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  1. I'm with SoCal on the Space Invaders mascot...

    I'm with SoCal on the Space Invaders mascot debate.

    IMO, Scott is confusing a "symbol" for a "mascot".

    There is no doubt that the space invaders guy is an icon today, but I think that's just...
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    The other night, I randomly picked a game called...

    The other night, I randomly picked a game called “Horizon” on my cabinet and it is fantastic! It’s a 1985 game by Irem (of R-Type fame).

    It borrows quite heavily from Moon Patrol, in that you...
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    Yeah. I actually played it on MAME before ever...

    Yeah. I actually played it on MAME before ever playing it on the 2600, but I agree. Personally, I don't think side-scrolling platformers work very well as arcade games in general, but that's just...
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    Some interesting games I've stumbled upon...

    Some interesting games I've stumbled upon recently:

    Magical Crystals - kind of hard to describe. An overhead run n' gun with a wizard theme, with platforming elements, and boss battles that play...
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    Poll: It's almost getting to be a cliche ever since...

    It's almost getting to be a cliche ever since James Rolfe gave his seal of approval but Ninja Baseball Bat Man is, to me, a great example of a beat 'em up from the early 90's. I was playing last...
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    The coin drop sound from Pac-Man is a great text...

    The coin drop sound from Pac-Man is a great text message notifier. I remember traveling with a colleague in Europe last summer, and I got several messages in a short time. Eventually, he goes "What...
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    I’m pretty sure Indy 500 was a release title for...

    I’m pretty sure Indy 500 was a release title for the 2600—actually, it was called VCS then—which would have been in 1977 or so. In light of that, it kind of blows my mind that there was never...
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    Poll: Out of the ones listed, I have to go with Track &...

    Out of the ones listed, I have to go with Track & Field all the way.

    If it were my list, I'd probably go with Rush N Attack, Contra, Jackal, or Frogger as my top 4.

    I'll never understand...
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    I was playing Libble Rabble a few weeks ago. Fun...

    I was playing Libble Rabble a few weeks ago. Fun game, but those controls are a total mindf&@k.
  10. Gotta love the random Atari carts that have...

    Gotta love the random Atari carts that have already found their way in there. I can discern Pitfall, Dragster, Video Pinball, Beat 'em and Eat 'em, and Defender.
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    Luckily you can set a default mapping up front,...

    Luckily you can set a default mapping up front, which you will probably find works for most games. Then, you just set the others up as you play them and tweak as necessary. In other words, it need...
  12. Man, Zaxxon is a cool game but frustrating beyond...

    Man, Zaxxon is a cool game but frustrating beyond belief. Super Zaxxon even more so. The first time I played the latter, I think my credit lasted under 10 seconds. Very cool space sound effects...
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    Thanks man. Yeah, regarding which side of...

    Thanks man.

    Yeah, regarding which side of the buttons the joystick goes on, I put quite a bit of thought into that before settling on my final layout. You just have to accept that a...
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    Here’s a blog post I did on my project, scroll to...

    Here’s a blog post I did on my project, scroll to the bottom for pics of the finished cabinet: http://cynicaster.blogspot.ca/2012/04/in-my-last-article-i-talked-about-some.html

    I realize some...
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    Blades of Steel (hockey) and Double Dribble...

    Blades of Steel (hockey) and Double Dribble (basketball) were two Konami games that blew my mind at the time.

    The first-party Nintendo title “Ice Hockey” is very different from Blades, but I...
  16. I’m all for friendly competition in gaming, and...

    I’m all for friendly competition in gaming, and I’ll take a high score battle on a classic game any day of the week over a Call of Duty online deathmatch.

    I participate in the AtariAge...
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    Holy shit, 440 MPH? I didn't realize those...

    Holy shit, 440 MPH? I didn't realize those things could go that fast.
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    At least the game program itself is finished, and...

    At least the game program itself is finished, and has been for some time (or so the guy claims—hard to tell, because he’s been treating it as though Atari 2600 Star Castle is a matter of national...
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    Is that Pac-Man Championship Edition or Battle...

    Is that Pac-Man Championship Edition or Battle Royale? The marquee is overexposed so I can't tell.

    Is that Frogger game new? Never heard of such a thing. What's up with the control panel? ...
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    Poll: Awesome, no Mario Kart games on the list. I...

    Awesome, no Mario Kart games on the list. I could never understand the allure of those, personally. I’m generally not too cool for cartoony games, but a big turtle riding a trike is pushing it. ...
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    I love audio drops in talk shows; repetition...

    I love audio drops in talk shows; repetition somehow makes them funny, which is contrary to most types of humour. Who is that woman anyway?



    Maybe if somebody made a Harry the Fairy joke he...
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    Aside from Nam '75, Baseball Stars, and a few of...

    Aside from Nam '75, Baseball Stars, and a few of those old generic fighters that I played back in the twilight of my city's arcade scene, all of my Neo Geo experience has been on MAME. Nonetheless,...
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    I've been listening to the show for a little over...

    I've been listening to the show for a little over a year. When I started listening, I was playing a lot of PS3 and the odd game of Kaboom or Frostbite on my 2600. Since then, I've built a MAME...
  24. Poll: Heh, kind of forgot about this top 10. 2600...

    Heh, kind of forgot about this top 10.

    2600 Pac-Man is OK, my main beef with it is the ridiculously cheap hit detection. I love how in the arcade game you can zing by an intersection and rub...
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    As movie roles began to dry up, Ben Stiller...

    As movie roles began to dry up, Ben Stiller turned to shaving geometric patterns into his pubes.
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