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Chris Crawford on Why Modern Games Suck

Sam and Max 2: Cancelled due to it's not being an FPS.Sam and Max 2: Cancelled due to it's not being an FPS.Chris Crawford is raising hackles by decrying the lack of innovation in modern games: The creative life has gone out of the industry. And an industry that has no creative spark to it is just marking time to die. It's a story near and dear to us retrogaming enthusiasts (and how many rants has Shane R. Monroe offered us on this topic?) This story ties in very nicely with The Best Games Never Published--a must-read for everyone here at Armchair Arcade! What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Crawford, or is he just not looking in the right places? After all, this kid seems quite happy with his new console...

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Amiga Voices--Share your Amiga memories!

AmigaAmigaAh, Cloanto. I've never been a big fan of the company, but I have to admit I am impressed with the efforts they're making to serve the Amiga community. Their latest project, Amiga Voices, gives Amigans an opportunity to share their stories with the rest of the world by simply calling one of the many special numbers (including many international ones) and leaving a three-minute message. The best stories will be published on Amiga Forever. However, the deadline is June 30th, so if you want to participate, pick up that phone now!

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Get Dragon's Lair in High Definition!

Dragon's Lair HDDragon's Lair HDFor $60, you can pre-order your copy of the new High-Definition, 5.1 Digital Surround version of Digital Leisure's famous Dragon's Lair game. DL fans rejoice!

  • Relive the arcade experience with this remastered HD adventure.
  • Completely Arcade Authentic
  • Fully interactive gameplay digitally remastered from the original film
  • Restored original soundtrack, for the first time in 5.1 surround sound*
  • Stunning Classic Cel Animation from Don Bluth
  • Three Different Viewing Resolutions
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Raid Over the River - Nintendo DS

Raid Over the River for the Nintendo DS (Nibris, 2006)Raid Over the River for the Nintendo DS (Nibris, 2006)Though it looks like it makes unusual use of the bottom screen and may have a little too much detail in its visuals, fans of top-down console shooters going all the way back to Carol Shaw's legendary River Raid for the Atari 2600 VCS should keep an eye on Nibris's upcoming Nintendo DS game, Raid Over the River.

Here's the official press release from the Polish developer (note, the Nibris Website appears to be down at the moment):

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A-VCS-tec Challenge Released for the Atari 2600 VCS

Screenshot from A-VCS-tec Challenge (Atari 2600 VCS)Screenshot from A-VCS-tec Challenge (Atari 2600 VCS)The Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS) homebrew author of Mental Kombat, Simon Quernhorst, has just released A-VCS-tec Challenge, a conversion of Paul Norman's (of Cosmi and Forbidden Forest fame) classic Aztec Challenge for the Commodore 64 (C-64). A-VCS-tec Challenge features an updated modification of the first two levels from the original Norman game and music by the talented Paul Slocum, who really knows how to push the Atari 2600's sound hardware.

Sadly, the 50 copy run of the limited boxed edition with tons of extras is a bit out of my price range (thank you, Euro conversion rates!), but if you're interested, ordering begins promptly on July 1st. I guess I'll be looking out for regular editions available from US sellers. In any case, read all about the fascinating details here.

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NES and Cell Phone Fun!

NESNESIf you're interested in exploring that strange world between Nintendo's classic system and cell phones, I have some interesting links for you today. The first involves NES emulation on the Motorola Q Mobile Phone. Check out someone playing Mario on just such a phone. Looks good, sounds good--but how about those controls? Nah. Another twist on this theme is this NES Cellphone Mod. Turn an old NES controller into a working Nokia 3200! Now, isn't this just the height of fashion? Of course, the obvious question here is whether some hacker can combine the two, so that we get a working phone and NES emulator inside an NES controller.

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Commodore Gaming: Good News or Bad News?

RIP!RIP!Well, it looks like the moldy old corpse of Commodore is being dug up again, but whether to serve good or vile purposes remains to be seen. You can read the details of Commodore's new partnership at Gamasutra and Next-Generation. In a nutshell, we're talking about a five year partnership between Commodore International Corporation and an Amsterdam company called The Content Factory, who plans to use Commodore's branding to help sell a line of new games, mostly intended for mobile devices. In short, I'm not expecting anything really interesting to come from this, other than some cheezy mobile games with Commodore's tarnished logos plastered on them. As someone who grew up with Commodore computers, I really hate to see its image dragged through the dirt, but maybe I'm just being cynical...

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Castlevania Thrash Metal Live

It seems like more and more amateur bands are doing covers and re-imaginings of classic computer and videogame themes. The latest such band gaining some attention is The Minibosses, a Phoenix act that has even made it on on NPR. The Minibosses specialize in Nintendo classics. What a perfect blend of dark and dork: Heavy metal versions of 8-bit tunes! I'm in heaven--or, Valhalla, at least.

My favorite game cover band is Press Play On Tape, a group from Copenhagen that do some pretty outstanding C-64 tunes. If you haven't seen their fabulous Boy Band Video, do yourself a favor and check it out now!

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Any luck with Windows Vista?

BillBillHas anyone here had any luck installing the Windows Vista Beta? I've made two attempts to upgrade my Windows XP Pro. I couldn't even get to the download for two days after release, and it took me two tries with my DVD burner to burn the darn thing (some kind of weirdo ISO may be the culprit). Then, I had to clear up 11 gigs on my C drive, which was very tough due to my partitions (only 30 gigs on the C, the rest on G). Then I had to convert from FAT32 to NSFT. Then I was asked to uninstall my AVG virus program and restart the installer...As you can see, I was pretty determined to get the beta running. But alas, it was to no avail.

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Nintendo DS Lite -- As Weak as Miller Lite?

I'm still trying to figure out what the bruhaha is over Nintendo's redesigned DS. So it weighs less and has a brighter screen. Excuse me if I don't break into hysterics. Real men (a) don't need a "lighter" handheld; that's why we have massive bulging muscles, and (b) don't need "brighter" colors. Bright colors are for sissies and pansies. Still, I can't seem to get away from news about launch "partays" today--it's on Kotaku, Max Console, Engadget and Joystiq just for starters. Who needs to pay for publicity when everyone's willing to do it for free? Geez. Well, if you're the type of man who would dress up like Mario or Luigi (or Princess) and stand around for hours to get your "Lite," then you deserve what you get. Funny thing is, though, everyone's so enraptured by the DS Lite blitz that they've managed to let this sneak-peak of the PS3 Startup Screen pass by without comment. I, for one, aren't going to mention the DS Lite at all.

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