Videogame News ARCHIVE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PONG!
Atari's iconic game of PONG, based off of Ralph Baer's famous brown box presentation. Thanks to Nolan Bushnell for bringing the paddle tennis game he and fellow Ampex employees witnessed at the Profit Caravan in Burlingame, California where he played it during the Magnavox Odyssey demonstration. Thanks to Al Alcorn for designing the coin-op game and for adding the famous sound effect that placed the game into the public's eyes and launching the arcade revolution... since Computer Space failed to do so!
November 29th 1972 - Forever!
|VECTREX REGENERATION NOW AVAILABLE IN THE APPLE AP STORE
The Vectrex doesn't get much love outside of the homebrew scene, so it is great news that the GCE Vectrex lives again in a more visible spotlight. The application itself is free, but the entire game pack will set you back seven dollars - a deal if there ever was one!
|FINAL ISSUE OF NINTENDO POWER MAGAZINE
The final issue of the long-running Nintendo Power Magazine ships this week, ending the publication with issue #285. The final cover recreates the first issue cover by replacing the Super Mario 2 theme of the original with New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Wii U platform. What to do when the power goes out?
NEW ATARI VCS GAMES EXCLUSIVE TO GDG's HOMEBREW HEAVEN
GDG's Homebrew Heaven is now the official home to more Atari 2600 EXCLUSIVE TITLES!
Kite and Escape It! now join the list of GDG HH exclusives such as
Miss It!, Chase It!, Shield Shifter, StripOff!, and the Wisconson Political
2-Pack: MacIver and Balloon Protest
Plus, we have the EXCLUSIVE license to the long lost Extra-Terrestrials!
Have you played Atari today?
The long lost Extra Terrestrials
|UPDATED INTELLIVISION CLASSICS HEADED TO PLAYSTATION HOME
The Intellivision classics Astrosmash, Shark! Shark! and Night Stalker have been updated, keeping the feel and gameplay of the originals while adding brighter, more colorful graphics and fun new features. Being referred to as Intellivision Gen2, it marks the first time that original Intellivision games have been re-released in a format different from their original early eighties code.
Keeping the basic look of the games recognizable to tickle the memories of our lifelong fans: still a bit blocky, but with a retro-pixel-inspired look. The goals and play of the games immediately feel like the originals, but with added levels, features and challenges. We worked to capture the best of Intellivision, then pushed that best further.
In Astrosmash, you blasted meteors falling to the planet's surface while avoiding UFOs in a fast-paced, heart-pounding game. In Astrosmash Gen2, you are still blowing up those meteors, but now the game features more types of UFOs, more pronounced difficulty level progressions, and base weapon power-ups. If Astrosmash was your game, you'll quickly get back into the intense rhythms of this game of survival!
In Shark! Shark!, you were a little fish that grew larger as you ate other fish. And even the smallest fish could take on the deadly shark. Well, in Shark! Shark! Gen2 you are still a fish eating other fish, you still try to take down the shark, but your food and foes both swim in a wide variety of dizzying new patterns. And, if you are fortunate enough to win the mermaid's heart, you power through bonus rounds as well!
In Night Stalker, you raced through an underground labyrinth of bat and spider-filled tunnels, avoiding and blasting robots of ever-increasing intelligence. Well, get running and find your gun; Night Stalker Gen2 is still filled with bats and spiders, but now it has a greater variety of killer robots, each more challenging to confront, along with a variety of maze structures to sweat through!
|NEW KARATEKA COMING X-BOX LIVE ARCADE
The remake of Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner's 1984 sidescrolling martial arts game Karateks is coming to X-Box live on November 14th. Can you save the lovely Mariko from the evil warlord Akuma? Artwork created by Jeff Matsuda, artist of Batman: The Animated Series.
The New Karateka!
NEW ATARI VCS GAMES EXCLUSIVE TO GDG's HOMEBREW HEAVEN
Programmed deep beneath the surface in the Homebrew Heaven underground lab, Good Deal Games is proud to premiere more EXCLUSIVE VCS releases!
Wisconson Political 2-Pack
(MacIver & Balloon Protest)
SURPRISE - NEW NEO-GEO HANDHELD COMING WINTER 2012
The NEOGEOX, being released by Blaze, will boast a 3.5 inch screen, stereo speakers, headphone jack and AV output for play on your television. It will be pre-loaded with twenty games, as well as an SD cart for expandability.
The games included on the handheld are: ART OF FIGHTING, BASEBALL STARS, CYBER LIP, FATAL FURY, FATAL FURY SPECIAL, FOOTBALL FRENZY, KING OF THE MONSTERS, LAST RESORT, LEAGUE BOWLING, MAGICIAN LORD, METAL SLUG, MUTATION NATION, NAM 1975, SAMURAI SHODOWN, SENGOKU, SUPER SIDEKICKS, THE KING OF FIGHTERS '94, THE ULTIMATE 11, TOP PLAYERS GOLF and WORLD HEROES.
The NeoGeoX HandHeld
THE LAST STARFIGHTER GAME FINALLY ARRIVES 28 YEARS LATE
If you were jealous of Alex Rogan playing the The Last Starfighter coin-op in his trailer park back in 1984 and want to see if you would qualify for the Interstellar Defense Force then look no further than this free PC game based on The Last Starfighter arcade game from the film.
Download the game NOW!
The Last Starfighter
GOODBYE TO VIDEOGAME PIONEER AND FRIEND
Rest in Peace Bill Kunkel (9/3/2011) A kind thank you to the man that inspired me as a child and teen, scribed for my personal business as an adult, shared valuable knowledge to help me teach my undergraduate students for a lifetime and honored me by asking me to do the cover artwork for his biography - Bill, you will be missed.
Bill Kunkel was the executive editor of Electronic Games Magazine in the early 1980s. More recently, Bill was editor-in-chief of Tips & Tricks magazine from January 2007 until August 2007 when it was cancelled. His nickname is "The Game Doctor" based on a column he has written for several magazines (including both versions of Electronic Games, VG&CE, EGM and CGW) and game sites (including HappyPuppy.com, PostalNation.net and J2Games.com).
Kunkel has been a game journalist, author of numerous strategy guides, a game designer, expert witness and taught several courses in Game Design for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). He remains active in the industry, having served as editor-in-chief of Tips & Tricks during its final year of publication (2007). He continues as a member of Running With Scissors and EIC of Postal Nation (PostalNation.net) and now writes regularly for J2Games.com. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Classic Gaming Expo in 1999 along with the other co-founders of the original Electronic Games magazine, Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley-Katz. The trio revived the EG title for several years in the early 90s for Sendai/Decker. As Subway Software, the trio were involved as designers on well over a dozen video and computer games, including Bart's Nightmare (Acclaim) and Batman Returns (Konami).
Dubbed "The Grandfather of video game journalism" Kunkel published his memoirs under the title Confessions of The Game Doctor available at Rolenta Press. Kunkel is also well-known as a ground-breaking wrestling journalist and cartoonist dating back to the 1970s.
He wrote for comics, with stories being published at DC in 1977-1978 including Superman, Madame Xanadu, and Vigilante; and at Marvel, Spider-man in 1978 - 1979. Starting in 1979, he wrote Richie Rich for Harvey Comics.
He was the "must-read" columnist during the early days of Pro Wrestling Torch playing a key part in turning the small newsletter into a wrestling newsletter powerhouse. Kunkel later moved to Wrestling Perspective as a featured columnist and cartoonist. Along with the Phantom of the Ring, Kunkel's work for Wrestling Perspective attracted respect and prestige to the publication.
Bill Kunkel's Biography
Confessions of the Game Doctor
| RALPH BAER'S 45th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS "EUREKA" MOMENT
September 2, 2001 marks the 45th anniversary of when videogame pioneer Ralph Baer first had the idea to use a television for something other than simple viewing. I think that we all know the rest...
Check out his website or better yet read his biography available at Rolenta Press or this fine hobbyist and collector website. Cover artwork designed by GDG's own Michael Thomasson.
Videogames: In The Beginning
|BURGERTIME IS BACK FOR X-BOX LIVE, PSN AND WII WARE
A timeless classic is being reinvented! All the wacky, nail biting, burger building action you remember from your childhood has been completely revamped and re-imagined. The fundamentals of burger building remain intake but this time around that crazy chef, Peter Peppers lives in a 3 dimensional world filled with ladders and levels that add more depth and dimension than ever before! Play single player mode or team up with as many as 3 other friends in co-op burger building basics. Multiplayer mode offers plenty of family friendly burger battles to provide hours of interactive game play for just about anyone. Put your chef's hat on and join in the fun of building burgers, escaping enemies, collecting crazy power ups and customizing avatars all while racing the clock. The new classic will inspire a new generation of burger builders and satisfy the hunger of old school burger freaks! Or so Konami boasts...
|THE VIDEOGAME HISTORY MUSEUM NEEDS YOUR HELP
The Videogame History Museum, a non-profit charity dedicated to preserving, archiving, and documenting the history of the videogame industry needs your help! . For more information concerning their goals and vision can be found at the Videogame History Museum website.
YARS REVENGE COMING TO NEXT GEN SYSTEMS
The X-BOX 360's Live Arcade service as well as Sony's PSN Network will soon be treated to a new version of Yar's Revenge. Due out in early 2011, this third-person shooter will also feature offline 2-player Co-op. Developed by Killspace Entertainment, which is comprised of former members of Obsidian Entertainment (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas) and Pandemic Studios (Star Wars: Battlefront I & II, Destroy All Humans I & II), among others, will certainly make a rather different version than created by Howard Scott Warshaw in the eighties. Ray Kassar not included.
Chck out the offocial teaser trailer: http://www.viddler.com/explore/BigDownload/videos/2009/
NAMCO BANDAI TO REINVENT CLASSIC ARCADE FRANCHISES
Namco Bandai announced today a new internal brand that will focus on reinventing classic arcade franchises like Pac-Man and Galaga.
Some of the finest arcade-style experiences on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network have emerged from Namco Bandai, as the company has attempted to reinvigorate older properties through games like Galaga Legions and Pac-Man Championship Edition.
The publisher revealed today plans to continue the trend under a new name. Namco Generations will be the new brand through which Namco Bandai will continue to release classic arcade updates.
The first entry under the new brand identity, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, is already available on XBLA and for PSN. Galaga Legions DX and Aero-Cross (based on 1985's Metro-Cross) are also in line to appear in the coming months.
VIRTUAL PLAY SAVES THE DAY! DS INTELIVISION LIVES! LIVES!
Keith Robinson can sleep now, as after several years of hunting a worthy publisher has seen the light and finally, on September 16th, the long wait will be over. The DS version emulates the Intellivision's 12-button keypad via the touch-screen by displaying original button overlay graphics. This greatly improves the clunky control present on previous versions (PS2/GameCube/X-BOX) and with head-to-head local wireless gameplay, dare I say it, makes for a more enjoyable experience than playing Intellivision games on the original hardware.
Here is the complete list of games featured,
including three unreleased game titles: BlowOut, Hard Hat and Take Over.
Armor Battle, Astro Smash, Auto Racing, B-17 Bomber, Bomb Squad, Boxing, Bowling, Brickout, Buzz Bombers, Blow Out, Checkers, Chip Shot Golf, Classic Baseball, Classic Basketball, Classic Football, Classic Hockey, Crown of Kings, Decathlon, Deep Pockets, Frog Bog, Hard Hat, Hover Force, Learning Fun 1, Learning Fun 2, Minotaur, Moto Cross, Mountain Madness, Night Stalker, Pin Ball, Poker & Blackjack, Reversi, Roulette, Royal Dealer, Sea Battle, Sharp Shot, Shark! Shark!, Skiing, Slam Dunk Basketball, Slap Shot Hockey, Snafu, Space Armada, Space Battle, Space Cadet,Space Hawk, Space Spartans, Spiker! Volleyball, Star Strike, Sub Hunt, Super Pro Football, Stadium Mud Buggies, Takeover, Thin Ice, Thunder Castle, Tower of Doom, Triple Action, Utopia,Vectron, World Champ Baseball and Wrestling
Considering you get three games for a dollar, you really can't find a better way to spend your money!
NEW ATARI VCS GAMES EXCLUSIVE TO GDG's HOMEBREW HEAVEN
Programmed deep beneath the surface in the Homebrew Heaven underground lab, Good Deal Games is proud to premiere our EXCLUSIVE VCS releases!
Have you played Atari today?
PAC-MAN 30th ANNIVERSARY DESIGNED BY SONIC DESIGNER
Hirokazu Yasuhara, the level designer for Sega's original Sonic the Hedghog has the honor to be working on the new upcoming thirtieth anniversary Pac-Man title. Expect this game to drop next year in 2010, as currently we are only in the 29th year of Sonic. Hirokazu recently left Naughty Dog studios to team up with the American division of Namco Bandai Games, who will be publishing the game.
NOLAN BUSHNELL GAMBLES ON GAME WAGER
Nolan Bushnell, acting as executive advisor, announced the new online platform GameWager. The free PC service will allow players to compete against one another in popular online games to win earn tokens by completing objectives, scoring kills, and winning multiplayer contests. These tokens can be wagered against each other or redeemed for prizes provided by sponsors. Social networking features will also allow players to discuss gaming related topics, game stats and bragging rights.
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell
and GDG's Michael Thomasson
UPCOMING TRON SEQUEL NEWS
Actor Beau Garrett and actress Olivia Wilde are now committed to the sequel to the 1982 theatrical flop Tron, to be entitled called either Tron 2.0 or TR2N. The film is to be directed by Joseph Kosinski, and prduced by Sean Bailey, Jeff Silver and Steven Lisberger, who also directed and co-wrote the original film.
The original Tron told the tale of a programmer who is thrust into a computer and forced to fight in games he helped create. Plot details of the new film are being closely guarded. It is known that Beau Garrett will play a siren in the virtual world and that Olivia Wilde will play a worker in the virtual world who battles the Master Control Program, the original film's villainous intelligence protocol. The male lead has yet to be cast. Shooting begins this spring.
Master Control Program
Be VERY afraid!
|SEGA GENESIS COLLECTION COMING TO X-BOX 360 & PS3
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection will be a compilation disc of 40 varied titles from the glory days of Sega. The resolution has been updated to an impressive 720p(rogressive) signal and will only be 30 smackers when released in spring of 2009. A nice inclusion is Golden Axe III, which was never released stateside!
Here is the complete title list:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Beyond Oasis, Bonanza Bros., Columns, Comix Zone, Decap Attack, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Dynamite Headdy, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco II: The Tides of Time, E-SWAT, Fatal Labyrinth, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, Ristar, Shining in the Darkness, Shining Force, Shining Force 2, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic Spinball, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage 3, Super Thunder Blade, Vectorman and Vectorman 2.
|KID ICARUS COMING TO NINTENDO DS
Yesterday Nintendo announced some of their fall lineup titles such as a new Wario platformer and another Kirby title. But they didn't spill all the beans. That's right, while not officially announced, inside sources at GDG headquarters report that the Big 'N' is working on a new Kid Icarus title.
Remember, you heard this exclusive tidbit first at GDG.
NOLAN BUSHNELL PLAYED BY DiCAPRIO IN ATARI FILM
That's right, actor Leonardo DiCaprio will play the father of the videogame industry Nolan Bushnell in the upcoming hollywood biopic based on the his life, which of course includes Atari. DiCaprio is also producing the film. Screenplay to be written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman.
NEW OFFICIALLY LICENCED 3DO GAMES RELEASED
GDG started trying to release these titles in 2002, and the contracts were signed in 2003. After a long technical delay, we're proud to announce the first new officially licensed 3DO releases in over a dozen years!
Learn more about the DOUBLE HEADER project.
|GUITAR HERO DESIGNED SLURPEE CUP
To promote its new Full Throttle Frozen Blast Slurpee drink this May, 7-Eleven, Inc. has partnered with Coca-Cola, Activision, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in a marketing and public relations blitz designed to reach music-loving, videogame-playing, techno-savvy, 18- to 34-year-old males that love Guitar Hero. So, grab your "collectable" cup soon and ROCK ON!
|ARCADE AMBIANCE 1992 AUDIO CD NOW AVAILABLE
The fourth and final release of our popular Arcade Ambiance is now available.
This collection is as it was. Filled with the electronic hums and beeps you remember along with classic sounds such as the shuffle of the crowd, coin changer samples, Attract modes and more!
"I closed my eyes today and took a virtual walk through a mid 80s arcade. I accomplished this seemingly impossible feat via the latest edition of GDG's Arcade Ambiance series. Soon, I could almost smell the snacks and see the players, hear their arguements and the small sounds of quarters being lined up along the coin-op controller rims in order to determine order of play. Then, like a symphony conductor, my ear would seek out familiar groupings of sound effects and delightfully manic arcade machine music, allowing me to identify a game here, a game there. But mostly I allowed the sounds of a wonderful past time to simply wash over me. For veteran gamers, this is mood audio of the first order."
Bill Kunkel "The Game Doctor" Electronic Games Magazine
Learn more about the ARCADE AMBIANCE project.
|NES CARTRIDGE CONVERTED TO AN ACTUAL WORKING NES UNIT
An amazing engineering job to state the least. A Super Mario Bros. NES cartridge has been heavily modified, and is now a fully functioning console of it's own. The hack unit plays Famicon cartridges, the Japanese equivalent to NES carts. The micro-sized unit includes a power switch, A/V output, cartridge slot, and even two controller ports on the bottom of the unit. Imagine fitting an entire game system into what was originally used to house game data for a single game for the console.
|NEW VIDEOGAME ONLY AUCTION SITE
The 1990's football hit returns to the Nintendo DS as Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff this fall, just in time for the new football season. Features include 32 team league, customizable squads, a playbook creation system, wi-fi capabilities for local and online matches, and touch screen support to control players.
|NEW VIDEOGAME ONLY AUCTION SITE
Looking for a less expensive auction alternative? One without clutter, dedicated to the hobby you love. One without big corporate initiatives and goals. One that treats you not only like a customer, but also a member of the community. There are no insertion fees, lower selling percentages, free photos, no date restrictions and lower cost listing enhancements. It was created by a collector for collectors. Perhaps you might want to check out Chase the Chuckwagon.com and give it a try.
|NEW STREET FIGHTER MOVIE COMING
As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Street Fighter, an new feature film entitled, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk, aka Lana Lang, is reported to be portraying Chun Li. One fact is certain, the new upcoming movie cannot possibly be worse than the last incarnation...
|TRON SEQUEL COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU
Tune up your lightcycle, because Disney is planning a 3-D animated sequel to the classic sci-fi favorite Tron to be directed by Joseph Kosinski. Don't hold your breath, because it doesn't hit your local MoviePlex until 2011.
|VIDEO GAME COLLECTOR NOW AVAILABLE
The latest issue of Video Game Collector featuring a NiGHTS cover story written by GDG's Michael Thomasson is now available. This issue also
features an interview with Garry Kitchen, an Obscure System Guide, a Simpson's Game Report, Anime updates, Price Guide and more!
