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Happy 40th Birthday Atari!
11.29.2012
06:47 am

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You’ll always be #1 in my heart, Atari…

40 years ago today, with only a $500 out-of-pocket investment, engineers Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney introduced Pong to the market on the Atari game system. From those two humble lines and a single, noble dot came a great pioneer in computer, arcade, and console gaming. Atari is even where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple got their start.

If you have a moment, I highly recommend the documentary below. Even if you aren’t into games, the ads and moral panic (the kids’ brains will turn to mush!) are incredibly entertaining. (It does not, however, make a much-needed apology for that Sisyphean E.T. the Extraterrestrial game, but we can only hope to live through certain catastrophes.)
 

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Timothy Leary’s video game paraphernalia discovered
11.29.2012
05:24 am

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So the New York Public Library is archiving a giant cache of Timothy Leary’s possessions, and before you think it’s all ceramics and glass:

The Timothy Leary papers amount to 412 linear feet of letters, manuscripts, research documents, notes, legal and financial records, printed materials, photographs, video and audio tapes, CDs and DVDs, posters and flyers, and artifacts, dating from Leary’s youth in the 1920s until his death in 1997.

What’s even cooler, however, is that they just came across a little-known Nintendo component called a Power Glove. You may remember it from the movie, The Wizard, which I watched at least 5,000 times as a kid.

Power Glove was a fairly esoteric, expensive, and rare precursor to the Wii, so not a lot of people had one. This is probably a good thing, because I understand the technology wasn’t quite developed yet to make it any more than a cumbersome bother to use. Regardless, it’s fun (though not surprising) to know that Leary jumped on the video game gadgetry bandwagon early.
 

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Mr. Pötatöhead Lemmy Kilmister
11.26.2012
09:24 am

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Last week I blogged about the Dee Dee Ramone Mr. Potato Head. This week it’s a Mr. Pötatöhead Lemmy Kilmister by self-proclaimed “Potato Head Master” and artist, Jason D. Johnson.


 

 
With thanks to Cherrybombed

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Parents send kids to therapy for Super Nintendo addiction, 1991
11.14.2012
06:15 am

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An eye-opening news report from Kent Shocknek exposing parents anger over their children’s obsession with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. And yes, therapy may be required.

“But no matter how you play the game, or which game you play, things have definitely come a long way since Pac-Man.”

 

 
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Maine elects first open World of Warcraft gamer to state senate
11.08.2012
06:29 am

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Would you trust this woman to public office?
 
Did you guys know that this election cycle brought us the first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin? Did you also hear about Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu in Congress, or Mazie Hirono the first Asian-American woman Senator, both from Hawaii? Well who the hell cares?!?

We all know the real civil rights issue of our time is not race, religion, gender, or sexuality; the greatest victims of our society are our noble nerds. Have you ever been on Kotaku or a particularly esoteric sub-reddit? Nerds live under oppression you couldn’t even imagine!

Colleen Lachowicz, a Democrat from Maine, was recently elected to the state senate amidst a fury of anti-nerd controversy. Her opponents created a really, really terrible website hellbent on admonishing her using the harshest accusations possible.

Colleen Lachowicz is a Democrat candidate for Maine State Senate. In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below. Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world.

Daaaaaaaammmnm dude! Harsh! And what quote do they use to expose her unnatural predilections?

So I’m a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things … a lot.  Who would have thought that a peace-lovin’, social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!

So she admits it?!? For shame!

Luckily, in the grown-up world, no one really gives a shit, and Lachowicz won. I mean, if I were a Mainer, I’d be impressed, but demand to know her stance on Zelda, obviously.

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Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Je t’aime… moi non plus’: The Interactive 8-Bit Audio Game!
11.02.2012
01:33 pm

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Creator, Martin Bircher writes,

…moi non plus is an interpretation of Serge Gainsbourg’s song “Je t’aime… moi non plus” in the form of an audio game. By operating the joystick, the human components of the song can be controlled according to selected preferences.”

You may wanna turn down the volume if you’re at work. Lots of sexy moanin’ and a groanin’ going on here.
 

 
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Bizarre Pac-Man chest piercing
09.25.2012
09:49 am

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An extremely odd ode to Pac-Man, I must say!

One question though: Why is Pac-Man so small? The proportions are all wrong.
 
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Mario goes fucking berserk
09.24.2012
11:49 am

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Mario has finally totally lost his shit in a Falling Down kinda way.
 

 
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Excellent handmade Doctor Who chess set
09.11.2012
10:26 am

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For that special Whovian in your life: A handmade Doctor Who chess set by Emmi Visser.

In time for Christmas, this is a completely unique, highly detailed, high quality chess set inspired by Doctor Who. Every single one of the 32 pieces is handcrafted from scratch. Finally you will be able to have your own adventures in time and space! And when you have briefly set your interstellar quarrels aside, this set is sure to attract the attention of your visitors!

Only ONE set will be sold. I will NOT make another set! So this one is completely UNIQUE. (I did make a chess set last year featuring the tenth Doctor. This one features the eleventh Doctor.)

The chess set is for sale at Visser’s Etsy shop, priced at $949.00 + shipping. Damn, I wish I had the money for this.
 

 

 
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Man-eater: A cool real time game for commuters
08.24.2012
10:45 am

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Bored on your commute to work? Then try out this rather cool game Man-eater, by Daniel Disselkoen, who explains:

For four years, each day I took the same tram to art academy. Why would you then look out the window with curiosity when there is no reason to expect anything new. I decided to change the daily journey for my fellow passengers and myself. I wouldn’t move the tramway track, but maybe I could add something. Make something so that what already exists would look very different now.

Man-eater is part of my graduation project Remake Reality for the Royal Academy of Art, The Netherlands.

Check out more of Daniel’s work here. And if you can come up with any similar game ideas, do let us know.
 


 
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