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Three for the Road: February 13th, 2011

Three for the Road[ FEB . 13 . 2011 ]
 
 02.13.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the February 13th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. This week I take a look at a brand new "One-Handed" arena shooter (It's not quite as deviant as it sounds), A Tetris style puzzler that comes complete with 38 variations, and finally a fantastic retro style platform game with a deep back-story.
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Flea86 Retro Gaming Project - Progress Update


Hi All,

Well, a few things have happened since my Flea86 project introduction from the previous month. This month's latest update will cover the following :

1) Completion of Flea86 case design transfer to CAD.

2) Inclusion of EGA (planar) video support for Flea86.



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Three for the Road: January 30th 2011

Three for the Road[ JAN . 30 . 2011 ]
 
 01.30.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the January 30th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. This week we take a look at a physics based Rock'em Sock'em Robots style game, a rogue-like game with Shoot'em Up elements, and a fun freeware Bat and Ball game with it's roots in a classic Amiga title.
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Quick Peeks: DuoTris

Quick Peeks[ JAN . 26 . 2011 ]
This week we take a look at a creative take on the "Match Three Blocks" theme. There's certainly a glut of these games out there, but this titles changes things up in one important respect- You're playing the game in real time on two playfields at once.

Colored blocks enter from the top and bottom of the screen and head towards the center. You must arrange them into groups of three or more of the same color in order to clear them. The active blocks on either side of the game grid may be swapped by pressing control or space.. but only if they haven't touched any other blocks. Certain blocks also contain power-up's that can be either good or bad. Experimentation is key. :)

Interesting game.. perhaps too busy for my own personal taste.. but worth a try. The official website for the game is here, although it appears the game file is completely offline.

Anyway, I've decided to host the game myself, so download it and give it a try.

-Chip

Here is a gameplay video, courtesy of Pixel Prospector:

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Quick Peeks: Tubopac

Quick Peeks[ JAN . 19 . 2011 ]
This week we take a look at a smashing PC remake of the classic computer game Oil's Well. This game was known for it's intense and somewhat frustrating game-play style. It had a very prominent risk/reward system that was almost unmatched, and led to quite a few controllers meeting an untimely demise.
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The Great PC Software Inventory Experiment - How much crap can one computer handle?

For the purposes of my own sanity, I decided to do a software inventory of both of my active systems, one an HP TouchSmart PC that is my main computer at home, and the other a Sager laptop, that I use as my primary PC gaming system. I had previously only been keeping track of what I've been installing on the Sager laptop because I wanted to keep track of what games I had installed at any one time (since PC gaming likes to make itself difficult with putting this and that in various folders and being available via various services and what-not) so I had a fighting chance of actually remembering to play them. Anyway, I decided that that same concept should apply to my main computer, since I was burying myself under a sea of apps that I would surely forget I had over time and would therefore never get to use. The results of my inventory were rather sobering in that it's remarkable the amount of junk and redundancy that is accrued over time.

It is with the above in mind that I provide the inventory below not as something to boast about or specifically discuss, but as a sobering testament to how easy it is to overwhelm yourself with software, even on a computer that's not especially old (in fact, as of this writing, only about 14 months into my ownership). [By all means, though, use the comments to this blog post to relate your own stories, because I'd love to hear them.] The list below - along with the accompanying data - represents about 186GB of information on my hard drive:

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Three for the Road: January 16th, 2011.

Three for the Road[ JAN . 16 . 2011 ]
 
 01.16.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the January 16th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. As always, we have a nice collection of indie developed titles for you to check out.

First up, is a multiplatform (Win, Mac and Linux) implementation of the Tron light cycle concept. Second, a modern day remake of SkyRoads that, if anything, is even harder than the original. This game is also multiplatform (Win, Mac and Linux). And third, an action adventure game about a man who is suffering amnesia and finds himself stranded in the tundra.. Now he must piece together what happened and who he is. This game is Windows only, but is available in it's native French language or English.

Enjoy.

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Is the PC's Reign Ending?

There's an interesting piece by Mercury News Columnist, Troy Wolverton, boldly titled, The PC's reign is ending, where he basically states that this is the beginning of the end of the PC's dominance as our primary computing device. This is the same basic premise as "PC gaming is dying", which we all know is an overblown idea that's been run up the flagpole since the 90's, but, as with that well-worn mantra, I have to agree there's some truth to the concept when it's not taken strictly as a sensationalistic headline. After all, many of us, myself included, have smartphones that perform the majority of functions we used to need powerful desktop or laptop computers for, effectively replacing them in a surprising number of situations.

Luckily, the article is not as superficial as the headline and opening, and does in fact make the point we've made around here time and again, that the reality is a computer by any other name is still a computer. So while it may not be a big gray tower under your desk or a clamshell notebook with a full stroke keyboard in your briefcase, it's really just an evolution of the form factor and more specific functional repurposing (e.g., a smartphone being designed around making calls first, or a videogame console being designed around playing games). The reality is when you factor in things like smartphones and now, tablets, computers are more explosively dominant than ever and will continue on such an upward trajectory until we reach the point of complete saturation and actual disposable computing devices. It's said everything will eventually have a microchip, and really, we're not that far off. I for one welcome our new computing overlords, no matter what shape they take or by what other category we try to place them in.

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Three for the Road: January 2nd, 2011.

Three for the Road[ JAN . 02 . 2011 ]
 

Welcome back folks. I hope everyone had a great New Years! You may have noticed that we skipped last weeks Quick Peeks segment, and that's simply due to things being fairly hectic around here... Add to that, I'm also working on getting my Armchair Arcade Radio segment finished up.

Anyway, we've got a great selection of games lined up for today. First up is a remake of one of the first real-time 3D games for an 8-bit system. Second, a remake of an early split genre action game with a Halloween theme. Lastly, a curtain fire shoot'em with a resemblance to the great Touhou shooters by ZUN.

Read more here.

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