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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!





Happy Birthday!
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!

Escape It!
Miss It!

and

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's BIOGRAPHY

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.



Ralph Baer's
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!

Strip Off!
Shield Shifter
Chase It!

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,
T
rigger Exelica, Woody Pop and more

Vectrex Wraps

Master System/Mark III
specific paddle controller games

Interview:
Super Fighter Team

AtariVox ... Populi + tests:
· Strat O Gems deluxe
· Astar
· 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)

VecFlash USB

Features:
Commodore C64TV

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!
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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

KING'S 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/

The NEW King's Quest III


SEGA 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!

The 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.

Unlockable on the PS2 only are Zaxxon, Tac-Scan and Zektor.






TEENSY WEENSY ATARI


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 Fun website.


GDG ALERT!!

For Collectors Only
Manufacturing quality & performance is poor

FREE 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.


Jeff Minter's Llamatron


SONY PSP TO PLAY CLASSIC GENESIS & SNES EA TITLES

Coming 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.

Prepare 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: Secret Missions



Ultima: The Black Gate

HUMAN SPACE INVADERS

The title just about says it all. Check out this really AMAZING
Space Invaders Video
, performed by humans.

Human Space Invaders

FIRST 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!
 

SPACE 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.


Slug Russell, Shag Graetz, & Alan Kotok


INTELLIVISION 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 the Guide!

 
SEGA'S GOLDEN AXE FRANCHISE TO RETURN ON 360 & PS3

The original 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.
NINTENDO 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.

NEW 2006 SEGA CD RELEASE - BURNING FISTS: FORCE STRIKER


Good Deal Games is proud to announce the newest Sega CD release, Burning Fists: Force Striker.
The 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!

RALPH 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

The 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 www.technology.gov/medal.


EUROPEAN 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.

ReVival 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.

Issue #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!



Only $5.99
CLASSIC 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 website.

CLASSIC 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!


CLASSIC 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.

Tecmo Classic Arcade
(X-Box)
Bomb Jack, Pinball Action, Pleiads, Rygar, Senjyo, Solomon’s Key, Star Force, Strato Fighter, Swimmer, Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Cup

Capcom Classic Collection
(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

Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play (Sony PSP)
720, 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

Mega Man Anniversary Collection (GameBoy Advance)
Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4 and Mega Man 5

Mega 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

Midway Arcade Treasures 3
(Xbox, GameCube, PS2)
Badlands, 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 Pack)

Namco Museum Battle Collection
(Sony PSP)

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

Namco 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

Namco Museum 50th Anniversary (GameBoy Advance)
Dig Dug, Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man and Rally X

Sonic 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.
 
NEW MS. PAC-MAN HI-SCORE

Twin 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. Read more.

FOUNDER OF ATARI NOLAN BUSHNELL ENTERS BISTRO BIZ


Nolan Bushnell 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.

Touch 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.

So 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.

To 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.



Nolan Bushnell
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 website.

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


Videogames: 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 pages, 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.

Only $28.99
or grab yourself an AUTOGRAPHED copy for only $34.99

Videogames:
In the Beginning


by Ralph Baer
the Inventor of
Home Videogames

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
BUILD 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 reported.
 

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 time.

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 website.

enes footage during the taping of RCADE!!
DVD 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!


Now Available in the GDG Store
at a discounted price of $17.99

"OLD-SCHOOL" GAMERS MAKE 1/3 OF MARKET


Phoenix Marketing 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 Super Nintendo.

David 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."

The 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 title, Saboteur.

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.

The "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 on-screen action.

Here is the complete list of games:

Classic 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.

Atari 2600™ titles: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, A Game of Concentration, Adventure, Air•Sea 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.

Atari Anthology will be released on the X-Box and Playstation 2 this November for only $19.99.

 

ACCLAIM CLOSES DOORS


While 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.
 
GDG PUBLISHES 12+ NEW COLECOVISION GAMES

Master Colecovision 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!

Classic Gamer
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!

TRON 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!

Manci 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!


