Archive for January, 2013

Not so long ago in a city just around the corner . . .

PAC-WARS – EPISODE II: THE GUY STRIKES BACK

It is a time of mild annoyance. After the discovery of a love for classic video games, a gauntlet of challenge was lobbed directly at one another’s face. After about a week or so of battling it out on one or two classics and getting his stupid arse kicked by the GIRL, the GUY has emerged victorious on one of the games. But as time and experience is gained by both parties, can he maintain his lead of a mere 110 points on pacman. . .

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It’s funny how some things persist. I mean, the 1970’s and 80’s where over 30 years ago and yet certain things have stayed around. Even in the 21st century space invaders is synonymous with hardcore gaming. It was designed by Tomohiro Nishikado, released in 1978 and it was one of the forerunners of modern video gaming and helped expand the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry. Following its release, the game caused a temporary shortage of 100-yen coins in Japan and grossed US$2 billion worldwide by 1982. Also, when released on the Atari 2600 and QUADRUPLED its sales. All those years ago and yet it’s original incarnation is still popular today even amongst the likes of Mass Effect, Halo and Gears Of War. It is a testament to gaming and its profound statement. The pixelated enemy alien has become a pop culture icon, and often used as a synecdoche representing video games as a whole.
And Pac-Man? Get this: According to the Davie-Brown Index, Pac-Man has the highest brand awareness of any video game character among American consumers, recognized by 94 percent of them. It also is part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Even Sonic The Hedgehog and Super Mario Bros. can’t attest to that!

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HAZAR!!

I’ve just found out that I can get classic text adventure (or interactive fiction) games on my iPhone! That’s pretty stellar! I’ve looked at them before but didn’t pay much heed to them because I didn’t understand them mostly. Also they seemed crude. But now I’m interested in looking at them as I now know a bit more about them thanks to Ready Player One and I’ve now found a real love for the 1980s especially the video games. Lets see if I can beat them!

Wish me luck!

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Still waiting…

Well no new high scores yet on the retro classics, though I haven’t played them just yet.. There’s still time though. I did however beat the missus in head to head space invaders on the SNES. It came down to the wire though. Still trying. Keep you posted!!

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Bugger

Well she’s beaten me in pac-man and she also still holds the high score on space invaders. That said I haven’t played them In a bit. I must remedy this!

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Ah HA!!!

Well after a long whole out of the blogging thing I feel like I have something to write about again… Just finished reading “ready player one” by Ernest Cline and I’ve gotta say that it has inspired me with a love for the 1980’s (the decade I was born in) that I didn’t know was so strong. I’m getting an Atari 2600 soon and re-aquiring a NES. My fiancĂ©e and I are currently going head-to-head on the original space invaders (on a SNES rom through the PC) and losing. Wish me luck!

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