Furthermore, Michael has agreed to autograph your issue for free upon
request. All back issues are IN STOCK and available at GDG, as well.
RETROGAMING HOMEBREW ReVIVAL ISSUE #35 NOW AVAILABLE
ReVival is a quarterly European fanzine that made its debut in 1997.
Previously only available overseas and in the French language, Good Deal Games licenses and translates this great periodical and makes it available in English stateside and throughout the world.
Issue #35 contains:
Home Console tests
Puzzle Piece Panic, Karous, Phantom II / Pirates, Blast Arena Advance,
Trigger Exelica, Woody Pop and more
Master System/Mark III
specific paddle controller games
Super Fighter Team
AtariVox ... Populi + tests:
· Strat O Gems deluxe
· Fall Down
CGE 2K7 REPORT
HARDCORE FOR HALO!
Good Deal Games has teamed up with Hardcore Gamer Magazine and Gamer Graffix, and if you are hardcore 4 Halo then you could win a free Xbox 360, a copy of Halo 3 or a bunch of other Halo-related swag. Register Here!
|ACTIVISION CLASSIC GAMES BEING TOONED!
Who would have thought
If you play games via the GameTap service, then you have already enjoyed the animated antics of Tomb Raider's Lara Croft during the first season of Re\Visioned. What you may not realize is that season two will debut some of Activision's classic gaming franchises. In the works are Pitfall Harry, the Mad Bomber from Kaboom! and even an episode Pressure Cooker is being cooked up.
RETROGAMING HOMEBREW ReVIVAL ISSUE #34 NOW AVAILABLE
ReVival is a quarterly European fanzine that made its debut in 1997.
Previously only available overseas and in the French language, Good Deal Games licenses and translates this great periodical and makes it available in English stateside and throughout the world.
Issue #34 contains:
Home Console tests
Police Bust (Supervision), Atomic (Jaguar-CD), Last Hope (Dreamcast),
Double Feature #1 (Jaguar-CD), Same Game and Robots (Intellivision),
Flash Koibito Kun (WonderSwan), Beggar Prince (Megadrive/Genesis)
and 3D Lord of the Robots (Vectrex 3D Imager)
Atari VCS 2600 features:
Blip Football, Medieval Mayhem, Haunted Adventure Trilogy,
ToyShop Trouble, Phantom II / Pirates, and Santa Simon (7800)
|THE GCE VECTREX 25 ANNIVERSARY
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Vectrex, Happy Birthday to you! That's right, November marks the 25th anniversary of the only home vector graphic console!
WHO YA GONNA CALL?
GHOSTBUSTERS! Vivendi's Sierra label has confirmed a new ghoul invasion of new york City in the upcoming Ghostbuster's videogame sequel. So, those of you that have been waiting since the VCS and Sega Genesis releases, your can finally stop holding your breath (whew) Not only have many of the film's big stars such as Bill Murray signed on to give both voice and likeness rights to the game, but it is also being scripted Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis themselves! The next Ghostbusters iteration will be headed to Headed to the PS2, Wii, DS, 360, PS3 and PC. Be prepared to put on your Proton packs in the fall of 2008.
|BIONIC COMMANDO RETURNS
Our favorite Capcom "Swinger" is returning to the games scene in PC, XBOX 360 and PS3 formats after a twenty-year hiatus. Be prepared to not only navigate levels with your grappling-hook mechanized arm, but also to take out enemies at close range, rappel down sheer surfaces, or toss objects such as vehicles at enemies.
|JOUST MOVIE COMING TO THE SILVER SCREEN
Producers Christine Peters (Area 51, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and Michael Cerenzie (Blackout, Black Water Transit) of CP Productions are bringing Midway Games' classic Joust arcade game to the big screen. Cerenzie calls the new script by Marc Gottlieb "Gladiator meets Mad Max." The film is set 25 years in the future and includes a Las Vegas suspended in mid-air.
The plan is to launch the new Joust franchise with a graphic novel, which is being penned by Steven Elliot Altman of DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics, and will be based on Gottlieb's screenplay. The film has been given the fast track by CP Productions and should be wrapped by June 2008. Several A-list directors are already interested in helming this sci-fi/action project.
FULL-MOTION VIDEOGAMES RETURN TO THE ARCADES
Okay, who reading this saw this coming... That's right, an all new FMV game enters the arcade scene promoting itself as "an interactive party game to play with friends."
The Act is a revolutionary new interactive comedy that was created by an all-star team of former Disney animators. With The Act, is a high quality, hand drawn, interactive animated feature film.
You play as Edgar, a shy window washer that through a series of mishaps, accidently ends up pretends to be a doctor to save his job, protect his brother Wally and get the girl!
Refreshingly, The Act has an all -original control scheme which could help it sail above the failures of FMV games of the past. Instead of using the traditional joystick and button set-up, The Act uses an optical sensor knob where the player changes Edgar's personality altering his emotions and actions. With more than twenty hours of branching paths you play for a goal and not for a score.
Learn more and watch the trailer at Crecropia.com!a
The Act in action
|DOZENS OF OLD SCHOOL CLASSICS EVOLVE ONTO SONY'S PSP
Atari, developed by Stainless Games, is bringing Atari Classics Evolved to a PSP near you this fall. Expect original and updated versions of Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Pong, Tempest and Warlords, as well 60 original Atari 2600 titles.
|NEW PROFESSIONALLY HAND-SEWN RETRO DUST COVERS
Good Deal Games is proud to announce that our newest product for your classic gaming needs. Forget your old rotting nylon dust cover from the 80's, we now offer new professionally hand-sewn and machine-washable dust covers for the Atari 2600, the Colecovision and the Vectrex. Covers are available in several colors and designs including classic "woodgrain." Learn more here.
More covers for other classic gaming consoles to be announced!
CLASSIC NAMCO ARCADE COIN-OPS REINVENTED FOR WII
Some of the most adored classic arcade games are getting a makover in graphics and motion sensitive control by Namco. Expect to new versions of Pac'n Roll, Galaga, Pac-Motos, Rally-X and Gator Panic in a new manner that stays faithful in gameplay to the originals. Also included are original versions of Cutie Q, Dig Dug, Galaxian, Gaplus, Mappy, Pac & Pal, Pac-Mania, Super Pac-Man, and Xevious.
Namco Museum DS is also coming to the Nintendo DS portable system this fall and will feature Dig Dug II, Galaga, Mappy, Pac-Man, Pac-Man VS, The Tower of Druaga and Xevious.
Wii Namco Remix
|CBS TO AIR WORLD SERIES OF VIDEOGAMES
Soon you'll be able to tune-in and watch gamers from around the globe play Fight Night Round 3, Guitar Hero 2, Quake 4 and World of Warcraft from the comfort of your couch. The series will air four times this season, with the first premeiring July 29.
SEWING THE SEEDS OF RETRO: CROCHETED ATARI 2600
Who said that grandma's skill set wasn't that useful? It's a custom crocheted Atari 2600, complete with two controllers, a game cartridge, and Pitfall on the screen. Amazing! These is exactly the sort of old school stuff we'd be filling our homes and offices up with if it was for sale in stores.
Now the real proof comes when someone knits us a next-gen system complete with a multiplayer game playing out on the crocheted screen in -- wait for it -- high definition. That'd be like a million lines of yarn or something. Better get to knitting before Super HDTV gets invented.
Thanks to Joystiq.com
ATARI 2600 BELT BUCKLE REALLY STICKS OUT
"Is that a game in your pocket, or are you just really happy to see me?" The manufacturer of the NES belt buckle is about to release something that should never be made - the very phallic looking 2600 Joystick belt buckle. Order your own online, just don;t stand so close...
RAIDEN RETURNING TO MODERN CONSOLES
Publisher UFO Interactive, long since dormant domestically has announced that the arcade title Raiden III is coming to the Playstation 2 platform this month for only $29.99.
Furthermore, the Japanese arcade-only game Raiden IV will also be arriving on the X-Box 360. Initially to appear in traditional retail format, and then later as an X-Box Live Arcade download. This would be the first game to be available via both delivery systems. The game will boast achievements, leaderboard support and online co-op play via X-Box live.
KONAMI ARCADE COLLECTION
Konami will be gracing the Nintendo DS with fifteen classic arcade games one a single cartridge release. One unique feature allows the ability to save replays and through the magic of game sharing you can send your replay to a friend or hi-score nemesis. Konami Arcade Collection comes out in Japan on March 15 and it is also scheduled for a USA release in March.
Final official game list:
Circus Charlie, Contra, Gradius, Green Beret, Konami Super Basketball, Pooyan, Road Fighter, Rock n Rope, Scramble, Shao-Lins Road, Time Pilot, Track and Field , Tutankham, Twinbee and Yie Air Kung Fu.
FROM NEPTUNE TO EARTH
Good Deal Games is proud to reveal our newest classic gaming publishing project, "From Neptune to Earth" by David Cuciz, James Krych and Michael Thomasson.
Inspired by the classic arcade game Gyruss, this military science-fiction book tells the tale of the thirteen Outer Colonies joining together to fight a bloody war to free the Earth from a ruthless and cruel enemy.
This is the story of a single squadron during the Ideoclan War. Journey with them as they first meet during a Call to Arms, become hardened veterans through exhausting campaigns, lose friends in battle, re-gain their edge, and in the process help win precious freedom for the Earth
and eventual independence for their Colonies.
300 Pages - 51/2 x 81/4 - ONLY $12.99 - Published by Good Deal Games
QUEST III REMAKE
Infamous Adventures is proud to present their
version of Roberta William's classic 1986 hit, King's Quest III. Remade graphically
to match later games in the series using the Adventure Game Studio engine by Chris
Jones. Best of all - it is FREE!
Grab it here: http://www.infamous-adventures.com/
NEW King's Quest III
GENESIS RETRO COLLECTION TO HIT PS2 and PSP
Sega will soon
release arguably the greatest retro collection to date, entitled the Sega Genesis
Collection for the PS2 and PSP. So if you want to relive what defined Sega as
one of gaming's most revered publishers over 15 years ago on the Genesis be sure
to pick it up!
package will also contain detailed history about the titles, including such trivia
as Sonic originally being cast as a rabbit before becoming the hedgehog that we
all have come to love. In addition, the PSP version will allow, for the first
time eve, wireless multiplayer for several of the games.
Here is a complete
list of titles: Alex Kidd: The Enchanted Castle, Altered Beast, Bonanza Bros.,
Columns, Comic Zone, Decap Attack, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: Tides of Time, Ecco
Jr., Eternal Champions, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden
Axe III, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III, Phantasy Star IV, Ristar, Shadow
Dancer: Secret of Shinobi, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Thunderblade,
Sword of Vermillion, Vectorman, Vectorman 2 and Virtua Fighter 2.
on the PS2 only are Zaxxon, Tac-Scan and Zektor.
A real Plug N' Play, featuring classic Atari
Paddle and Joystick controllers and classic Atari games, is now at your fingertips!
These authetic gaming units plug directly into your TV and feature full video
graphics and sounds just like the Atari originals, but in a size small enough
to carry in your pocket. Play on any TV in the house, take to your friend's house,
even bring it with you to grandma's!The paddle controller features the original
Pong, Breakout, and Warlords. Two versions of the joystick controller feature
the best games from the original Atari 2600, including Asteroids, Centipede, Milipede
and Missile Command. Each keychain includes a separate pocket size reel that holds
six feet of cord and RCA jacks. Powered by 3 AAA batteries. Available at the Basic
For Collectors Only
Manufacturing quality & performance
DOS COMPUTER GAMES
Well, the title about states it all. Many
classic computer games previously running on DOS are now free and legal to download
and play. The website even supplies some technical support to get them running
on your XP and other more modern operating systems. Check out DOSGames.com.
PSP TO PLAY CLASSIC GENESIS & SNES EA TITLES
November 7th, Electronic Arts will be releasing "EA Replay" for the
Sony PSP platform for only $19.99. Replay will also include features not found
in the original games, such as the ability to save any of these games at any point,
local wireless head-to-head play on Budokan, Mutant League Football, and Road
Rash II. Players will also be able to unlock and collect virtual trading cards
featuring retro game art. The versions included in EA Replay will all be taken
from the Super Nintendo or Genesis editions of the original titles.
to relive the following classics on the go soon: B.O.B., Budokan, Desert Strike,
Jungle Strike, Haunting, Mutant League Football, Road Rash, Road Rash II, Road
Rash III, Ultima: The Black Gate, Virtual Pinball, Wing Commander and Wing Commander:
The Black Gate
The title just about says it all. Check out
this really AMAZING
Invaders Video, performed by humans.
EUROPEAN VIDEO GAME ADDICTION CLINIC OPENS
Europes first video
game addiction detox clinic, Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants, has opened
in Amsterdam to treat video game addicts. While this may seem unusual, keep in
mind that several individuals died in China last year playing games. In fact,
the Chinese government opened several clinics in their part of the globe. Claims
of withdrawal-type symptoms, such as sweating and shaking, have been recorded.
According to claims, the symptoms may not cease until the afflicted get a chance
to look at a computer screen again. Ken Baker, of Smith and Jones states, ""We
have kids who don't know how to communicate with people face-to-face because they've
spent the last three years talking to somebody in Korea through a computer. Their
social network has completely disappeared." Game addiction is similar to
other addictions in that the user often plays a game to escape real world problems
and reality. Many gamers' brains produce endorphins, which can apparently give
them a high similar to that experienced by gamblers or drug addicts. If your reading
this, you may be succeptable!
WAR PROGRAMMER GOES TO THE NEXT LEVEL
We are sad to report
that Alan Kotok, one of the 1962 MIT students that was largely responsible for
the creation of Space War, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 64 in his
home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Space War is argueably the first computer game
ever designed and was made on a PDP-1 mainframe computer using only 9k of memory.
The game featured two battling spaceships and become a major influence in the
development of games throughout the years, most notably Nolan Bushnell's Computer
Space from Atari.
Russell, Shag Graetz, & Alan Kotok
RARITY & PRICE GUIDE UPDATED
Intellivision World's Intellivision
Rarity & Price guide has been updated and now features HUGE update of prices,
Brazil and Atarisoft games have been added, photographs of homebrew titles, vintage
catalogs and more. Grab
GOLDEN AXE FRANCHISE TO RETURN ON 360 & PS3|
Golden Axe was released in 1989 to much fanfare. Several sequels have graced the
arcades and numerous consoles such as the Genesis and Saturn. Let's hope that
developer Secret Level can return this treasured franchise to its former glory.
ZAPPER BACK IN SHELL FORM FOR THE WII|
The classic NES light
gun known as the Zapper is back in the form of a shell that attaches to the upcoming
Nintendo Wii controller. Get prepared to use this enforcer to play new games for
the Wii in addition to classics on the Wii virtual console in games like Duck
Hunt and Hogan's Alley. Also, the Big 'N' is also preparing a new version of Duck
Hunt for the new console.
2006 SEGA CD RELEASE - BURNING FISTS: FORCE STRIKER
Games is proud to announce the newest Sega CD release, Burning Fists: Force Striker.
greatest fighters from each country have gathered to once and for all prove who
is indeed master of the fighting arena! Select your fighter, choose your starting
country and battle your way to victory... or crawl home in bitter defeat! 8 different
fighters are at your disposal. Battle from the Safari's of Kenya to the racetracks
of Daytona. Use your extreme fighting skills and special moves to bring shattering
pain to your opponent. Plug in a buddy and get ready to battle to the bitter end!
BAER HONORED BY PRESIDENT BUSH
President George W. Bush honored
Ralph Baer with the distinguished National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest
honor for science and technology. Baer is the Father of the Home Videogame, creator
of Simon and many other inventions
National Medal of Technology honors individuals who embody the spirit of American
innovation and who have advanced the Nation's global competitiveness. Their vision
and accomplishments have helped commercialize new technologies, create jobs, improve
American productivity, and stimulate the Nation's economic growth and development.
This award, established by Congress in 1980, is administered by the Department
of Commerce. For more information about the National Medal of Technology, visit
FANZINE TO PREMIERE IN THE AMERICAS
ReVival is a quarterly
European fanzine that made its debut in 1997. Perviously only available overseas
and in the French language, Good Deal Games is proud to announce that we are now
making this great periodical available in English stateside and throught the world.
is the voice of the hidden side of videogames. ReVival gives you news on all alternate
consoles, retrogaming, games and/or hardware tests without concession. ReVival
features interviews of individuals active in the alternative video games, historical
articles, and more specific reports and columns.
#29 contains 44 ad-free pages,
including such features as:
Programming your Atari Jaguar
· Interview with Johaness Graf of Duranik
Extensive coverage for Intellivision, Jaguar, Nuon, Vectrex, Super CD-Rom 2, Wonderswan,
Lynx, GP32, NeoGeo Pocket Color, Dreamcast, and more!
GAMING ABOUND ON NEXT-GEN SYSTEMS|
The newest Atari Jaguar
CD release comes courtesy of the 3D Stooges in the form of classic GORF. This
faithfully reproduced adaptation of the arcade classic is fantastic. Only $34.99
and can be ordered online at the 3D Stooges
VIDEOGAME THEMED SU-DOKU PUZZLES
We have a new category to
the PUZZLES section of the GDG website, and we now have over 100+ videogame themed
Su-Doku puzzles accompanying our classic videogame crossword puzzles, jumbles
and word searches. Such themes include Mario, the Atari and Commodore logos, Frogger,
Mouse Trap, Q*Bert and more!
GAMING ABOUND ON NEXT-GEN SYSTEMS
Who says that the new systems
aren't good for anything. There
are a huge amount of classic compilations soon to be released. Everyone seems
to be covering them, but no one seems to offer up a full and complete game listing
for each title. So, here is a handy guide to help distinguish what collections
include which particular titles.
Jack, Pinball Action, Pleiads, Rygar, Senjyo, Solomons Key, Star Force,
Strato Fighter, Swimmer, Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Cup
(PS2 and X-Box)
1942, 1943, 1943 Kai, Bionic Commando, Commando, Exed Eyes, Final Fight, Forgotten
Worlds, Ghosts and Goblins, Ghouls n' Ghosts, Gunsmoke, Legendary Wings, Mercs,
Pirate Ship Higemaru, Section Z, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Championship
Edition, Street Fighter II Hyperfighting, Super Ghouls n Ghosts, Son Son,
Trojan and Vulgus
Arcade Treasures: Extended Play (Sony PSP)
Arch Rivals, Championship Sprint, Cyberball 2072, Defender, Gauntlet, Joust, Klax,
Marble Madness, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, Paperboy, Rampage,
Rampart, Sinistar, Spy Hunter, Toobin, Wizard of Wor, Xenophobe and Xybots
Man Anniversary Collection (GameBoy Advance)
Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4 and Mega Man 5
Man X Collection
(Xbox, GameCube, PS2)
Mega Man X, Mega Man
X2, Mega Man X3, Mega Man X4, Mega Man X5
and Mega Man X6
Arcade Treasures 3
(Xbox, GameCube, PS2)
Hydro Thunder, Off-Road Thunder: Mud, Sweat n Gears, Race Drivin', Rush
the Rock, San Francisco Rush 2049, S.T.U.N. Runner and Super Off Road (w/ Trak
Museum Battle Collection
Bosconian, Dig Dug, Dig
Dug 2, Dig Dug Arrangement, Dragon Buster, Galaga, Galaga Arrangement, Galaxian,
Grobda, King & Balloon, Mappy, Motos, Ms. Pac-Man, New Rally-X, New Rally-X
Arrangement, Pac-Man, Pac-Man Arrangement, Rally-X, Rolling Thunder, Tower of
Druaga and Xevious
Museum 50th Anniversary
(Xbox, PS2, GameCube)
Bosconian, Dig Dug, Dragon Spirit, Galaga, Galaxian, Mappy, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man,
Pole Position, Pole Position II, Rally X, Rolling Thunder, Sky Kid and Xevious
Museum 50th Anniversary (GameBoy Advance)
Dig Dug, Galaga, Ms.
