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The Most Horrific Time of the Year

Here are some thoughts on the horror and horror-adjacent movies that Beth and I watched this month. Halloween in a Box – This documentary is about the cheap costumes that came in what looked like pie boxes, made by Ben … Continue reading

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I Pity the Fool Who Doesn’t Phone Home

Atari: Game Over – This documentary from last year discusses the rise and fall of Atari, centered around the excavation of the 1983 dump of video games in the New Mexico desert. It focuses on the 1982 game E.T the … Continue reading

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I’ve Finally Found a Jungle I Like

My family was pretty late in getting a Nintendo, but we DID have a Texas Instruments 99/4A computer. TI is now better known for its graphing calculators, and those probably have more advanced games than the 99/4A did back then, … Continue reading

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Simonized

There are so many games that we all know where I’ve only recently thought to wonder about their origins. We all know Simon Says, a game that’s presumably supposed to teach kids to listen carefully. I checked the Internet to … Continue reading

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Chasing the Dragon

When thinking up ideas for video game related posts, there were two games involving dragons, or at least eight-bit versions of dragons, that came to mind. The first was Adventure, sometimes known as Atari Adventure because its official name is … Continue reading

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The Annals of Electronic Entertainment

The Ultimate History of Video Games, by Steven L. Kent – This book provides a good overview of the video game industry from its beginnings (well, actually BEFORE its beginnings, as it says a bit about pinball and other precursors … Continue reading

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Ain’t No Party Like an Atari Party

Today is the fortieth anniversary of Atari, which ties in nicely with the fact that I’m now reading a book about the history of video games. Founded by Nolan Bushnell and named after a term from the game Go roughly … Continue reading

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