In Clio Genesee County, Michigan, in the Thetford Township Cemetary, Michael Leroy "Pac Man" Luther slumbers for eternity beneath the marble likeness of an arcade game he loved so much. Find a Grave listing According to Jeff Smith of Lapeer, Michigan, an arcade aficionado who shared the photo with me and whose older brother [...]
Almost 40 years ago, at the very height of Discomania with a capital "D", and only just a few months before Space Invaders would usher in a national obsession with electronic games, a forgotten yet almost imperceptible ancestral link to competitive gaming occurred in Los Angeles, California. This momentary experiment, launched during the infancy of [...]
That renowned photo-essayist Ira Nowinski recorded the very beginnings of the video craze in California is something short of a miracle. Most of his work up to that point was more focused on local arts and sociopolitical topics; i.e. "urban renewal" forcing pensioners from their longtime homes, the American migration of Soviet Jews and, of [...]
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 [...]
Aren't you more than just a little curious about the fantasy of being able to live forever in The 80s, back when the arcade raged and the music smiled?
I love everything about a good gaming urban legend; how they begin, how they spread and how they develop and grow over time. Usually the kinds of legends I investigate have been developing chapters over a period of decades, in some cases 40 years or more. The extraction of factual evidence is a painstaking process [...]
It's surely been a rather interesting election year, one that has brought with it tumultuous debate as well as reaffirmed beliefs with many that all is not well in America. From Bernie Sanders leading a movement mostly comprised of millennials frustrated by a view of a future that appears to have no place for them, [...]