Thursday, April 28, 2011

Update: Pac-Man Upright Cabinet

A few months ago, I posted that I was attempting to fix up my worn Pac-Man Upright Cabinet.  Well, here's an update to what I've done since:

After I fixed the short in the power cord on the Pac-Man Upright Cabinet, I went to work on the control panel.  It was in bad shape. The first player button was broken to where it couldn't hold a switch, but the second player button worked well enough so I replaced it with the first player button.  Every direction worked on the joystick except for up.  The switch for the up direction was broken beyond repair.  I ended up replacing that switch with the good one from the player select buttons.  I purchased a soldering iron and removed the wiring from the joystick switches.  The joystick wiggled a bit, so I added some washers to fill the gap between the joystick mount and the control panel.  I then proceeded to solder the wires back onto the switches and attach the control panel back onto the cabinet.  Finally, I ordered new player select buttons to replace the old ones.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SNES: Star Fox

My first experience with the Star Fox series was on the N64 with Star Fox 64.  After completely annihilating the game and beating it completely, I decided to visit Star Fox on the SNES.  And as of today, I still have not completed the game.  I'm under the impression that the older the game, the harder it is to beat.  Or maybe I just have less patience for older games.  Anyways, below is the SNES Star Fox ending video that I've never personally experienced.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SNES: Super Mario RPG

Super Mario RPG was one of my favorite games as a kid.  I love role-playing games and I've always enjoyed playing Mario games, so Super Mario RPG was the bee's knees for me.  I always found the game challenging (such as timing with Bowser to break down a door and doing puzzles in the right order) and the storyline was enjoyable.  I want to revisit this game due to the  impossible Final Fantasy-style boss fight with Culex.  I was never able to beat him and that fact haunts me to today.  Growing up, I always attempted the fight but ended up skipping it due to frustration. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Something different...

So I've been thinking about changing the direction of this blog.  I have not decided on a specific theme or subject yet, but the change should occur soon.  But in the meantime, enjoy Hitler's end in Wolfenstein 3D, one of my favorite computer games as a kid (and my brother's all-time favorite classic game).  I hope this brings back tons of awesome memories.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stay and Vote While You're Here!

If you do not know yet, the poll is up and ready for awesomeness.  On an unrelated note, I have been playing Super Mario Kart on the SNES.  I was amazed by the fact that I forgot Donkey Kong Jr. was in the game instead of Donkey Kong.  I knew this as a kid, but through playing the subsequent Mario Kart games, I forgot about this.  Of course I'd never race as him (I was always Koopa Troopa), but it's interesting that I forgot.  Have you ever been amazed at what you forgot about a game when you returned to it?

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Poll Part 3

Here is the final candidate for the best simple classic game that is still popular today and can be found/downloaded on current devices (consoles, mobile phones, etc.).  The other two candidates' information can be found below.  The new poll is up so happy voting!


Snake was developed by UPL and published by Sega-Gremlin in 1976.  Due to the game's simple design, other developers created their own version of the game and released it under different names such as Worm, Surround, and Chase.  Snake's popularity didn't surface until 1998 when Nokia included the game on their phones.  Snake has saved my life many times in airports, at doctor appointments, or anywhere else that involved waiting.  The gameplay is simple enough for anyone to pick up and enjoy.  There are many free versions on this game online (just Google 'snake' and viola!).

Variants by platform

    Nokia Snake 1 - The original first snake game recreated again by the original creator for nokia s60
    Worm and Hustle computer games, published by CLOAD, 1978 and 1979
    CGA-Snake - Late-Eighties version of Snake using Color Graphics Adapter technology
    GL Snake - Very realistic three dimensional variant of snake (openGL | Glut)
    Hustle - arcade game, TI-99/4A
    Light Cycle - Tron (fictional game) and its arcade implementation Tron
    Need for Snake - Simple online Snake in JavaScript
    Ophidia - Advanced JavaScript snake game with enemies, obstacles, and shooting
    Nibbler - arcade version
    Nibbles - MS-DOS (QBasic) some versions of suse linux
    Snake - A snake game coded in Visual Basic 6 (with source code)
    Plasmaworm - Microsoft Windows
    Rattler Race - Microsoft Windows
    Serpent 3D - First Person 'Eater' (openGL | Glut)
    Several ZX Spectrum games, of which Laser Snaker is one example
    Snafu - Mattel Intellivision
    Snake - as a TIFF homebrew game on the Sony PlayStation Portable
    Snake - BBC Micro
    Snake - MSX
    Snake - Texas Instruments TI-83 and TI-84 graphing calculators
    Snakeball - PlayStation 3
    Snakers - browser game (4 players on Wii)
    Snake II - Texas Instruments TI-89, TI-89 Titanium, TI-89 Silver Edition, TI-92 Plus, Voyage 200 graphing calculators
    SnakeTIX - Apple Macintosh (classic Mac OS)
    Snake Race (ksnake) - Linux distributions
    SpaceBall - LG brand mobile phones
    Snaky - VMU (MFE - Dreamfiles)
    Snaky 360 - An addictive Web game with original variants like Pac-Snake or Snake-Invaders, freely moving at 360 ° and offering over 5 hours of intense play
    Sneech - Original Commodore Amiga game by Paul Burkey, 1995. Now for iPhone, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows
    Tape Worm - Atari 2600
    Uncle Worm for the TI-83+/84+. Unlike Snake, where you can travel in four directions only, Uncle Worm can travel in no less than thirty-two directions.
    Worm - Nintendo DS Linux
    Worm of Bemer - Atari 8-bit, VIC-20, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, and IBM PC/PCjr
    Worms - Commodore VIC-20
    Snake on the Wii Homebrew
    Snake Classic rated # 1 snake game on the iPhone/iPod Touch
    TiltSnake on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Uses the accelerometer
    Snakeworlds (3D snake game) for Microsoft Windows
    Schnarr Snake a game developed by Schnarr Team
    Snake game a mouse controlled flash version
    Snake360 - version for Xbox 360 with many added features
    AxySnake - 3D version for Microsoft Windows by AxySoft
    Snake - another flash version by Paul Neave.
    Snake - another flash version by
    Star Snake - iPhone and iPod touch
    KDE-Snake - A simple Snake KDE-Game written in Python (for Linux)
    Snaked - for the iPhone and iPod Touch by Broken Thumbs Apps
    Arcade Classics (includes Snake) for Zunes 4, 8, 16, 30, 80, and 120
    Mobile Snake - classic snake game for iPhone and iPod touch
    Jumbo Snake™ - for the iPhone and iPod Touch by Boost Mobile Entertainment
    Boa, Spectravideo SV-318/SV-328
    A simple snake game in HTML 5
    Snake 7.0 - Windows Phone 7