Ralph 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:

Space Invaders Tabletop: Cellophane Edition
Space Invaders Tabletop: Monochrome Edition
Space Invaders Tabletop: Color Edition
Space Invaders: Unright Edition
Space Invaders Part II: Upright Edition
Space Invaders Part II Tabletop: Color Edition
Space Invaders: 3D Edition
Space Invaders: Versus Mode
Space Invaders: Double Mode

 

ATARI 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.

Games 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 Article
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

Originally announced at 1999’s 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.

"Interest 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."

In 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.

See Ralph Baer's prototype Brown Box
Atari Jaguar's unreleased JagVR
A hilarious Pitfall Harry costume
Atari's maninframe computer GAWD
Tron's Cindy Morgan
A poor sap advertising Tommy Tallerico's appearance
Howard Scott Warshaw
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Ralph Baer's Brown Box

GDG RELEASES CLASSIC ARCADE
AUDIO COLLECTION

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!

Premiering 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.

Capcom 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, unannounced date.
 

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. It’s 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 Standard time.
 

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, it’s 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 GDG’s own Michael Thomasson.


Manci 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.

Each 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


Sony's next 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


Namco Hometek 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.

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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.

This 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.

This 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


Nintendo 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


Capcom 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


The 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


It 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!


Intellivision Productions, Crave Entertainment, and Realtime Associates are bringing Intellivision Lives to the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox before the holiday season.

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!!


With 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


The 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


In 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.

UPDATE: 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


Midway 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, Joust, Joust 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


The 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 Kingdom’s Gamer.tv Limited—Game 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 network’s second on the subject. It’s 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


UPN announced that it has picked up the computer-animated SF comedy pilot Game Over as a series.

Game 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.

The network has given a six-episode midseason order to the Carsey-Werner-Mandabach show, which features the voices of Marisa Tomei and Patrick Warburton. The voice 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


Good 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 again Daniel!

Go get 'em!!

 

ADVENTURE ISLAND AND BONK GAMES COMING SOON!


Hudson 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


Master 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 Music demo.


NAMCO ARCADE GAMES HIT THE HOME TELEVISION


Jakks Pacific, 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 market.
 

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 this September.
 

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.

Chief 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.

The 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.

Over 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

While 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 Expo..

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


Cult-favorite game 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

The 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

GDG is also conducting videogame polls on the GDG Message Board, too. Speak up!

 

THE LEARNING CHANNEL TO AIR GAME DOCUMENTARY

Gameheadz 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 guitar.

Gameheadz will air on April 16 at 10:00 PM EST on
The Learning Channel (TLC).

 

ATARI STEVE WOITA BACK IN THE GAME

Steve 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 Steve Woita!


Clickum by Steve Woita

SEGA TO EXPAND SONIC FRANCHISE

Sega 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

Game 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

He's 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.

GDG highly recommend this refreshing reading alternative!
Learn more at the official website.


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SIXTH ANNUAL CLASSIC GAMING AUGUST 9th & 10th

Mark 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 Gaughan’s 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 games. Additional information on Classic Gaming Expo website.


"SADNESS COMES AGAIN..."
by Curt Vendel, Atari Historian.

Another sad chapter is added to the Atari Legacy:

Feb 7th, 2003 marks the true end of an era unlike any other...

What 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...

In 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.

To 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


Intellivision Lives 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 back!

Pitfall Harry will be released for the X-Box, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Playstation 2 consoles.

Pitfall Harry

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


Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, 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


It's official, 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!

The story: 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'


From cute, 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.

Newest Nintendo GameBoy Advance

YU SUZUKI INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME


The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences today announced that SEGA’s 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.

“Yu 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.”

The 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.

In 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, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. “An Audience with the Masters” is a rare opportunity for attendees to pose questions directly to game design masters.

The 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 industry’s leading companies and counts among its board of directors representatives from Activision, Electronic Arts, Infogrames, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony to name a few.

Visit the official websites for more information about AIAS, or to register for the D.I.C.E. Summit.

Mr. 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 Institution’s Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology Innovation, at the Smithsonian’s Natural Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

“I 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.