Pac-Man, Pac-Man and Rally X
Gems Collection (GameCube)
Sonic CD, Sonic R, Sonic the Fighters,
Vectorman and Vectorman 2 and Six Sega Game Gear Sonic Games
DIG DUG EMERGES FROM A HOLE IN THE GROUND
Dig Dug Digging
Strike will be coming to a Nintendo DS near you Fall of 2005 thanks to Namco.
The title will use both screens and contain over 80 areas within 15 stages. Also
included will be Hori X and Horivalou, parodies of other classic Namco titles.
MS. PAC-MAN HI-SCORE|
Galaxies reports that Abdner Ashman has succeeded in conquoring the previous
hi-score on Ms. Pac-Man by a mere thousand points netting a whopping total
record score of 921,360 points. This is Ashman's second videogame related world
record, as he also holds the record for Midway's classic arcade title Robotron.
FOUNDER OF ATARI NOLAN BUSHNELL ENTERS BISTRO BIZ
is at it again! The founder of Chuck E. Cheese and the original Atari has announced
a new food chain that will combine video games and casual setting for adults.
Touch screens will not only let you order food, but each customer will be able
to engage in games, including multiplayer. The first Media Bistro
will open this fall.
screen monitors will be placed at every station, and won't just be used for placing
orders. Bushnell promises that over 70 casual and trivia-type video games will
be available at each station. Not isolated from one another, the stations can
be networked together, to allow a couple or group of people to play bingo, trivia,
or any other game available."There
will be media everywhere, interactivity everywhere. This is not going to be candlelight
dinner," Bushnell said. The walls of the restaurant will be plain, allowing
for digital images to be projected onto them, such as a movie preview, or a more
serene outdoor snowfall scene.
far $12 million has been invested into developing software for the project. Bushnell
expects the first restaurant to open this fall in Los Angeles, with more obviously
to follow, should the venture be a success.
cut costs there are no plans to include waiters at Media Bistro. You order your
food just the way you want it, and runners deliver it to you. Each 2-3 minute
game will cost each participant a quarter, all but assuring the machines will
have more money fed into them nightly than the average American coin-op machine.
w/ Michael Thomasson
WIRELESS 8-BIT NINTENDO NEX SYSTEM
Forget about your old NES
unit which has a blinking power light and requires cartridge blowing to function,
as Messiah Entertainment will be releasing a new NES unit called the Generation
NEX this coming September for only $59.99. The new unit is only 1.5 inches tall
and will feature built-in 2.4 GHz wireless controller support. In addition to
wireless gaming, the system has two controller ports for use with all your favorite
original NES accessories including the four-player adapter and Zapper light gun.
The Generation NEX will incorporate two cartridge slots allowing NES and NeoFami
game play. For more information or to pre-order a unit visit the playmessiah
UPDATED AND IMPROVED ATARI FLASHBACK 2.0
The new Flashback
2.0 is not only fashioned after the original Atari VCS, but it also features the
true 2600 running off of a chip, so no emulation - the games look, play and sound
exactly like the originals. The controllers are removeable, whcih allow for the
original paddle controllers, 3rd party controllers et cetera to be inserted if
one so wishes.
Here is the complete list fo games which includes many
homebrew titles and prototypes: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Adventure II, Aquaventure,
Adventure II, Aquaventure, Arcade Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Atari Climber,
Caverns Of Mars, Centipede, Combat, Combat II, Dodge'm, Fatal Run, Frog Pond,
Hangman, Haunted House, Haunted House II, Human Cannonbal, Lunar Lander, Maze
Craze, Millipede, Missile Command, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Pitfall, Pong, Quadrun,
Radar Lock, River Raid, Saboteur, Save Mary, Secret Quest, Space Duel, Space War,
Thrust, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Wizard, Yar's Revenge and Yar's Return.
VIDEOGAMES: IN THE BEGINNING AVAILABLE NOW
In the Beginning is
a whopping 280 pages and presented in full-color. The book is full of original
internal memos from Sanders Associates, the company that allowed Mr. Baer to put
together the device, and Magnavox, which ultimately released the device as the
Odyssey in 1972. The book also includes over 150 photos, schematics, patent description
as well as the 4-page treatise that Mr. Baer wrote upon conceiving the idea of
attaching a device to a television to play games.
grab yourself an AUTOGRAPHED copy for only $34.99
In the Beginning
by Ralph Baer
the Inventor of
THE RETURN OF EPYX GAMES
Ironstone Partners have licensed
the entire back catalogue of Epyx titles and will be bring them back to Mobile,
Direct to TV platforms, handhelds, and console platforms soon. So prepare to relive
those golden memories and "waggle" your joystick on such classics as
Summer Games, Winter Games, California Games, World Games, Pitstop, Impossible
Mission and more! Can Alpha One thwart the mad Dr. Elvin Atombender's plan to
take over control of the planet AGAIN!
KONAMI ACQUIRES HUDSONSOFT
Bomberman and Bonk have a new home
as Japanese gaming giant Konami Corporation officially announced that they have
made Hudson Soft a full auxiliary division of its company. Konami had previously
been an investor in Hudson since August 2001 and possessed a whopping 45% ownership
of all Hudson shares. However, now Konami now owns 54% of Hudson Soft outright
-- giving it majority shareholder status and the right to claim it as an official
subsidiary. This gives control over all previous Hudson properties to Konami,
so expect a surge of new Bonk game and Bomberman games soon!
THEY'RE COMING -- SPACE INVADERS REVOLUTION TO INVADE YOUR DS
Your DS will be "thumping" soon when Taito's arcade hit Space Invaders,
originally released way back in the late 1970s, invades your Nintendo DS. This
new release includes the original classic and a "new age" update created
by the original Space Invaders designer! The New Age theme has the same old-school
gameplay but in an updated presentation including level progression. Some missions
are simple tank vs. tank competitions while others are variances on the classic
Space Invaders game design with slight alterations. One mission actually puts
you up against a giant pixelated version of the familiar Space Invaders alien,
where you must take out each big fat pixel in order to finish him off
YOUR OWN GIANT 10 FOOT LONG NES CONTROLLER|
During the March
28th episode of G4's Attack of the Show (previously known as The Screen Savers)
the show unveiled the world's largest working Nintendo controller. To see photos
or instructions on how to build your own, visit this fine link.
DISNEY REMAKING TRON
Disney has hired screenwriters Brian
Klugman and Lee Sternthal to fashion a remake of Tron, the 1982 film about a computer
programmer who gets sucked into the parallel world of a computer program, Variety
STARCADE TV SHOW NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
Starcade was a game
show that ran for two seasons in the early '80s, where contestants competed by
answering trivia questions about video games to earn the right to play the coin-ops
they were best at, and then by playing the games and trying to score the most
points. The show aired on television stations across the USA, generally in a Saturday
morning or early afternoon time slot. It featured the hottest video games of that
The series which was hosted by Mark Richards during its first year,
and then veteran game show host Geoff Edwards for its second year. Here's a bit
of trivia: none other than Alex Trebek (Jeopardy) was the host for the second,
never-aired pilot of the series. But the games are the real stars of Starcade.
Learn more at the official Starcade
footage during the taping of RCADE!!
contains 5 Original espisodes of STARCADE!
that aired in 1981-83, featuring
Super Pac Man, Buck Rogers, Tac Scan, Star Trek, Super Zaxxon, Joust, Star Wars,
and more including behind-the-scenes footage!
in the GDG Store
at a discounted price of $17.99
"OLD-SCHOOL" GAMERS MAKE 1/3 OF MARKET
International's new research market study, "Consumer Buying Intentions,"
indicates that four out of five households play video games and that one third
of gamers play older platforms such as the original PlayStation, Nintendo 64 or
Pluchino, the Senior Research Manager at PMI states, "Whether playing on
a computer, console, or handheld system, the majority of US households are gaming.
Interestingly, more than a third of gamers are holding onto older systems and
actively using them."
survey also found that roughly 17% of those planning to buy a new system this
holiday season will also purchase an older console.
NEW ATARI CONSOLE TO BE RELEASED
Atari Flashback is a smaller
replica of the original Atari 7800 system and comes with two joystick controllers,
power supply and a TV cable. The unit will retail for $44.95 and includes five
Atari 7800 games and 15 Atari 2600 games, including the previously unreleased
Atari 7800 Titles: Asteroids, Centipede,
Desert Falcon, Food Fight, Planet Smashers.
Atari 2600 Titles:
Adventure, Air-Sea Battle, Battlezone, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Crystal Castles,
Gravitar, Haunted House, Millipede, Saboteur, Sky Diver, Solaris, Sprintmaster,
Warlords and Yars' Revenge.
ATARI ANTHOLOGY TO INCLUDE 85 CLASSIC GAMES
The upcoming Atari
Anthology will be the largest classic game compilation to date, including a whopping
85 games. The collection will include 18
arcades games and 62 Atari 2600 games.
"Atari Anthology" disc will also offer new challenge modes, such as
"trippy mode," which renders the graphics in psychedelic colors, and
"time warp" and "double speed," which can alter the pace of
Here is the complete list of games:
arcade hits: Asteroids, AsteroidsDeluxe, Battlezone, Black Widow, Centipede,
Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Liberator, Lunar Lander, Major Havoc, Millipede, Missile
Command, Pong, Red Baron, Super Breakout, Space Duel, Tempest, and Warlords.
2600 titles: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, A Game of Concentration, Adventure,
AirSea Battle, Asteroids, Basic Programming, Battlezone, Blackjack, Bowling,
Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Casino, Centipede, Circus Atari, Codebreaker, Combat,
Crystal Castles, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge Em, Double Dunk,
Flag Capture, Football, Fun With Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Haunted House, Home
Run, Human Cannonball, Math Gran Prix, Maze Craze, Millipede, Miniature Golf,
Missile Command, Night Driver, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Quadrun, Radar Lock, RealsportsBaseball,
Realsports Football, Realsports Tennis, RealsportsVolleyball, Sky Diver, Slot
Machine, Slot Racers, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Raiders, Star Ship, Stellar
Track, Street Racer, Steeplechase, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super
Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld,
Swordquest: Waterworld, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Olympics, Video Pinball,
Warlords and Yars Revenge.
Anthology will be released on the X-Box and Playstation 2 this November for only
ACCLAIM CLOSES DOORS
the quality of games released by Acclaim over the last seventeen years has been
questionable, it is sad to see this once bold company cease business after such
a long run through many favorite platforms. Acclaim has been in the brink of bankruptcy
for some time, and had hoped to secure a new lender. Yesterday Acclaim shut its
corporate headquarters in Glen Cove, NY, and sent 585 employees home in Austin,
TX and Manchester, England. Several Acclam projects were complete and may still
see release through another publisher, such as Juiced and 100 Bullets,
and the excellent title, The Red Star.
PUBLISHES 12+ NEW COLECOVISION GAMES|
Programmer Daniel Bienvenu and Good Deal Games Publishing Division is proud to
announce a whopping twelve (plus) new games for the Colecovision console! All
games are original and being released in this collection for the very first time.
Colecovision Game Pack #2 is packaged in a sturdy replica box complete
with full-color labeled cartridge and an eight-page manual! Limited to only 40
Special Edition cartridges, these games will premiere at the Classic
Gaming Expo in San Jose this August.
This Collection of Puzzle and
Brain Games is the first of its kind on the Colecovision enhanced by Advanced
Artificial Intelligience. Play against a friend or two different skill levels
against the Colecovision itself!
The games included in this pack include:
Explosion, Gomoku, Isola, Memory Match, Mine Sweeper, Reversi, Tetrad, Tiouk Tiouk,
Treasure and several hidden games.
CLASSIC GAMER MAGAZINE VOLUME 2, ISSUE #2
The newest issue features the history of James Bond games, as
well as Sega CD history, Ninja Gaiden, Donkey Kong, Punch-Out, Karoake, TV Games,
homebrews and much more.
Please visit www.classicgamer.com
where you can download the full PDF of the 48 page magazine or FREE!
Vol.2 Issue 2
GBA VERSION OF TRON 2.0 TO INCLUDE TRON COIN-OP
Following in the heels of its big brother on the PC and X-Box,
comes a new version of TRON 2.0 for the Gameboy Advance. Playing as Tron or Mercury,
each with an independant storyline, you take on The Corrupter, an evil program
trying to make the ultimate virus, by dispatching his minions across the digital
landscape. This version will contain 30 levels and will contain 3D isometric views,
first-person shooting, and light cycle boards. Best of all, the original TRON
arcade game is included!
2.0 for the GBA
MANCI MAGAZINE ISSUE #2 NOW AVAILABLE
If you haven't read the new classic gaming magazine,
Manci Games, then your really missing out! Manci Games Magazine is the
only monthly classic gaming magazine and it also includes a monthly price-guide.
The single-issue cover price is $5.99, but order through GDG and save
a buck. Plus, if you missed out on issue #1, we'll ship you both fantastic issues
for only $9.99 and that includes postage!
Games Issue #2
Available from GDG - Only $4.95
CGE BRINGS RARE PIECES OF GAMING HISTORY TO E3
The Classic Gaming Expo "History of Videogames" exhibit
will compliment more current gaming fare on May 12 -14, 2004 during the Electronic
Entertainment Expo. Among the fascinating artifacts of videogame history on display
will be an original Computer Space machine, the first video arcade game designed
by Nolan Bushnell, as well as an Atari Pong machine. Other items rarely seen or
played by video gamers will include an elusive and extremely scarce Puppy Pong
machine as well as various home console prototypes. If you didn't get a chance
to check out Ralph Baer's hand-built replica of the original "Brown Box"
prototype that currently resides in the Smithsonian Institute eventually became
the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home videogame console when it first premiered
at the GDG booth at PhillyClassic, this is your chance!
Baer's Brown Box
Previously displayed at the
Good Deal Games Booth
SPACE INVADERS ANNIVERSARY
It has been 25 years and Taito and Empire Interactive are set
to release Space Invaders Anniversary for the personal computer and Playstation
2 console this summer for under twenty smackers. The retro package will include
the following nine different versions of the arcade classic:
Invaders Tabletop: Cellophane Edition
Space Invaders Tabletop: Monochrome
Space Invaders Tabletop: Color Edition
Space Invaders: Unright
Space Invaders Part II: Upright Edition
Space Invaders Part II
Tabletop: Color Edition
Space Invaders: 3D Edition
Space Invaders: Versus
Space Invaders: Double Mode
PADDLE TV GAMES COMING THIS SUMMER
Jakks Pacific's will release another version in the series of
Atari TV Games' units: the Atari Paddle TV Games. Similar to the Atari TV Games
joystick released two years ago, the Atari Paddle TV Games will mimic the paddles
released with the original Atari VCS system and include several paddle-based classic
games built into the device. Gamers simply plug it directly into the televison
to experience the old-school games. A one and two-player version will be released.
included: Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Casino, Circus Atari,Demons to Diamonds, Night
Driver, Steeplechase, Street Racer, Super Breakout, Warlords, Warlords Arcade,
Video Olympics, Arcade Pong and Pong.
NORTHWEST CLASSIC GAMES ENTHUSIASTS
The upcoming Annual NWCGE Expo & Atari 2600 Championships
takes place on May 8 & 9th, 2004 at the SeaTac Holiday Inn in Seattle.
POLYBIUS EMULATION PROGRAM DISCOVERED
The long rumored rom file for Polybius has been located. While
the Polybius file will not operate in MAME, it does have it's own emulation program.
The Polybius rom is embedded within the file, so simply download the program and
run the executable.
WARNING: Be sure to familiarize yourself with Polybius,
as it is known to have severe results for past users. GDG recommends that
you read the following Polybius
to make absolutely certain that you wish to run the program.
CLASSIC GAMER MAGAZINE RELAUNCHES
JANN ARBOR, April 2, 2004 Classic Gamer Magazine, a retro-themed
video game publication, relaunches with all-new content along with a revamped
writing staff. Each issue will be published bimonthly as a Portable Document File
(PDF) for free download at www.classicgamer.com
announced at 1999s Classic Gaming Expo, the full-color magazine was created
to address the burgeoning interest in the games, systems, and companies that shaped
the industry. Consumer demand has grown since that time, with the NPD
Group reporting a 94% sales increase for classic arcade compilations in 2003.
in retro-gaming has never been higher," says Editor-in-Chief Chris Cavanaugh.
"We're eager to once again provide coverage to classic favorites, long forgotten
gems, their modern remakes, and everything in-between."
its new iteration, Classic Gamer Magazine will expand its coverage to include
video gaming systems ranging from the original Odyssey to the Xbox and beyond.
JOHN ROMERO UPDATING GAUNTLET
John Romero, the ex-Id software designer, is working on the next
rendition of Guantlet for Midway. This update will change the franchise a bit
and is rumored to be structured similar to Champion of Norath with less RPG elements.
MIDWAY ARCADE TREASURES 2 COMING SOON
If you liked the Midway Arcade Treasures, or are a Mortal Kombat
fan, your in for a treat. Coming soon to all major platforms is Midway Arcade
Treasures 2, which will contain Pit Fighter, NARC, Gauntlet II, Arch Rivals, Rampage
World Tour, Primal Rage, Xenophobe, Spy Hunter II, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat
II and Mortal Kombat 3.
G4 TELEVISION FOR GAMERS EXPANDING MARKETS
If your frusterated that you haven't been able to receive G4 television,
the only videogame network, we have good news for you. Comcast Corp. is purchasing
TechTV and will fold TechTV into its videogame-focused television channel G4 combining
the broadcast programs of both networks. The distribution will pump the new combined
network, to be known as G4, from 15 million homes up to 58 million subscribers.
So, if you currently can receive TechTV, you will be able to get G4. This will
add G4 to satellite services such as Dish Network.
PHILLY CLASSIC 5 PHOTOS ONLINE
Our 100+ PhillyClassic phots are now online.