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Poll Part 2


Tetris was created by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union and released on June 6, 1984 .  Tetris is a puzzle game consisting of random sequences of tetrominoes (shapes composed of four square blocks each) falling down the playing field.  Tetris has even been played on every conceivable console and mobile device.  But the most impressive playing field is on the sides of buildings. The record for the world’s largest working game of Tetris belongs to the Dutch students of the Delft University of Technology, who in 1995, lit up 15 floors of their Electrical Engineering Department.  Tetris is the number one selling game on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color at 35 million copies sold.  Tetris is also the number one selling game on mobile phones at over 100 million games sold.

Tetris inspired the following game:

Super Tetris
Super Tetris 2 & Bombliss
Tetris 2
Tetris & Dr. Mario
Super Tetris 3 & Sparkliss, Magicaliss, Familiss
Tetris Blast
Tetris Attack
3D Tetris
Tetris Plus 2
Tetris DX
Tetris 4D
Tetris 64
Tetris: The Grand Master
Kids Tetris
The New Tetris
The Next Tetris
Magical Tetris Challenge
Sega Tetris
Tetris With Cardcaptor Sakura: Eternal Heart
Tetris Worlds
Pokémon Tetris
Tetris Elements
Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - Terror Instinct[13]
Tetris: The Grand Master Ace
Tetris Mania
Tetris DS
iPod Tetris
Tetris Evolution
Tetris Zone
Tetris Splash
Tetris Party
Tetris Pop
Tetris Party Deluxe
Tetris Party Live
Tetris 3DS

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Poll Part 1

I'll be setting up the new poll about the best simple classic game that is still popular today and can be found/downloaded on current devices (consoles, mobile phones, etc.) after making a case for each candidate.  First up is:


Released in 1980, Pac-Man was developed by Namco and instantly became a hit in the arcades.  This game franchise was so popular that an animated television series was created about its characters.  Davie Brown Entertainment's study showed that Pac-Man is recognized by 94% of American consumers.  Between May 21st and 23rd of 2010, Google changed the Google logo on its homepage to a Google Doodle of a fully playable version of the game in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the game's release.  I lost an hour of my time that day.  Pac-Man is the number one selling game for the Atari 2600 with 7 million copies sold.

Release years by system:

1980 – Arcade
1981 - Atari 2600, Atari 800
1982 – Commodore VIC-20, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit
1983 – Apple II, Commodore 64, Intellivision
1984 – Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX
1990 – Game Boy
1991 – Game Gear
1999 – Neo Geo Pocket Color, Game Boy Color
2003 – Mobile
2006 – Xbox Live Arcade, iPod Classic
2007 – Wii Virtual Console
2010 – Windows Phone 7

Pac-Man also inspired the following games:

Ms. Pac-Man
Super Pac-Man
Pac-Man Plus
Professor Pac-Man
Pac & Pal
Jr. Pac-Man
Pac-Man VR
Pac-Man Battle Royale
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures
Pac-Man World
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness
Pac-Man: Adventures in Time
Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze
Pac-Man Fever
Pac-Man World 2
Pac-Man Vs.
Pac-Man Pinball Advance
Pac 'n Roll
Pac-Man World 3
Pac-Man World Rally
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Pac-Man Party

Note: I'm breaking up the game information into 3 parts with this being the first.  Next up will be Tetris followed by Snake.  If you have any other suggestions, let me know.  I hope these bits of information will help you vote when I set up the poll.