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Breaking News: Lik-Sang.com Out of Business due to Multiple Sony Lawsuits

Wow, color me surprised! Despite being a bit on the melodramatic side, I'm quite dissapointed in this. I guess we'll be ending our affiliate program with them and my only Wii and PS3 pre-orders at present are no more...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OUT OF BUSINESS NOTICE

Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 - Lik-Sang.com, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

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Coleco Fans Rejoice (Scans of Pre-Colecovision Catalog)

I have to thank our friends at Gamesetwatch for posting about Jason Scott's scans of an amazing pre-Colecovision Product Catalog from Coleco.

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Sears Makes ESRB "BooBoo" with National TV Spot

Joystiq is running a great post about a potentially nasty booboo at Sears--they've got a tv spot featuring some silly kid telling us how much he likes Halo and Halo 2, and how he bought them at Sears. The problem? Uh, the kid's too young to have bought those games legally, at least if we care to observe the ESRB's ratings.

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NES Turns 20; celebrate with Dinner at Bushnell's Uwink

Perhaps one reason why we've been seeing so many features about the NES lately was in preparation for today--can you believe the NES is 20? Classicgaming.com is celebrating with a nice overview of the unit's history, starting with the Famicom and going through some of the "might have beens." No matter what you think of Nintendo today, you have to give them credit for pushing through the wads of nay-sayers after the "Videogame Crash" and showing that, duh, videogames are here to stay. To celebrate the NES's big 20, you might consider stopping by Nolan Bushnell's new restaurant--Uwink Unlike Bushnell's other restaurant chain (Chuck E Cheese), Uwink is catering to an older, more mature crowd. The idea is simple--lots of tech, but an emphasis on using the tech to get people socializing (rather than draw them into the autism of World of Warcraft!). The place is definitely big on Mac, and I'm not talking Big Macs here (most dishes appear to be vegan-compatible). It all looks incredible, and I only wish I lived closer to California! Anyone in the Woodland Hills area care to check it out and report back?

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Get New Armchair Arcade Updates in E-mail!


Great news for those of you who don't use newsreaders/blog aggregators. We have just added the ability, through FeedBlitz, for you to receive all new Armchair Arcade blog posts daily via e-mail. Obviously we greatly encourage you to visit the site as often as possible, but with the ability to sign up for an e-mail with the content as its updated daily, you can make even more efficient use of your time. Look under the Syndication heading on our top left-hand side menu, where you'll see "Get email updates:" and a clickable orange and white icon. The process is direct and simple and you can opt-out at any time. Thanks for supporting us!

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Legend of Zelda Retrospective Video & NES quiz

Nintendo and particulary Zelda fanboys will want to check out this video retrospective on the legendary series. It's a fun trip down memory lane and makes some interesting if potentially inaccurate statements about the series. I am serious about the "fanboy" part, because less biased gamers will no doubt cringe at some of the over-the-top claims the commentator makes about the game. For instance, he claims it was the first RPG to allow the player to wander about an expansive map, the first RPG to "pioneer a complex combat system," and so on. You get the idea--sheer rubbish. The commentator also claims that Zelda was the first console game to offer saved games (can anyone confirm this?). While I find the video entertaining, I am a bit put off by the blatant inaccuracies, which unfortunately seem all-too-common with these otherwise well-produced viddies. On a positive note, see what you can score on this awesome NES screenshot quiz! I apparently "suck"...

Issues 1-100 of CGW Available as PDFs Online!

In honor of Computer Gaming World's 25th Anniversary, they are offering Issues 1-100 online for free in PDF format. While I wish they had a torrent available to download every issue in a large ZIP file, this is still a fun way to read older computer gaming magazines.

What sucks is that Computer Gaming World is going to be changing its name to Games for Windows: The Official Magazine.

Computer Gaming World Issues 1-100 PDFs

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Thinking about the Ultimate Controller

Although Nintendo fanboys like to act like the Wii's new remote controller is only a wee bit short of a revolution (sorry, couldn't resist), the real future seems to lie in something a bit more radical: Say, controlling a game of Space Invaders with nothing but your brain. Some clever spudboys at the Washington University of St. Louis decided that the best way to help them treat a severe case of epilepsy in a 14-year old was to hook his brain up to the game and watch what happened. In no time at all, the kid was clearing whole levels just by thinking about where he wanted the ship to move and fire--as easily as moving a hand! You've got to see this video!

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Witch Pricking--The Game?

American history buffs and folks just interested in weirdo history have probably heard of witch prickers. These were basically traveling charlatans who made their living providing "expert testimony" during witch trials (think Salem). The idea was that a real witch had a "devil's spot," or a mark somewhere under the skin that wouldn't hurt if pricked with a needle. Sound dumb? Well, you're talking about people who actually believed in witches. At any rate, now "witch pricking" is making a come-back in the form of a really bizarre Japanese game called DOKIDOKI MAJOSAIBAN (NON-WORK SAFE LINK. In what might sickeningly be called "innovation," you use the Nintendo DS's stylus to "prick" teenage girls to see which ones are witches...!

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The Wimington Classic Computing Show and Swapmeet - Until 4PM EST Today!

Commodore 128: Photo - Bill LoguidiceCommodore 128: Photo - Bill LoguidiceShort notice, but Armchair Arcade friend Evan Koblentz reports that there is plenty of room to accomodate more visitors to the MARCH (Midatlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists) club's latest event in Wilmington, Delaware, until about 4PM EST.

From the http://www.marchclub.org Website:

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