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Quick Peeks: Quod Init Exit [C64]

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QUOD INIT EXITIt's nice to see new software being written for classic machines. Today we will be taking a look at a new platform game which was released on October 29th, 2010 called "Quod Init Exit".

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Three for the Road: Space Clusters, Star Guard, BrainSplode!

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This week I've got three great indie gems lined up for you to take a look at. Among their ranks are: Space Clusters (a shoot'em up), Star Guard (a platformer) and BrainSplode! (an artillery game).

A little something for (almost) every taste.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: You Got Lucky (1982)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: You Got Lucky (1982)A few days ago I posted about the music that you remember from back in arcades "Golden Age" and I got to talking about it with a friend. He immediately started jotting down a list of music that he remembers blaring out in the arcades back in the day. I was interested to see what he was going to come up with because the few songs he mentioned (which were great songs) I didn't have on my list.. and that's basically why I did the post in the first place.. to create the ultimate arcade era play list.

While he was recalling songs to add to his top 10 list he said, "Hey, remember the video to Tom Petty's: You Got Lucky?". It had been so long ago that I'd forgotten about it.. but now, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, we can all view Tom Petty's vision of a post-apocalyptic world that has discarded the technologies of yesteryear.

It's a great song and a great video, dating all the way back to 1982 (28 years ago on Oct 22nd). It's just a shame that Tom took some vengeance out on a Stern Electronic's Astro Invader cabinet which, at the time, was a mere two years old.

My, how time flies..

Embedding is disabled on the video, so just watch the video on YouTube.


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Quick Peeks: Cardinal Quest

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Cardinal QuestHave you ever been stuck at work with an active internet connection, the boss is out running an errand and the person in the cubical behind you has called in sick? Well then, have I got the game for you!

Today we'll take a look at a web based game by the name of Cardinal Quest.

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Zork being played on an interactive typewriter

NewsCheck out this great typewriter hack made by Jonathan M. Guberman.

In his own words: Introducing the Automatypewriter, a new way to experience interactive fiction! It’s still a little rough around the edges (in particular, you can see that the spacebar sticks a little, and the whole thing needs to be tidied up), but you get the idea: the Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type on its own, as well as detect what you type on it. By reading what it types to you and responding, it can be used interactively to play a game or participate in a story (in this case, Zork).

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What's the soundtrack to your arcade life?

ArcadeBack in the late 70's and early to mid 80's, arcades were the place to be. It was a time when there was a noticeable difference between what could be played in public and what you were playing at home. Once consoles and computers started to match the power and complexity of their arcade counterparts, there just wasn't a reason to pry your butt off the couch to get your video game fix.

It's sad really.. because there was a magic to the classic arcades.. a social dynamic that has been lost. Sure, some arcades still exist but they aren't the same- most are just a mess of dancing games, guitar games and redemption machines. And you might say that online multiplayer games with TeamSpeak adequately fill the void left by the arcades.. but I would argue against that. The spectators, high scores, trash talking, lining your quarters up on the marquee, the soda stained floors, the deafening din of the machines, and the music.. oh, the music. It was the soundtrack for your life.

What was the soundtrack for your "arcade" life?

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Quick Peeks: Annihilation

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AnnihilationToday I've got a great arena shooter for you all to check out. It's been around for a few years.. However, with things being as they are on the net, it's easy for a few games to sneak by. Well, that's what I'm here for- to shine a spotlight on some of the gems that may have slipped your notice.

Today we will take a look at Annihilation.

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Quick Peeks: FooBillard

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FooBillardI don't know about you guys, but it just seems that billiards/pool is a game that's supposed to be played face to face... normally while imbibing sufficient quantities of alcohol so as to help "randomize" your spatial acuity. That being said, I'm still a sucker for a good computer simulation of the sport.
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Three for the Road: Three Great Remakes for the PC

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      Ok folks, sorry about getting this edition out a day late.. I actually overshot my bandwidth quota mid-week (for the second time in six months) and had to lay-low. Next weeks edition should be out on time.. barring getting the boot by Comcast.

      Anyway, This week we are going to look at three remakes / reinterpretations of somewhat classic games. I've tested all of these under Windows XP SP3 and they worked fine.. so your Vista/Win 7 mileage may vary. If no one posts compatibility updates in the comments then I will try to test them out under Win7 Ultimate 64bit in the coming days.

Now, let's get to the games...

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Quick Peeks: Super Human Cannonball

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Super Human CannonballSo I was kicking around on the net recently and I stumbled across this little gem from 2006: Super Human Cannonball is an artillery game created by Luke Twyman.  Game-play is sort of like Worms but using the control mechanics of a golf game.  e.g. The power slider goes up and down, press space to lock in.  The cannon angle moves up and down, press space to lock in and fire.

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