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Thursday, August 05, 2021

I’m well enough removed from gaming circles that, while I’m aware of the Halo franchise, I don’t know all too much about it.

That’s why a lovingly-crafted Atari 2600 rendition would be right up my alley:

Ed Fries, former vice president of Microsoft’s Game Publishing Division, programmed an old-school version of the beloved game that features blocky graphics, deliberately basic sound effects, and simplified movements. And yet it’s still recognizable as “Halo.”

The game, called “Halo 2600,” made its debut at the recent Classic Gaming Expo, where cartridges (nice!) of the game were given away to lucky recipients.

And it’s playable online, on the above link. It’s addictive fun in a low-impact way. Sort of reminiscent of Robotron 2084, with a far less manic pace and a lack of rapid-fire.

I do think that a name change is in order — after all, those 8-bit pixels can’t really form a cleanly-circular halo shape, can they?

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/05/2021 10:52pm
Category: Creative, Videogames
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While Bill Cosby was disputing yet another premature rumor of his demise, he dropped a most succinct definition of the less-popular afterlife alternative:

“Hell is a place where everybody is laughing, but nothing is funny.”

Leave it to The Cos to come up with the first plausible rebuttal to Jean-Paul Sartre’s argument that “Hell is other people”. For added philosophical impact, I’m hoping the comedian was wearing a signature Cosby Sweater whilst quipping.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/05/2021 07:17pm
Category: Celebrity, Comedy, Creative
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