Ralph Baer's prototype Brown Box
Atari Jaguar's unreleased JagVR
Pitfall Harry costume
Atari's maninframe computer GAWD
A poor sap advertising Tommy Tallerico's appearance
The Manci Magazine launch Party at Jillians
Baer's Brown Box
GDG RELEASES CLASSIC ARCADE AUDIO
It is the early eighties and you walk the halls
of your local arcade. This
collection is as it was. Filled with the electronic hums and beeps you remember
along with classic sounds such as the shuffle of the crowd, coin changer samples,
Attract modes and more!
at PhillyClassic and available online exclusively from Good Deal Games.
JAKKS CONTINUES TV GAMES PUSH
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. has announced a worldwide licensing agreement
with Capcom Co. Ltd. in order to broaden its TV Games lineup.
TV Games will bundle 1942, Ghosts N Goblins, Mega Man, Gun Smoke and Side
Arms into an all-inclusive controller, which can be connected to a TV through
a standard A/V output.
The agreement covers all territories except Japan.
The device will retail for approximately $20.00 when it is released at a later,
MIDWAY TV GAMES TO INCLUDE MORTAL KOMBAT
JAKKS Pacific Inc. has entered into a worldwide licensing agreement
with Midway Games in order to produce a Midway-flavored TV Games product. Midway
TV Games will incorporate Defender I, Defender II, Paperboy, Robotron: 2084, Marble
Madness, Mortal Kombat, Rampage, Smash TV, Spy Hunter and Super Sprint.
TV Games are made up of a joystick that houses the titles, which can be connected
to, and played on, any TV using standard A/V jacks.
RADICA TO RELEASE SEGA GENESIS TV GAMES
Radica Games Limited announces that the company entered into a deal with
Sega Corp. subsidiary Sega Toys, that will see it manufacture and distribute a
product called Arcade Legends Sega Genesis. The device promises to replicate the
original Genesis game pad, will plug directly into a TV and will feature seven
Genesis titles, including Sonic the Hedgehog. Its due for release this fall
with an estimated price tag of $29.99.
TAITO ARCADE LEGENDS TO INCLUDE SPACE INVADERS
Radica aslo struck with Taito to produce Arcade Legends Space Invaders. Five Taito
games in all, including Space Invaders, along with Phoenix, Lunar Rescue, Qix
and Colony 7, will be featured. It is also due out this fall, with an approximate
price of $24.99.
JAKKS TV LINE TO PREMIERE UPCOMING MS. PAC-MAN
Namco Hometek Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. have entered into a
three year licensing deal that will see Ms. Pac-Man, along with
other Namco videogames, entered into the Jakks' TV Games lineup. Ms. Pac-Man
TV Games will offer up Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position, Xevious
and Mappy in a single package, which can be connected to, and played
on, a standard television. The device will retail for under $25.00. This product
is similar to the previously released Pac-Man TV Games product, which featured
Pac-Man, Bosconian, Dig Dug, Galaxian, and Rally-X.
VIDEOGAME HISTORY TV SPECIAL
GSN, formerly the
Game Show Network, will roll out its second in-depth look at videogames on Sunday,
March 21. Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession will examine
the "creation and evolution" of videogames and will be narrated by Tony
Hawk. The show will feature interviews with Nolan Bushnell, Al Acorn, Seamus Blackley
and John Romero among others. The two-hour show will debut at 9:00 PM Eastern
NEW EXPLOSION COLECOVISION GAME
Our good friend and ace Colecovision
programmer, Daniel Bienvenu, has graciously created a new gem for our favorite
classic gaming console and best yet, its FREE! Available for download
on the GDG website (in the +MORE category) we are proud to present free of charge
the first new Colecovision game of 2004. Explosion is a single or two-player puzzle
board game that is highly addictive! Check it out...
NEW CLASSIC GAMING MAGAZINE TO PREMIERE
Manci Games Magazine
will be the first retro-gaming magazine that includes an updated monthly price-guide.
The first issue will be shipped to subscribers by March 31, 2004 and will be published
monthly. It will contain Features, RetroReviews, a section on New Games and Homebrew
products, and of course, the price-guide. A special gift for the first 2000 subscribers
will be included and consists of artwork from the cover, so rally up your support
for a favorite hobby and subscribe now! Learn more details including the upcoming
David Crane interview and monthly column by GDGs own Michael Thomasson.
Games Issue #1
Available from GDG - Only $5.95
TWO NEW SEGA CD GAMES RELEASED!
Good Deal Games is proud to
present BATTLE FRENZY and MARKO
for the first time on the Sega CD system.
game is only $24.99 and if you grab 'em both you can add Citizen X for the
Sega CD for only an additional $9.99.
SONY PS3 TO HAVE VIDEO MOTION SENSORY TECHNOLOGY
machine is rumored to have technology similar to the new PS2 Eye Toy built in
for navigating menu systems and, of course, game applications.
NEW PORTABLE ENTERING INTO THE HANDHELD MARKET
First the N-Gage,
then the Zodiac, and now the GameTrak appears to try and challenge the mighty
GameBoy Advance. It'll never triumph, but it could be a nice little diversion.
Take a look: http://www.gametrac.com/index.html
HOW TO GET THE NEW "PAC-MAN VS" GAME
and Nintendo of America have announced details regarding the availability of Pac-Man
vs. for the Nintendo GameCube, and, while the title won't be up for sale, there
will be three ways to acquire it.
Consumers who purchase either Namco's
Pac-Man World 2 (MSRP $19.95, available as a Greatest Hit December 2), R:Racing
Evolution (MSRP $49.95 available December 9) or I-Ninja (MSRP $49.99 available
December 4) for the GameCube will get the Pac-Man vs. title for free.
Pac-Man vs. takes advantage of the connectivity initiative between the GameCube
and Game Boy Advance by allowing one player (on the GBA) to control Pac-Man himself,
while three other players (on the GameCube) will man the game's ghosts and attempt
to track down Pac-Man. The Player who catches Pac-Man then becomes the dot-gobbler.
a FREE copy of
by entering in the
GDG Trivia Contest
Saturday Dec. 6th!
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enter by visiting
GDG MESSAGE BOARD
ZELDA LIBRARY COMING TO GAMECUBE
Nintendo confirmed they will
release Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition as a GameCube bundle disc, the collection
will include four classic titles: Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure
of Link, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask; plus
a playable demo of Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
VIDEOGAME AWARDS SHOW TO AIR NOV. 15th
Spike TV will air a
special program premiering December 7th at 9:00 PM ET, which will spotlight the
nominated videogames for its first annual Video Game Awards Show. The awards show
was originally announced when Spike was still known as The New TNN.
NEW FREE TURBODUO / PC ENGINE GAME AVAILABLE
Good Deal Games
in association with MindREC Proudly present Meteor Blaster for the TurboGrafx-16
Super CD, TurboDuo and PC Engine.
is a downloadable demo for play on the PC Engine (and PCE emulators) such as Magic
Engine or the Virtual PC-Engine. The PC Engine was known as the TurboDuo in the
US and also as the TurboGrafx-16 with CD-Rom add-on.
basic version is available for free from MindRec.com and Good Deal Games. A Deluxe
SCD version will become available in early 2004 and will have a limited release.
The deluxe version will feature cinemas, CD audio and more diversified gameplay.
UPDATED GAMECUBE ZELDA BONUS DISC PART TWO
of America will release a second Legend of Zelda bonus disc this holiday season
which includes ports of The Legend of Zelda (NES), Zelda II: The Adventure of
Link (NES), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64), and The Legend of Zelda:
Majora's Mask (N64). The premium disc will be included with the purchase of a
new GameCube system and may also be available through other offers.
AMAZING MEGAMAN COLLECTION COMING
Entertainment will pay tribute to its Mega Man videogame franchise with a 10-title
anthology for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube, due out in North America in February
of 2004. The Mega Man Anniversary Collection will contain Mega Man 1 through Mega
Man 8 plus two new arcade games (Mega Man the Power Battle and Mega Man 2 the
Power Fighters), which have never been released in the U.S. The title will also
feature a boatload of additional content including original artwork, producer
interviews, footage from the original TV commercials, anime videos and more.
NEW SONIC CARTOON HITS THE AIRWAVES
Sega Mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, along with many of his friends will appear on
Fox's FoxBox every Saturday morning as Sonic X. Sonic has to grab all the Chaos
Emeralds before the greedy Dr. Eggman does or the world will be in great danger!
His new human friend, Christopher, as well as Cream and Cheese, Tails, Knuckles,
and Amy will be alongside him to help.
TWENTY YEAR OLD DONKEY KONG RECORD TOPPED
was bound to happen, and two decades later the official high score of the popular
Nintendo coin-op Donkey Kong has been beaten. Steve Wiebe of Redmond, Washington
scored a whopping 947,200 points playing Donkey Kong raising the bar a bit higher.
Good job Steve!
PLAY INTELLIVISION ON THE PS2 & X-BOX!
Productions, Crave Entertainment, and Realtime Associates are bringing Intellivision
Lives to the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox before the holiday
Immersed into an authentic reproduction of an early 80's pizza
parlor, the player roams a 360 degree 3-D environment filled with arcade machines
of different themes such as sports and space. Each machine is an interface to
the original Intellivision games and other exciting features. The package includes
over 50 original Intellivision titles and includes some titles never released.
The restaurant also features a jukebox that plays Intellivision-themed music.
PLAY ATARI 2600 ON THE GAMEBOY ADVANCE!!
retro-gaming as popular as ever, Aspyr Media,
Inc. will be releasing the Activision Anthology for the GameBoy Advance in
October or November. The title will contain a whopping 55 games including: Pitfall
1 & 2, Freeway, Keystone Kapers, Seaquest, River Raid 1 & 2, Spider Fighter
and Fishing Derby.
ATARI AREA 51 SEQUEL IN THE WORKS
guns-a-blazing government cover-up alien shooter from Atari of years ago, Area
51, will be returning with a sequel on the X-Box and PS2 soon. While not running
on Jaguar hardware this time around, we suspect that Microsoft's and Sony's consoles
are up to the task.
1982 STAR WARS ARCADE GAME ON THE GAMECUBE
an unexpected move, developer Factor Five will be releasing a demonstration disc
for the GameCube to those that pre-order Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel
Strike that contains several bonusus, including an emulated version of the vector
Atari Star Wars Arcade Game from 1982! Also on the disc is a one-level demo of
Hoth from Rebel Strike, a playable demo of the gladiator-RPG Gladius, a Rogue
Leader demo, a Rogue Leader trailer and other bonus material.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike will also feature the fully playable
1982 Star Wars arcade game AND The Empire Strikes Back arcade title. Rumors insist
that a third Star Wars Coin-Op to be included, as well...
NEW MIDWAY ARCADE GAME COLLECTION COMING
Games Inc. will release Midway Arcade Treasures for all next-generation console
systems this fall. The pack will contain 23 arcade classics:
720 Skateboarding, Blaster, Bubbles, Defender, Defender II, Gauntlet,
2, Klax, Paperboy,
Rampage, Rampart, Road Blasters, Robotron: 2084, Satan's Hollow, Sinistar, Splat!,
Spy Hunter, Sinistar,
Stargate, Super Sprint, Smash TV, Toobin and Vindicators. Additional content includes
game history and creator interviews.
GAME SHOW NETWORK ADDS VIDEOGAME CONTENT
Game Show Network (GSN) plans to broaden its
slate of programming by introducing videogame-related content into its mix.
Two programs produced by the United Kingdoms Gamer.tv LimitedGame
Sauce and Gamer.tv Launching this fall, the videogame segments will run from 5:00
to 7:00 PM ET on Thursday nights, with repeats airing at the same times on Saturday
and Sunday. Two half-hour episodes of Game Sauce, a weekly videogame magazine
show, and one half-hour episode of Gamer.tv.
GSN will help trumpet the
launch of its new programming by producing a new documentary examining videogames.
The documentary will be the networks second on the subject. Its first,
entitled Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal, generated the highest ratings
ever for the GSN.
GSN reaches over 51.0 million homes.
TRON COMIC BOOKS COMING SOON
This winter, Disney Publishing and 88
MPH Studios will
debut the full-color TRON comic book miniseries telling the tale leading to the
new Tron 2.0 PC videogame. Spring 2004 will introduce another 4-part story arc
picking up where the original film ended.
UPN "GAME OVER" ANIMATED SITCOM CONFIRMED
announced that it has picked up the computer-animated SF comedy pilot Game
Over as a series.
Over centers on the Smashenburns, an ordinary suburban family who live in an alternate
video-game universe inhabited by action heroes, monsters and cartoon characters.
network has given a six-episode midseason order to the Carsey-Werner-Mandabach
show, which features the voices of Marisa Tomei and Patrick Warburton.
cast also includes E.G. Daily and Rachel Dratch, who portray their teen kids,
and Artie Lange as the family's 300-pound pet creature.
COLECOVISION DEVELOPMENT TOOLS & DOCS
Deal Games constantly receives inquiries about how to program for the classic
systems. In response to reader demands, we contacted ace Colecovision programmer
Daniel Bienvenu and he was kind enough to share his entire documentation and toolkits.
This is simply HUGE as these docs and tools required years to develop. Thanks
ADVENTURE ISLAND AND BONK GAMES COMING SOON!
announced the next games in the Hudson Selection series, including new versions
of Bonk's Adventure, Adventure Island and Lode Runner! It's
about time we get to play Bonk again. It seems like the stone age since he last
made an appearance :-)
GDG PUBLISHES 14 NEW COLECOVISION GAMES
Colecovision Programmer Daniel Bienvenu and Good Deal Games Publishing Division
is proud to announce a whopping fourteen new games for the Colecovision console!
All games are original and being released in this collection for the very first
time. Colecovision Game Pack #1 is packaged in a sturdy replica box complete
with full-color labeled cartridge and a 16-page manual! Limited to only 40 Special
Edition cartridges, these games will premiere at the Classic
Gaming Expo in Las Vegas this August.
The games included in this
pack include: BrainMaster, Canada Air, Carrot, Caterpillar, Circuit 24, FireFighter,
Toad, Icebergs, Missiles, Nim, Piranhas, Shepherd Dog, Smashes and a Colecovision
NAMCO ARCADE GAMES HIT THE HOME TELEVISION
the company that brought us the Atari-10-in-1, is releasing Namco TV Games this
August. The unit features a replica red ball topped Pac-Man arcade joystick. The
unit will house and play Bosconian, Dig Dug, Galaxian, Pac-Man and Rally X.
Originally, this unit was to also include the games Toy Pop, Pole Position
and New Rally. It seems that these titles have since been dropped for one reason
or another despite being licensed by Namco.
MICROSOFT AND NINTENDO WORKING TOGETHER
A famous quote dictates,
"My enemy's enemy is my firend." An unnofficial alliance (for now) has
formed between two unlikely parties - Nintendo and Microsoft. In an attempt to
gain more market share from the dominate player Sony, there are reports of cooperation
between the company that Gates built and the Big 'N'. Despite being in the same
business, Nintendo hopes to release more games and systems while Microsofts interests
are more related to controlling the future living room media delivery hub. With
both companies being neighbors in Redmond, Washington there is a great deal brewing
behind closed doors, and it is more than simply borrowing a cup of sugar!
INTELLIVISION PORTABLES COMING SOON!
Now you can play your
favorite Intellivision games without a console or computer! Just plug Intellivision
10 or Intellivision 25 into your TV set and you'll be playing AstroSmash
in no time!
Games included on the Intellivision 25 are: Astrosmash,
Baseball, Basketball, Buzz Bombers, Football, Golf, Hockey, Hover Force, Motocross,
Night Stalker, Pinball, Shark! Shark!, Skiing, Snafu, Space Armada, Space Battle,
Space Hawk, Star Strike, Sub Hunt, Thin Ice, Thunder Castle, Tower of Doom, Vectron,
Volleyball and Wrestling
The suggested retail price in the United States
for Intellivision 10 is only $14.99. Intellivision 25 is only $24.99! Each requires
4 AA batteries.
Premiering at the Classic Gaming Expo and later at fine
retail vendors like GDG!
NINTENDO TO RETIRE MARIO??
Mario has been Nintendo's primary
character since his humble beginnings as the 'Jumpman' in the original Donkey
Kong in the early eighties. However, it looks like the Big 'N' is about to make
some drastic changes under the direction of Satoru Iwata, the new Nintendo president.
It seems that Nintendo may be replacing both Mario and the Pokemon franchises
with new star characters to promote their changing needs for the changing videogame
3DO CLOSES DOORS
It is no secret that 3DO founder Trip Hawkins,
original founder of Electronic Arts, has been supplimenting the 3DO company with
personal cash since the fall of the 3DO multiplayer and the company's move as
a software developer and publisher. However, it seems that this action has finally
come to an end as every single employee at 3DO was released this week and the
company has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11.
While the latest games
from the 3DO company haven't been much to excite us, we still remember the thrills
from the 3DO multiplayer in the 90's and are sad to see its demise. We wish all
the previous 3DO employees luck with their future ventures.
MANUFACTURING OF NES AND SNES UNITS TO CEASE
While this may
surprise many of you reading this, the original Famicon and Super Famicon, known
as the NES and Super Nintendo within the states, have still been in production.
Nintendo just announced that after almost 20 years, these units will cease production
INFOGRAMES OFFICIALLY CHANGES NAME TO ATARI
As rumored by
GDG almost 8 months ago, Infogrames has changed its name to Atari, Inc. in an
effort to boost its profile with consumers.
Executive Bruno Bonnell announced that the new ticker symbol would be 'ATAR',
and the newly named Nasdaq shares soared up more than 26 percent at $6.50 at the
close of trading after having climbed as high as $7.02.
Atari name is the most storied in video gaming, dating back to the early 1970s
when Nolan Bushnell and a team of engineers at Atari created "Pong,"
the arcade video game that was so popular that machines sometimes jammed because
they were overflowing with quarters.
the years, Atari went through many incarnations. At one point it operated as a
subsidiary of what was then called Warner Communications and is now part of AOL
Time Warner. Then a stand-alone company in 1996, when it was acquired by JTS Corp.
In early 1998 JTS sold the Atari rights and assets to toymaker Hasbro Inc. Infogrames,
founded in France in 1983, acquired the rights to the Atari brand in early 2001
when it bought Hasbro Interactive. In October 2001 the company relaunched the
brand and began using it as a games publishing label.
ALTERED BEAST RISES FROM ITS GRAVE
a new version of Altered Beast was recently released for the Nintedno GameBoy
Advance, Sega will also be displaying a playable new rendition of the classic
coin-op Altered Beast for the Playstation 2 at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment
The classic Genesis game Vectorman has also received a new update
and will be on hand at the show, as well.
PLAYMORE BRINGS SNK NEO-GEO TO THE USA
brand SNK is being revived by Playmore, the Japanese company that purchased SNK's
assets after the original company went out of business in 2001 at the upcoming
Electronic Entertainment Expo this year. Metal Slug and King of Fighters for Game
Boy Advance will be their first two releases and will be displayed at E3.
