6,000 unlicensed Tetris games were seized while being smuggled from China to Mexico via the USA. Aren’t things in Mexico bad enough without having to deal with Tetris ripoffs? It already took the creator of Tetris 11 years to start making money from the most addictive game of all time, why keep screwing the poor dude over (I’m sure he is no longer poor, but still). Read the rest of this entry »
I never got into Starcraft, i was more a turn based guy back in the day (Civ, Moo2, Star Control), but I knew that Korea took Starcraft seriously. I never really went out of my way to see exactly how serious, i mean insane they really are. This game is old, has terrible graphics (for today), and here is an arena full of people watching it live, like a month ago. I’ll save you watching the entire 20 min match which, as far as I can tell, features one dude fighting off a rush then destroying the bejesus out of his opponent. I was expecting the game play as being something much more epic, guess I picked the wrong match to watch. You would never know it based on the announcers. Read the rest of this entry »
Wrote this a while ago, got lost in the folder, sorry there little post, you deserve better
I’m going to say it, as revolutionary as it was for its time, in retrospect for as much good as the 8 bit Nintendo did, it did an equal amount of bad. For every good Nintendo game there were about 100 virtually unplayable ones. Nintendo had a magazine back then (and for all I know still does) Nintendo Power, and it created an era where you almost had to get the next issue to figure out the one inane thing you forgot to do, or finally see a map of the dungeon you’ve wandered for weeks in order to advance. Pre-internet, magazines and overpriced strategy guides held you by the balls. Either you had to get one or one of your buddies did. Games on the Nintendo tended to be so bad the only hope mere mortals had was cheating, and in an era before cheat codes, that meant the Game Genie. The Game Genie was born less out of the need for people to cheat and more to even the playing field against sick and twisted developers who wanted you to do the same thing over and over and over times infinity until you finally get the pattern (more complex than any nuclear code) correct, cough Battletoads, cough.
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The Morgantown Football League will be entering its 8th season this fall and invites to the exclusive league have gone out. Football is 3 months away and I can already taste it. I plan on using this blog for league commentary, updates, and news once the season begins. The Draft is set for Sunday September 5th at defending champion Three Eyed Fish’s new Championship Plaza.
I know, your thinking his first real post is on Jumpman and the second is more C64? Yeah well its on my mind and if I don’t get it down now it may be lost forever. So here we go!
1. Blue Max
In Blue Max you get a small bomber and are tasked with bombing the hell out of the German countryside. If you do this well enough you are rewarded with a bombing run of Berlin itself.
As you fly around you get to target roads, bridges, vehicles, airstrips, military bases and more. Armed with a machine gun and 30 bombs you must simply destroy everything you can without crashing or getting shot down by enemy aircraft or artillery. When you take damage any number of plane systems could be knocked out, limiting your ability to fire, drop bombs, or maneuver.
The only flaw I remember is that you really never know when or if you would actually get to see Berlin. It was totally random, sometimes it was easy and you got there with little effort, sometimes you could be an hour in thinking “WTH did my plane get lost?”
The challenge factor was very high, you had all of one life, and any number of small silly things could kill you. When your fuel got low you had to land on an airstrip to refuel and reload bombs. During this time a dirty kraut plane could (and often did) just fly right above you and drop his own bomb ruining your day.
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The Commodore 64 was my first computer. In fact, my first memory in life is sitting around in the living room with my dad and two brothers, playing a game called “Alphabet Race”, where a bunch of pixel bugs with assigned letters raced across the screen. Everyone picked the letter they wanted to win and we yelled and screamed for our pixel bugs to make it across the screen first. Great family fun, probably led to a fist fight or two.