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Sunday, October 31, 2021

political jungle
I have a weakness for oldschool videogames on the Web. And in this campaign season, I get a kick out of politically-repurposed ones.

So, in the vein of “White House Joust”, New York’s Gotham Gazette presents “Donkey Con” (aka “Elephant Evasion” — keeping it nice and bipartisan).

Practice your jumping skills, Mario, because there are no hammers in this version. And don’t plan on any marathon sessions, because there are no bonus rounds, either.

(Via Greedy Girl)

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/31/2004 11:54:56 AM
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So, is it a bad sign when a chunk of plastic chips off your Xbox S-Controller while you’re playing?

I’m not talking about a button or joint coming loose and dislodging. I mean a strip of plastic actually breaking off, due to excessive pressure from overuse.

You might tag me as a hopeless gaming geek. But really, it’s taken two full years to damage the controller (it still works fine). And comparatively, I’m tame. I just took a survey on my gaming habits, and it turns out that my couple of hours a week of blasting pixels is bush league when stacked against the 8-hours-per-day zombies out there.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/31/2004 11:34:34 AM
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

virtual lock-out
Because we’re missing out only on the mostly-invisible training camps, the almost-week-old NHL lockout hasn’t really hit home yet. Much like all the hurricane prepping we’ve grown used to in these parts, diehard fans can see the hurt coming about a month from now, when regular-season gamedates start biting it.

But if you’re a hard-core hockey fan, and still wanna get your geek on, G4techTV got the remedy: A season-long videogame simulation of the NHL season, game by game.

I don’t get G4techTV. Darn. Then again, I’ve got my own copy of NHL 2k4 for the Xbox, so I can go to that. Of course, I haven’t fired up that disc in months…

This could turn into an unexpected boon for the league. If ratings for this cyber-ice tourney look strong, NHL owners could reason that they don’t need to hire flesh-and-blood players at all — just run videogame matchups every night! That’s your cost-certainty for you.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/21/2004 07:33:24 PM
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Earlier this year, I wondered why Apple hadn’t joined in on the videogame console race. It turns out that ten years ago, they were ready to do just that, with a project code-named Pippen.

I wonder why it was aborted. Steve Jobs came back to Apple at right about the same time, so I’m assuming it’s one of the non-core efforts he eliminated (along with the Newton and the Power-PC clones). If anyone has the full story, or a hyperlink to it, I’d love to get it.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/14/2004 10:05:47 PM
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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

70s stylin
I guess I know the next Xbox disc I’ll be buying (or getting as a gift). “Atari Anthology” is coming, a collection of 85(!) ancient games from the ’70s and ’80s, part of a wave of retro-gaming products the latter-day Atari Inc. is preparing to release.

Oldschool videogaming rules. As it is, the only games I play on my Xbox anymore are Robotron: 2084 and Joust, off the Midway Arcade Classics disc.

Yes, I still have the same Atari 2600 from my childhood, along with a mess of cartridges, and they all work. And I can get plenty of Java/Shockwave versions of these games off the Web. But it’s all about convenience, and that’s well worth the $20-30 this disc will cost.

“They are not easy to master,” [Atari CEO Bruno] Bonnell said. “Some people believe that because they are old games they will finish them very soon. But I think people will be sweating to finish.”

The concept of “finishing” games is one of the key things that separate these old-timers from latter-day and modern games. You were never finished with a game like Centipede or Moon Patrol — that was the point. These games were built for the arcade, and the object for gameplayers back then was to shoot for a high score; therefore, the game never ended, it just kept going to higher and higher levels. I think when game structures evolved to include a game object that eventually ended, something was lost.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/07/2021 05:30:16 PM
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Monday, September 06, 2021

prepare to
Inspired by arcade classic Joust, it’s White House Joust.

Because if ostriches can fly, then so can donkeys and elephants.

(Via DrikoLand)

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/06/2021 01:39:23 PM
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Sunday, September 05, 2021

For you Ratchet & Clank fans out there: The two “out-of-this-world” commercials from earlier this year.

- Gravity Bomb
- Tractor Beam

I’m not a fan of R&C, mainly because I’ve never experienced it. They don’t make it for the Xbox, and since publisher Sony hawks the PlayStation, I don’t see them providing content for the rival console.

My co-worker Jamie really digs the R&C theme music. If anyone knows where I can find a copy of that, let me know.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/05/2021 09:34:38 PM
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