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Dig Dug is 30 Years Old, So We Ask What Have You Done For Dug Lately?

Monday December 31, 2012

Dig Dug Arcade FlyerSo, can you dig that Dug has been digging for 30 years now? It seems like just yesterday that he started burrowing mazes underground to hunt out the tomato headed Pookas and fire breathing Fygars.

Now after three decades its time to start digging on some Dug again; You can download the game for every console imaginable, including PC and mobile devices, read the Dig Dug comic strip at Shiftylook.com, or you can just read my article on the best digging maze game to ever hit arcades.

Digging Up Mazes and Monsters With Dig Dug, The 1982 Arcade Game

 

Kangaroo the Arcade Game and the History of Boxing Kangaroos

Saturday December 29, 2012

Kangaroo Arcade FlyerThe icon of a boxing Kangaroo dates back to the 1800s when in the Australian Outback and America's western frontier, traveling shows featuring boxing glove wearing Kangaroos that would spar, and inevitably win, in a boxing match with locals willing to take the challenge.

In 1941, with concerns that their aircraft would be confused with those of other nations, the No.21 Squadron of the Australian Air Force had an icon of the boxing kangaroo painted on their aircraft. Word spread and throughout World War II many other Australian Air Force Squadrons adopted the icon.

And while the imagery of a boxing glove wearing Kangaroo became a flag in Australia in 1983, titled the "Boxing Matilda" Flag, the most internationally famous use of this imagery really dominated the world of pop-culture in 1982, with a video game called Kangaroo.

Celebrating 30 years of Monkey Punching, platform leaping, ladder climbing, child saving adventures is the coin-op arcade game Kangaroo. The arcade hit that has not seen a rerelease since the '80s.

 

30 Years of Celebrating Christmas with Pac-Man

Monday December 24, 2012

It's Christmas Eve and time from the biggest holiday icon of them all. No not Santa Claus...a far more practical representative of the yuletide season...Pac-Man!

For the past 30 years the video arcade hero Pac-Man has been regularly tied with the Xmas season, in everything from prime time holiday specials, records, comics and Christmas tree ornaments.

Let's examine these three decades of cheer as we have a very merry (and weird) Pac-Man Christmas.

Pac-Man Christmas Record

A Very Pac-Man Christmas - The Weirdest Holiday Tie-In

A breakdown of all the Pac-Man holiday crossovers that sealed the king of Chomp as an icon of Xmas.

Christmas Comes to Pacland

Christmas Comes to PacLand - The Weirdest Holiday Special: Starring Pac-Man

There was a time when Pac-Man and the folks of PacLand had never heard of Christmas. Luckily Santa showed up as a Missionary and forced...er...taught them the true meaning of the holidays: Commercialism and prime-time animated specials.

Pac-Man Cartoon

Pac-Man the Cartoon

The Saturday Morning animated series that Christmas Comes to PacLand spun out of.

Pac-Man Season 1 DVD

Pac-Man Season 1

The rare Pac-Man cartoon is finally available on DVD from Warner Archives

Pac-Man Pasta

Pac-Media: Television, Films and Music Inspired by Pac-Man

Let's not forget all of the other media that spawned out of the arcade game.

Pac-Man Arcade Flyer

Pac-Man The Arcade Game

And what would a blog post be without a link to a write up on the original arcade game...

or Ms. Pac-Man

Ms. Pac-Man Arcade Flyer

and don't forget to start your Christmas morning off right with Pac-Man Cereal.

Pac-Man Cereal

Merry Pac-Christmas Everyone!

Anti-Claus, Popples and The Weirdest Retro Video Game Christmas of Them All

Saturday December 22, 2012

Popples Christmas Adventure

You better watch out, cause the Popples are invading the North Pole.

Christmas Lemmings

You better not cry, when you see Christmas Lemmings on a mass holiday suicide run.

