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Mickey Mouse and the Castle of Illusion : Sega Genesis : RetroReview

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...
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Text Based Adventure Games – A Lost Art

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...
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Dolphin by Activision : Atari 2600 : RetroReview

Dolphin by Activision : Atari 2600 : RetroReview Like previously stated by my colleague, Adam, Activision was one of the first quality developers to make video games for a popular home console. Side note: A lot of the original programers for Activision had their start at Atari, but left to form their own company after being denied individual credit for...
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Venture – the Game I Hate but Kinda Like : Atari 2600 : RetroReview

Venture – the Game I Hate but Kinda Like : Atari 2600 : RetroReview From 1982 blah blah. I want to like this game. I want to like it really bad. It had everything to make a great game, but it was always plagued by being balls difficult. I hate this game. Since I was just a young lad, I remember trying to play this game, but the stand up arcade version was ridiculously tall...
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River Raid by Activision : Atari 2600 : RetroReview

River Raid by Activision : Atari 2600 : RetroReview Born in 1982 by perhaps the first female video game developer, River Raid offered so much for its time.  Activision was known for its superior graphic, River Raid didn’t disappoint – actually bringing in the next generation of video games.  If you could upgrade weapons, you would have had 1942...
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From Monochrome to 3D – The Evolution of Nintendo’s Handheld

From Monochrome to 3D – The Evolution of Nintendo’s Handheld One of the most memorable Christmases I had growing up was when I got the original Game Boy. This was the very first portable gaming system I ever owned; probably one of the first handhelds anyone has ever owned! It was the first of its kind; aside from the countless variations of the Game & Watch...
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The Stand-Up Arcade Video Game and Evolution

The Stand-Up Arcade Video Game and Evolution Stand-up arcade games were an icon of the early 80’s. You could not go anywhere without a few meeting you at the entrance of any establishment. Grocery stores would have several lined up at the front, fast food restaurants offered them to all dining patrons, and gas stations became local hang-outs....
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The Atari XE – Atari’s 8-bit gaming console

The Atari XE – Atari’s 8-bit gaming console It seems every popular publisher during the late 80’s attempted to jump on the 8-bit bandwagon. Though Atari wasn’t new to the world of 8-bit programming, they did develop a home gaming console in hopes of re-joining the competition; in lieu of the sluggish 2600 and 7800 sales. The Atari XE (XEGS) was...
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