- Seattle Retro Gaming Expo 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PDT) in Seattle, WA
"The Seattle Retro Gaming Expo is an organization dedicated to creating a network of gamers in the Seattle area, and providing outlets for us to express our passion for all facets of the geek culture in general, and classic videogames in particular.
- Richard Garriott Holds Contest to Resurrect his Teletype-era RPG; Ends May 15
Hit the link for a BASIC source printout — and a smidgen of self-aggrandizement
"D&D #1 represents one of the earliest known computer role playing games. Originally created and refined between the years 1975-1977, this game is one of the few true founding efforts of the entire computer gaming genre. Interestingly the ascii based tile graphics are a clear forerunner of what followed in Ultima and many other computer role playing games, and thus remains relevant to the genres history.
- Nintendo Game Boy Turns 25 (The Onion)
"Lets just call it what it really was: a Tetris delivery system.
- Almost Every PlayStation Classic and PSP Game Now Downloadable on PS Vita
They perfectly emulate the two minutes of introductory logo screens too
"In a rather sudden turn of events, almost every PlayStation Classic and PSP game on Sony's SEN marketplace is now downloadable on the PS Vita including those that previously weren't available on Sony's portable console.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 Released on Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console
Sixth time is the charm.
"Jump, swim, and fly through one of the most beloved Super Mario Bros. games of all time on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems!
- NES Remix 2 Launches For Wii U April 25
With Super Luigi Bros., Nintendo makes an unconscious nod to ROM hackers
"NES Remix 2 also features two exciting new modes. Super Luigi Bros. stars our nervous hero, Luigi, and dares players to beat each level of the original Super Mario Bros. backward! The other new mode has you trying for high scores in three rapid-fire levels from different NES games, using a scoring system inspired by the 1990 Nintendo World Championships.
- Retro Platformer Cave Story Coming to 3DS in Europe on May 1
Loved it on the Wii
"It's happening! Cave Story comes to Europe on the Nintendo 3DS eShop May 1st, 2014!
- The History of Technology, as Told in Wacky British Pathe Newsreels
These ancient computer videos should keep you busy for a while
"In an inventive, generous act, British Pathe has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 pieces of footage from vintage newsreels to YouTube. I pulled up some choice bits relating to computers — especially how they got used to automate practically everything in the 1960s.
- If Sega Made Easter Eggs
Clever Eggman art
- See Pac-Man Rendered in Physical 3D Space
Demo for the "voLumen" rotating 3D display. Check out 1:34 for Pac-Man in the video and 2:34 for a shout-out to Super Mario Bros.
- Sex Sells — Even on the Moon
Either the best or most sexist arcade video game flier ever made, circa 1981. Remarkable for what it says about the arcade vending audience at the time (probably not safe for work)
- Street Fighter II: What Did Critics Say in 1992?
Neat review roundup from Defunct Games
"Not only was it the biggest arcade game around, but it forced every other publisher to come up with their own fighting game. Could this Super NES game possibly live up to the hype? To find the answer to this question, we decided to look through the pages of Electronic Gaming Monthly, GamePro, N-Force, Super Play and other magazines of the era.
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