Category: Video Games
Yes, yet another Friday Flashback posted after Friday. I’ll get back on schedule soon. But at least I don’t forget to post completely and this week I’d like to head back to the ’80s for some retro gaming in the form of…
QBasic Gorillas, Duck Hunt, and Other Classic Games Remade in Flash
My first experience with programming was on my old Intel 486 33mhz PS/2 machine, which came pre-loaded with MS-DOS, complete with a copy of QBasic. Since, at the time, I really didn’t know what I was doing with programming, I loaded up the Gorillas.bas file that came with the installation and immediately had access to the first game I’d ever been able to change around by messing with the code.
Now, many years later, I’m happy that I can return to the world of QBasic Gorillas in Flash form:
This and many other classic games (some PC, some Nintendo, some other systems) are all available to play for free in Flash form at online-games-zone.com.
Another great example is a remake of the Nintendo classic, Duck Hunt:
Have fun wasting time! :)Tweet
Now is a great time to be nostalgic. I don’t mean right this second or even today, but just “now” as a general term for the years surrounding this moment in time. Many kids who grew up in the ’80s (like me) now in the twenty-something age range are now taking ’80s memories and turning them into must-own items. Of particular interest to me are…
Nintendo Products and Crafts
Even though there are plenty of great “next-gen” console games out there, I still regularly sit down to enjoy old school Nintendo gaming. Watching a pixelated Mario jump around the screen simply never gets old. That enjoyment easily carries over into collectibles, apparel, and other merchandise, so here are a few fun items I’ve recently come across online:
If you’re looking for a Nintendo shirt or hoodie, you need not look any further than 80stees.com.
Most Nintendo fans remember playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out and beating the pants off of King Hippo, getting frustrated with Soda Popinski, and entering in the magic code (007-373-5963) to skip all the nonsense and go after Tyson himself. With the shirt above, you can embrace your inner Little Mac and proudly run through the streets of New York as the champ that you know you are.
80stees.com has plenty of other great Nintendo shirts as well. In fact, half of my wardrobe came from this site.
If you’re looking for something a little less ordinary than a t-shirt, how about decking out your home’s decor with some Nintendo style? Here are a few options:
These Super Mario Bros. wall decals allow you to turn any room into something straight out of the Mushroom Kingdom. They’re moveable and reusable but come with a hefty price tag of $75. Also available are New Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong decals. They’re all officially-licensed Nintendo products so by purchasing them you’ll not only be showing how big of a fan you are but also supporting the company that started it all.
This snazzy classic Nintendo controller pillow case is not an officially-licensed product but is still pretty darn cool. They are made-to-order and thus can be made in any size you need. A standard pillow size is $35, but that can vary depending on what you’re looking for. If I had one of these, I’d make sure to enter up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start before going going to sleep every night, hoping to wake up with 30 lives in the morning.
Not all Nintendo-inspired items are created with mass-production in mind. Here are a couple of incredibl and one-of-a-kind home crafts:
This scarf would be a perfect companion piece to the above-linked Punch-Out t-shirt. The likenesses of Little Mac and Mike Tyson (at least his 8-bit version) are incredibly accurate and even in the daily heat of Florida, I’d be proud to wear this as a fashion accessory. Unfortunately, only one was made and it was sold last year for $175.
Practically every kid who grew up in the ’80s has at least one original Game Boy lying around. I personally have three of them (two were mine and one was my wife’s). One crafty fan turned his dead Game Boy into a shadow box for a Super Mario Bros. papercraft project. This one isn’t for sale but anyone can download the papercraft project and make it. If you happen to have an old Game Boy that you’re willing to gut, you can replicate this fairly easily.
I obviously couldn’t list all Nintendo-inspired products and crafts that are out there, as there are thousands of them. If you have a favorite or have made one yourself, post in the comments!
Many of the items seen here came from this fantastic Nintendo product round-up.Tweet
As you walk around Disney’s theme parks, you’re bound to encounter a character at some point or another. Whether it’s on a stage show, at a meet-and-greet, or just randomly wandering around, characters are everywhere. While some classic characters like Cinderella and Mickey Mouse will never vanish from the parks, others come and go with movie and television trends.
Today I thought I’d take a look at some of the more difficult to find…
Disney Theme Park Characters
You can click each character’s photo below to take you to one of several excellent web sites devoted to characters autographs and/or pictures.
Scrooge McDuck shows up around Christmas-time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, both during the parade and swapping out with Donald Duck at a meet-and-greet. Unfortunately, he’s nowhere to be found for the rest of the year. Scrooge is one of my favorite Disney characters and I’d really like to see more of him in the parks.
Darkwing Duck is another victim of the Disney Afternoon’s demise. Another of my favorites but, unlike Scrooge, I have never seen Darkwing in the parks. When is the last time you saw him inside a theme park?Tweet
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone for 2009 and now it’s time for me to deliver a few picks for the most interesting home media products that I saw unveiled. Some are great advances in technology that I can’t wait to get my hands on and others are just bizarre enough to make them worthy of including here.
And no, I didn’t actually attend CES, but it is one of the most covered annual events to the point where I saw and read about enough to choose some to write about.
Dish Network ViP922 Satellite DVR / Slingbox
Dish Network has created an HD satellite box that not only boasts 1-terabyte of storage for its DVR functionality but is also “SlingLoaded,” meaning that it has a built-in Slingbox, allowing users to watch content stored on the device over the Web or on other Sling-capable devices.
That, along with multiple satellite and over-the-air HD tuners, means that remote and local viewers can watch two separate video feeds (live or recorded TV) without interfering with each other–the kids can watch a Spongebob recording in the living room, for instance, while Dad watches a football game on his laptop via Sling.com. Dish is also showcasing a Wi-Fi-enabled flat-panel LCD TV that uses Sling technology to access the ViP922–toss it in the kitchen or bedroom, and you get another way to access your DVR and TV programming with no pesky wires or boxes.
The ability to record programs on one central DVR and have it feed out to all televisions in my house is something I’ve been craving for quite a while. Couple that with my desire to switch away from BrightHouse Networks cable service (for many reasons) and Dish may have themselves a new customer here.Tweet
Electronic Gaming Monthly should be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but instead the Ziff Davis-owned publication is shutting down just shy of the milestone. A source within Ziff Davis has confirmed for GameSpot that the January 2009 edition of the magazine (issue no. 236) will be the final installment of EGM.
The closure comes as a result of a corporate deck shuffling at Ziff Davis. The publishing company announced today the sale of its 1UP network of sites to the Hearst Corporation’s UGO Entertainment. 1UP staff overlapped heavily with that of EGM, which was not part of the sale.
Launched in March of 1989, EGM was originally published by Sendai and covered the Sega Master System, Nintendo Entertainment System, and even had reviewers dedicated to Amiga, Atari, and Commodore platforms. When it debuted, the Mega Drive and PC Engine were overseas products of the future, and not the Genesis and TurboGrafx-16 as they came to be known as stateside.
I’ve been reading EGM for well over a decade and am shocked to hear that it is shutting down. I wonder what will happen to my subscription.Tweet