NEW SONIC TITLE TO INCLUDE 12 GAME GEAR GAMES
Believe it or not, the upcoming
Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut will
feature 12 Game Gear Games Hidden in the game which will be unlockable throughout
the course of the game.
GDG FREE WEEKLY PRIZES AND VIDEOGAME POLLS
weekly GDG MESSAGE BOARD Trivia hosted by Steven DiIorio is a success! As a result,
we are now offering weekly prizes. Many players have already won books, games,
convention passes and more... and so can you! Check out the message board to see
just how easy it is to be a winner!
Visit the GDG
Videogame Message Board
is also conducting videogame polls on the GDG Message Board, too. Speak up!
THE LEARNING CHANNEL TO AIR GAME DOCUMENTARY
takes a look at the history of games, beginning with the 1972 introduction of
Pong. Included segments also feature a mock documentary made by Atari employees
in the late seventies entitled A Day at Atari; a talk with Ralph Baer,
creator of the Odyssey system; and a look at Nintendo, which includes a clip of
game maestro Shigeru Miyamoto performing the theme to Super Mario Bros. on his
Gameheadz will air on April 16 at 10:00 PM EST on
ATARI STEVE WOITA BACK IN THE GAME
Woita, the Atari 2600 designer and programmer of Quadrun, Taz as well as many
other great games and hardware for Apple, Tengen, Sega, Nintendo, 3DO and Sony,
has just released his newest game for the PC computer. You can download
a free demo of his new game "Clickum" as well as other games.
Read the exclusive GDG interview with
by Steve Woita
SEGA TO EXPAND SONIC FRANCHISE
has revealed plans to turn their spiky-haired trademark character into a much
stronger force with a new animated television show, a new line of Sonic toys,
and -- of course -- many more great Sonic videogame titles.
Debuting in Japan
this April, the new Sonic animated television series will also hit the U.S. and
European airwaves later this fall. Although Sega has already produced a Sonic
cartoon series here in the States, the company is planning to work more closely
on the new Japanese production to bolster Sonic's new image both here and abroad.
Sega's toy unit is also following the latest Japanese trends as it ramps
up production for an all-new line of Sonic collectables and action figures. And
let's not forget about the videogames -- Sega plans to put out four brand-new
Sonic titles in Japan alone and a whopping five here in the U.S. and in Europe,
where the series has traditionally been much more popular.
DO-IT-YOURSELF JOYSTICK CONTROLLER KIT
Cabinets Inc., the creator of the excellent Super Tracball Controller, has released
a kit to create a superb joystick controller. The kit comes complete with everything
you need to build the joystick in only a few hours except for pliers and a screwdriver,
and you probably already have those, anyway! Check out this link
and get creative!
McDONALDS TO FEATURE SEGA CHARACTERS
The McDonald's Corporation will be offering Super Monkey Ball and Sonic the Hedgehog
themed toys to be included within their Happy Meals this summer.
CLASSIC VIDEOGAME FICTION BY D.B. WEISS
nearing thirty, but feckless Adam Pennyman has finally found a purpose: The Catalogue
of Obsolete Entertainments, his encyclopedic analysis of every videogame ever
made. His research hits a snag with Lucky Wander Boy, the surreal, epic videogame
that ruled his world years ago. Despite its underground cult following, Lucky
Wander Boy seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth.
highly recommend this refreshing reading alternative!
Learn more at the official
SIXTH ANNUAL CLASSIC GAMING AUGUST 9th & 10th
your calendars for the 9th and 10th of August where classic video game enthusiasts
and many famous pioneers of the video game industry will gather at Jackie Gaughans
Plaza Hotelin in Las Vegas for the sixth annual Classic Gaming Expo. CGE has become
the largest show dedicated to the preservation of video game history, attendees
will get the chance to experience the rich heritage of video games through exhibits,
presentations by the people who built the industry, and hands-on play of classic
information on Classic Gaming Expo website.
"SADNESS COMES AGAIN..."
by Curt Vendel, Atari Historian.
sad chapter is added to the Atari Legacy:
Feb 7th, 2003 marks the true
end of an era unlike any other...
started out in a garage at 2965 Scott Blvd. Santa Clara Ca. will come to an end
at 675 Sycamore in Milpitas today as Midway drops the axe and "Midway Games
West" (Formerly Atari Games Corporation) lays off the remaining 30 employee's
working there. Many will stay on for a few weeks tying up loose ends and shutting
off the lights, but officially today is the day that the worlds Pioneering Video
Game Company's legacy and existence comes to an end...
the coming weeks the building will be cleared of people, furniture, equipment,
hardware and paperwork. What was the birthplace of many laughs, smiles, challenges
and thrills will slowly and quietly drift off into the nothingness that has been
commonplace within the Valley for decades.
be that last person... the one who will stand in the doorway, looking in and seeing
the emptiness of it all, to listen to the quietness that itself will echo a myriad
of electronic bleeps and beeps, synthesized theme music and trademark sound effects
that many recognize in a heartbeat. The fading glow of screens no more, of flashes
and pulses emitting onto the walls, ceiling and long gone faces of gamers and
engineers alike... The door will lock and the final car will exit the parking
lot, all that is left is a shell that stands alone, stands proud as its ghosts
within play-on until the next tenant moves in...
SPLATTERHOUSE TO BE UPDATED
For those of you anxiously awaiting
the return of Rick and the Splatterhouse series since the days of the Sega Genesis
and the TurboGrafx-16, you be pleased to learn that Namco does indeed have another
sequel in the works. After over a decade, we say that it is about time!
NEC RETURNS AFTER EIGHT-YEAR HIATUS
NEC, best known for making
the TurboGrafx-16 console and hit character Bonk, announced the launch of a new
US gaming division, called NEC Interchannel. The subsidiary will be headed by
Clint Kurahashi, the former senior vice-president of Capcom Entertainment. New
software will be created for GameCube, Game Boy Advance, X-Box and the PlayStation
2. Their first release will be Tube Slider for the Nintendo GameCube.
TAITO RELEASES SPACE INVADERS SPINOFF
The basic concept of
shooting space enemies moving back and forth in unison is back in a Space Invaders
spinoff developed by the original creators of the game, Taito. The game, Space
Raiders, brings the gameplay into the three-dimensional world but plays
amazingly like Space Invaders. This game was just released in Japan and is under
consideration for a domestic US release.
GRADIUS V COMING TO PLAYSTATION 2
Konami has hired original
developer Treasure to revive the popular space shooter Gradius. While part 5 will
be entirely in 3D, it will play faithful to the original side-scroller.
INTELLIVISION GREATEST HITS GO RETAIL
and Intellivision Rocks have been available online for years. These packages,
however, will be available on retail store shelves. Intellivision Greatest Hits
brings together 10 classic games for only $10. Intellivision Greatest Hits - 20th
Anniversary Edition will contain 25 games and also includes video clips of classic
Intellivision TV commercials and interviews with the original game programmers
for only $19.99.
Both collections run on Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and on
Mac OS 8/9/X (runs in Classic Mode on Mac OS X
VINE SWINGING BACK IN FASHION
Pitfall Harry returns and races
to find treasures through more than four dozen new levels consisting of caves,
glacial mountains and other South American jungle scenarios. The good news is
that the classic crocodiles, pit hopping and rolling logs of the original are
Pitfall Harry will be released for the X-Box, GameCube,
Game Boy Advance and Playstation 2 consoles.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO NOLAN BUSHNELL
Videogame pioneer of Pong
and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell turns the BIG 60 this February 5th.
'KINGDOM HEARTS' FRANCHISE TO EXPAND
Disney and Square are
working on a sequel to the popular Kingdom Hearts game, as well as a possible
feature-length theatrical film and an accompanying television series.
UPN TO AIR VIDEOGAME THEMED ANIMATED SITCOM
the creators of 'Roseanne" and otehr popular television sitcoms is producing
an animated sitcom called "Game Over" about a family of video game characters
to air on the UPN network.
NINTENDO'S METROID SERIES HOLLYWOOD BOUND
Craig Perry and Warren Zide of Zide/Perry Entertainment has acquired the rights
to Nintendo's Metroid series, and is giving the series a film treatment.
Let us pray that they do not turn Metroid into a teen comedy or horror like their
other movies American Pie and Final Destination!
An intergalactic survey crew on a routine mapping mission to a distant planet
has the misfortune of running across an especially virulent and dangerous form
of life: the Metroid, an airborne life form which is able to engulf other living
beings, feed on their energy and multiply in great numbers. They quickly grow
into a true galactic threat. Enter bounty hunter Samus Aran, who's sent by the
Galactic Federation to eliminate the Metroid. She then discovers another mercenary
group who've acquired their own Metroid specimen for use as a biological weapon.
VIDEOGAMES AS ART REFLECTED IN '1000 HEROES'
furry little rodents to gnarly, sword-wielding giants, video game heroes are the
stars of this new book which catalogs 1000 characters. This massive 600+ page
book is more of an art compendium than a history lesson. 1000 Heroes features
an enormous amount of images taken directly from the games you love. Each chapter's
introduction is written by a famous game creator and describes the working process
involved in creating the games and their heroes. Perect for any serious gamer's
coffee table! Check out the Taschen website
for more info!
NEW GAMEBOY ADVANCE BACKLIT UNIT
Nintendo has finally listened to their patrons and are supplying us with
a backlit unit. The new model is a clamshell case with a flip-up screen that reveals
the control pad. The new GBA comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery as
standard, providing the unit with 18 hours of battery life, or 10 with the light
activated. Mark your calanders as it arrives March 23rd on US shores.
Nintendo GameBoy Advance
YU SUZUKI INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences today announced that SEGAs
Yu Suzuki will receive its coveted Hall of Fame award. The award will be presented
as part of the Interactive Achievement Awards at the 2003 D.I.C.E. Summit (Design,
Innovate, Communicate, Entertain), at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas, February 27, 2003.
Suzuki joins an impressive roster of game creators who have won this award for
their leadership and innovation, said Paul Provenzano, President of AIAS.
He has not only created some of the best video games in the world, but he
has also helped enhance awareness and appreciation of this interactive art form.
standards for consideration of a Hall of Fame Award are very high. Criteria considered
by the Academy Board include: pioneering a new genre or redefining an existing
genre with a significant advance (i.e. changing the face of the art form); influencing
other designers and products; demonstrating the highest level of creativity and
innovation which results in ongoing cultural significance and influence; and consistent
product success of a scale that expands the scope of the industry.
addition to receiving the Hall of Fame Award, Mr. Suzuki will participate in a
workshop at the 2003 D.I.C.E. Summit with fellow Hall of Fame winner, Nintendos
Shigeru Miyamoto. An Audience with the Masters is a rare opportunity
for attendees to pose questions directly to game design masters.
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is located
in Los Angeles, CA, and is theofficial professional academy of the $7+billion
interactive entertainment software industry. AIAS is supported by the industrys
leading companies and counts among its board of directors representatives from
Activision, Electronic Arts, Infogrames, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony to name a few.
the official websites for more information about AIAS,
or to register for the D.I.C.E. Summit.
Suzuki is widely recognized as one of the forefathers of console video gaming.
He is best known for his many industry firsts and genre breaking games including
Outrun, Space Harrier, Shenmue, and the Virtua
Fighter series. The Virtua Fighter series is recognized for
its contributions in the fields of Art & Entertainment and is the only video
game on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institutions Permanent Research
Collection on Information Technology Innovation, at the Smithsonians Natural
Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
am greatly honoured to receive the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall
of Fame Award, said Yu Suzuki, executive officer and leading video game
developer, SEGA Corporation. I am pleased to be highly commended by the
AIAS as a Hall of Fame Inductees along with many industry visionaries.
YU SUZUKI CLASSIC GAMES ON GAMEBOY ADVANCE
THQ will publish SEGA ARCADE GALLERY for the Game Boy Advance in early Spring
2003. Classic Yu Suzuki games included are After Burner, Outrun,
Space Harrier, and Super Hang On.
TNN TO AIR THE VIDEO GAME AWARDS SHOW
The President of Film and Television at the TNN cable network, Albie Hecht,
announced that he will be executive producing The Video Game Awards show
sometime in the fourth quarter of 2003. The special will reward game developers,
publishers, and creators for their efforts in the field across all platforms.
For the first time in history give computer jockeys everywhere a legitimate reason
to visit a tuxedo rental shop. Let's
face it, you won't see 'Best Total Annihilation' at the Oscars!"
DRAGON'S LAIR COMIC BOOK SERIES COMING
Dragon's Lair LLC and MV Creations today signed a four year unlimited title
license agreement for the creation of a new Dragon's Lair comic book series and
related merchandise. The Dragon's Lair comic books will feature the adventures
of Dirk the Daring, Princess Daphne and
other classic characters of the lair
created by Don Bluth.
PLAY GAMEBOY GAMES ON THE GAMECUBE
Sure, you may be familiar with the new e-Reader for the that lets you play
classic NES games on the GameBoy Advance, or perhaps the playable NES games built
into Animal Crossing. But, did you know that in March Nintendo will release
the Game Boy Player for the GameCube?
The device that hooks up to the
GameCube to play all Game Boy titles on television, including the old black and
white Game Boy titles, Game Boy Color Titles, and Game Boy Advance games.
Extra features include selectable borders that surround the game screen,
parental and timing controls, button customization and more.
may use the GameCube controller to play the games, and both the D-pad and the
control stick will function in all games. If you have a GameBoy Advance (which
isn't required) you can link up and use the handheld as the controller or to play
multi-player games with only one cartridge!
Game Boy Player
for the Nintendo GameCube
GOOD DEAL IN THE NEWS
While GDG has had its share of fame and has been covered in numerous magazines,
never have we been featured in three magazines by different publishers in the
same month. Thank you Game Informer, Electronic Gaming Monthly and Tips &
Game Informer #116 Pages 172-173
Gaming Monthly #162 Page 44
Tips & Tricks #93 Page
UPDATE: Make that four!
Tips & Tricks #94
Page 102 feautures GDG, too!
SEGA CD CITIZEN X NOW AVAILABLE
The latest Sega CD game, Citizen X, is now available for purchase from the
Good Deal Games website.
elite terrorist organization threatens the world, and a dying govenrment agent's
failed mission literally falls in your lap. With help from your hi-tech communications
watch connected to the command center, you must save the world from diseased sewer
rats, psychotic circus clowns, mafia hitmen, and cannibalistic martial arts masters.
Do you have what it takes to find the antidote and save the human race from biowarfare
yeah, one more important thing
-- you only have 15 minutes...
JAAKS PACIFIC RELEASES ATARI 10-IN-1 GAMES
Housed in a replica of the original Atari CX-40 joystick, Atari 10-in-1 TV Games
released by JAAKS Pacific is an offical Infogrames licensed product.
This miniature console operates on 4 AA batteries and connects directly to the
composite and audio input of your television. The power switch, select, start
and reset buttons are located on the front of the unit.
The games included
are Adventure, Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Circus
Missile Command, Pong (Adapted from Video Olympics),
Real Sports Volleyball
and Yars Revenge.
AVAILABLE from GDG!
LIVE-ACTION PAC-MAN MOVIE IN THE WORKS
Sky, an international film production and distribution company, will develop the
classic 1980s arcade video game Pac-Man into a live-action fantasy adventure movie.
Crystal Sky has reached a deal with Japanese game developer Namco and distributor
Gaga for the film rights to the game.
The deal follows on the heels of
Crystal Sky's other Namco deal, to develop the video game Tekken into a feature
film. That project is being adapted by Mike Werb and Michael Coleary and is also
a joint project with Gaga.
If you aren't familiar with Crystal Sky, they
are also developing for film three Marvel Comics properties: Ghost Rider; Deathlok,
and Werewolf by Night.
LIMITED EDITION ATARI 2600 GAME NOW AVAILABLE
hundred numbered and signed cartridges of Mental Kombat have been created with
each cartridge slightly different as the game introduction screen displays the
individual cartridge number. Mental Kombat comes complete with the game, full-color
box and manual, and most interesting, two hand-sewn headbands for the yellow and
red battling players.
More Details here!
HOLLYWOOD GOES GAME CRAZY
Hollywood has really cranked out some horrendous game-based movies in the past,
the last few have been considerably better. As games approach and evolve more
of a story-telling meduim, we suspect that they will get better, as the two mediums
begin to merge. We actually have high hopes for some of thes in development. Others,
of course, we have grave concerns...
Signed Movies in Progress
Alice, Alone in the Dark, Area 51,
Crazy Taxi, Crimson Skies, Dead or Alive, Deus Ex, Duke Nuk'em, House of the Dead,
Max Payne, Mortal Kombat 3, Oz, Nocturne, Perfect Dark, Resident Evil 2, Return
to Castle Wolfenstein, Shadowman, Spy Hunter, State of Emergency,Tomb Raider 2
Unsigned Movies in Discussion
BloodRayne, Driver, Eternal
Darkness, Half-Life, Metal Gear, Silent Hill,
The Getaway, Tom Clancy's Splinter
NEW STRIDER IN THE WORKS
Sega favorite Strider is set to be updated for modern consoles. Let us hope that
Sega does as good a job as they have on new Shinobi!
EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE X-BOX & PS2 BUT WERE AFRAID
your X-BOX & PS2 with secrets that unlock the full potential of your console.
Learn the specs, networking capabilities, cables, controllers, enhancements, memory
cards, games, cheat hardware, machine modifications, and more - including things
that Microsoft and Sony don't necessarily want you to know!
and McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
PS2 GETS MASSIVE ACTIVISION ANTHOLOGY
Anthology remembers the early days of gaming and brings those memories back to
you in a compilation jam-packed with over 40 all-time favorites originally for
the Atari 2600! Plus, you get to check out previously unreleased game prototypes,
technology demos and other rare game oddities! For an added blast from the past,
rock out to a hit-loaded '80's soundtrack pumping the most memorable songs of
Online for More Games - Connect to the Activision Classic Gaming Web site to download
game prototypes, technology demos, and other rare game oddities never before released.
The Web site also features historical info about Activision, it's designers, programmers
and the console that started it all.
An 80's hit soundtrack featuring
favorite artists from the decade brings the nostalgia full circle.
games for the Anthology:
Chopper Command, Commando, Dragster, Kaboom!
Kabobber (previously unreleased)
Megaman, Rampage, River Raid,
and Space Shuttle.
CLASSIC GAMING FAVORITE CHOPLIFTER RETURNS
Interactive will soon be releasing an update to to the classic favorite entitled
Choplifter: Search & Rescue. Perform death-defying feats of bravery
rescuing victims from a many disasters, airlift victims from erupting volcanoes.
fierce tornadoes, raging floods, and the blazing fires of a burning high rise.
Coming to the Sony Playstation 2 console.
premier Midwest video gaming event, Cinciclassic, has come and gone, but not forgotten.
Here are photographs from the show for those that attended and sadly those that
did not - more photos at the Official
Good Deal Games was a proud sponsor and supporter
of CinciClassic Videogame shows past and present.
