WYSICRAP – The Tandy WP-2

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WYSICRAP – The Tandy WP-2 Back when we had to start the car by hand, walk 4 miles to school uphill…both ways and the milkman was still blamed for kids that didn’t quite look like mom “or” dad, computers sat on a desk. Portability meant fitting in a backpack (first baby Macs) or, in the case of early laptops something that weighed about nine or ten pounds. So, as a young college...
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Achievement Unlocked: ActivisionR...

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Achievement Unlocked: Activision’s Real-Life Reward System After a posting I made on facebook, I felt the sudden drive to make a blog review about Activision’s real-life rewards for their Atari, Coleco and Intellivision games. Adam and I have gushed about how Activision was the best third-party developer for Atari back in the day, numerous times already; this is justified on so many levels. One of the elements that stood them out...
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Journey Escape : Atari 2600 : Retro ...

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Journey Escape : Atari 2600 : Retro Review Journey Escape, for the Atari 2600, was released in 1982. Andy why not? Journey’s popularity was peaking with the video game revolution, it was sure to have an audience. I can find no evidence on the actual sales, but a used cartridge seems easily available today, I have to assume quite a few copies were put into the market. As a Journey fan, I enjoyed the game as a kid and...
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Raiders of the Lost Ark : Atari 2600...

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Raiders of the Lost Ark : Atari 2600 : RetroReview Indiana Jones made his video game debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark for the Atari 2600,  released in 1982. Wow, what can I say. I played the hell out of this game when I was in 4th grade. And I solved it often. If you asked me 30 years ago, I would have rated this game a 10. It was my favorite game. I tried playing it again after putting it down for decades. I remembered how to do...
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The Castlevania Adventure: Game Boy:...

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The Castlevania Adventure: Game Boy: RetroReview Though I like Castlevania, I haven’t played many games in the series; this would be the third I’ve finished. Like many other Game Boy games this was made to be pretty straight forward, it isn’t difficult to figure out the objective or the controls for that matter, its the execution that provides the challenge. Your main character, Christopher Belmont, is a...
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The Game Preserve – Your Houst...

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The Game Preserve – Your Houston Video Game Arcade Not since I was a kid have I had so much fun in a video arcade. There’s not much to talk about when it comes to Houston. No mountains, no hills, and the closest beach is… well, not what you see in pictures of paradise. I often struggle with telling visitors what to do while they are here. However, there are many gems nestled around the city. I found one particular gem...
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Dark Cavern : Atari 2600 : RetroRevi...

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Dark Cavern : Atari 2600 : RetroReview Dark Cavern, for the Atari 2600, was released in 1982. I recently picked this up from a local retrogaming shop here in Houston. I find it tons of fun to pick up many titles for about 3 bucks – what do you have to lose? And you get to build your collection relatively cheaply. The title, Dark Cavern, intrigued me. Hoping for another Adventure type game, I...
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Lock ‘N’ Chase : Atari 2...

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Lock ‘N’ Chase : Atari 2600 : RetroReview Lock ‘N’ Chase, released in 1982, is obviously a Pac-Man rip off. You are a robber moving around a maze collecting  gold bars (or dots in Pac-Man). You even have opportunities for more points by other objects appearing, in lieu of Pac-Man’s fruit. Instead of four ghosts, you have cops coming to beat yo’ ass. Now there are no power-pills to chomp to turn the...
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M*A*S*H : Atari 2600 : RetroReview

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M*A*S*H : Atari 2600 : RetroReview M*A*S*H, for the Atari 2600, was released in 1983. It’s a pretty cool game base off the popular TV show and released by 20th Century Fox. I am not going to go into detail about how you are Hawkeye and everything, this is purely about the game. You are a medic helicopter who’s mission is to pick up wounded soldiers and bring them back to your camp. For some reason,...
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Gamers Lingo 101 – Today’...

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Gamers Lingo 101 – Today’s Generation Not a typical HippoBytes retro-article, I wanted to do this because I find it fascinating the difference between two generations of gamers, me and my 14 year old son, Drew. Drew got me caught up on today’s gaming terminology. Where I called, “Next game!” in my day, he is in an online world of millions and millions of simultaneous players. As I play some of the...
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Mickey Mouse and the Castle of Illus...

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Mickey Mouse and the Castle of Illusion : Sega Genesis : RetroReview Mickey Mouse and the Castle of Illusion. I worked at Software, Etc. in 1990 when this game first came out. I recently traded in my NES for a new 16-bit Sega Genesis. I skipped getting the Turbo Grafx 16 because I knew it was only two 8-bit processors and not a true 16-bit processor. Though Bonk was a pretty fun game. I was hesitant to try this title because I was never a big...
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Text Based Adventure Games – A...

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Text Based Adventure Games – A Lost Art You are standing on a trail. The grass has almost hidden what is left from lack of use. Tall trees block the sun on your left and to the right you see a green hill that leads down to a running brook. A limb hangs by a sign that reads, “Townstead North”. You see a small boulder that looks as if it was recently moved from it’s orignal spot. :push boulder You are...
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