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GameTap Videogames on Demand and Sonic's 15th Anniversary

Sonic the Hedgehog - 15 Years OldSonic the Hedgehog - 15 Years OldI have to say, I'm getting more intrigued by GameTap every day, even if it is on the PC. Anyone who uses this service care to share their thoughts?

In any case, thanks to GrrlGamer for the heads-up on the following PRESS RELEASE:

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The Best of FOSS Gaming

Neverball: Who says FOSS games are primitive?Neverball: Who says FOSS games are primitive?Terry Hancock of Free Software Magazine has published a wonderful review of several free software games for the GNU/Linux platform--and the best part is, he selected them based on the folks who would know (his kids!). I was struck by how many of these titles resemble some of my favorite Amiga shareware games, like Atomic Tanks and MOAGG (a Thrust clone). There are also some good-looking shooters, several strategy games, and a really sweet-looking 3D pinball game called Neverball. I strongly recommend that you head over to FSF and check out Terry's reviews!

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Definitive List of Arcade Games that Benefit from a 4-way Joystick

Thanks to the work of some gentlemen here, I was able to compile my own version of games that work best with a 4-way limit joystick under MAME. All-time personal favorites Pooyan (really a 2-way) and Satan's Hollow are of course on there...

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Fun PC Gaming Devices

XForce 3D: My b-day is coming up...XForce 3D: My b-day is coming up...Twitch Gaming has published a feature about Peculiar PC Gaming Devices that's sure to get your heart rate up this morning. There are some fantastic looking devices here that I'd dearly love to own, such as these awesome 3D glasses. I checked out the homepage and am now even more curious. Does anyone know anything about these glasses? I also liked this racing setup. I'm not really into racing games, but if I had this setup, I probably would be. There are also a couple guns here for your PC--though these look a bit silly to me--but not nearly as stupid as this scarf for portable gaming and computing devices.

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The History of Matching Tile Games

Matching Tile GamesMatching Tile GamesJesper Juul, an academic studying games and a self-styled "ludologist," is putting together a history of matching tile games, starting with Tetris and Chain Shot and spanning down and outward. Though he calls them the "most disrespected and despised game genre there is," he's worked out a very neat and eloquent classification system, and I bet there are many of us here who could add titles to Juul's list. He asks, "Am I missing a game that contributed to the history of matching tile games? Do you find the connections playsible?" Check out his diagram and see what you think.

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Hacking Robot Vacuums and other Thoughts on Personal Robotics

As a lifetime technophile primarily interested in computers and videogames, another area that has always intrigued me, but been generally hands-off due to the various barriers to entry, is home robotics. There were some delightful robots and kits in the early to mid-80's to go along with the personal computer boom. However, the personal robotics boom was short lived and ultimately a much smaller niche than even the fledgling personal computer business at the time, dooming them to the domain of the truly hardcore. Today, toy and personal robots and robot kits from the likes of Tomy and Heathkit are still very much in demand. Much more recently, Lego made a strong impact in the home robotics and hobbyist field with their Mindstorms technology and Radio Shack carries an aggressive line of kit robots and accessories. Bottom line, today hobbyist robotics is stronger than ever and more practical than ever, though is still awaiting that "killer app" to truly push it into the mainstream.

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The History of Sega

SegaSegaThere's a brief article at a site called "The Older Gamers Paradise" about The Rise and Fall of Sega. It's not so much a detailed factual history as an opportunity to reminisce with a former diehard Sega fanboy (who now sounds a bit jaded, if you ask me). He's got some interesting speculations Sega's most fateful mistakes, the biggest seeming to be creating massive consumer confusion around 32x and Saturn. Here's an interesting thought--If Sega had used the CD unit as a springboard until perfecting the Saturn, things might have gone differently. If you're a Sega fan (or just want to see what the nostalgia is like from someone who is), you'll enjoy reading the article.

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The Duke Nukem Forever List - Forever really is a long time...

Duke Nukem Forever for the Atari 2600 VCS: Yeah, 3D Realms had time to do this and a whole lot more, except for finishing the actual game itselfDuke Nukem Forever for the Atari 2600 VCS: Yeah, 3D Realms had time to do this and a whole lot more, except for finishing the actual game itselfWhat more needs to be said than the following in regards to just a few of the things that have happened in the time Duke Nukem Forever was announced to it still not being released (click here for Duke Nukem Forever Atari 2600):

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Diarrhea Dan

TechTechUh...Look, I'll just post a link to this retro-style game called Diarrhea Dan. While it's not pornographic, you probably shouldn't consider this work-safe unless your boss has a real sense of potty humor. The sounds and graphics are very faithfully old school.

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Classic PC Games on Your PSP

PSPPSPAlthough PSP owners content to run official commercial titles for their system are safer to avoid homebrew, there's no denying that the emulation scene for the popular portable is extending at a massive rate: Now you can run scads of classic PC games on your PSP, including SCUMM adventure games (which I'd rather play than Doom).

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