ATARI 2600 GUEST STARS IN MIDWAY'S DR. MUTO
The upcoming X-Box and GameCube game developed and published by Midway stars a
DNA collecting doctor. He works out of his lab that contains many various items
lying about, including girlie posters on the walls and a vintage Atari 2600 console.
GOOD DEAL GAMES ANNOUNCES NEW SEGA CD RELEASE!
In a joint announcement today released by retrogame publishing giants Good
Deal Games and OlderGames both companies
have unveiled a brand new release for the SEGA CD titled "Citizen-X".
This newly announced game becomes available in October from both the Good Deal
Games and OlderGames Publishing deparments, and will be available for early purchase
marks the fifth time the publishing alliance of GoodDealGames/OlderGames has released
a brand new licensed game in the last 2 months and OlderGames co-founder/creative
director R.W. Bivins states, "This is only the beginning... there's more
coming." Michael Thomasson of Good Deal Games confirms, "Yes, there
is more creamy classic gaming goodness on the way!"
A Limited Edition
of only 25 copies will be produced for the CinciClassic Launch.
BLINKENLIGHTS PLAYS PONG
Last year GDG reported the Brown University building Tetris game. In a similar
fashion, the The "Haus des Lehrers" loosely translated as the 'house
of the teacher' office building at Berlin Alexanderplatz has become the world's
largest interactive computer display. Numerous programs are running on the the
upper eight floors that have 144 lamps behind the building's front windows creating
a monochrome matrix of 8 times 18 pixels. Players interact via cell phone. For
example, in Pong, the player pushes '5' on the phone to move his paddle up or
'8' to move the paddle down.
More details at the official
lights flickered as
Blinkenlights Pong played on
building controlled via cell phone
GREEK GOVERNMENT BANS VIDEOGAMES
All forms of interactive entertainment, including videogames, have been banned
from both public and private locales in Greece in order to crack down on illegal
ELECTRONIC GAMES AUTHOR BILL KUNKEL AUCTION
Bill Kunkel, one of the premiere videogame journalistsand founder/writer of the
classic original Electronic Games Magazine is auctioning off numerous and
very rare collectables from his personal collection. Most of these items were
created in limited numbers for distribution at Consumer Electronic Shows and not
available in the retail market. Visit Bill's E-Bay
auction page .
Visit the GDG/Kunkel
Online CES Museum
DIGITAL PRESS 7th ED. COLLECTOR's GUIDE IS OUT
The Seventh Edition of the Digital Press Collector's Guide is now available. "THE
Bio-Degradable Source for Video Gamers," is an essential tool for classic gamers,
covering every 8-bit gaming system with complete cartridge lists, pictures, scarcity
ratings, production notes, and pricing guidelines.
The 7th edition also
contains appendices including Atari catalog and manual variations, picture gallery,
game designer listings, lore, and even collector listings! All jam-packed into
512 pages of gaming goodness.
Digital Press 7th Edition
VIDEOGAME BIBLE 1985-2002
GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Ever wonder exactly what games were released for the Amiga CD32? Still trying
to find out every game SNK released here in the states? The guide has the answers.
From the NES to the Sega Saturn, the Video Game Bible Guide will have it all --
a list of every domestic released game for over three dozen systems.
THREE MORE FOR THE PHILIPS CD-i
an amazing announcement, Good Deal Games has
released three new Philips CD-i titles. Jack Sprite vs. the Crimson Ghost, Space
Ranger and Plunderball are now available. See the GDG
Publishing pages for more details and screenshots.
FOURTH ANNUAL CINCICLASSIC VIDEOGAME SHOW
Cincinnati, OH (October 4-5, 2002) The premier Midwest video gaming event, Cinciclassic,
will take place again at the Forest
Fair Mall on Friday October 4th and Saturday October
5th. There is always an absolutely huge amount to do at this highly recommended
show - more details at the Official
Deal Games is a proud sponsor and supporter of CinciClassic Videogame shows past
NEW VECTREX GAME VEC SPORTS BOXING AVAILABLE
Deal Games is proud to announce our first release for the GCE Vectrex console,
programmed internally by staff member Manu Pärssinen. This game has both
a training mode and a two-player match! More details and screenshots in the GDG
Good Deal Games publishing releases new titles
for classic systems including the Sega CD, Vectrex, Philips CD-i, Colecovision,
All game sales profits go directly into licensing and developing
more upcoming titles!
HOLLYWOOD DOES SPY HUNTER
1983 Midway video game franchise "Spy Hunter" is being developed by
Universal Pictures, which beat out two other studios, for a theatrical release.
The movie will star wrestling superstar Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as
the former International Espionage Services F-15 pilot Alec Sects as he battles
with arch enemy Daemon Curry, president of Nostra International, an evil organization
bent on world domination. Prime Universe Productions president Adrian Askarieh
and Daybreak Productions president Chuck Gordon are the producers of the film.
NEW WARLORDS, COMBAT & MISSILE COMMAND
upcoming PC-CD Atari Revival compilation will feature 3 previous
Atari 2600 games in a new updated and revived series that remains faithful to
the originals. Coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of Atari, Infogrames will
release updated versions of Warlords, Combat & Missile Command.
Upcoming Warlords Screenshot
SONIC MEGA-COLLECTION COMING TO GAME CUBE
being a fierce competitor of Nintendo for over a decade, everyone at GDG felt
like we were int he Twilight Zone when Sonic games starting appearing on Nintendo
Platforms. Now the popular Hedgehog is really booming on the Nintendo Game Cube
with the upcoming Sonic Team release of a seven Sonic game compilation! Included
are Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2 & 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Dr.
Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Sonic Spinball.
GO - NEW RELEASE FOR THE PHILIPS CD-i
Deal Games has released the first new Philips
CD-i game in years, the classic ancient Asian game of Go! Can you
master this game of war, wits, wisdom and strategy?
Holy Cow - it's Only $9.99!
GAMEBOY ADVANCE & GAME & WATCH TITLES
of the original Nintendo Game & Watch handhelds are coming to the Gameboy Advance.
The first compilation pack, entitled Game & Watch 4, will feature both the original
imitated LCD format, and new updated versions of the games complete with new sprites
and animation. The cartridge will also support single player multiplayer options.
The classic titles to appear in this collection are: Boxing, Donkey Kong 3, Fire
Attack, Mario Cement Factory, and Rainshower. Reaching a hi-score will also reveal
a few other Game & Watch titles.
ATARI TV GAMES COMING FROM TOYMAX
from Infogrames Interactive, Jakks Pacific will develop and market the Atari 10-In-1
TV Games, a plug and play 8-bit gaming system utilizing your television set. This
second introduction to its TV Games category and is expected to hit retail shelves
third quarter 2002. Atari 10-In-1 TV Games is a combination of 10 vintage video
games and all of the hardware built right into a portable joystick. Atari 10-In-1
TV Games includes the games Adventure, Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Combat,
Missile Command, and four more, and is available in five colors: black, blue,
green, red, and yellow. The anticipated retail price is approximately $20.
STARCADE RETURNS TO THE TV ON G4
80's television arcade game show by jm Production Company is on the air again
thanks to the cable network G4! STARCADE
was a game show where contestants compete by answering trivia questions about
video games and by playing video games.
COLLECTABLES BOOK PUBLISHED
Midway Manufacturing introduced the Pac-Man arcade game in late 1980, there were
many who doubted that a maze-based game could compete against the "space invader"
games that were so prevalent. They were wrong! Pac-Man experienced a meteoric
rise in popularity. It took the nation and the world by storm, and following in
its wake was a stream of Pac-Man products that were gobbled up by its fans. It
has been estimated that there were over five hundred different Pac-Man related
items manufactured over the past twenty years. This new book catalogs many of
them with complete descriptions and 415 color photographs. It covers everything
from the games themselves to plush Pac-Man figures, from magazines and puzzles
to videos and animation cels. Each caption includes a guide to today's market
value. A must-have book for Pac-Man maniacs!
by Deborah Palicia
1/2" x 11"
G4 GAME CHANNEL LAUNCHES WITH "PONG" 24/7
the new cable channel devoted exclusively to video games is now on the air live,
and is broadcasting a live game of "Pong" for seven days straight. The channel
will be offering 13 original weekly series, focusing on topics like gaming reviews,
sports games, hints and tricks for winning at popular video games, and more.
SCI-FI CHANNEL TO AIR MYST TELEVISION SHOW
SCI FI Channel announced that it is developing a four-hour miniseries inspired
by the best-selling video game Myst. The show will be a pilot for a possible series.
The Myst television show will uncovers an ancient civilization that existed for
thousands of years beneath the surface of the Earth--a civilization that created
magical books allowing one to travel to other worlds. Myst will be a Mandalay
Television Pictures production for SCI FI, and executive produced by Elizabeth
Stephen with Rand Miller and Susan Bonds of Cyan, in association with Columbia
Tri Star Domestic Television.
SHOCKING GAME NEWS OF THE WEIRD
Painstation has been developed by two German engineers whcih tests two competing
individuals at their threshold of pain. Hand sensors that administer shocks and
burns while playing a game similar to the classic game of Pong. When a player
fails to hit the ball w/ their paddle, a random painsuch as jolts, intense heat,
shocks of varying degrees are inflicted to the player. Whoever can keep their
hand ont he Pain Endurance Unit wins!
AUDIO NETWORK TO LAUNCH AT GDC|
Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.for short). is a non-profit organization established
to raise awareness of interactive audio by providing education, information, instruction,
resources, publicity, guidance, community, recognition and enlightenment not only
to its members, but to content providers and listeners throughout the world. By
encouraging and promoting excellence in interactive audio, G.A.N.G. will advance
the gaming industry by helping produce more competitive and entertaining products.
G.A.N.G. also supports career development and education for aspiring game audio
professionals, publishers, developers and students. Learn
PROTECTOR: SE TO INCLUDE BJL & JAGFREE CD
Special Edition will include two incredible features to help spur hobby development
and lower costs for future CD-based games: BJL (an open hobby protocol for downloading
Jaguar games to RAM) and JagFree CD (allows new CD games to be published and played
easily on any consumer Jaguar CD unit.) The inclusion of an all-new 2048 byte
serial EEPROM for saved game data on P:SE allows room for up to 15 games to hold
data in addition to P:SE itself.
The game, which includes 40 all-new
levels and gameplay improvements, more jaw-dropping landscapes and backgrounds,
several new songs, and a number of high-color RGB title and special screens throughout
the game, and some cool rewards for players who dare to complete the game.
The $74.95 price includes the bonus glass-mastered Native Demo CD at no additional
JAGUAR CD SOFTWARE RELEASED|
ScatoLOGIC Demo CDT is the first new Jaguar
CD title in over five years! comes packed with several 'never before seen' demo
programs, including JAZ 3D, Sound Demo, Sinister Slam Racer, Music Player Mark
II, and many, many more! The ScatoLOGIC Demo CD will load on any standard Jaguar
CD console which uses a CD encryption defeater such as Battlesphere Gold, or the
upcoming Protector S.E.
NINTENDO RETURNING TO THE ARCADES
Sega & Namco have partnered in the development of a new arcade board named in
reference to the popular Zelda series 'The Triforce' which is to be a 3D computer
graphics board based on the GameCube hardware architecture. Using a function remembered
by old-school SNK Neo-Geo owners, a memory slot that allows saving games at the
arcade and transfering that data to your GameCube at home.
CITY of INDIANAPOLIS TO PAY 1,272,000 QUARTERS
Update to previous GDG News article:
An Indianapolis Court Judge has ordered the City of Indianapolis after
being challenged and defeated to pay $318,000 to cover legal and operation fees
to city arcade owners that were damaged by the city's proposed legislation to
ban minors from playing videogames in public arcades.
WATCH TO BE REVEALED SOON|
Computer Co., Ltd. and Infogrames will be releasing the Atari Gaming Camera Watch.
Featuring a built-in digital camera and a combination of Atari Software. This
item could be very interesting! We'll post more when we get more details!
GAMEBOY ADVANCE SEGA SMASH PACK TITLES REVEALED
will be publishing the Codefire developed Sega compilation Sega Smash Pack. Three
titles will be included: Golden Axe, Ecco the Dolphin, and Sonic Spinball. Unfortunately,
Golden Axe will NOT feature a two-player link mode for Golden Axe (shame on them.)
Although the collection is not quite what we were hoping for, the collection still
seems like a real value.
MORE JAGUAR LOVE ON THE WAY
will feature many new additions, including the amazing JagFREE CD which enables
future Jaguar CD software to be recognized. There is also a BIG surprise to be
included w/ this release, but we've been sworn to secrecy... for the time being.
A BIG Thanks to Songbird Productions
for developing this exciting technology!
LARGEST MOST COMPLEX VECTREX GAME EVER
Dondzila has outdone himself with Gravitrex for the Vectrex. This game is HUGE
and is obviously inspired by the classic Gravitar. Read all about it and get yourself
a copy at Classic Game Creations.
NOTE: GDG Created
the Cover Artwork for Gravitrex!
NEWS FROM THE MASTER CONTROL PROGRAM
is the first hint about Tron 2.0, the upcoming movie sequel. If your a Tron fan,
be sure to check this special message
out. What does it mean? More to be revealed from Disney soon!
LYNX CYBERVIRUS AVAILABLE SOON
Productions has announced that the final version of Cybervirus for the Atari
Lynx will be released on February 18th. This version has many new additions over
the previously released and elusive Special Edition from CinciClassic.
AUDIO CD TO BE RELEASED (FINALLY)|
Surprise, the sleeping giant has awoken and a new remastered TRON audio cd will
be released on January 29th in conjunction with Disney's new DVD edition of the
1982 CGI feature motion picture. The cd will contain bonus tracks of music that
were not included on the original LP and cassette for reasons of space.
KONAMI CLASSICS TO GRACE GAMEBOY ADVANCE
This April Frogger, Gyruss, Rush-N Attack, Scramble, Time Pilot, and Yie Ar Kung
Fu will be released for the Gameboy Advance as the "Konami Collector's Series"
for only $29.99
GDG PREMIERS TWO NEW COLECOVISION GAMES
Deal Games is proud to announce that we will be publishing two new and original
Colecovision games soon. One title is near completion, and the other is still
in active development. To celebrate the event, we have a 'Name the Game' contest!
If you submit the chosen name that we use for the game, you receive a copy of
the completed game for free! See the GDG
Publishing page for details.
Games Coming Soon!
ROCKS FINALLY AVAILABLE!|
what seems to be an eternity, the long awaited Intellivision Rocks collection
is finished! This CD-ROM features over 30 classic Intellivision games, including
those released by Activision (Beamrider, Dreadnaught Factor) and Imagic (Microsurgeon,
Truckin’), along with the games for the Intellivoice (B-17 Bomber, Bomb Squad)
and the Entertainment Computer System (Mind Strike, World Series Baseball). There
are new interviews with the programmers, Intellivision vs. Atari television commercials,
audio from never-finished voice games, and many more cool surprises. Available
at the Retrotopia store.
SEGA DREAMCAST BACK IN PRODUCTION
a massive U-turn, Sega is producing Dreamcast consoles again, after a huge increase
in demand. Despite all the naysayers, the Dreamcast is back! Sega of Japan has
resurrected the processing plant and started production on Dreamcast consoles,
after vowing they would not be making any more. An amazingly low price has shifted
public demand. GDG has always stated that the DC is the most diverse console w/
a solid quality library since the Colecovision.
SONY PLAYSTATION KILLS MAN
Richard Wells, from north Queensland, was electrocuted while sitting at a metal
table playing his Playstation, when a huge wave smashed a window and swamped the
cabin. Wells died from asphyxiation caused by electrocution. Three other crew
members suffered burns trying to rescue him.
SEGA DREAMCAST RECIEVES SURPRISE CLASSICS
warning, the slowly fading (but not forgotten) Sega Dreamcast receives a new classic
game compilation - Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits: Volume 2 at a
bargain price! Experience the joy of Moon Patrol, Spy Hunter, Paperboy,
Rampage, 720, and Gauntlet!
GAMEBOY ADVANCE ATARI CLASSIC RETRO COMPILATION
Atari Anniversary Advance will arrive on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance system
in March 2002 for $29.99. Developed by Digital Eclipse, the compilation will include
six classic Atari arcade games: Asteroids, Battlezone,
Centipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout,
from this years event are now online.
More to appear soon!
TO PUBLISH INTELLIVISION GAMES FOR WIRELESS APPLICATIONS |
THQ Inc announced a worldwide exclusive agreement with Intellivision Productions
Inc. granting THQ rights to publish handheld games through its THQ Wireless division
based on several Intellivision properties. Under the agreement THQ has rights
to publish wireless games based on more than 50 Intellivision brands including
``Utopia,'' ``Night Stalker,'' ``Space Battle,'' ``Space Armada,'' ``Shark! Shark!,''
``Armor Battle,'' ``Triple Action,'' and ``Astrosmash!.'' This agreement gives
THQ access to many of the biggest brands in gaming history for development in
the emerging wireless gaming arena. The first game, ``Astrosmash!,'' is scheduled
to release this holiday in the U.S. for the Motorola i85 and i50sx phones.
on a Motorola phone
CLOSES DOORS AND THE WORLD MOURNS|
The creator of the Neo-Geo has ceased operations and
bows out gracefully after almost a quarter century. SNK is best known for their
Neo Geo MVS arcade system, home Neo-Geo console, and the recent and adored Neo-Geo
Pocket. SNK was one of the few companies still supporting 2-D gaming. Fortunately,
some of their legacy will survive as some of the right's to the Neo Geo products
have been purchased by other surviving game companies such as Capcom. While SNK
is gone for good, and will be dearly missed, we may still be graced with future
updates to such classics as Ikari Warriors, Fatal Fury,
King of Fighters, Metal Slug, Samurai Showdown
SNK Official Closing Statement:
"Dear all NeoGeo fans/customers:
It is with deepest grief that in the fall of 2001, SNK will close the company
history in its business. It was all of your favor and encouragement which made
our passion running to make better games for SNK fans. We'd like to take this
opportunity to thank every one of you for your continuous help and assistance
since SNK's incorporation in Japan July in 1978. Without your support SNK would
not have been possible throughout 23 years of operation. With all our heart-felt
gratitude, thank you once again."
DIRK SLAY THE PLASTIC DRAGON?|
A series of toys based on the popular coin-op Dragon's
Lair will be hitting store shelves as early as April thanks to AnJon Inc. licensing
the characters form Dragon's Lair LLC and Digital Leisure. Premier characters
include: Dirk the Daring, Princess Daphne, Singe the Dragon, and Mordroc the Evil
BEGINS MARKETING ATARI LABEL|
Did you know that Atari is back again! Yes, in the next few weeks, games adorning
the Atari logo will start appearing on store shelves for the Playstation2 and
X-Box. The premiere titles are Transworld Surf, MX Rider and Splashdown. The French
company Infogrames hopes to make their newly acquired Atari label a household
name once again!
