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Founded in 2003, Armchair Arcade is the award-winning Website of author Bill Loguidice and a team of leading authorities on videogame, computer, and technology history and lifestyle. Their ongoing mission is to explore the complete history of videogames, computers, and technology in an intelligent, thought-provoking manner.

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What Is Nostalgia For You?

How do you define nostalgia? This is what it means to me. I am actually from the 4-bit generation as my first cartridge based system was the Odyssey2 / Videopac and that actually had an 4-bit CPU the Intel 4040!

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Spacewar! Vintage Games Bonus Chapter Translated to Portuguese, Part 1 of 4

Check out part 1 of 4 of the Portuguese translation of our Spacewar! (1962) bonus chapter from our 2009 book, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. It looks like Juan Castro did a nice job and I'm looking forward to future installments. Don't forget that Vintage Games is available in its original English language version at Amazon and other fine retailers in both print and ebook variations, as well as in an Italian language version, found here. As a reminder, Matt Barton and I are also hard at work on a new entry in the Vintage Games series focused on the great platforms that powered those great games, Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, for release later this year. Enjoy!

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Matt Chat 185: Agustin Cordes on his Asylum Kickstarter

Mr. Agustin Cordes of Argentina is back this week to tell us about his Asylum kickstarter. In brief, he's trying to raise $100,666 to fund the last bit of development for what looks like an awesome "node-based" 3D graphical adventure. Unlike (ahem) other Kickstarters, he's got a working prototype (the "Interactive Teaser"). Josh Mandel is voicing the main character--and doing a fantastic job, of course. You might remember my interviews with him back in October of 2011. Anyway, enjoy the vid, and please pledge to Agustin's kickstarter quickly if you want that gorgeous boxed copy.

Download the mp4.

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Mark plays... Cloak and Dagger (Arcade) (Atari 1984)

Cloak and Dagger - a cool dual stick video game created by Atari back in 1984. It is closely tied into a movie with the same name:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087065/
(Cloak & Dagger is a 1984 film directed by Richard Franklin starring Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman and Michael Murphy. It is a remake of the 1949 film The Window. It was originally released in a double feature with The Last Starfighter on July 13, 1984 and then released separately on August 10, 1984.)

It was supposed to be released on the Atari 5200 but due to the video game crash that never happened. A cool bit of information about this game can be found over at AtariHQ:
http://www.atarihq.com/5200/5200faq/02_06.html

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A Critical Look at Today's Videogame Landscape and the Possibilities for the Future

My Nintendo Wii U (2013)My Nintendo Wii U (2013)I've been quiet on the blog front of late as I've been focused on writing three new books for 2013 (and hopefully do what I can to help get the documentary out as well). However, with the latest NPD figures for videogame consoles being dissected across the Web-o-sphere, and Sony likely firing the next salvo for next generation platforms with their upcoming PlayStation-centric announcement (and Microsoft to follow soon thereafter), I thought this would a good time to break my silence and chime in with my perspective on the current videogame-centric happenings.

First off, it's clearly not looking good for pure videogame stuff with three lackluster hardware launches in a row: 3DS, Vita, and Wii U. The 3DS recovered sufficiently with a dramatic price cut that was very much against Nintendo's previous corporate policies that discouraged losing money on hardware, which allowed it enough time to hold out for the software situation to pick up. While it will never reach the sales heights of the blockbuster DS, considering how much competition both direct and indirect there is now versus then, it should still end up selling quite well when it has run through its complete lifecycle.

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Mark plays... Space Dungeon (Arcade)(1981 Taito)

Space Dungeon is one of these shooters that has two joysticks to control the game. The left one for movement and the right one for firing. It is very similar to Robotron 2084 or SmashTV.

Well worth checking out yet the only home port of it in existence is on the 5200.

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Point of View HDMI Smart TV Android PC Gameplay & Emulation / Gaming on Android

In this video I unbox (0:16) and check out (09:48) an Android based Dual Core PC on a stick and check out how well it does playing some games and emulators. I basically compare it to the Joy-IT Android PC, Archos Gamepad, Nexus 7. You can find a video on the Joy-IT Android PC over here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjLR1o835pw

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Mark Plays... Black Widow (Arcade)

Black Widow is one of these shooters that has two joysticks to control the game the left one for movement and the right one for firing. It almost looks like Geometry Wars with a big Spider's Web yet this game is from 1982 and plays quite similar to Robotron or Smash-TV.

Well worth checking out as there are ports for the original Playstation, Playstation 2, PC, XBox, XBox360 and even the NGage got a port!
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Mark plays... SmashTV (Arcade)

This video was inspired by SteveBenway playing this game his Amiga, in the comments were quite a few comments on the missing dual joystick action and I thought I'd give the Arcade original a whirl. Read more below...

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Matt Chat 184: Joel Billings talks Gold Box

In my third installment with SSI founder Joel Billings, we chat about the Gold Box series, Panzer General, and Dark Sun. If you've ever wondered why TSR chose SSI to represent its interests in the videogaming world, this is the video to see. Also check out my rad 3D effects on two of the classic Gold Box box covers.

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