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What's so great about adventure games?


I received a notification today that Google is about to shutter Reader, so in my quest for finding a replacement (I ended up with Feedly), a blog post from Rampant Coyote caught my eye. He features the new trailer for Broken Age, which I must say just doesn't impress me as much as I hoped it would. Then Jay talks about how he has plenty of unfinished adventure games on his shelf now, just as he did back in 92. Like Jay, I also tended to give up on many adventure games, only finishing LucasArts classics like Monkey Island and a few other series such as Myst, Broken Sword, Gabriel Knight, etc.

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Reminder: The 22nd Annual "Last" Chicago CoCoFEST! - This coming weekend! (Tandy - Radio Shack Color Computer)

For all the Tandy/Radio Shack Color Computer (CoCo) fans out there, don't forget that this coming weekend is The 22nd Annual "Last" Chicago CoCoFEST! You can get more info on the festivities here. It's been a good year for the CoCo and it's only going to get better, so this event will definitely be worth attending for those who can.

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Online watchface-generator for the Pebble watch with bonus Armchair Arcade face

Pebble Armchair Arcade FacePebble Armchair Arcade FacePaul, aka @prode81 on Twitter, has made available one of the first Pebble watch apps, a nifty Web browser-based watch face generator. The link is here, and it's a simple, but great way to experiment with your own Pebble watch without knowing a lick of programming. Check the image below to see how the Armchair Arcade watch face turned out, plus you can scan the QR code with your phone to put it on your own Pebble. If you like Paul's work, don't forget to donate!

Bill Loguidice's picture

Amiga Forever Essentials for Android

Our friends over at Cloanto have just released Amiga Forever Essentials for Android. It's a tremendous package on the PC and we'll definitely be checking out this interesting new Android version. The press release:

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Habituation (Bogost on casual gaming)

Chess: Easy to learn, hard to master?Chess: Easy to learn, hard to master?I recently read Ian Bogost's book How to do Things with Videogames and was quite impressed. There are many good essays in this book worth discussing, and hopefully once this hellish semester/winter from hell is over, I'll actually have some time to blog about them. At any rate, one in particular that I think will interest folks here is called "Habituation," which tries to complicate Bushnell's argument that a great game is easy to learn, but hard to master.

According to Bogost, this maxim is misunderstood. Most people assume that this maxim applies to the game mechanics or rules being easy to master, but what it really refers to is conceptual familiarity. The reason Pong succeeded where the earlier Computer Space did not is that most people are already familiar with ping pong, so they brought a lot to the table, so to speak. By contrast, Computer Space was based on the game Spacewar!, which only a tiny fraction of people had played, and no one was familiar with the zero-G dogfight.

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Matt Chat 190: Divine Divinity

I'm back this week with a retrospective of Larian Studio's Divine Divinity, a 2002 release. It's a brilliant take on the Diablo genre, with immaculate artwork and one of the best soundtracks ever.

Download the mp4.
Support the Divinity: Original Sin kickstarter--3 days left!
Buy Divine Divinity from GOG.com using this link. No extra cost to you, but the show gets a kickback!

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Sturmwind - Dreamcast Hori Shmup for release April 24, 2013

It's been a few years since the announcement of the development of Sturmwind: Windstärke 12 by Duranik, and on Wednesday April 24th, 2013 the final game is scheduled to be released. There will be two different SKUs for the game- a limited edition version with plush Kraken boss and upgraded packaging for $129.90[USD] and a regular release jewel case version for a much more reasonable $39.90[USD] with free shipping included.
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JXD s7300b upgrading to xSampleSkelromv2

Since this video I have already "UPDATED" to the latest xSampleSkelromv3.0 !
http://boards.dingoonity.org/jxd-devices/(custom-firmware)-thexsample-sxelrom-v3-0-for-jxd-s7300b/
NOTE: I do NOT support such devices, answer questions or make your decisions on if it is worth buying, THAT IS FOR YOU TO DECIDE! I decided by watching MobileDecays videos on the device:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MobileDecay/search?query=s7300
AND BY RESEARCHING, ASKING QUESTIONS and LEARNING over on the s7300 (JXD Decvices) Threads over at the Dingoonity forums, the developers of the custom ROMS hang out there. Check it out to see if flashing the device, tweaking, optimizing is something you are willing to do and try for yourself and if you have any questions POST THEM THERE! http://boards.dingoonity.org/jxd-devices/

I personally like to tweak/tinker/flash roms etc, If that sounds intimidating at all then do yourself a favour and buy a local brand of supported device like the Google Nexus 7.

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My Cheap Chinese Tablet - Unboxing the JXD s7300b (Video)

Not a review, just unpacking the JXD s7300, a quick look, no demonstration really, just showing what I received from LighTake in China (thanks for the link, Bill!), and just a few thoughts regarding such devices.

Introducing my Youtube channel

So I dedided to join the Youtube channel and created my own. It will consist of mainly lets plays from "legacy" systems and I'm currently working on the first batch now (repton on the BBC Model B). So let me know what you think.

In the future I may add video commentarys or reviews regarding gaming today and of the past but that's time dependant.

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