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Retrogaming Ports for Modern Hardware

X360X360Racketboy has collected a list of retrogaming port announcements that are sure to interest retrogamers who don't want to go the emulator route. The GBA is getting a 3-game Capcom pack that includes Bionic Commando and Strider (whatever happened to that franchise?), and the Xbox 360 Live Arcade is getting a whole suite of really sweet classics (including Paperboy and Sonic). It really amuses me how many "obsolete" games are showing up on modern consoles these days--a testament to their status as true classics. Of course, this ties in nicely with Nintendo's announcement to cater more to touch gamers this time around.

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Interview with Al Lowe: "They Got Violence, We Got Humor"

GamaSutra has an interview up with Al Lowe, best known for his infamous Leisure Suit Larry series. Lowe is back from retirement and planning a game called "Sam Suede: Undercover Exposure." It promises to be an "action comedy," the idea being that players will find humor where they find blood and gore in other games.

Whereas the Larry games were about a loser who is trying to get laid, this guy is much more contemporary. He's not “out of it” so much as he is out of his element and trying to learn to be a detective. So you'll see some real growth of the character over the course of the game and hopefully in sequels. Surprisingly enough, we intend to do sequels.

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The Original Nintendo: Stand-Up Comedy!

Do you remember having to blow into your NES cartridges to get them to work? Can you hum more than three tunes from Mario Bros? Did you ever try to get your parents to play your NES games? Then you will definitely appreciate the following stand-up comedy routine by Kyle Cease, courtesy of YouTube! Warning: Contains foul language!

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Hilarious Must-See YouTube!

Tripod: Did your wife or girlfriend send you this video?Tripod: Did your wife or girlfriend send you this video?While I was away at C&W, I received a link to Tripod's Gamer Love Song. I thought it was absolutely hilarious, as I'm sure you will--particularly if you're a married gamer. If at first you don't "get it," just wait a minute or so. BTW, YouTube is an amazing resource with tons of gamer videos. I also recommend Pac-Man the Movie. I warn you, though--it's easy to get sucked into these and lose a few hours in what feels like a nanosecond.

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PC Magazine's Top 25 Worst Tech Devices of All Time

PC Magazine has a great feature up about the worst tech products of all time. It's a hall of shame for some truly miserable products. While there's only one game on the list (Disney's Lion King CD-ROM), you'll no doubt chuckle (fondly?) as you remember the items on this list. IBM's PCJr clocked in at at #13 and Microsoft Bob made it all the way to lucky #7.

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The Evolution of Mario

Super Mario Bros: Has Mario evolved in leaps and bounds?Super Mario Bros: Has Mario evolved in leaps and bounds?Game Daily is running a nice 6-page feature on the history of Nintendo's uber-famous Mario character. The article takes us through the various iterations of Mario, from the humble platforming days to sports, driving, and role-playing. However, I was a bit surprised that the author didn't mention the original Mario Bros game. True, it wasn't nearly as well-developed as Super Mario Bros. for the NES, but the original game did have some nice platforming action (I especially liked the two-step process required to blast the turtles) and established many of the gameplay elements of the later games. I had lots of fun with it on my Commodore 64.

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Why the Wii won't be another GameCube

Wii: This ain't no GameCube.Wii: This ain't no GameCube.Well, things are certainly starting to look bright for Nintendo's Wii. GameDaily Biz is reporting that Nintendo's recently promoted president, Reggie Fils-Aime, is promising that Nintendo has learned from its mistakes with the GameCube and will be pursuing a much different strategy for the Wii. Primarily, that means establishing better relations with developers: "We have been sharing information and development tools with publishers since very early on in the process." Seems like a smart move to me, but I'm not sure that bad developer relations was the primary cause of GameCube's disappointing sales. What do you think?

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Get The Wizard on DVD!

PowerGlove: I love the PowerGlove. It's so bad.PowerGlove: I love the PowerGlove. It's so bad.Here's the DVD release you've all been waiting for--The Wizard, that classic Nintendo-propaganda film starring Fred Savage is on its way. Kotaku has the infamous PowerGlove scene from the film playing on its website. It's sure to make you chuckle (I'm giving it the official "don't view while drinking a Coke" warning). All right, so I have to know. Who is going to be buying this DVD? Sadly, I must admit that I've never actually seen this film in its entirety.

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Dead Games and Eternal Emulation

Blade of Blackpool: Nice tavern. You won't find it in Redmond.Blade of Blackpool: Nice tavern. You won't find it in Redmond.Every now and then I read an article that makes me stop and wonder about the Big Picture. What will history students a hundred years from now read, if anything, about my lifetime? Will they "read" at all? An article that did that for me today was The Dead Formats Society by someone named Momus. How is the brief half-life of most digital formats affecting our culture and its future? This is probably a question that all of us here at Armchair Arcade have asked at one time or another, since we're constantly faced with the problem of getting old games for "obsolete" systems to run on our modern hardware.

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Update Your User Profile!

I just added some stuff to the user profile page--bios and a spot to list the game/s you're currently playing! To check it out, click "my account" and "edit" to enter your new information. New users will get the chance to enter this info when they register. Oh--and if you think of some other info you think we should put on this page, let us know!

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