2600 CUTTLE CART NOW AVAILABLE |
The Cuttle Cart is an Atari 2600 cartridge that can imitate other cartridges.
It allows one to load games into an Atari 2600 using an audio interface such as
a CD player. It makes a great development tool and distribution medium for new
games, which can be created using freely available development tools. Finally
you can play all those prototypes and homebrew games on a real 2600 just like
they're intended to be be played.
Every Cuttle Cart ships with a FREE
copy of Stella Gets a New Brain V2.0, courtesy of the folks at Cyberpunks
Entertainment! This CD contains the entire Starpath Supercharger library of games
Schell's website for more details
BURNHAM'S SUPERCADE NOW AVAILABLE|
Supercade: A Visual History of the Videogame Age 1971-1984 The book
is published by The MIT Press (www-mitpress.mit.edu) with over 400 lavishly illustrated
pages, the book pays tribute to the technology, the games, and the visionaries
who created one of the most influential eras in computer science. "As a collector,
I wanted a comprehensive printed resource - a full-color 'coffee table' book -
on the history of videogames," says Burham. Available at Amazon.
GAMING COMMUNITY OFFERS RELIEF |
We all know about the tragic and senseless attack that took place on September
11th. To do our small part in helping with the relief effort, Good Deal Games
is helping AtariAge organize a Classic Gaming Relief Auction with proceeds to
benefit the United
Way September 11th Fund. Atari Age is looking for donations
of unique and rare Classic Gaming related items which we will organize into a
large, one of a kind auction that we hope will raise a significant amount for
the relief efforts. To help contribute to this cause, please visit this
page, which has all the information on what Atari Age
is doing and how you can help.
Mark you calendars because on Sept. 28th of this month, ToyMax is releasing
an Activision Classics TV Game handheld console available at EB Games. This is
a legally licensed product, and is approximatley the size and shape of a modern
game pad, with 10 Activision 2600 games built-in, including AV jacks for connecting
to your television. Only $19.99! You can pre-order
Midway is modernizing another classic game. This time Defender gets the new
A new MAME controller has surfaced after much development, and this beast
of a controller has it all: Dual Joysticks, Trackball, and a Spinner!
for more details or contact Jim Krych,
the Devastator creator if you have specific questions.
Almost two decades ago, Jay Smith, founder and president of Western Technologies/Smith
Engineering created a prototype Color Vectrex. The prototypes's phosphor tube
was believed to have been burnt out, making the unit inoperable. However, thanks
to the hard work of BarronVR, the Color Vectrex has been restored to working condition.
This one of a kind prototype model has been resurrected! Read more and see photographs
GAMING EXPO 2K1 PHOTOS ONLINE!
Good Deal Games was a proud supporter of CGE2K1 and we have begun posting photographs
from the event!
Jillette and Leonard Herman
SELLERS ARCADE FEVER NOW AVAILABLE|
you mastered the delicate art of hyperspace? Can you say "joystick" in polite
conversation without blushing? If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions,
then Arcade Fever is the book for you—the world's first illustrated tribute to
Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Defender, Q*bert, Zaxxon,
and many, more of the mind-blowing games you played in your youth. You want to
reminisce about the coolest Atari cartridges, the silliest-named arcade oddities,
and the funkiest bass riff ever used in a video game? You want interviews with
early arcade heroes like Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Robotron designer Eugene
Jarvis and "Pac-Man Fever" composers Buckner + Garcia? You want to look at revealing
pictures of Dragon's Lair hottie Princess Daphne? It's all in Arcade
Fever, a jam-packed celebration of '70s and '80s arcade culture.
TELEVISION CHANNEL COMING|
digital cable network dedicated solely to videogames, entitled 'G4' will launch
in 2002. Developed by former E! Entertainment Television staff and Charles Hirschorn,
former head of Walt Disney's animation unit. Comcast who will provide financial
EVOLUTION IS COMING|
First released in 1983 for the Atari 8bit range of computers, Archon
has been ported to a number of other platforms including C64, Amiga, NES and DOS.
In 1994, Free Fall Associates attempted to build upon the successful Archon formula
with "Archon Ultra", with varying degrees of success. Now Archon
is back for Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000 ina new form entitled Archon
Evolution. More details at the Curve
WHICH FOE WILL YOU
& ELIMINATES TRANSACTION FEES
No Joke, It's Free! Playcycle has become a totally fee-free service. There
are no membership fees, no listing fees, and no transaction fees. "We decided
long ago that Playcycle was for the gamers, so we want to give Playcycle back
to the gamers," said Vafa Payman, president of Playcycle. Playcycle is 'All Games
All the Time!' - and now Totally Free."
UP YOUR LIGHTCYCLES |
TRON GAMES ARE BACK!
The Walt Disney Co. has been working on reviving their 1982 movie Tron.
While our readers may know of the upcoming theatrical sequel Tron 2.0,
we can now announce that a new Tron videogames are coming! Disney has sold
the Tron videogame licensing rights to Monolith Productions. Tron 2.0
is planned for release on the X-Box and PC for release in 2003. The first Tron
game is being designed as a first-person perspective action game. It looks like
the Tron Franchise is finally back!
DARK TOWER SEQUEL NOW IMPROVED
of the Lost Citadel, the
sequel to the Vectrex game Dark Tower, is now available for
Windows as version 2.1, and features an improved 640x480 graphics.
learn more, visit the Salsa
Shark Productions webpage,
our Exclusive Interview!
CD NEW RELEASES NOW AVAILABLE IN PAL!|
GDG has successfully converted both titles, Star Strike and Bug Blasters:
The Exterminators to PAL format, so those of you that live in countries that use
PAL televisions can now play our newly released Sega CD games!
of publishing antiquated games depends on your support! If you would like to more
games released for the Sega CD, or other forgotten systems (i.e. 3DO, Saturn,
& others) Please support our current products. All income generated from these
sales goes directly into licensing and producing our future releases. So, if you'd
like to see Wing Nuts, Penn & Teller: Smoke & Mirrors, Dark Ride,
RocketBoy, Citizen X, Waterworld, and others please support
our initial releases!
INTELLIVISION GAME RELEASED|
Special Edition 4-Tris Intellivision cartridges are being created specifically
for PhillyClassic 2001!
ANNIVERSARY ON SHELVES|
Infogrames has released Atari Anniversary Edition for Dreamcast, PlayStation,
and Windows PC to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Atari. Twelve of the greatest
arcade games of all time are brought back to life in this definitive collection,
which includes: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Crystal Castles,
Gravitar, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest, and Warlords.
A collectibe Atari sticker is also included, and a great archive of Atari history
HOT RUMOR - Infogrames is considering changing their name
officially to Atari!
TO BE UPDATED|
Well it was just a matter of time - Midway Games is remaking the arcade classic
Defender® is in development for the PlayStation2. Prepare for an out-of-this-world
flying experience with Defender, the ultimate action-and-strategy videogame. The
Defender player's task of protecting the human race from an alien invasion has
never been more challenging, as players man the controls of a powerful and impressive
new Defender ship. As a Defender pilot, players must carry out a wide array of
dangerous missions in an ongoing battle to protect the human race and the entire
solar system from alien annihilation. The new Defender will be a 2002 release
Here's a new concept - computer entertainment for kitty-cats! This super-cute
product was lovingly crafted by game-software experts, under the watchful eye
of a leading animal behaviorist, specializing in felines. Irresistible art and
animation give way to sounds and movements, designed to attract kitties and humans
Games for your Kitty!
Infogrames, the newest owner of Atari, will be releasing Atari Anniversary
Edition CD-ROM for Windows on July 2nd. Twelve of the best classic games
are authentically recreated here, including Asteroids, Asteroids
Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Crystal
Castles, Gravitar, Millipede, Missile
Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest,
and Warlords. Each Atari title is faithfully reproduced down to
the last detail, and each one is just as easy and fun to play. Atari Anniversary
Edition includes a multimedia supplement of video interviews with original
game designers, images of noteworthy memorabilia, original press releases, and
more. Desktop themes such as screen savers and even an old-school Atari sticker
HAVE MAJOR IMPACT ON U.S. ECONOMY|
According to a new report issued by the IDSA, the computer and video game
industry created 220,000 jobs and nearly $9 billion in wages and federal and state
tax in the year 2000. The industry also generated an additional $10.5 billion
in economic activity from the sale of computer and console software, and some
game-related hardware. The software industry grew at a rate of 14.9% per year,
more than twice the rate of the US economy according to the US Government Census.
SEGA GENESIS PORTABLE RELEASED|
Japan gets all the cool toys! This newly licensed (YES - licensed by Sega)
device connects to any television or monitor and features 6 buttons, A/V outputs,
AC input, and all necessary cables for playing right out of the box. The device
comes pre-loaded with the following 21 titles: Adventure Hero,
City Tiger, Columns, Exploration Trip, Flicky,
Flix Vs Jerry, Ground Sinker, Kesamaru, Mappy,
Ninja Cat, Ninja Spirit, Ninja Ryukenden,
Oira Jajamaru, Peetan, Shinobi, Sonic
the Hedgehog, Sonic Danger, Space Striking, Super
Monaco GP, Watery Guy, and World Championship Soccer.
MUSEUM ON GAMEBOY ADVANCE|
Namco will release a version of Namco Museum for the Gameboy Advance.
The compilation will include Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig
Dug, and Pole Position. What's old is new again!
Namco will also be releasing Pac-Man Fever, which will contain at
least three Pac-Man games. The package will contain portable versions of Pacmania,
Pac-Attack, along with the original 80s classic Pac-Man.
LYNX 'ALIENS VS. PREDATOR' ROM AVAILABLE|
This unreleased game by Rebellion was approximately 85% complete. Similar to the
Jaguar version, you can play as either Marine or Predator. Unfortunately, the
Alien segment of the game was not completed.
Get Details and Rom Image
Aliens vs. Predator
CLASSIC UPDATED - PREPARE TO JOUST!|
The product is based on Cinemaware's hit game Defender of the Crown,
first released in 1986 on the Commodore Amiga. Defender of the Crown
was subsequently converted to a variety of gaming platforms and sold over 1,000,000
units worldwide. Robin Hood must use his mastery of archery, swordsmanship, jousting,
and siege warfare to lead the people of England to victory. Can you defeat Prince
John, rescue King Richard, and reunite England? Perhaps you can with the help
of Maid Marian, Little John, Friar Tuck, and the band of Merry Men! Available
soon for the X-Box, PS2, and PC.
TELEVISION SHOW NOW AIRING IN US|
The Electric Playground is now airing within the United States (Discovery Channel)
and Canada (Space). A full broadcast schedule
can be viewed online at the Electric
Tallarico, EP's founder and host, Interviewed!
HAMPSHIRE PROPOSES VIDEOGAME TAX|
State lawmakers in New Hampshire may tax videogames for money to help compensate
victims of sexual assault. According to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic
and Sexual Violence, the New Hampshire state government provides no money for
sexual assault services. Supporters say that the tax is fitting, because games
often feature sexual violence or portray woman as objects of sexual gratification.
The bill would tax each game rentals 5 cents. Videogame and game consoles would
be taxed $1 each.
MAGAZINE FEATURES THE ATARI 2600|
The March 19th issue of Time Magazine features the Atari 2600.
is also online at Time.com
SEGA CHAIRMAN DIES OF HEART ATTACK
Friday, March 9, 2001 -- 74 year old Japanese businessman and philanthropist Isao
Okawa passed away from a heart attack. Both SEGA Enterprises and CSK Corporation,
a conglomerate of over 90 companies were under his direction. Okawa oversaw SEGA
as it helped to push the videogames industry from a novelty sector to an international
business with billions of dollars per year in revenue. Just months ago, Isao Okawa
returned to SEGA his entire personal stake in the company as well as other valuable
assets in the amount in excess of $700 million dollars to calm investors.
However, Okawa most noted accomplishment may well be the charitable organization
known as the Okawa Foundation. Confined to a bed for almost nine years victimized
by pulmonary tuberculosis, his years of suffering undoubtedly contributed to his
extraordinary generosity in later life. He also bestowed upon the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology a $27 million donation to establish the Okawa Center for
Future Children in 1998.
1926 - 2001
"I believe that God gives the momentum of
the times as an aid to those who grasp prophetic manifestations and seize upon
those moments to create a new business. I believe as well that God gives these
same individuals social responsibility, a mission to contribute to the world at
large." -- Isao Okawa
RESTAURANT FEATURES FROGGER TOYS|
Wendy's Kids' Meals are featuring four unique toys based on Frogger
2: Swampy's Revenge. Hop to Wendy's and tell Dave that you want your Jumping
Frog, Ball Maze, Frogger Checkers, and Frogger Clock. Collect all four!
BECOMES ALTERNATIVE TO E-BAY|
Can't find a game you want at GDG? Looking for an alternative to E-Bay for auctions.
where you can buy, sell and seek new and used video games, consoles and accessories
in fixed-price, negotiable or auction format. What will it cost you? Membership
is FREE. Posting Seeks and Offers is FREE and Members are billed only $1 for successful
transactions. There are no other required fees on Playcycle!
Donzilla and Classic
Game Creations has released the world's 2nd
64k Vectrex cart, Vectopia! The game cartridge Features: Wormhole, Trakkers, Vectropolis
500 (4 Player, Two Controller Demo), Spike's Water Balloons (Analog ControlVersion),
Controller Tester, and Some Other SURPRISES!
Deal Games created the artwork for Vectopia!
DESIGNER INTERVIEWED & VIDEOPAC PROTOTYPE 'SHARK HUNTER' AVAILABLE|
is the man largely responsible for conceiving and designing the G7000, the European
equivalent of the Odyssey˛. This
interview with Jon
Shuttleworth provides a look back at the early
days of the videogaming industry, a glimpse at how the console with a keyboard
In related news: The Recently discovered G7000 Protoype
Hunter ROM is also available for download.
PRESS SIXTH EDITION COLLECTOR's GUIDE|
The Sixth Edition of the Digital Press Collector's Guide is now available. "THE
Bio-Degradable Source for Video Gamers," is created by Mr. Joe Santulli in association
Press. More information may be read in the
Santulli Interview at ClassicGaming.com.
TRON 2.0 DETAILS AND CONFIRMATION|
You read it here at GDG months ago (See TRON
SEQUEL IN THE WORKS below), and now the news
has been released! A Tron sequel is in the works, although developing slowly.
The sequel, to be titled 'Tron 2.0' will feature a young hacker that pulls off
the ultimate hack. It consists of a whole new cast of characters, and does not
include the old cast or characters. It is being written by Steven Lisberger, which
was the original Tron director. Bruce Boxleitner has expressed interested in making
a cameo, but no agreement has been reached to date.
BLASTERS AND STAR STRIKE REVIEWED!
Good Deal Games has been plugging our own releases, and telling you all how great
our new Sega CD titles really are, you may now view reviews from other non-biased
sources at the respected website of Gamers.com.
They have given our antiquating console some great coverage and we encourage you
to take a look - more screenshots are included!
VCS PORTABLE TO BE SOLD
Ben Heckendorn, the creator of the original portable Atari 2600 console, has created
a new version of the handheld that can conceivably be mass-produced. He plans
to auction off the prototype and use the event as a way to gauge interest. If
enough people are willing to buy the portable, he will produce more of the handhelds
and begin selling them! His website
has a photo of the prototype and more details.
the GDG interview of Ben
FANTASY ADVENTURE LANDS ON THE ATARI LYNX|
Productions announces Distant Lands for the Atari Lynx. Collect
mundane tools and cryptic artifacts, fend off hordes of enemies, travel to exotic
locations, and stave off the fall of a kingdom! What more could you want in a
portable game? The game features a real-time combat system, straightforward inventory
management, player/non-player interaction, a huge map, and more!
Atari Lynx Distant Lands
HUNTER RETURNS |
Midway plans to release a new mission based version of the classic arcade
hit Spy Hunter for the Playstation 2 in late 2001.
This time our favorite
spy is testing a prototype vehicle, the 'Interceptor G-1665,' which has the ability
to transform from car to boat similar to the original game. Imagine tracking through
the canals of Venice! If your vehicle is severely damaged, you can transform to
a motorcysle or jetski, for a fast retreat.
The new Spy Hunter, however,
is reported to be played from the driver's perspective, and not overhead as the
original. All the fantastic gadgets such as missiles, oils slicks, smoke screens
and more are to return, with new gimmicks to boot!
SEGA CD GAMES RELEASED!|
Deal Games has expanded again, and is now publishing games for our favorite classic
consoles - Starting with the Sega CD!
Deal Games is proud to announce the first two new games for the SEGA CD in almost
a decade! Both Bug Blasters: The Exterminators & Star Strike were produced using
high-end film, advanced puppetry, and 3D computer animation. Boasting $100K budgets,
GDG brings the Sega CD back in style! Both games are must-have titles for any
Sega CD fan!
Learn more about these products at the GDG
CD Publishing webpage.
Purchase Sega CD T-Shirts, Mugs, Mousepads, and more at the GDG
Sega CD Store!
2600 JAMMA JOYSTICK NOW AVAILABLE
Both the 2600 JAMMA Joystick and the slightly larger brother, the 2600
JAMMA Joystick LX are now available. These two joysticks, the second in a series
that the GOAT Store hand builds and sells to collectors, is made from real JAMMA
arcade parts. "The JAMMA Joysticks series are products that I really have enjoyed
creating, building and selling," said Dan Loosen of the GOAT Store. "Our Jaguar
JAMMA Joystick series has been a huge success for us. We hope that enthusiasts
for the 2600 find this joystick just as useful!" E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit their website.
GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE|
Game Peddler's Guide to ColecoVision, featuring rarity and price listings for
over 150 games and hardware accessories. This guide features an index of online
ColecoVision retailers, lists of prototypes, demos, new releases, and more. The
Guide is priced at a modest $2.
to request a guide.
& THE ATARI LABEL
can $100 million buy? Well, it has bought Hasbro Interactive and Games.com for
Infogrames. While the negotiation is subject to approval, and won't officially
close until early 2001, it seems that the deed is indeed done. The licensing agreement
allows for Infogrames to publish Hasbro properties on ALL platforms for a whopping
15 years, with a 5 year possible extension. The chairman and CEO of Infogrames,
Bruno Bonnell, stated," The deal is to be completed in Q1 2001, so that Frogger
will live to jump another highway."
Does this make the future of Atari
games brighter? Well, it just might since it might mean that Infogrames would
produce the titles internally or with its own trusted developers, as opposed to
RECORD HOLDER INTERVIEWED |
Last month, Donald Hayes shattered a 14-year-old high score on Centipede
to achieve a new world record of 7,111,111 points. If you've played much Centipede,
you know that's a lot of bug zapping. If you want to know what goes into such
a record-breaking game, and more importantly, what strategies a world-record holder
recommends to increase our high scores, read the ClassicGaming
Q*BERT IN STORES|
& Hasbro Interactive has shipped the foul-mouthed Q-Bert for Dreamcast.
