Dolphin by Activision : Atari 2600 :...

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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 their work. Most of their games are original, colorful and definitely push...
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Venture – the Game I Hate but ...

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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 where a 4th grader could not even see the play screen without standing on...
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River Raid by Activision : Atari 260...

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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 released in arcades 2 years later. Playing today, River Raid still has a...
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From Monochrome to 3D – The Ev...

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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 released during the time. The Game Boy is a grey, brick-shaped handheld 8-bit...
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The Stand-Up Arcade Video Game and E...

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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. Arcades were found easily in neighborhood strip malls, hotels created game...
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The Atari XE – Atari’s 8...

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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 released in 1987 as not only a gaming system, but as a beginners home computer....
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Fans Keep Ultima Alive

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Fans Keep Ultima Alive The Ultima series (created by Richard Garriott) was revolutionary and has permanently impacted the gaming industry. For many of us, it gave us our first opportunity to explore unknown territory and escape from reality for a while. Naturally this site has attracted many ultima fans, or at least 2D RPG enthusiasts. And it’s the fans that have kept Ultima alive through the...
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40 Years of Atari [infographic]

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40 Years of Atari [infographic] So this is a very interesting stroll down the Atari memory lane. The Atari 5200 was left out of this unfortunately, and I think this could definitely be built upon. Still a fun chart regardless. I also forgot that Steve Jobs was actually a big part of Atari history. Be sure to check out my Atari 2600 retro-reviews too. Cheers! -Adam...
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An Ode to Physical Games – Tal...

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An Ode to Physical Games – Tales of a Dying Medium Nostalgia plays a big part in why gaming is important to me. Those moments as a kid were only highlighted with some of the warm memories attributed with the challenging gameplay, characters, and music associated with the classics on consoles such as the NES and Genesis. Getting a new game, even to this day is a blast! Yet, holding that brand new box in your hands, then popping the...
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Video Games Killed My College Grades

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Video Games Killed My College Grades It was 1992. I was enrolled in the Computer Science program at UTA (The University of Texas Arlington). I lived in a dorm with my best friend from high school. And my college grades suffered due to video games. Throughout high school, my friend and I  lived on opposite sides of Dallas. We actually met at a Baptist church camp of all things – Glorieta in New Mexico –...
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Rock’em Or Sock’em : The...

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Rock’em Or Sock’em : The Robot Legacy HD (2012) This video was done 100% on my iPhone. The Rock’em Sock’em Robots Legacy (2012) – two boogie bots wanted to do only one thing – Rock’em!  It was only a matter of time until they had to fulfill their destiny....
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Adventure: and the First Video Game ...

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Adventure: and the First Video Game Easter Egg, the Gray Dot : Atari 2600 : RetroReview Adventure for the Atari 2600 was an epic 8-bit game. It came out Christmas of 1979 and went on to sell 1 million copies making it one of the Atari’s best selling games. Not only was it the dawn of the RPG, it contained video games first easter egg – the legendary gray dot (or black dot).  In the video below, we explore the realm that makes up Adventure as find the gray...
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