You 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!



Nintendo 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 & Tricks!

Game Informer #116 Pages 172-173
Electronic Gaming Monthly #162 Page 44
Tips & Tricks #93 Page 111

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.

An 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 extinction!

Oh 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 Atari, Gravitar, Missile Command, Pong (Adapted from Video Olympics), Real Sports Volleyball and Yar’s Revenge.

NOW AVAILABLE from GDG!



Atari 10-in-1

LIVE-ACTION PAC-MAN MOVIE IN THE WORKS

Crystal 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

One 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

While 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 Cell

NEW STRIDER IN THE WORKS

The 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 TO ASK

Maximize 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!


By Brian Underdahl
and McGraw-Hill Osborne Media

PS2 GETS MASSIVE ACTIVISION ANTHOLOGY

Activision 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 the decade.

Go 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.

Confirmed games for the Anthology:

Barnstorming, Chopper Command, Commando, Dragster, Kaboom!
Kabobber (previously unreleased)
Megaman, Rampage, River Raid,
Seaquest, and Space Shuttle.


CLASSIC GAMING FAVORITE CHOPLIFTER RETURNS

Xicat 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.

 

CINCICLASSIC REMEMBERED


The 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 CinciClassic website.

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 at CinciClassic!

This release 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 Blinkenlights website.



Window lights flickered as
Blinkenlights Pong played
on
a 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 gambling.

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.

                    1985-2002

THREE MORE FOR THE PHILIPS CD-i


In 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.

Available Now!
 

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 CinciClassic website.

Good Deal Games is a proud sponsor and supporter of CinciClassic Videogame shows past and present.

NEW VECTREX GAME VEC SPORTS BOXING AVAILABLE


Good 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 Publishing pages.

Good Deal Games publishing releases new titles for classic systems including the Sega CD, Vectrex, Philips CD-i, Colecovision, and more!

All game sales profits go directly into licensing and developing more upcoming titles!

HOLLYWOOD DOES SPY HUNTER


The 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


The 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


After 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


Good 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?

Available Now!
Holy Cow - it's Only $9.99!

GAMEBOY ADVANCE & GAME & WATCH TITLES


Remakes 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.


Game & Watch Boxing

ATARI TV GAMES COMING FROM TOYMAX


Licensed 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


The 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.

PAC-MAN COLLECTABLES BOOK PUBLISHED

When 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!



Pac-Man Collectibles
by Deborah Palicia
ISBN: 0764315544
8 1/2" x 11"
160 Pages


G4 GAME CHANNEL LAUNCHES WITH "PONG" 24/7


G4, 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


The 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


The 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!
 
GAME AUDIO NETWORK TO LAUNCH AT GDC

The 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 More
 

PROTECTOR: SE TO INCLUDE BJL & JAGFREE CD


Protector: 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 charge.
NEW JAGUAR CD SOFTWARE RELEASED

The 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


Nintendo, 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.
 
ATARI WATCH TO BE REVEALED SOON

Casio 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


T*HQ 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


Protector 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


John 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


Here 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


Songbird 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.
TRON 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


Good 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.

New Colecovision Games Coming Soon!
INTELLIVISION ROCKS FINALLY AVAILABLE!

After 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


In 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


Nineteen-year-old 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

Without 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

Infogrames' 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, and Tempest.
 
CINCICLASSIC 2001 PHOTOS

Photos from this years event are now online.
More to appear soon!
THQ 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.


Astrosmash
on a Motorola phone

SNK 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 and others.

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."
 
CAN 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 Wizard.
 
INFOGRAMES 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!
 
ATARI 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

Visit Chad Schell's website for more details
VAN 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.


Supercade
Book Cover
CLASSIC 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.
 
ACTIVISION CLASSICS HANDHELD

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 it here

Photo courtesy of AtariAge
DEFENDER IS BACK

Midway is modernizing another classic game. This time Defender gets the new treatment!

DEVASTATOR ULTIMATE JOYSTICK

A new MAME controller has surfaced after much development, and this beast of a controller has it all: Dual Joysticks, Trackball, and a Spinner!

