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The world's 13th-best Donkey Kong player has something to prove

Most nights, Shaun Boyd leaves his wife on the couch, contentedly cross-stitching in front of <i>Downton Abbey</i> or old episodes of <i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i>. It's seven or eight, after they've eaten dinner, when Shaun excuses himself. He goes to the next room: his room, small, with a computer desk …

'The Big Lebowski' goes 8-bit in video game reimagining

The folks at CineFix have dreamed up a retro video game around the classic Coen brothers film, and it's got bowling, an angry John Goodman, and enough White Russians to appease the most devout Lebowskians.<p>Picturing a standard Coen brothers film as a video game brings to mind some gruesome and …

Retrogaming

Someone Made The Pac-Man Soundtrack 13 Years Before The Game Was Created

This Italian sound experiment from 1967 sounds eerily familiar...<p><i>Pac-Man</i>, arguably la crème de la crème of 8-bit arcade glory, wasn't released until 1980, yet we recently noticed a YouTube video that points to a maybe-unexpected source of its inspiration. Take one listen to the above track, and …

How Atari box art turned 8-bit games into virtual wonderlands

The cover for <i>Adventure</i> on the Atari looks nothing like the title it’s promoting. The game itself is essentially made of a series of rectangles, with a few blocky enemies prowling around, while the main adventurer is simply a square. You’re forced to imagine the fantasy world you’re meant to be …

See the buried E.T. Atari 2600 cartridges get dug up in person

Fans of video game history may want to book flights to New Mexico. On April 26, a team of documentarians and garbage contractors will excavate the fabled landfill where <i>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</i> Atari 2600 cartridges are said to have been buried three decades ago, and the public can attend the …

Museum acquires 'virtually complete' source code from Atari's arcade heyday

Acquiring the source code to virtually every coin-op game Atari made when it dominated the early 1980s arcade scene — <i>Asteroids, Missile Command, Centipede</i> — would seem to be enough of a coup. Yet for Jeremy Saucier, the most intimate contact with that era comes in the thousands and thousands of …

NES Remix 2 is great for players who bring the right memories (review)

NES Remix 2 is a nostalgia mirror. Hold it up to yourself and it will show you the fond memories you have for classic Nintendo games (or the lack thereof).<p>To get the most from NES Remix 2, you’ll need a history with the Nintendo Entertainment System. That was true with the first game, and it’s …

3D Printed Raspberry Pi NES Case: NinTastic - Technabob

Out of all computers, the Raspberry Pi is most ripe for case mods because it’s tiny and doesn’t come with a case in the first place. We’ve seen a …

If Jony Ive Designed The Original Nintendo, It Would Look Like This

When the vintage Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was first released in the United States in 1985, it looked like a two-tone plastic shoebox. But what would it look like if Apple designed it today? Probably a lot like the Analogue Nt, a new console with the 8-bit guts of the vintage NES, wrapped …

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …

Retrogaming

This Lego Super Mario Bros aquarium is the coolest aquarium of all time

Kelsey Kronmiller, a graphic designer, designed this amazing LEGO aquarium, which is about 90% done and "entirely coated in "Krylon Fusion," a clear …

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

As technology has advanced over the years, we've seen massive strides being taken in the realm of retro gaming, and one of the most important events …

11 Gaming Innovations We Owe to Nintendo

Breaking ground.<p>Nintendo is no mere game company. It’s a legacy. No name ever again will dominate the video-game industry as Nintendo did in the late …

The Sons of Anarchy video game will be on tablets, not consoles

The <i>Sons of Anarchy</i> video game that the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, has shopped and touted over the past few years will be a "very high-end tablet game," Sutter said on his regular YouTube Show.<p>Sutter didn't give a release date but said he expects the game to launch in October. He promised that it …

GameFly Sells Its Digital Business to AtGames

Will continue to operate the digital download business for some time.<p>GameFly has sold the digital portion of its game distribution and rental …