The Wrong Pac-Man Just Got Into the Video Game Hall of Fame

There’s a World Video Game Hall of Fame now, and the first class of inductees was announced yesterday. Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Doom, and World of Warcraft are to video games what Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner are to baseball.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer in 16-bit video game style is fun

I don’t know what I want to do more, watch the new Star Wars movie or play this awesome 16-bit retro video game version of the new Star Wars movie. Actually, that’s a lie. I still want to watch the movie more. But there’s a kid in me that would love this video game so much if it ever existed. » 5/06/15 3:05am 5/06/15 3:05am

Finally, Someone Is Bringing Back DC's Retro Figure Playsets

The revival of retro toys based on the action figures of yesteryear is perhaps at its height right now — but one area where most lines are slipping up is in the distinct lack of retro playsets. Figures Toy Company is changing that with their line of retro DC action figures though, and it's off to a great start. » 4/06/15 12:33am 4/06/15 12:33am

How To Get The Sharpest Images Possible Out Of Your Old Consoles

If you've tried playing a retro console on a modern HDTV, you may not have liked what you saw — smeary, stretched images that are a far cry from the sharp chunky blocks of yesteryear. Luckily, there's a better way for purists to get a crystal clear image that doesn't involve buying an old CRT TV. » 8/26/14 5:12pm 8/26/14 5:12pm

Nintendo Is Slowly Reinventing The Video Game Instruction Manual

Like the daily newspaper, the printed phone bill and personal checks, the video game instruction manual is facing extinction in our increasingly paperless world. Hold off on mourning, though. Nintendo has spent the last year or so quietly implementing a digital revival that's been a joy to behold. » 2/05/14 1:28pm 2/05/14 1:28pm

Someone's Going to Dig Up Atari's Infamous New Mexico Landfill

Alamogordo's city council has granted an excavation permit for the infamous landfill said to hold thousands of copies of E.T. and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600—two titles blamed for the mid-1980s crash of console gaming—and yes, the permit-holder is digging out the site specifically to find those games' remains. » 6/02/13 1:23pm 6/02/13 1:23pm

Scenes from a Los Angeles scifi convention, 32 years ago

Old-school cosplayers were fucking rad. They'd spend hours constructing costumes, sometimes with zero guarantee that anybody would know who the hell they were. In this day and age, everyone's got the internet hooked up to their earmuffs. Imagine trying to explain who the Dirty Pair were when a hearty portion of the… » 1/06/12 5:50pm 1/06/12 5:50pm