Click
here for more details or contact Jim Krych, the Devastator creator if you have specific questions.


The Devastator
and creator Jim Krych
COLOR VECTREX RESTORED

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
here.
 

CLASSIC GAMING EXPO 2K1 PHOTOS ONLINE!

Good Deal Games was a proud supporter of CGE2K1 and we have begun posting photographs from the event!

SEE PHOTOGRAPHS


Michael Thomasson,
Penn Jillette and Leonard Herman
JOHN SELLERS ARCADE FEVER NOW AVAILABLE

Have 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.
VIDEOGAME TELEVISION CHANNEL COMING

A 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 backing.
 
ARCHON 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 Software website.

IMPRISON
WHICH FOE WILL YOU IMPRISON?
PLAYCYCLE RE-LAUNCHES
& 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."
TUNE 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

Shadow 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.

To learn more, visit the Salsa Shark Productions webpage, or Read our Exclusive Interview!

SEGA 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!

The future 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!
NEW INTELLIVISION GAME RELEASED

Special Edition 4-Tris Intellivision cartridges are being created specifically for PhillyClassic 2001!
ATARI 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 is included!

HOT RUMOR - Infogrames is considering changing their name officially to Atari!
 
DEFENDER 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 (sigh)
 
INTRODUCING PET ENTERTAINMENT

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 alike!


Games for your Kitty!
http://www.cyberpounce.com/
ATARI ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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 are included.
 
GAMES 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.
 
NEW 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.
NAMCO 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.
 
ATARI 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
Here

Atari Lynx
Aliens vs. Predator
ANOTHER 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.
VIDEOGAME 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 Playground website.

Tommy Tallarico, EP's founder and host, Interviewed!
 
NEW 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.
 
TIME MAGAZINE FEATURES THE ATARI 2600

The March 19th issue of Time Magazine features the Atari 2600. The
article 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.

Isao Okawa
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
WENDY'S 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!
PLAYCYCLE BECOMES ALTERNATIVE TO E-BAY

Can't find a game you want at GDG? Looking for an alternative to E-Bay for auctions. Try
Playcycle 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!
VECTREX VECTOPIA RELEASED

John 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!

Good Deal Games created the artwork for Vectopia!
ODYSSEY˛ DESIGNER INTERVIEWED & VIDEOPAC PROTOTYPE 'SHARK HUNTER' AVAILABLE

Jon Shuttleworth 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 was invented!

In related news: The Recently discovered G7000 Protoype game
Shark Hunter ROM is also available for download.
DIGITAL PRESS SIXTH EDITION COLLECTOR's GUIDE
NOW AVAILABLE


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 w
/ Digital Press. More information may be read in the the
Joe Santulli Interview
at ClassicGaming.com.
MORE 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.
 

BUG BLASTERS AND STAR STRIKE REVIEWED!

While 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!

Star Strike Review:
http://www.gamers.com/game/489635/previews#525217

ATARI 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.

Read the GDG interview of Ben Heckendorn!

EPIC FANTASY ADVENTURE LANDS ON THE ATARI LYNX

Songbird 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
SPY 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!
 
NEW SEGA CD GAMES RELEASED!

Good Deal Games has expanded again, and is now publishing games for our favorite classic consoles - Starting with the Sega CD!

Good 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

Sega CD Publishing webpage.


Purchase Sega CD T-Shirts, Mugs, Mousepads, and more at the
GDG Sega CD Store!





ATARI 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 thegoat@goatstore.com or visit their website.
 
COLECOVISION GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

The 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.
E-Mail
to request a guide.
 

INFOGRAMES ACQUIRES HASBRO
& THE ATARI LABEL

What 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 Majesco.

CENTIPEDE 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 interview!
 
DREAMCAST Q*BERT IN STORES

Majesco & 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 creator.
CHICAGO 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".
 
DRAGON'S 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 Resident Evil.
 
FULLY 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.
HASBRO & 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?
 
