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September 30, 2008

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blake

really nice, i wish i were good at these games, you tube has some nice kill screen footage i am scared

Chris

I missed out on most of the arcade mania of the 80s (though there was a day of Street Fighter at the Skating Rink that for me, at least, will live forever). But my friends and I have talked on occasion about how relatively easy games have become. How, just like with putting in more and more quarters, games allow you to quick save your way past pretty much any obstacle. In the old days, like Contra, you had three lives and that was it*. You die on the last level, too bad, start over. Did cause a lot of controllers to get thrown across the room, though. Not that I ever did that.


*Well, unless you cheated of course.

Dan Wickett

"some celebrity"???? Billy Mitchell has waaaaaay more than 'some' celebrity in the classic gaming circuit. At least that's what Aaron Burch says.

Darby

I think even more than having the ability to insert more quarters to continue games is the ability, with home consoles, to save progress, and go to sleep, and pick it up again tomorrow where you left off.

Games have become more like Second Life, where they are trying to appeal to that part of the brain that wants to walk around in different kind of atmosphere and control things.

There are some interesting 2D puzzle games coming out of Japan for the newer consoles that are more like the old games, where it's basically how quickly and precisely you can move your fingers around a controller, like Octomania. They tend not to cost very much because all the 'gamers' think they are crap.

parker

the pac man kill screen, where you can go off into space the designer never intended, reminds me of danielewski's house of leaves...the house bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

i used to think i was good at video games. but until now, i never knew what a kill screen was. guess i wasn't very good after all.

parker

the pac man kill screen, where you can go off into space the designer never intended, reminds me of danielewski's house of leaves...the house bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

i used to think i was good at video games. but until now, i never knew what a kill screen was. guess i wasn't very good after all.

parker

the pac man kill screen, where you can go off into space the designer never intended, reminds me of danielewski's house of leaves...the house bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

i used to think i was good at video games. but until now, i never knew what a kill screen was. guess i wasn't very good after all.

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