Arcade Gaming Bank a penny, it will let you play either Tetris or Breakout. You can get a lot of practice in for a dollar if you can get used to the smaller screen. The retro mini-game is available for ¥3850 ($39.50.)
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Just can’t leave the past? Then you might want to consider the 80’s Gaming Table that comes loaded with PacMan, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, and other retro games to equal a 44, count ‘em, 44 total. That’s a lot of gaming for a lot of dough, $2,800.00 to be exact. At a size of 26 x 25 x 23-inches, and in your choice of 36 colors, it can double as a table, desk, or bar. Options are available such as castors for portability or a coin mechanism so that it will earn its keep.
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No need to go out for an evening of arcade amusement. The Gamerator is loaded with 187 classic games and a refrigerated interior that can hold a keg of beer. The cabinet includes realistic joysticks, buttons, and trackball, a 24-inch LCD and two cup holders. When you tire of the old stuff, you can hook it up to almost any PC or game system with an adaptor. Currently being sold on eBay, the minimum bid is at $2,000 and the auction will run until November 10.
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If the Ms. Pac Man arcade table game is sadly out of your price range, take heart. Thanks to Tiny Armour, you can keep Ms. Pac Man close to your heart while keeping a little more green in your wallet. The truly hardcore old-school gaming fan can pair Ms. Pac Man with a ghost ring or necklace also available from Tiny Armour for some real-life (but decidedly not scary) ghost dodging fun. The Ms. Pac Man ring is available in silver or gold vermeil ($68 and $75, respectively) and sizes 5 - 11.
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Attention, all Mr. and Ms. Pacman freaks. If you can remember playing the original table style arcade game at your local Pizza Hut, then you may want to get in on the action and bid on this one, which is being offered on eBay. Pacman and Galaga also come with the machine. Choose from black or red oak, as both feature original Atari reunion PCBs. They also have new two bit underlay and overlay graphics. The starting bid is $1,500.00 and the auction will close November 3. By the way, if you already own one of these classics and are tired of hearing it chirp at all hours, Arcade Classics also buys old machines.
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There are six new games to choose from this week on Xbox Live Arcade and Virtual Console, though none of them are original games (which you expect from VC but even XBLA is arcade ports this week). Plus, most of this week’s games are relatively inexpensive with one exception.
Games this week include Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure, Adventure Island, Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole, Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Cyberball 2072 and Fatal Fury Special. Details for the releases are below.
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