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Get Dragon's Lair in High Definition!

Dragon's Lair HDDragon's Lair HDFor $60, you can pre-order your copy of the new High-Definition, 5.1 Digital Surround version of Digital Leisure's famous Dragon's Lair game. DL fans rejoice!

  • Relive the arcade experience with this remastered HD adventure.
  • Completely Arcade Authentic
  • Fully interactive gameplay digitally remastered from the original film
  • Restored original soundtrack, for the first time in 5.1 surround sound*
  • Stunning Classic Cel Animation from Don Bluth
  • Three Different Viewing Resolutions
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A Review of "Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill"

Nancy Drew: Map: Small Town, Big Secrets...Nancy Drew: Map: Small Town, Big Secrets...Secrets Can Kill (SCK), originally released in 1998 by Dreamcatcher, is the first of Her Interactive's licensed Nancy Drew graphical adventure games, and it's a rich and rewarding experience. It's set in a small town in Florida, where the murder of a local high school student and plenty of suspects peaks Nancy's curiosity to the "boiling point." The game is chocked full of clues, codes, and Easter Eggs--and puzzles galore. In short, it's a great game for all ages and both sexes, and even educational to boot. It's a well designed GAG with lots going for it, so if you see it, grab it--you won't be disappointed.

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NES and Cell Phone Fun!

NESNESIf you're interested in exploring that strange world between Nintendo's classic system and cell phones, I have some interesting links for you today. The first involves NES emulation on the Motorola Q Mobile Phone. Check out someone playing Mario on just such a phone. Looks good, sounds good--but how about those controls? Nah. Another twist on this theme is this NES Cellphone Mod. Turn an old NES controller into a working Nokia 3200! Now, isn't this just the height of fashion? Of course, the obvious question here is whether some hacker can combine the two, so that we get a working phone and NES emulator inside an NES controller.

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Commodore Gaming: Good News or Bad News?

RIP!RIP!Well, it looks like the moldy old corpse of Commodore is being dug up again, but whether to serve good or vile purposes remains to be seen. You can read the details of Commodore's new partnership at Gamasutra and Next-Generation. In a nutshell, we're talking about a five year partnership between Commodore International Corporation and an Amsterdam company called The Content Factory, who plans to use Commodore's branding to help sell a line of new games, mostly intended for mobile devices. In short, I'm not expecting anything really interesting to come from this, other than some cheezy mobile games with Commodore's tarnished logos plastered on them. As someone who grew up with Commodore computers, I really hate to see its image dragged through the dirt, but maybe I'm just being cynical...

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Castlevania Thrash Metal Live

It seems like more and more amateur bands are doing covers and re-imaginings of classic computer and videogame themes. The latest such band gaining some attention is The Minibosses, a Phoenix act that has even made it on on NPR. The Minibosses specialize in Nintendo classics. What a perfect blend of dark and dork: Heavy metal versions of 8-bit tunes! I'm in heaven--or, Valhalla, at least.

My favorite game cover band is Press Play On Tape, a group from Copenhagen that do some pretty outstanding C-64 tunes. If you haven't seen their fabulous Boy Band Video, do yourself a favor and check it out now!

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Any luck with Windows Vista?

BillBillHas anyone here had any luck installing the Windows Vista Beta? I've made two attempts to upgrade my Windows XP Pro. I couldn't even get to the download for two days after release, and it took me two tries with my DVD burner to burn the darn thing (some kind of weirdo ISO may be the culprit). Then, I had to clear up 11 gigs on my C drive, which was very tough due to my partitions (only 30 gigs on the C, the rest on G). Then I had to convert from FAT32 to NSFT. Then I was asked to uninstall my AVG virus program and restart the installer...As you can see, I was pretty determined to get the beta running. But alas, it was to no avail.

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Nintendo DS Lite -- As Weak as Miller Lite?

I'm still trying to figure out what the bruhaha is over Nintendo's redesigned DS. So it weighs less and has a brighter screen. Excuse me if I don't break into hysterics. Real men (a) don't need a "lighter" handheld; that's why we have massive bulging muscles, and (b) don't need "brighter" colors. Bright colors are for sissies and pansies. Still, I can't seem to get away from news about launch "partays" today--it's on Kotaku, Max Console, Engadget and Joystiq just for starters. Who needs to pay for publicity when everyone's willing to do it for free? Geez. Well, if you're the type of man who would dress up like Mario or Luigi (or Princess) and stand around for hours to get your "Lite," then you deserve what you get. Funny thing is, though, everyone's so enraptured by the DS Lite blitz that they've managed to let this sneak-peak of the PS3 Startup Screen pass by without comment. I, for one, aren't going to mention the DS Lite at all.

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The State of the Homebrew Nation

Nintendo DS: The next king of homebrew?Nintendo DS: The next king of homebrew?There's a good article on a site called DCEMU UK today about The State of Homebrew on All Consoles. The author starts off with the PSP and moves on to discuss homebrew on many systems, including the GB2x and GB32. He claims that the PSP homebrew scene is the biggest at the moment, which would seem to be evidenced by the many posts we've had here recently about it.

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Amiga Workbench in DHTML with Chiptunes

AmigaAmigaThe folks at Chiptune.com have really gone all out with their Amiga-inspired web design. I really like the way they've managed to duplicate the look and feel of the classic Amiga Workbench (version 1.3). They've even got the Guru Meditation error and a working Juggler! The only thing that doesn't seem to work properly is the right mouse button. The site is dedicated to chip tunes, which are a type of computer music that doesn't use digitized sampling. The result is what I consider a more authentic type of music that uses the computer more like a musical instrument than a dubbing or playback device. Have fun!

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Apple to buy Nintendo? Yeah, right!

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There's some speculation on Cravetalk that Apple is contemplating buying out Nintendo. Preposterous? Perhaps. Everyone who knows something about Nintendo's corporate history knows how many times others (including Microsoft ) have tried this same manuever--and failed miserably. Nintendo has always struck me as a living anachronism--imperial samarai lords thriving in the modern era. The main reason why I think Nintendo made it big in the first place was their unflinching and bold resolve to bring back console gaming to the US, despite all the flack about the "death of the videogames industry" that followed in the wake of the Great Videogame Crash of 1983. A cozy war with Sega followed, but once Sony and then Microsoft entered the fray, Nintendo's been steadily losing market share.

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