INDIANAPOLIS ARCADE BAN OVERTURNED

The law prohibiting minors playing arcade machines in Indianapolis has been deemed unconstitutional.
 
ENTIRE 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.
 
CAPCOM 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.

1942
TRON 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.
 
NEW 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
VIDEOGAMES 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.
 
CLASSIC GAMER MAGAZINE TO BE DISTRIBUTED INTERNATIONALLY

Classic Gamer Magazine 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.
MS. 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 ups.
CLASSIC 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.
 
SEGA 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!
VIOLENT 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, folks!
 
CAPCOM 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 animated bliss!
RETROTOPIA 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.
INTELLIVISION 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.
 
VAN 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.


Supercade Book Cover
VECTREX PROTOTYPE DARK TOWER TO GET SEQUEL

Salsa Shark Productions 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!
FISHING 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.

Gameboy Fishing Sonar
SKYHAMMER 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
IN STOCK!

Atari Jaguar SkyHammer
THE 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.
THE 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.

GAMEBOY COLOR SEWING MACHINE ANNOUNCED

Okay, 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.

NEW RESEARCH REVEALS GAME PLAYER STATISTICS

According 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 of age.

 

14-STORY-TALL GAME OF TETRIS

The 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 the library.


Tetris Anyone?

MORE LYNX & JAGUAR GAMES AND PERIPHERALS ANNOUCED

Carl Forhan of Songbird Production has announced the following products:

Lynx:
Cybervirus: an incredible 3D mission-based action game which runs on the same game engine of BattleWheels, a Lynx Favorite.
Championship 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.
Ultravore: multi-player fighting game.

Jaguar:
Virtual VCS, Atari VCS (2600) emulator.
Rapid Fire Controller for the Jaguar.


Championship Racing



Ultravore

OWN THE FIRST COPY OF JAGUAR BATTLESPHERE!

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 and Battlesphere.

GAMEBOY COLOR TO RECIEVE MORE RETRO TITLES

Hasbro and Majesco will bring Frogger 2, Q*Bert, Galaga, and Galaxian to the Color Gameboy this year. No release dates have been revealed.
 

GENERAL MILLS CEREAL INCLUDES FREE ATARI GAMES

Specially 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!
 
HASBRO INTERACTIVE TO RELEASE UPDATED GALAGA

The 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.

Galaga
SONGBIRD PRODUCTIONS SHIPS JAGUAR SOCCER KID

Krisalis 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!

SongBird's 'Soccer Kid '
MIDWAY 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.
 

OTHELLO 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 engaging graphics.

 

WARREN ROBINETT - THE MAKING OF ADVENTURE!

Warren 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.

 

VIDEO GAME POSTAGE STAMP RELEASED!

The 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.

BEYOND 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.

Cybervirus: Battle Virus infected robots and rogue computers in this first-person, mission-based action game based on the Lynx BattleWheels engine.

Mechtiles: 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.

 

NEW ATARI 2600 GAMES DISCOVERED!

During 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!

DONDZILLA RELEASES NEW VECTREX CARTRIDGE

The 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!       
(read
GDG interview w/ John Dondzilla for more details)


Vectrex 'Birds Of Prey'
from Vecmania

COIN-OP DISISTARS PLAGUE THE GLOBE

Terrorist 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.

Malfunctioning Pac-Man machine starts fire destroying Ossian, Iowa tavern.

 

JAGUAR PROTECTOR SHIPS

Protector is a joint development by Bethesda Softworks and Songbird Productions. (read GDG Interview w/ Carl Forhan for more details)
Good Deal Games has this game
IN STOCK!


Jaguar Protector

CINCICLASSIC A SUCCESS

The 3rd Annual CinciClassic a success! (FULL STORY)

 

PLAYSTATION INTELLIVISION CLASSICS RELEASED

Activision releases over 30 emulated Intellivision games, complete with a video history section including interviews with some of the original Intellivision game programmers and designers.

 

PAC-MAN RECORD

New 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.

During 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.


Billy Mitchell
"I Have an absolute passion, a fever, to be #1."





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