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Jim Davis pays homage to unreleased Atari 2600 Garfield videogame in recent strip

It seems legendary comics paying clever homage to past videogame dalliances continues. Hot on the heels of Jeff Parker doing so on Wizard of Id back in January, Garfield's Jim Davis, did something similar on a Sunday strip for July 20, 2014 (Joel D. Park, on the thread he started on AtariAge, is the one who pointed it out).

AtariProtos.com has excellent coverage of the ultimately unreleased 1983/84 Garfield game for the Atari 2600 that the comic header clearly mimics. While there is some speculation in the AtariAge thread about how Jim Davis "re-discovered" the 8-bit art, it seems to me that, based on the AtariProtos.com piece, in granting permission to release the ROM image, he was certainly aware of its existence, and relatively recently at that. Considering the near exact replication, it's likely he was working off of screenshots in his possession rather than a random Web search, and did so quite deliberately. Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of Garfield, if you're into videogames, it's hard to deny it's a cool move.

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Official Game List for ColecoVision Flashback Classic Game Console

AtGames has authorized the exclusive release of the game list for the 2014 edition of the ColecoVision Flashback, which hits major US retailers like Toys''R''Us, Dollar General, and Sam's Club in October.

The 60 game list that appears on the ColecoVision Flashback is as follows:
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Official Game List for Atari Flashback 5 Classic Game Console

AtGames has authorized the exclusive release of the game list for the 2014 edition of the Atari Flashback 5, which hits major US retailers like Toys''R''Us in October.

The 92 game list that appears on the Atari Flashback 5 is as follows:
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Official Game List for Intellivision Flashback Classic Game Console

AtGames has authorized the exclusive release of the game list for the 2014 edition of the Intellivision Flashback, which hits major US retailers like Toys''R''Us, Dollar General, and Sam's Club in October.

The 60 game list that appears on the Intellivision Flashback is as follows:
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Official Game Lists for Sega Genesis Classic Game Console and Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player

AtGames has authorized the exclusive release of the game lists for the 2014 editions of the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console (which accepts cartridges) and Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player (which accepts an SD card), each of which hits major US retailers like Toys''R''Us in October.

The 80 game list that appears on both the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console and Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player is as follows:
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Gravitas Ventures acquires worldwide distribution rights to acclaimed videogame documentary, Gameplay

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to our documentary film, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. Gravitas specializes in the aggregation of entertainment content by connecting independent filmmakers, producers, and distribution companies with leading cable, satellite, telco, and online distribution partners. In the last five years, Gravitas has released more than 2,000 films on Video on Demand (VOD). Through its relationships with studios and VOD operators, Gravitas can distribute a film into over 100 million North American and one billion worldwide homes. At present, Gravitas is working with the creators of Gameplay to translate the film into more than half a dozen additional languages. Additional details to follow.

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The Retro League » Episode 240 – Extraordinary Games Require Extraordinary Evidence

Our friends over at The Retro League have posted their latest podcast episode, 240, entitled, "Extraordinary Games Require Extraordinary Evidence." They cover their usual breadth of topics on the show and even took time to comment on a brief editorial I posted, "Is the retrogaming community too entitled?." Check out the episode here.

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Mark Plays... Beamrider - a highscore challenge!


Beamrider (Atari 2600) Highscore Challenge - scores can be found on InterGhost's RETRO RECORDS

I dare you to beat my highscore on the 2600 game 'Beamrider' if you can please try to make a video response and reply to this video.
Beamrider is a game by Activision and it has also been ported to other platforms like the Colecovision, Intellivision, Commodore 64. The scoring seems to be the same on the other platforms, yet the difficulty seems to be a little different so scores may not be comparable across the various systems. Below you can see my scores & attempts on the other systems I have the game for.

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Ramble on Emulation... and a demo of a ZX Spectrum/Timex 1000 emulator on the C64


Using all the different home computer systems, Basiccode, CP/M, SpectraVideo vs MSX back in the day really got me interested in platform agnostic code and emulators. Read more below

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Do You Remember Your First Time In A Video Game Store?


Question: Do You Remember Your First Time In A Video Game Store?
a rambling video, and a response to a question asked by Lawnboyspost1975. Mentioned is the video Mark Plays... Freedom Fighters on the Odyssey2/Videopac

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