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The State of the Homebrew Nation

Nintendo DS: The next king of homebrew?Nintendo DS: The next king of homebrew?There's a good article on a site called DCEMU UK today about The State of Homebrew on All Consoles. The author starts off with the PSP and moves on to discuss homebrew on many systems, including the GB2x and GB32. He claims that the PSP homebrew scene is the biggest at the moment, which would seem to be evidenced by the many posts we've had here recently about it.

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New Atari 2600 VCS and Coleco ColecoVision Homebrew Cartridges Now Available!

Atari 2600 VCS and ColecoVision Homebrew Games: Atari 2600 VCS>> AStar, Conquest of Mars, Rainbow Invaders, Wolfenstein VCS: The Next Mission * Coleco ColecoVision>> Cosmo Fighter 2, Cosmo Fighter 3Atari 2600 VCS and ColecoVision Homebrew Games: Atari 2600 VCS>> AStar, Conquest of Mars, Rainbow Invaders, Wolfenstein VCS: The Next Mission * Coleco ColecoVision>> Cosmo Fighter 2, Cosmo Fighter 3 Ah, there's nothing I like more than great new games for truly classic systems like the Atari 2600 VCS and Coleco ColecoVision. Atari 2600: "AStar" is a puzzle game from the same guy who did the superb "Fall Down"; "Conquest of Mars" is a translation of "Caverns of Mars" originally on the Atari 8-bit computer systems; "Rainbow Invaders" is a fresh update of the "Space Invaders" concept; and "Wolfenstein VCS: The Next Mission" appears to be a take off on the "Venture" concept. ColecoVision: "Cosmo Fighter 2" and "Cosmo Fighter 3" are re-releases of some of the earliest homebrew titles for the system. I can't wait to check these out further!

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Amiga Workbench in DHTML with Chiptunes

AmigaAmigaThe folks at Chiptune.com have really gone all out with their Amiga-inspired web design. I really like the way they've managed to duplicate the look and feel of the classic Amiga Workbench (version 1.3). They've even got the Guru Meditation error and a working Juggler! The only thing that doesn't seem to work properly is the right mouse button. The site is dedicated to chip tunes, which are a type of computer music that doesn't use digitized sampling. The result is what I consider a more authentic type of music that uses the computer more like a musical instrument than a dubbing or playback device. Have fun!

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Apple to buy Nintendo? Yeah, right!

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There's some speculation on Cravetalk that Apple is contemplating buying out Nintendo. Preposterous? Perhaps. Everyone who knows something about Nintendo's corporate history knows how many times others (including Microsoft ) have tried this same manuever--and failed miserably. Nintendo has always struck me as a living anachronism--imperial samarai lords thriving in the modern era. The main reason why I think Nintendo made it big in the first place was their unflinching and bold resolve to bring back console gaming to the US, despite all the flack about the "death of the videogames industry" that followed in the wake of the Great Videogame Crash of 1983. A cozy war with Sega followed, but once Sony and then Microsoft entered the fray, Nintendo's been steadily losing market share.

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Atari 800/130/5200 Emulation for your PSP!

PSPPSPIf anyone has an extra Sony PSP sitting around, please consider shipping it to me! Everytime I turn around there's something like this Atari 800/5200 emulator out for it. How cool would it be to play the original M.U.L.E. on your PSP? By the way, if anyone tries out this emulator, let us know your thoughts!

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Expanding the Commodore Amiga 600's Memory

Memory Expansion for the Commodore Amiga 600Memory Expansion for the Commodore Amiga 600It seems all the best new products for Commodore computers come out of Europe these days. It makes sense, as Commodore had a bigger foothold there in the post Commodore 64 era. In any case, one of the latest products is a nifty expansion for the Commodore Amiga 600, a more obscure entry in the Amiga line from a US-perspective, but certainly more common in Europe.

Here's the full release:

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Mario Kart Mod for Half-Life 2 Engine

Mario Kart Source: A Half-Life 2 ModMario Kart Source: A Half-Life 2 ModIn the tradition of creative and unanticipated applications for game engines, Mario Kart Source is a Mario Kart 64 modding project for Half-Life 2. Judging by the screenshots and videoclips available on their homepage, this project might be something to keep an eye on. Mario Kart was always my favorite multiplayer racing game--good family fun. I'm sure it's also great for folks who bought Half-Life 2 and want to stretch their buck with a good homebrew mod for its engine. Unfortunately, it's unclear how long we will have to wait for the official release.

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Pitfall! Atari 2600 World Record Shattered

David Crane's Legendary Pitfall! for the Atari 2600 VCSDavid Crane's Legendary Pitfall! for the Atari 2600 VCSThe record for completing the Atari 2600 (Video Computer System (VCS)) version of David Crane's Pitfall! (Activision, 1982) in the quickest time has been shattered. The new record is now 1 minute and 28 seconds left with no deaths! For anyone who has played the game, they know this is an incredible accomplishment, particularly after all these years and all the countless games played by countless people.

It seems the world record breaker used a map to help himself out. All hail the power of the map...

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Blizzard's Secret Sauce

Don't you wish we didn't have the World of Warcraft? I can't get away from it. Nearly everyone I know who is into gaming these days speaks "WoW" instead of English. I get asked more often about my nonexistent WoW characters than my birth sign! How did this happen? The Escapist is running a great piece called Secret Sauce: The Rise of Blizzard.

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"You're Not Worthy": A History of Over-the-Top Game Ads

Infocom's Brain Ad: But Mom, I asked for King's Quest!Infocom's Brain Ad: But Mom, I asked for King's Quest!Gamesetwatch is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs, if for no other reason than they consistently post great stuff like Game Ads A-Go-Go: Visual Hyperbole, a look at silly game ads that put the hype in hyperbole. What I want to know is why videogames are so prone to over-hyping. Unfortunately, the hype works like a feedback loop, so that every new product has to up the ante with even more hype. The new Madden game? Oh, I guess it's probably even more realistic than actually being on the field...At least Nintendo had the sense to scale down the "Revolution" and go with something a wii bit more sensible.

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