On November 6, 2019 at “80s in the Sand”, a cruise-stop destination in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, podcast show hosts John and Heidi from Sunny 93.3 recorded an interview with game developer Andrew "Drew" Becker, a man who made a startling confession. He claimed that he had created the initial code for Atari’s 1980 Centipede when he was only 13-years old … Continue reading Steve Jobs and The Jersey Centipede: Former Schoolboy Claims Jobs Bought His Game Code in 1981
You can't record accurate arcade cultural history by just looking at games and quoting industry statistics. Humanity doesn't live there. It never has. The true story lies in the people who played the games and the arcades who housed them.
Video game haters. If you think we have them now, then you're probably not old enough to remember the gauntlet of disgust we gamers of The 80s had to navigate just to play a simple game of Pac-Man in an arcade. With video games being mainstream today, and with video gaming being everywhere and … Continue reading Mall Rats, Vidiots and Addicts: Anti Video Game Propaganda From The 80s
Uncannily and creatively envisioned, you didn't just walk into a Time Out -you were pulled in by feelings that you were riding a sensual conveyor belt, instantly enveloped by low-light shadows, multicolored walls and ceilings that gave you the sensation that your sensory perceptions were slightly askew. It was like you were high on electronic drugs, some say. Stoned in love.
They came in droves during the Fall of 1981, players of all ages, filing into convention rooms across the country to compete in The Atari International Asteroids Tournament. Not much information remains on this nationwide event save for a tee shirt here, a small headline there. In fact, a lot of particulars have been lost … Continue reading Photos From The Atari International Asteroids Tournament in San Francisco 1981
I don't know about you but old photographs of the Christmas of yore are rather remarkable and fascinate me to no end. All those shiny aluminum trees dripping in tinsel, standing next to the most popular object in the room -the Television set- or if it's pre-1950, a Zenith or Imperial tube radio. It all … Continue reading A Blast of Christmas Past: 5 Decades of Retro Photos, Toys and Fashion