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GameMID Android Handheld - Update on availability - 9-17-2013

Mark Smile The Android handheld I reported on earlier has now also become available for sale on the company's updated website. There's an order now button where you can place an order directly from the manufacturer or request additional information. The manufacturer is located in Hong Kong so it could be that you will have to pay additional import taxes according to your locale. Getting one from a retailer locally would be your best option but if that isn't an option going the direct route may be a good alternative. The unit comes in a sturdy box and is well protected by a specialized air filled sleeve. A charger compatible with your local AC power grid is also provided.

There's also a very informative video explaining how the VKM - virtual key mapping software - works. This has been substantially updated since my video as it is now also possible to map swiping gestures onto the buttons (right thumb stick).

Performance wise this unit is capable of full speed emulation of many game systems, including the PPSSPP and original Playstation. Also many games, run great and the battery life on the unit is quite good. The developers of the RetroArch emulator have gotten a unit too so one can expect an even better native support for all buttons in future releases of that emulator. Hook the unit up to the TV over HDMI and you'll have a great console experience. Blue tooth, wifi, microsd slot - all is there. The amount of flash memory 8Gb is similar to the OUYA and in real life comparison - side loading the same apps onto the OUYA - this unit trumps the OUYA on real life Android apps despite the fact that in theory the OUYA has more beefy hardware. There is no lag on the GameMID's buttons and it seems to be my gaming tablet of choice at a great price. A lot of the Android gaming videos on this site have been recorded using this device. Check them out if you want.

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Armchair Arcade Marks its 10th Anniversary!

It is with great honor and humble appreciation that I write this blog post officially acknowledging Armchair Arcade's 10th anniversary. That's right, Armchair Arcade was founded way back in September 2003, an eon in Internet time. Little did we know when we founded it back then that we'd still be going strong 10 years later, and looking forward to another great decade ahead. Since Armchair Arcade's founding, our team members have created well over a dozen major books, a documentary film, and countless thousands of feature articles, blog posts, forum posts, editorials, games, podcasts, and videos. Of course, team members and friends have come and gone in those 10 years, and we've even had a few births along the way, but the more things have changed, the nicer it's been that Armchair Arcade itself has stayed right where you'd expect to find it.

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Check out the cover art for our upcoming book, Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo...

It looks like the publisher posted an image of the cover - featuring original Nathan Strum art - for our upcoming book, Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time. The book, which covers 20 of the greatest gaming platforms of all time and is the next in the Vintage Games book series, won't be out until early next year, but hopefully that awesome looking cover art gets you excited for what's coming soon!

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The History of Sierra On-Line Documentary

It should come as no surprise when I tell everyone here that I am a Sierra fanboy. I always wondered about the possibility of doing a book about the history of Sierra - the people, the games, and the whole adventure experience within.

I am excited about the possibility of success of a new Kickstarter (Funding from July 1, 2013 - August 5, 2013) about the history of Sierra On-Line.

The teaser video has me quickly turning back the clock about 25 years.

I encourage you guys to check it out. I would love to see something like this happen!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/772847014/the-history-of-sierra-on-l...

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GameMID Android Handheld - Update on availability - 6-28-2013


The review video was watched a lot - and I really mean - A LOT. Thanks for that. I got a ton of questions on the device and thanks for all the feedback. A lot of the questions were regarding the availability of the device and things like pricing etc. At the time I created the review no information on this was available yet so I forwarded those questions to the producers of the machine and today they came back with the following information:

sales@gamemid.com is the email address that can be used to ask questions regarding the device
http://www.gamemid.com will be the website containing more information on the device.

Mind you I/We am/are not affiliated with the company making the device, this video is to address the many questions from the viewers and to point them in the right direction.

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Second clue leading into the upcoming book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer

In anticipation of our upcoming book for CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer, my co-author, Boisy Pitre, has started a new series of blog posts that will (very slowly) lift the veil on some interesting stuff that we discovered during the course of our research. He's doing it in the form of series of puzzles. You can read the second posting, or clue, here. Enjoy!

In other news, in terms of important milestones for the book, we turned in everything to the publisher last night. That means once it goes through the editorial process - which could take several months - the book will be on its way to release. We appreciate everyone's support through this process and hope you're anticipating publication of this book as much as we are.

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Microsoft unveils the next Xbox: Xbox One - What they said and what it means!

Yes, Christina and I will be working on another Xbox book!While we had a previous poll and some thoughts and speculation on the next Xbox here at Armchair Arcade (among many other thoughts from staff and other commenters), it's now time to discuss the reality from today's #XboxReveal, with Microsoft the last of the three to play its next generation hand. As you no doubt already know, Nintendo's Wii U is struggling mightily, while Sony's PS4 has a lot of positive buzz so far and will be released around the same time as the new Xbox (Xbox One). With all that said, let's take a look at what was just unveiled.

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Preview Of The Upcoming TEK807D Android Gaming Handheld


On May 10th I got the chance to take a look at the soon to be available TEK807D Android Gaming Handheld. I take a look at the JXD S7300 and the Archos Gamepad for comparison and show what's better in this new TEK807D device. This video is a hardware overview and a look at the specs as well as seeing the device in action in a sneak preview of it. It is going to be sold in various places in the world under a different brand name. Yet inside the device is the same. Sellers can brand the unit and customize how the specs are. Like a rear viewing camera, battery size etc. It's expected to launch in Europe this summer for €150 or under $200 US.
Read more about the hardware specs below.

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Amiga Forever 2013 and C64 Forever 2013 Just Released!

Amiga Forever DesktopAmiga Forever DesktopHot on the heels of Amiga Forever Essentials for Android, Cloanto has just released the latest "2013" versions of their popular and easy-to-use Amiga Forever and C64 Forever emulators. This is great news for old and new fans of the greatest Commodore platforms, including all versions of the Amiga series (inclusive of the CDTV and CD32), and most of the 8-bit line, including PET, VIC 20, C-64/128, and C-16/Plus4. Around here, it's among our absolute favorite emulation packages and used as pack-ins with various devices, including the MCC, so you know it has to be great.

The full press release details are below, along with all the links to the various packages available:

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First clue leading into the upcoming book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer

In anticipation of our upcoming book for CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer, my co-author, Boisy Pitre, has started a new series of blog posts that will (very slowly) lift the veil on some interesting stuff that we discovered during the course of our research. He's doing it in the form of series of puzzles. You can read the first posting, or clue, to the first mystery, here. Enjoy!

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