While sifting through my news reader this morning, I came across an interesting article. It appears a gentleman named Scott Williamson completed a project recently to port the old arcade game Star Castle to the Atari 2600. Now granted, the Atari 2600 is now over 30 years old, so why bother? Simply for the challenge and the love of the game. I won’t go into the details, since he well documents his quest in his blog, but it’s definitely worth a read, especially if you’re a nostalgic gamer like myself. Scott’s also got a Kickstarter project going if you want to get the actual game and some goodies.
OK, I won’t touch on the subject of illegally getting old games, but if you wanted to legally obtain a truly ground breaking classic series, head over to Infocom and grab Zork I, II and III for free! For those that don’t know, Infocom was a company that produced ground breaking adventure games before there were graphics (GASP!), yes, these were text adventures, and yes, you had to READ your way through the game! Moving through the game required typing in commands like “Go West” and then reading what happens next. These games are true legends in the annals of electronic gaming and are not to be missed. Click here to get them!
Happy Father’s Day everyone! This day has more meaning to me these days since I’ve become a parent, and for this Father’s Day, I’ll be writing about something my wife and son decided to get for me, the iCade stand for the iPad. What started out as an April fools joke has become a reality; created by IonAudio, and sold by ThinkGeek, the iCade is simply a classic retro 80’s style mini arcade cabinet for the iPad. What makes it special is the built in set of arcade controls; a joystick and 8 buttons. The iCade has proved to be quite a hit, since ThinkGeek’s been backordered on the control since they debuted it back in April, apparently mine arrived this week, just in time for this special day.
Electronic Arts (EA) launched this week a website, UltimaForever.com, which celebrates all things Ultima related. For those that don’t know, Ultima is a computer role playing game series which debuted on Apple computers in the early 80’s and set the standard for this genre of computer games. Among the most popular in the series is Ultima 4, which EA has made freely available for people to download. Now, technically, the series has been available for download from various sources on the internet for quite some time, but EA has now made it legitimate. You’ll need to run the game with the DosBox emulator, which means you can run the game on just about any platform. Also, Good Old Games (GOG.com), is also starting to sell many of the old EA titles, starting with the Ultima Underworld series. All in all, a very exciting development for the retro gaming community. Now go out there, and bring virtue to the world of Britannia!
Have you ever wondered where the 3D Survival Horror Genre of games got it’s start? It all began on the PC way back in 1992 with a little known title called “Alone in the Dark”. Good Old Games (GOG.com), has this pioneering game for $5.99, and as a special gift, they’ll give you the second and third installment for free! The deal also includes manuals and soundtracks to all three games.
Don’t let the simple 3D graphics fool you, it’s a great game. If you aren’t familiar with GOG, they’re a group that sells legitimate copies of old games, made to run on modern machines, and without all the copy protection nonsense that came with the original.
While digging through some boxes in my basement i came across a rather old magazine that caught my attention. It’s a tattered issue of Electronic Games Magazine from May 1984! I scanned the magazine into a PDF to share with anyone who might be interested in what things looked like back then. I’ll apologize for some odd white squares in the PDF; apparently in my youth I cut out images I liked from the magazine.