Navigate the orange creature through isometric 3D jumping puzzles and take a trip
down memory lane. Be sure to read our exclusive interview w/ Q-Bert
POLICE OFFERS VIOLENT GAME CAMPAIGN |
Dan Huck, a Chicago police officer has organized a campaign to try and discourage
violent videogames. Many Chicagoland businesses such as Parkway Drugs, Kohl Children's
Museum, Wilmette Massage, and Pothead Pottery are offering discounts to clientele
who submit violent video games for "disposal".
LAIR THEATRICAL MOVIE!|
Preproduction on a Dragon's Lair full-length theatrical movie is in the works
by Don Bluth for 2002! The movie to be based on the laserdisk game of the 80's
as well as the upcoming sequel, Dragon's Lair 3D.
Other Game-based movies
in production include Final Fantasy, The House of the Dead, Parasite Eve, and
INTERACTIVE DRAGON'S LAIR COMING SOON!|
Dragon's Lair is set to return to new high-end consoles soon, this time with full
interactivity! Dragon's Lair 3D will incorporate cell shading and filtering techniques
that create the illusion of handdrawn artwork created from 3D models.
& THE ATARI LABEL FOR SALE|
In the last 2 years, Hasbro has lost $170 million and may be on the auction
block. Sources say that Hasbro wants to close the deal in a single sale, and Electronic
Arts has officially confirmed its interest in certain Hasbro franchises but will
not bid for the company as a whole. However, EA Europe's senior VP and MD David
Gardner stated, "We are always interested in consumer properties and Hasbro has
a very strong line-up from its board games division in particular. If Hasbro took
a licensing approach, we would certainly want to negotiate." Could this mean another
move for Atari?
ARCADE BAN OVERTURNED|
The law prohibiting minors playing arcade machines in Indianapolis has been
RUN OF ATARI MAGAZINE ANTIC ON THE WEB|
The Digital Antic Project has published the full text of all 88 issues of Antic
Magazine. Antic was devoted to the Atari 8-bit and ST computers from April 1982
through July 1990. Read Antic at (http://www.atarimagazines.com). The next project,
which has already begun, will be digitizing two more magazine series also published
by Antic Publishing. Antic Amiga Plus, which focuses on the Amiga platform and
STart, which focuses on Atari ST computer.
SHOOTER '1944' COMING SOON|
Remember your fingers twitching from playing 1942 a couple decades ago? Good
News, the sequel, 1944 will be continuing where the last one left off. Promising
15 stages of two-player action involving a Zero Fighter and aP-38 Lightning, complete
with final boss for each level. The game will use the Naomi arcade hardware, so
a port to the Dreamcast is probable.
SEQUEL IN THE WORKS|
The original film's director, Steven Lisberger, is working on the sequel
to the 80's cult favorite Tron. Titled, 'Tron 2.0" Lisberger stated, "It's
been an interesting experience for me, certainly, to go back to that film after
20 years and really study it and see what it was about from this perspective.
I learned a lot about my own film. It's going to be interesting on the next Tron
to try to create some of the sensuousness that the first film had in terms of
the graphics, but to do it in a digital way." Scribe Richard Jeffries (Silver
Surfer, Neanderthal) is rumored to be working on the film's script.
VIDEOGAME HISTORY BOOK|
The First Quarter : A 25-year History of Video Games by Steven
L. Kent is an exclusive release from Amazon.com.
It has a list price of $21.95 and will be published on November 1, 2000. Over
500 pages of videogame lore!
Read a full review at ClassicGaming.com
DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON TELEVISION|
The Modern Marvels episode entitled Video Games: Behind The Fun will air
Oct. 9th at 10pm EST/PT on the History Channel. The special will cover the videogame
industry from its infancy to the modern age, as well as cover the underlying technology
and how current development rivals even Hollywood Movie productions.
GAMER MAGAZINE TO BE DISTRIBUTED INTERNATIONALLY|
celebrates its one year anniversary with an international distribution partnership
with Tower Records to distribute the magazine internationally. The full-color
magazine, published quarterly, will sell for $4.00 at Tower Records stores worldwide.
"We have had such a tremendous reaction from our peers and subscribers over the
past year that we wanted to increase our reach to gaming fans across the country
and around the world,” says Chris Cavanaugh, Editor in Chief.
PAC-MAN, NAMCO & NABCO FIGHT BREAST CANCER|
At age 19, Ms. Pac-Man has returned in 3D to face new adventures and challenges,
one of which is the fight against breast cancer. To commemorate this milestone
and the fall release of her action maze game Maze Madness, Ms. Pac-Man
has added a pink ribbon to her wardrobe by partnering with the National Alliance
of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO), the leading non-profit resource for information
and education about breast cancer, and a network of more than 400 organizations
providing detection, treatment and care to American women. To kick off the alliance,
Ms. Pac-Man has been named the first ever-official celebrity spokes person by
NABCO. Over 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, and about
43,000 women will die from the disease. So that your mom and loved ones can maintain
good breast health, Ms. Pac-Man is urging you to bug them to get regular check
GAMING HIGH-SCORE DATABASE NOW ONLINE|
The high-score database containing the official world records for video game
and pinball playing is now available on the Internet as a free reference source.
It can be found by clicking on SEARCH SCORES at: http://www.twingalaxies.com.
This body of information is essentially the statistical history of video game
and pinball playing from 1977 to present and has already been used as a reference
source by many news agencies and Hollywood producers, including the Guinness
Book of World Records, ABC-TV’s That’s Incredible and Jeopardy,
the TV game show.
TO RELEASE SPACE HARRIER SEQUEL (UPDATED!)|
The arcade classic Space Harrier finally gets a sequel! Titled
Planet Harrier, this sequel to the fast moving 3rd person shoot-em
up of years past, is being developed by Amusement Vision, the Sega subsidiary
formally known as AM4. The game is currently on test in Japanese arcades. Planet
Harrier stays true to the original gameplay. Destroying the enemy w/ a
vulcan cannon and lock-on missiles reveals a money collection system similar to
Forgotten Worlds. The collected money may be used to purchase shields,
bombs, and various other powerups between stages. Best of all, Planet Harrier
is a two player simultaneous game!
GAMES BANNED IN INDIANAPOLIS|
Indianapolis lawmakers begin regulating coin-op machines September 1st. Arcade
games to be prohibited from movie theatres, shops, family entertainment centers,
and all public establishments. Remember this during the next presidential election,
TO RELEASE GAMEBOY COLOR DRAGON'S LAIR|
Rick Dyer, Digital Eclipse and Capcom will be releasing the FMV classic Dragon's
Lair on the Gameboy Color this December. This is not a game based on the
cult classic, but the actual arcade game -- all 22 minutes of digitized Don Bluth
RELEASES VINTAGE GAMES|
The 1984 Lost Colecovision game Steamroller by David Rolfe
is finally being released, as well as Atari 2600 games Sea Battle
(a/k/a as High Seas) and Swordfight. These games were
completed, but not released in the '80's due to the flailing videogame market
of the time. Steamroller is a conversion of the arcade game.
Swordfight is a 2-player game where opponents attack, feint, block,
and strike one another. Sea Battle is the 2600 version of the 2-player
Intellivision strategy game.
LIVES SEQUEL: INTELLIVISION ROCKS|
The 20th anniversary of Intellivision (Oct. 31st) will be celebrated with the
release of Intellivision Rocks. This CD-Rom will include: Atlantis, B-17
Bomber, Beamrider, Beauty & the Beast, Bomb Squad, Demon Attack, Dragonfire, Dreadnaught
Factor, Fathom, Happy Trails, Ice Trek, Microsurgeon, Mind Strike, Nova Blast,
River Raid, Robot Rumble (previously unreleased), Safecracker, Stampede, Swords
& Serpents, Tropical Trouble, Truckin', White Water, World Series baseball, &
Worm Whomper. CD Audio music files of the classic games are also being
included on the disc.
BURNHAM TO RELEASE SUPERCADE VIDEOGAME & PUBLICATION|
The forthcoming book Supercade: A Visual History of the Videogame Age 1971-1984
(www.supercade.com) and Production Director of Wired Magazine today announced
plans for a limited release of an exciting new videogame, Escape From Supercade!,
to commemorate the upcoming release of her book. Only 100 signed and numbered
limited edition boxed cartridges of this collectable new videogame will ever be
made. Game play details are being withheld until a formal press announcement and
presentation at the Classic Gaming Expo 2000 on July 29, 2000. Following the presentation,
the first 26 of the 100 signed and numbered boxed cartridges will be awarded to
selected guests who register to win at the Classic Gaming Expo show booth. The
ROM image for Escape From Supercade! will later be made available
online for free digital download so that videogame fans can play the game via
emulator on their computers. The new game was developed by Eric Bacher and Igor
Barzilai of Ébivision (www.ebivision.com), creators of Pesco and
Merlin's Walls. Supercade will be the first book to illustrate and
document the history, legacy, and visual language of the videogame phenomenon.
The book will be published by The MIT Press (www-mitpress.mit.edu) with over 400
lavishly illustrated pages, the book pays tribute to the technology, the games,
and the visionaries who created one of the most influential eras in computer science.
"As a collector, I wanted a comprehensive printed resource - a full-color 'coffee
table' book - on the history of videogames," says Burham.
PROTOTYPE DARK TOWER TO GET SEQUEL|
is a modern homage to GCE's Dark Tower, a 3D adventure game originally
designed for the Vectrex home console system in 1984, but never released. While
sticking close to the concept of Dark Tower, Shadow of the
Lost Citadel will feature enhanced graphics, digital sound and music,
and plenty of new surprises!
Read our Exclusive Interview!
w/ GAMEBOY COLOR|
Okay, so this isn't truly classic game related, but chalk it up as, "Videogame
News of the Wierd" -- Part 2 -- Whatever you do, don't go fishing without your
Gameboy! Proud owners of the Japanese Fishing Sonar (by Bandai)
may now detect fish below the murky waters! Simply by lowering the detector w/
attached cable, the gameboy screen will display sonar data detecting fish for
more than 60 feet. A mini-game is also included within the pak.
RELEASED & THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE!|
From the creators of the Atari Jaguars' Alien vs. Predator, this
4-meg Rebellion title really shines! Recently released by Carl Forhan of SongBird
Productions. SkyHammer allows the pilot to weave through buildings
in a downtown scenario, an event unseen in videogames since Taito's laserdisk
Cobra Command/Thunderstorm of the 80's. Good Deal
Games has this game
EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL IS COMING HOME, AGAIN|
Despite rumors of 1000's of Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges buried in
the desert of New Mexico, NewKidCo, in agreement with Universal Studios and Amblin
Entertainment, will be releasing E.T. Comes Home for
the PlayStation2, Dolphin, Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and X-Box.
The movie E.T. was released in 1982 and grossed $700 million worldwide
but the licensed video & computer games were not as successful. NewKidCo obviously
hopes for a better result with its E.T. license, and so does the
New Mexico Landfill officials.
Atari 2600 E.T.
INTELLICART IS RELEASED|
Housing a total of 64Kx16-bit memory on board
and bank-switching support, the Intellicart supports just about every Intellivision
game. Please see the Intellicart
website for all the details on this device.
COLOR SEWING MACHINE ANNOUNCED
so this isn't truly classic game related, but chalk it up as, "Videogame News
of the Wierd"
-- In an effort to bridge the gap between Grandmothers & Grandsons
everywhere, Japan's largest sewing machine company (Jaguar International) will
integrate industrial cardigan stitchers and 8-bit videogame Gameboy technology.
The device, named Nuotto, will connect via the game link cable.
Users simply press a button, and the system will automatically instruct the sewing
machine on how to stencil and stitch graphics (Pokémon characters, anyone) onto
your favorite clothes and fabrics. "Only in Japan," you say? Well, guess again!
Jaguar international has American ties, and IS planning to release the device
stateside later this year, and will retail for under $600.
RESEARCH REVEALS GAME PLAYER STATISTICS
to research conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, 60% of the U. S. population
above the age of 6 years old uses interactive entertainment regularly. That totals
approximately 145 million Americans. This also reveals an increase of female players,
consisting of 43%, or just over 62 million. The study concludes that the majority
of game players (61%) are over the age of 18, and the average gamer being 28 years
GAME OF TETRIS
students at Brown University play the world's largest fully-functional Tetris
game! Transforming their 14-story Sciences Library into a giant video display,
the game runs on Linux computer, which is then hooked up to a set of 10,000 light
bulbs that bring the game to life using the installed lights in 100 windows of
LYNX & JAGUAR GAMES AND PERIPHERALS ANNOUCED
Forhan of Songbird Production has announced the following products:
Cybervirus: an incredible 3D mission-based action game which runs
on the same game engine of BattleWheels, a Lynx Favorite.
Racing: a super-smooth overhead racing game which features tight control,
multiple tracks, and multiplayer options.
Planar Wars 3D: protect
the last surviving defense starship from your cockpit.
multi-player fighting game.
Virtual VCS, Atari VCS (2600) emulator.
Rapid Fire Controller
for the Jaguar.
THE FIRST COPY OF JAGUAR BATTLESPHERE!
is almost here! But one lucky winner can obtain an early version complete with
a digitally personalized game introduction to the winning bidder! This is a one
of a kind product and event, which will certainly go down in Atari history. You
may bid on
E-Bay for Battlesphere and all profits of the game go
to diabetes research. Read GDG
interview w/ Douglas Engel for more details about 4-Play
COLOR TO RECIEVE MORE RETRO TITLES|
and Majesco will bring Frogger 2, Q*Bert, Galaga,
and Galaxian to the Color Gameboy this year. No release dates have
GENERAL MILLS CEREAL INCLUDES FREE ATARI GAMES
marked boxes of General Mills Cereals include a free CD-Rom which includes the
full versions of Activision's Atari Action Packs Volumes 1&2. Best of all, they
stay crunchy even in milk!
INTERACTIVE TO RELEASE UPDATED GALAGA|
1981 Arcade hit Galaga is getting an update. Hasbro has licensed
the game from Namco, and will be released under the Atari label, joining the ranks
of Centipede, Q*Bert, and Pong.
PRODUCTIONS SHIPS JAGUAR SOCCER KID|
developed soccer involved platformer has shipped! Help rescue the cup in time
for the London World Cup. Read
GDG interview w/
Carl Forhan for more details. Good
Deal Games has this game IN STOCK!
RETIRES ATARI GAMES|
On Jan. 17, 2000, Midway's namesake Atari Games, originally the coin-op division
of Warner-owned Atari, Inc., was concluded. The final game released was San
Francisco Rush 2049, and future games will display the Midway logo. Hasbro,
which operates the Atari brand label for home consoles and computers, has heavily
marketed their Atari label strongly since acquiring the rights, and is cited for
a primary reason for Midway dropping their Atari Games label.
FOR THE ATARI LYNX TO BE RELEASED
Harry Dodgson, a long-time Lynx hobbyist, will be releasing Othello
for the Atari Lynx this February. This version of the classic board game includes
various play modes -- single player, head-to-head, and more, clear audio, and
ROBINETT - THE MAKING OF ADVENTURE!
Robinett, programmer of Adventure for the Atari 2600, wrote a manuscript
many years ago. This manuscript, titled Imaginary Worlds: The Design of Adventure
and Rocky's Boots, discusses the creation of his famed Atari 2600 hit, Adventure,
as well as Rocky's Boots for the Apple computers. The estimated
price for the book would be approximately $15. If you would be interested in purchasing
this book, if it becomes available, please send an
e-mail with your
name and email address.
GAME POSTAGE STAMP RELEASED!
United States Postal Service, has released its Video Game postage stamp, included
in the Stamps of the Century series. It appears within the '80's collection.
GAMES GRANTS LYNX PROPERTIES TO SONGBIRD
Songbird Productions has acquired all rights and source code for three unreleased
Lynx titles from former Jaguar and Lynx developer Beyond Games. Carl Forhan will
complete the programming, and plans to release Cybervirus first.
Battle Virus infected robots and rogue computers in this first-person, mission-based
action game based on the Lynx BattleWheels engine.
Giant robot combat multiplayer game, also based on the BattleWheels engine.
Ultra Vortex: Two-player fighting game. Originally started on the
Lynx, and released on the Jaguar asUltra Vortek.
ATARI 2600 GAMES DISCOVERED!
the '99 Classic Gaming Expo (August 14th & 15th), Atari 2600 Garfield
entered the ranks of "discovered prototype"! The game Sky Patrol
by Imagic's Brad Johnson also surfaced at the show. Visit the Classic
Gaming Expo 2000 website to download the files, and
to learn more about the upcoming Classic Gaming Expo!
RELEASES NEW VECTREX CARTRIDGE
world's first 64K Vectrex cartridge, Vecmania, has been released.
Featuring 3 all new games, 3 original Vectrex games with some new features and
2 playable demos. Vecmania uses a menu driven, bank switched hardware
method to give you a whopping 64K of Vectrex power, never before seen anywhere!
The Vecmania cartridge itself is autographed by John Dondzilla,
and the game is custom programmed with the serial number and the buyer's name!
interview w/ John Dondzilla for more details)
Vectrex 'Birds Of
DISISTARS PLAGUE THE GLOBE
bombings in Moscow include planting bomb within a Moscow's underground shopping
center arcade game. Located near the Kremlin, the explosion injured at least 25
people, and hospitalizing 3 victims.
Pac-Man machine starts fire destroying Ossian, Iowa tavern.
is a joint development by Bethesda Softworks and Songbird Productions. (read GDG
Interview w/ Carl Forhan for more details)
Deal Games has this game IN STOCK!
3rd Annual CinciClassic a success! (FULL
INTELLIVISION CLASSICS RELEASED
releases over 30 emulated Intellivision games, complete with a video history section
including interviews with some of the original Intellivision game programmers
Hampshire -- In the entire world, Billy Mitchell, a 34 year old hot sauce manufacturer,
is the first and only player to achieve a perfect score in Pac-Man.
With an estimated 10 billion games, for a period of over 20 years, a perfect game
of Pac-Man has never been achieved. More difficult than a MLB pitcher
pitching a hit free game, and higher odds than bowling a perfect game. Mitchell
has achieved the highest of status amongst his peers. Mitchell's first attempt
ended rather ungloriously, after a careless child accidently unplugged a complete
row of games. To obtain the perfect score of 3,333,360 points, Mitchell cleared
all 256 levels eating every dot, power pill, blue ghost, and fruit with a single
Pac-Man. Clearing Pac-Man is a monotonous task. The
first 20 screens have limited differences, and boards 21 to 255 are identical.
the final screen, the monitor become covered with random numbers and letters,
making visibility and navigation difficult. On July 3rd, approximately 5 p.m.
EST, a simple "Game Over" softly glowed on the screen. Mitchell also owns the
standing record on Donkey Kong, and has played a single continious
game of Centipede for 47 hours.
Have an absolute passion, a fever, to be #1."
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