Miscellaneous

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yakumo9275's picture

stuff

I'm halfway written the next piece of Wrath of Denethenor, but hit a snag. Alexander (22months) broke his leg (spiral fracture), both legs are in casts from toes to all the way up to his chest to immobilise him. Kinda busy for the next couple of weeks... life eh! I've even gone back and started on the next piece of 7th Link as well.

gonna be kinda busy for the next 4 weeks.

Bill Loguidice's picture

Need help with Midway TouchMaster 4000 - Screen Issue

I received it today (I first blogged about it here). The shipping carton was beat up, but it appeared to be OK on the palette. I plugged it in and it worked fine for a few minutes, but then something inside popped and now the screen has a purple rolling hue and you can't see anything but the purple. The touch screen still responds to touch and it still makes noise. Any thoughts on what might have blown? I left it on a bit and it sounded like something else might have blown and it has a more reddish hue now. I turned it off.

I have some photos here of it with the purple hue:

Bill Loguidice's picture

Your thoughts on the best way to scan or photograph large format print materials?

One of the nice things Matt and I received on our San Francisco visit from one of our interview subjects was extraordinarily rare trade publications from the late 1970s to early 1980s related to things like the videogame and computer industry and CES. These publications feature fascinating ads and articles on many preproduction, unreleased or rare items, for instance Atari's Cosmos tabeltop or Mattel's Keyboard Component. Since I had the task of transporting these back in my suitcase, it now falls upon me to scan these in somehow before mailing them back to their owner. The problem is, these are oversized publications, even well beyond 11" x 17", so no scanner that I know of will accommodate them. So what's the answer? Should I simply carefully use my high resolution digital camera? Is there another answer? Your help is appreciated. Thanks, everyone!

Bill Loguidice's picture

Lots of thoughts on my new iPhone

Well, after seeing what seemed like every Tom, Dick and Harriet with an iPhone during our trip to San Francisco and noting that several critical barriers (Outlook synchronization, coming Slingbox support, etc.) had fallen over time for the device, as well as my wife getting a new LG Shine in a pinch because the battery on her Samsung Blackjack II had bit the dust, I decided now was as good of a time as any to change phones from my own Samsung Blackjack II to a white 16GB iPhone, particularly since if you go with a refurb on the AT&T site you can save $100 off the price (and this applies to either the 8GB or 16GB model). The fact that we were already AT&T customers sealed the deal.

Chris Kennedy's picture

No, seriously... Collecting the Commodore 64 in the U.S.

I missed the boat on the Commodore 64. I never really played any games on it. Sure, I used it in school. But hey - that's different.

Bill Loguidice's picture

Seeming Steal of a Deal for a Midway TouchMaster 4000 Countertop Touch Screen Arcade Machine

Well, file this one under possibly too-good-to-be-true, but I apparently just bought on eBay a used - but seemingly in great shape - Midway TouchMaster 4000 Countertop Touch Screen Arcade Machine for about $200 shipped (it has no bill acceptor - this is set to free play). While I was reserving the space on one of my end tables for a real skill stop slot machine, for what is ultimately less than that would have cost shipped, I have this: http://www.arcadeflyers.com/?db=videodb&id=5735&page=thumbs . Stunning. The seller has 100% feedback (it's an arcade supplier) and I conducted the purchase through eBay and Paypal, so I'm 100% protected as well just in case. Hopefully this is not only a win-win, but a win-win-win. Between this and the joy I'm getting out of my new (refurb, arrived yesterday) white iPhone Touch 16GB - which itself is almost a total pleasure after much tweaking (with some still left) - I've been on a personal technology roll. I'll try to blog about the machine after it comes. I'll also leave open the possibility that my wife will be upset with me, as I didn't get a chance to get her approval on this before pulling the trigger, but the plus side is we could easily sell this for much more than we paid if she insisted (we have to get new garage doors, family dental work, etc., so I'd certainly understand).

Bill Loguidice's picture

Why Amazon.com reader reviews are important and why your help is critical

It was very interesting meeting with three of the publishers we either have been working with or will be working with on books. The most sobering aspect was how the behind-the-scenes machinations work in the book industry, which is to say it's a tough business. One of the aspects that was pointed out to us was the value of people posting reviews on Amazon.com (or any regional Amazon). In short, the more reviews - good or bad - the better for a book, as the higher it shows up in searches and the more likely it's to be paired with another book in the auto-recommendations. So, as usual, we're asking for your help. If you want to see more books like this, please be so kind as to let your thoughts be known on Vintage Games and write a review on the relevant Amazon site. Thanks, everyone!

yakumo9275's picture

Canceled Fallout 3 Design Document

Here is a chap who has put up a copy of the canceled Fallout 3 design document, pertaining to the Fallout 3 from Interplay before it went under.

http://gameoftheart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4914

Bill Loguidice's picture

Your thoughts on the feature film documentary, "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution"

As you may know, Matt and I are writing and producing a feature film documentary for Lux (pronounced "Loox") Digital Pictures with the working title of "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution". It will essentially be a roughly 90 minute+ film on videogame (and computer) history with a fair amount of emphasis on some of the greatest and most influential games of all time, a la our book, "Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time". As you may also know, we will be conducting interviews with industry pros for the documentary at the Game Developers Conference 2009 (GDC 09) in San Francisco, where we'll be March 22 - 28. I'm happy to say we already have a nice mix of talent to interview, including some true legends that many of us know and love. What I'd like to hear from our amazingly intelligent and attractive readership is what exactly you'd like to see in an "ultimate videogame documentary". In other words, what would be your ideal content for such a picture? You were all a big help making the "Vintage Games" book so special, so I'd really love to hear your thoughts on what would make a great film. Now is the time to voice your opinion, as Matt and I will be getting down to serious content generation very, very soon. Thanks, everyone!

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