Santa Claus Saves the Earth

You better not pout, waiting you turn to play Santa Claus Saves the Earth

I'm telling you why:

BECAUSE THE INSANE ANTI-CLAUS is RUNNING AMUCK!

Anti-Claus in Daze Before Christmas

All in...

A Retro Video Game Tribute to Larry Hagman with Dallas Quest

Saturday November 24, 2012

Dallas Quest ScreenshotWhile he never lent his voice to any video games, Larry Hagman was as important to retro pop-culture as video arcades, the Atari 2600, and the Commodore 64. His performance as J.R. Ewing, oil tycoon, fortunate son, and foil of the Ewing clan on the prime-time soap Dallas, sealed his name in history as an icon of the '80s.

Thanks to Hagman, Dallas became so popular that in 1984 computer game developer Datasoft based a graphical adventure game on the show.

In honor of the late, great, Larry Hagman, we take a trip to Southfork and begin the Dallas Quest Adventure.

Fast Food for Thanksgiving

Thursday November 22, 2012

Fast Food for the Atari 2600Today is the day! Time for the big Thanksgiving feast! We've got all of the traditional delectable delicacies spread out. The serving dishes are filled with everything from hot dogs and french fries, to pizza and ice cream. We've also got a variety of beverages including milk shakes and soda pop.

Just a heads up, the green pickles are okay, but we accidentally let those purple ones out too long, so I'd avoid them or else your gonna get some serious indigestion.

It's all about the Atari 2600 classic, Fast Food, where the goal is to pack on as many calories that you can. So forget about that Turkey and stuffing, it's time to carve a greasy cheeseburger.

Fast Food for the Atari 2600 - Please Don't Eat The Purple Pickles

Cooking with Historic Video Game Developer Garry Kitchen

Wednesday November 21, 2012

This Thursday morning folks all across America will be in their kitchen cooking up a storm for the big Thanksgiving feast. In honor of the occasion I was going to write an article on Pressure Cooker for the Atari 2600, but while doing my research on the history of the game I kept getting more involved in the history of the game's creator, appropriately named Garry Kitchen.

A historic game designer, software engineer, programmer, and producer, Garry got his start with handheld electronic games, leapt onto the Atari 2600 craze of the '80s, was one of the early Activision team members, created the first game development software tools for the general public, and with his long time business partner David Crane, has continually built innovative and groundbreaking titles.

The Pressure Cooker article is gonna have to come in another day or two because right now I gotta see what Garry Kitchen has got cooked up.

Countdown to the Thanksgiving Feast With BurgerTime

Monday November 19, 2012

As we approach the biggest feedbag of the year, the day we chow down until our stomach stretches to the limit, let's get our taste BurgerTime buds moving with some of the greatest games focusing on food!

The first order up is the most famous arcade game about America's favorite junk food, Burger Time. The addictive platformer features the biggest hamburgers you ever saw, and if you don't mind a little squished Mr. Egg, Mr. Hotdog, or Mr. Pickle between your bun, then you're ready to help Peter Pepper season his way to an unsanitary burger domination.

Read more on BurgeTtime with...

 

2600 Terrors The Horror Games of the Atari 2600 Part 4

Wednesday October 31, 2012

Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Atari 2600

Sea Monsters, Sharks, Snakes and Chainsaw Wielding Cannibals who wear human skin masks (and that's just the character you play)

We've got it all in our fourth and final entry in the big database of Atari 2600 horror games.

2600 Terrors The Horror Games of the Atari 2600 Part 3

Wednesday October 31, 2012

Revenge of the Beefsteak TomatoesGiant Apes and Killer Beefsteak Tomatoes haunt Part 3 of our database of classic horror video games for the Atari 2600. Even worse we delve into our worst dreams with the ROM cartridge of Nightmare, get hounded by a Pharaoh's Curse, and eventually become the monster ourselves and Rampage!

It's the freakiest, it's the funniest, it's the weirdest horror games you ever played in...

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