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Spike's Circus for the GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex Now Released!

Spike's Circus animation: (Image from Vectorzoa Website, creators of the Vectrex game)Spike's Circus animation: (Image from Vectorzoa Website, creators of the Vectrex game)Well, the Vectrex continues to battle the Atari 2600 for the best homebrew console award. It's almost difficult to keep up with all the new announcements for the unique Vectrex system and yes, the new product releases, the latest being "Spike's Circus" from Vectorzoa, who previously released "Logo" and "Star Sling". (for those who don't know, the character of "Spike" appeared in a platform game of the same name during the system's initial run. It actually featured pretty good speech synthesis, requiring no special add-ons. Spike and the associated characters from the game have become the system's unofficial mascot since then, appearing in several homebrew titles from various developers)

http://vectorzoa.com/circus/gi_circus.html

Hey, if you don't already have a Vectrex or are trying to get one off of eBay, what the heck are you waiting for? ;-)

From the Vectorzoa Website:

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Protovision Update for the Commodore 64 (C-64, C64) - English and German

Advanced Space Battle (C-64): Galaxy ViewAdvanced Space Battle (C-64): Galaxy ViewThe latest updates from Protovision regarding some of the latest and greatest developments in the ongoing world of the Commodore 64 in both English and German follows:

(German version below)

ASB REVIEWS

ADVANCED SPACE BATTLE has been reviewed in the German magazines Cevi-aktuell 6/2006, GO64! 03-05/06 and Digital Talk #79.

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Apple II (2) News and Notes for July 2006

By Ryan M. Suenaga, M.S.W. and edited by Howard Katz:

A2 News and Notes July, 2006

INDEX
* Kansas In July
* Phoenix Rising
* Sweet Emulation
* Name That Format
* Apple I Rebirth
* Apples Online
* Name That Game
* More Storage Options
* Software News
* Emulation News
* SignOff

-- By all accounts, KansasFest (aka KFest) was a success this year. Held

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A Personal Journey into Classic Game Development...

Spike Supersports Title Screen (Vectrex): Image from Martijn Wenting's developer blogSpike Supersports Title Screen (Vectrex): Image from Martijn Wenting's developer blog...Or so goes the tagline to the blog, d3singer.com, which, despite the tiresome "leet-speak" (which I refuse to ever learn, thank you very much) in the title, is an intriguing development diary from Martijn Wenting of the Netherlands.

I first "knew" of Martijn from frequenting his Vectrex News Website, which not only obviously provides news on one of the most unique videogame systems ever, the Vectrex, but also a plethora of related information and software tools for the highly collectible unit. Fairly recently he decided to document his software development activities in blog format, and, for those who wish to develop for classic systems or are just interested in programming or even classic systems in general, it's terribly fascinating. He's into everything from the Vectrex (natch) to the ColecoVision and MSX systems to the Atari 2600, GameBoy and beyond.

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Galaga on Xbox Live Arcade - Impressions

Galaga on Xbox Live Arcade (Xbox 360)Galaga on Xbox Live Arcade (Xbox 360)Well, it was Xbox Live Wednesday again yesterday and that means a fresh arcade download. This time it was Namco's classic, Galaga, now under the Namco Bandai banner.

Unlike many past arcade ports to the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Arcade, this one is a straight up port - no frills whatsoever. Beyond the standard resolution update to 720p and a concession for screen format - the original was a vertical game and in order to compensate just like with Frogger there's a type of cabinet art on each side - this is a pure emulation. What you got with the arcade game you get here, other than achievment tracking and comparisons via Xbox Live. So, what did I think?

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Diminutive French Robot to Invade our Homes with Dynamic Hand Grip Action?

Aldebaran Robotics - Nao Project: Robotics Android TargetAldebaran Robotics - Nao Project: Robotics Android TargetTo follow up my second technology-related blog of the day after the Sony eBook device, making the rounds via delivery truck on the Internet is news of French firm Aldebaran Robotics announcing the Nao Project.

As we've discussed many times before, the early to mid-1980's featured a type of personal robotics boom to rival that of the personal computer boom. The difference was the computer boom kept on going, while the robotics boom stalled, taking corporate interest with it.

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Preview of Sony Reader - Some Thoughts

PC Magazine has a very limited preview of a pre-production version of Sony's upcoming PRS-500 E-Book Reader, here. It has a six inch screen and is about the size of a thin paperback book. What's most intriguing about the device though is that uses the much touted, but little seen to this point, "E Ink" technology. "E Ink" essentially allows for using power ONLY when changing pages, so keeping a page displayed takes no energy. This is important, as it means battery life is not an issue with even casual recharging and any page you have up on the screen stays up on the screen, not requiring the device to go into a power saving mode or turn its screen off like current devices do. This increases its reference value/usefulness tremendously, and, along with its high resolution, places such a device in more of a competitive balance with print on paper, which of course is the ideal text display "device" to this point.

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ColecoNation #9 Released

Zaxxon (1982, Sega, Arcade Version)Zaxxon (1982, Sega, Arcade Version)The ninth edition of the ColecoNation Web magazine has just been released.

The newest issue of ColecoNation is hot off the press.
You can check out issue #9 now at www.ColecoNation.com

Inside this month's issue you'll find:
+ Interview with Paul Jaquays (worked in Game Design at Coleco from 1980 to 1985)
+ Review of Deflektor Kollection
+ Pac-Man Collection article by Eduardo Mello
+ Reviews of Midwest Gaming Classic, Zaxxon, and Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of
Videogames
+ The latest ColecoVision news

Check it out at www.ColecoNation.com
+ Nathan

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The Hot New Trend - Sony Bashing and its Effects on the PSP

Sony PSPSony PSPI was thinking about the relentless Sony bashing of late, which has been brought upon in big part by Sony themselves. Frankly, they have certain company representatives who simply can't help but mouth off in the most inane manner with a ridiculous amount of bravado and disregard for basic common sense. To put it bluntly, no one likes the 800-pound gorilla (especially in America, we prefer to root for the perceived underdog, justified label or not) or the "dick", and Sony has been both for some time now.

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Playing Cloning Clyde for Xbox Live Arcade - Xbox 360

Cloning Clyde character montageCloning Clyde character montageWell, Xbox Live Arcade's new release Wednesday yesterday offered up its second game for the Xbox 360 after Frogger 25th Anniversary, Cloning Clyde. Obviously unlike many of the games on the release list, Cloning Clyde is not based off a classic arcade property, but is instead its own entity.

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