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[ VC&G Anthology ] The Making of Pong (2012)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Atari founders circa 1972-73 (from left to right):Ted Dabney, Nolan Bushnell, Larry Emmons, and Allan Alcorn [ Atari Pong turns 50 years old today, and I thought it might be fun to revisit an article I wrote about the game’s creation for Edge Magazine (Issue 248) back in 2012. Since the web version of that […]

[ Retro Scan ] WorldsAway Mousepad

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Echoes of Ancient Technicolor Greece Back in 1995, CompuServe and Fujitsu launched a graphical online chat world called WorldsAway. I used it from the very start (at least within a month of the launch, I think), and quickly became enveloped in the beautifully illustrated world and the sense of community it fostered. I’ve written in-depth […]

[ Retro Scan ] Vectorman “Play to Win”

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

IT”SSSS AWEESSSOOOMME I was a big fan of Vectorman back when it first came out. Around that time, I bought a used Sega Genesis from a friend (my first), and I rented a copy from Vectorman from Blockbuster (or did I rent an entire Genesis itself first — my memory is hazy on that point). […]

[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Ultima VII For SNES

Monday, November 16th, 2015

This keychain looks like it would hurt in your pocket Here we see an ad for the Super NES version of Ultima VII: The Black Gate. Apparently, when VII received its port to Nintendo’s console, its Roman numeral designation got the axe. As a result, the title became merely Ultima: The Black Gate. I’m not […]

[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Apple Gets Biblical

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Where’s Eve? Oh wait. This ad is actually for an Apple II-themed creative writing contest, but you’d never know it. That’s because the gobs of tiny, hard-to-read text are completely overshadowed by the nude man in a jungle holding an Apple II over his crotch. And that man happens to be Adam from Genesis. Oh […]

[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Game Boy is Twenty

Monday, April 20th, 2009

“Just pop it in your pocket and pull it out any time.” [ From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 23rd, 1989 ] Twenty years ago tomorrow, the Game Boy went on sale for the first time in Japan. It retailed for Â¥12,500 (about $94 US at 1989 rates), and Nintendo offered four games at Game Boy’s […]

The 2008 Hamfest Report

Monday, April 28th, 2008

A couple weekends ago, I made the requisite annual trek to RARSfest, my local hamfest of choice, which takes place on the NC State Fairgrounds. You might remember my in-depth slideshow on a similar hamfest adventure two years ago. Well, this year I decided to take a few shots of the ‘fest again, and I […]

Inside a Hamfest: An Annotated Slideshow, Part I

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Those of you who have been reading VC&G for some time have probably encountered the occasional mention of “hamfests” in accounts of my collecting adventures. Contrary to what you might think, hamfests have little to do with pork (we here in NC call that a pig pickin’), but a lot to do with amateur radio. […]