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Top 10 NES Games according to GameSpot

NESNESGameSpot has a nice feature up about the Top Ten NES Games according to its many readers. They tallied over 12,000 votes to get the resulting list. It will probably shock no one to see Super Mario Bros 3 at the top of this list, followed by Zelda (follow link for cool timeline). Perhaps more surprising is Final Fantasy at #4. This is the only Final Fantasy game I've played all the way through, and it seems odd that it would occupy such a top spot. I played it through an emulator at about four-x speed (and frequent warping), and even then it took hours of monotony to complete the game. Playing it on the original hardware must have been an exercise in endurance! I'm shocked to see Metroid coming in at a lousy #8. As far as I'm concerned, Metroid would've been at #4. Ahh...I can almost hear the theme music now...

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The Rise and Fall of the IFF Format

AmigaAmigaWow, the Amiga news just keeps on rolling in today. Well, this isn't precisely Amiga news, even though that's the first thing that pops into my mind when I hear the word "IFF." IFF, or interchange file format, was developed by Electronic Arts in 1985 in its bid for world supremacy. It became a very important format on the Amiga platform for images of all sorts. Indeed, jpeg and gif support was a long time coming to the Amiga, which was a definite problem during the early days of the Web for Amigans. Anyway, IBM has published a very nice page about IFF, and makes a surprising and evocative claim: The Interchange File Format (IFF) standard is widely regarded as long dead, and indeed, no one uses it anymore, except that nearly everyone uses it sometimes.

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Amiga Forever 2006 Released

AmigaAmigaOne of the most frequently asked questions on this site concerns Amiga emulation. Those of who were lucky enough to have Amigas growing up love to talk about how advanced and ahead-of-their-time these multitasking masterpieces really were. This kind of talk tends to get folks interested, but when they try to get an emulator like WinUAE working on their PC, they're flummoxed. Where are those ROMs??? Furthermore, even died-in-the-wool Amigans may find it tricky to dump the ROMs and get everything running smoothly. Well, one turnkey solution to the whole mess is offered by Cloanto and Amiga Forever, who have just released the 2006 Edition of their Amiga emulator. The price for the online edition is $30, which you can download and have running in minutes. Cloanto has been doing some great work for the Amiga community, and I'm excited about the enhancements to this commercial emulator. I'm downloading my copy at the moment and will hopefully have a review up soon! Press release follows the fold.

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The Most Beautiful 2-D Games

Shadow of the Beast: 2-D Graphic GoodnessShadow of the Beast: 2-D Graphic GoodnessGameDaily is running a special called Top Five Most Gorgeous 2D Games. Topping off the list is the Guilty Gear franchise, one of the few fighting games I've completed. Perhaps I'm biased, though, but I would've felt compelled to include some of Psygnosis' games for the Amiga platform, particularly the Shadow of the Beast series, though I agree that Yoshi's Island is a very aesthetically pleasing game. If you feel the need to cleanse your palate after all these 2-D titles, check out this new Far Cry footage. I really enjoyed the first Far Cry and will probably get this one when it comes out, assuming my computer can run it without tanking. The idea of destroying trees and houses has appeal! Perhaps more fun than killing AI soldiers...!

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Free 512 meg Pro Duo from Best Buy

According to Opposable Thumbs, if you act fast you can pick up a free 512 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo Gaming Memory Card. It involves printing out this coupon, but, heck, it's a great deal for anyone who needs one of these. Note: This ain't no rebate; it's instant savings!

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Pinball Warriors vs. Space Invaders

Retroblast has a neat post up about a video called Pinball Warriors vs. Space Invaders. It's an old British animation that pits some city-destroying Space Invaders against a cartoon crowd of pinball heroes. I'm getting this must have been very early 80s (if not late 70s).

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How to Build the Best Paper Airplane Possible

The Ultimate Paper AirplaneThe Ultimate Paper AirplaneI just saw this site on Digg and thought I'd share it with my friends here at AA. I don't know about you, but I spent an inordinate amount of time as a kid building paper airplanes, always trying to find the right combination of folds, cuts, and creases to make the ultimate paper craft. How about you? However, my finest models didn't look anything like this masterpiece. The site takes you through each step of making your own "DC-3," including instructions on how to fly it once it's complete. There's even a Google Video to help you visualize it. I hope someone here will build this plane and consider filming it for You Tube! (hint hint!)

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Where are the big games for GNU/Linux?

GNUGNUMitch Meyran has started an interesting discussion over at Free Software Magazine about the lack of big budget games for the GNU/Linux platform. Mitch asks some good questions: How hard could it be for a company to develop their games in OpenGL (of which DirectX 9 is a clone), something several actually already do, compile a binary and an installer for Linux, and sell it - or even wrap it along with their Win32 PE binaries? Indeed, why not? As it stands, I strongly concur with Mitch that the lack of A-list titles is one reason many folks haven't already switched to to the free OS. And, yes, we all know about Wine and the like, but are these options really practical for the typical PC gamer? While you're browsing at FSF, be sure to check out my article Games in Captivity.

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Chris Crawford on Why Modern Games Suck

Sam and Max 2: Cancelled due to it's not being an FPS.Sam and Max 2: Cancelled due to it's not being an FPS.Chris Crawford is raising hackles by decrying the lack of innovation in modern games: The creative life has gone out of the industry. And an industry that has no creative spark to it is just marking time to die. It's a story near and dear to us retrogaming enthusiasts (and how many rants has Shane R. Monroe offered us on this topic?) This story ties in very nicely with The Best Games Never Published--a must-read for everyone here at Armchair Arcade! What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Crawford, or is he just not looking in the right places? After all, this kid seems quite happy with his new console...

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Amiga Voices--Share your Amiga memories!

AmigaAmigaAh, Cloanto. I've never been a big fan of the company, but I have to admit I am impressed with the efforts they're making to serve the Amiga community. Their latest project, Amiga Voices, gives Amigans an opportunity to share their stories with the rest of the world by simply calling one of the many special numbers (including many international ones) and leaving a three-minute message. The best stories will be published on Amiga Forever. However, the deadline is June 30th, so if you want to participate, pick up that phone now!

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