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Her Interactive's Nancy Drew Coming to iPad

I've been mostly ambivalent about the iPad so far, but I have to admit, Her Interactive's new iPad Shadow Ranch game looks very intriguing. While the hype is perhaps a bit over the top (it's not like nobody has ever thought about combining games and books), it is nice to see a company so well-poised to deliver. Obviously, anyone who loves Nancy Drew probably fell in love first and foremost with the books, so a product like this makes a great deal of sense.

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Episode 7: Adventures, Arcades, Female Avatars, The Gamer Revolution, and more

Fierce. Green. Dragon.Fierce. Green. Dragon.It's the month of love. Nope, we're not sending you valentines and a heart-shaped box of assorted fine chocolates, but you do get a podcast sealed with a kiss! We have a humongous show clocking in at nearly three hours, with special guests Jay Barnson of Rampant Coyote, John Pio of MAMECADE, and Alex Layne of Not Your Mama's Gamer. We're also joined by almost all of the regular AA team, including Bill Loguidice, Christina Loguidice, Mark Vergeer, Rob Daviau, Chris Kennedy, and yours truly, Matt Barton.

Click here to download the show.

Segments and approximate times below:

  • Jay Barnson (aka Rampant Coyote) and the fierce green dragon (4:44)
  • John Pio (aka MAMECADE) on classic arcade machines (16:00)
  • Bill Loguidice's third and final segment on motion gaming (45:15)
  • Christina Loguidice on Plants vs. Zombies (1:00:06)
  • Alex Layne on Samus Aran (1:08:51)
  • Chris Kennedy and the results of AA Favorite Arcade Machine Poll (1:18:26)
  • Rob Daviau on the Dreamcast (1:34:12)
  • Mark Vergeer on the Commodore 64 (2:10:06)
  • Matt Barton on Gerald Celente's Predictions of a Global (Gamer) Revolution

As always, we'd really appreciate any feedback you have to offer on the episode. You can leave comments here, email us, or review the show on iTunes. You can also subscribe to our RSS Feed.

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Tass Times in Tonetown with Burger Becky

It's Tass Times in Tonetown this week as Becky joins me for a third installment of our interview. Prepare to be amused as Becky recounts the story of one of the wackiest games ever to grace an Apple IIGS. We also get to hear (finally) how she came by her nickname --prepare to be grossed out! Download the audio here (also available on iTunes).

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Scott Adams Part III - Questprobe and More

In the third and final segment, Scott Adams and I discuss his later games, which include the Questprobe series featuring Marvel super heroes. We also cover the graphical remakes of is earlier text adventures, and the problems those graphics caused for his tiny company. Inevitably, Adventure International was being crushed by much better funded, large scale projects from Sierra and Infocom.

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Matt Chat 80 - Adventureland with Scott Adams

In this week's episode, industry pioneer Scott Adams talks about his first foray into commercial publishing with Adventureland, the first in what would become an epic series of text (and later illustrated) adventures for the smorgasbord of early 80s computer platforms. Scott talks about his experiences with Colossal Cave Adventure, his favorite platforms, and the trials and tribulations of managing a hugely successful business without any formal training whatsoever.

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Free Sam & Max Game during Halloween Weekend

I just saw that Telltale Games is offering a download of Sam & Max Night of the Raving Dead absolutely free over Halloween weekend. Absolutely zero reason not to grab it while the grabbing is good.

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Episode 3: Adventures, Horror, Mario, Addiction

It's Armchair Arcade Radio episode three, featuring the talents of Matt Barton, Rob Daviau, Bill & Christina Loguidice, and Chris Kennedy. I *love* this episode! Everything came together so beautifully; anyone who cares about classic games should not only download it, but take pains to preserve it!

Download the episode here (128K format).

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Matt Chat on LucasArts' The Dig

This week's episode looks at one of my favorite science fiction adventure games, LucasArts' 1995 masterpiece The Dig. Widely poo-poohed by critics and dismissed even by some fans of Lucasfilm/Lucasarts adventures, The Dig is nevertheless a must-play game with a brilliant story and very memorable characters. I love it! I tried not to include any spoilers, but as always with an adventure game review, you should consider playing it before watching the video.

P.S. Special thanks to Bill Loguidice for the t-shirt! What a great way to celebrate turning 33!

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The Making of Maniac Mansion

Edge Magazine has just posted The Making Of: Maniac Mansion. The three-page article features comments from Ron Gilbert, David Fox (author of Rescue on Fractalus) and Gary Winnick.

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Legal Version of Machinarium $5 through August 12th

The popular indie title Machinarium is now available for only $5 as part of a "pirate amnesty" sale. Apparently, the Czech developers are convinced that only a tiny fraction of the people who enjoyed this game actually paid for it, but here's their chance (as well as a good chance for the rest of us) to grab this highly praised game for cheap. There's no excuse to pirate a $5 game, folks. They even released a cool song for the occasion. Grab it while you can!

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