Part 1 is here. To recap, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the second day of Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 9.1, which ran from April 4 - 6, 2014. While I wasn't there in any formal capacity, I did get a chance to snap a few pictures of items of interest to me. Here are the photos, taken with my HTC One (M8) smartphone, with some light commentary (Part 1 is here):
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the second day of Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 9.1, which ran from April 4 - 6, 2014. The event featured workshops, seminars, vendor displays, a small flea market area, and full museum access. While I wasn't there in any formal capacity, I did get a chance to snap a few pictures of items of interest to me. Evan Koblentz and crew put on a great show at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey, which also plays host to several active sub-museums, some of which are tied to the venue's previous life as the Camp Evans base and radio technology hotspot. Here are the photos, taken with my HTC One (M8) smartphone, with some light commentary (Part 2 is here):
The excellent and lengthy RetroGaming RoundUp podcast has an interview with my co-author on CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer, Boisy Pitre, both about the book and topics related to Radio Shack's Color Computer (CoCo) series, in their latest episode, 72, entitled Craggley Trees. The show runs a beefy five hours, 48 minutes, and 39 seconds, and, as usual, is just packed with contact. You can find the interview with Boisy at the very beginning of the episode in their monthly Hardware Flashback segment.
Just a reminder, if you're going to be at VCF East 9.1 this weekend, both Boisy and I will be there this Saturday, April 5, as well as at CoCoFEST! 2014, which is in the Chicago area, April 26 and 27, 2014. If you're there, be sure to say hi to us. Enjoy!
I'm thrilled to announce that the trailer for the film I helped write and produce, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution, is now out. The film covers the history of videogames and includes exclusive interviews with some of the industry's biggest names. Don't forget, Gameplay will have its world premiere screening at The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show!, which takes place from June 6-8, 2014, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington. More screenings and distribution details to follow. Let us know what you think of the trailer!
The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show! takes place from June 6-8, 2014, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA, and will feature a special advance screening of our feature film documentary, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. The film will be shown at the event one time only, Saturday, June 7, 8PM. It was an honor being a writer and producer on this film and I look forward to the public reaction to its first showing. More details of other events and final distribution will follow. In the mean-time, check out The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show's press release for the showing of the film:
"From Pong to Pac-Man and Super Mario to Lara Croft, Doom, Grand Theft Auto and beyond… announcing the brand new feature documentary about the history of video games entitled Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. This film will have a special advance screening at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show 2014, one showing only, on Saturday June 7 at 8pm.
The documentary is the story of how an idea in 1972 changed the way the world plays games, forever. Be a part of the journey as you witness the birth of the arcade game, and then ride along with the many amazing individuals who harnessed the art and technology, evolving it to new levels. The film features never-before-seen interviews with Nolan Bushnell, David Crane, Noah Falstein, John Romero, Todd Howard and many more. See the changes for yourself, as video games evolve from “User Friendly” to “Lifestyle.” It’s a roller coaster ride through the decades, with many stories of success and failure that you will witness firsthand. Don’t miss out on being the first in the world to see this true film experience of how video games have shaped society. When the credits roll, you’ll be left pondering where the future of video games will journey to next.
Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East is a hands-on, family-friendly celebration of computer history. Activities include a book sale, classes, consignment sale, exhibit hall, food, lectures, museum tours, prizes, vendors, workshops, and more. Why "9.1"? 9.0 was skipped in 2013 due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. VCF East takes place April 4-6, 2014, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey. This is the first time the event will take place over three days. For full details, check out the attached PDF flyer or visit the Website. Personally, I'll likely only be able to make it for the Saturday event, but all three days are definitely worth checking out. Let us know if you're going!
Episode 106 of the Gamer's Haven podcast, entitled, "Catch-Up and Online Games," is now out. In the episode, the Gamer's Haven crew talk about some online games and catch-up their listeners with what they’ve been so busy with over the last several months. Included in the podcast is a thorough review of our recent book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer. You can hear that thoughtful discussion around the 1:20:40 mark, though, as always, it's recommended you listen to the whole show.
Episode 12 of Randy Kindig's Floppy Days Vintage Computing Podcast, entitled, Floppy Days Episode 12 - CoCo Book Interview w/Boisy Pitre & Bill Loguidice, is now out. In the podcast, Randy interviews both Boisy and me about our CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer book. It was a pleasure writing the book with Boisy and a similar pleasure being able to make a rare podcast appearance to talk with him about the material and the process to Randy. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the book, and of course, subscribe to Randy's excellent podcast in the podcatcher of your choice so you're sure not to miss future episodes.
Crash Bandicoot 4 - The Wrath of Cortex is a very nice platform game that is among my favorite games on the PlayStation 2. It's an early game that was also released on the Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube consoles.
The game story is about Dr. Neo Cortex and his new superweapon trying to destroy the world with help of a set of angry masks that call Crash names in between levels. Gathering crystals shattered across the globe will silence those nasty masks (known as Elementals in the game) and render Cortex's superweapon powerless, thus saving the world.
The game levels are placed in several hubs (VR HUBS) that are managed by Crash's sister Coco. In this video I play through the 1st hub. I absolutely love the graphics and the diversity in the gameplay and the fact that it really feels like a Crash Bandicoot game we came to love and enjoy on the older original PlayStation.
Check out how I did on the first hub and see me pull some of my gaming faces. Enjoy.
Flappy Bird - the legendary game has reached the innards of the good old Commodore 64! Yes, it has been ported and it can be found for free over here: http://www.c64.com/games/2369 .
It looks very easy but it is not. The sense of accomplishment one receives is actually quite amazing and it is disturbingly addictive.
Thanks to MaximumRD, aka Rob Daviau, for pointing this out! Wait, not actually sure I am thankful as well... the game has its drawbacks. :P