Unreal Tournament for Atari 2600

Unreal Tournament for Atari 2600

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz8JepbR6d0 Unreal Tournament was the multiplayer 3D shooter that stole Quake’s candy, and now it’s been demade to run on a toaster. Gone is the expansive virtual enrivonment and motion sickness; still in play is the cyberpunk corporate-sponsored deathmatch vibe and merciless sense of chaos and speed. UT2600 provides fast paced arcade action for a minimum of two players (where teams of up to six players are supported). You can use a free emulator program such as Stella to play the game, though you can also play it directly in…

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Commodore 256 under construction

Commodore 256 under construction

Commodore made the world’s most successful 8-bit personal computer, the C64, and its most iconic 16-bit one, the Commodore Amiga. But the latter was a weird, complicated, two-faced beast, dooming a badly-managed company to a dead end of its own making. What if it had instead made a simple but powerful monster machine more like its earler models? Meet the C256. Stefany Allaire is building the Commodore 256, what she believes should have been the successor to the Commodore 64 and 128, the best-selling computer line in history. Stefany –…

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Obscure video games reviewed

Obscure video games reviewed

The Obscuritory offers in-depth reviews of games “unplayed and unknown,” lost to the rapid technological changes of the 80s and 90s and the countless mutually-incompatible platforms that came and went as the years rolled by. My favorite pick, though, is Knights of the Crystallion, the wonderfully weird and impenetrable magnum opus of legendary game designer Bill Williams, which baffled Amiga owners in 1989 or so. Psygnosis turned it down because it was too weird for them. I sometimes want to organize a modern sequel to this unfinished epic, but Bennett…

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Surprisingly attractive laptop for playing computer games

Surprisingly attractive laptop for playing computer games

Most “gaming” laptops look like props from cheap 1990s sci-fi: greebled plastic carbuncles, all edgy red LEDs and bloated bezels, whirring like drones in a tiled bathroom as soon as gameplay begins. The new Razer Blade 15, though, is not only as sleek as an ultrabook, but looks beautiful: like a 2001: Space Odyssey monolith with a luminous Pride flag in it. It comes with a matte 1080-line display (optionally with a 144Hz refresh rate) or a glossy 4k one, both 15.6″ across, a GTX 1060 or 1070 Max-Q video…

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Kickstarting Dream Askew and Dream Apart, no-dice, no-GM RPGs about radical justice, queers and Jewish shtetl life

Kickstarting Dream Askew and Dream Apart, no-dice, no-GM RPGs about radical justice, queers and Jewish shtetl life

Dream Askew and Dream Apart are “no-dice, no masters” RPGs where players collaborate to tell stories together without dice or dungeon masters: Dream Askew uses the system to create campaigns in “a queer enclave enduring the collapse of civilization” and Dream Apart is set in “a Jewish shtetl in a fantastical-historical Eastern Europe.” (more…)Read full story

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The paleocomputing miracle of the 76477 Space Invaders sound effects chip

The paleocomputing miracle of the 76477 Space Invaders sound effects chip

In 1978, the 76477 Complex Sound Generation chip was foundational to creating the sound effects in many popular games, notably Space Invaders; it was also popular with hobbyists who could buy the chip at Radio Shack — it could do minor miracles, tweaking a white noise generator to produce everything from drums to explosions, using an integrated digital mixer to layer and sequence these sounds. (more…)Read full story

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The paleocomputing miracle of the 76477 Space Invaders sound effects chip

The paleocomputing miracle of the 76477 Space Invaders sound effects chip

In 1978, the 76477 Complex Sound Generation chip was foundational to creating the sound effects in many popular games, notably Space Invaders; it was also popular with hobbyists who could buy the chip at Radio Shack — it could do minor miracles, tweaking a white noise generator to produce everything from drums to explosions, using an integrated digital mixer to layer and sequence these sounds. (more…)Read full story

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Snag this mini, desktop bean bag toss on sale for 21% off

Snag this mini, desktop bean bag toss on sale for 21% off

Your addiction to bean bag toss — or “cornhole,” as it’s often called — doesn’t need to be relegated to backyards or sandy beaches. You can now take this game of tossing bean bags into a small hole wherever you go. SEE ALSO: Your selfie game is about to get a major boost from this motorized smartphone mount A company called Scienz created the Mini Bean Bag Toss to play in the comfort of your home, at your desk at work, or even in the backseat of the car during…

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New XBox and Windows game controller for people with disabilities

New XBox and Windows game controller for people with disabilities

Microsoft’s new accessible game controller has a retro vibe, enormous buttons, and a range of attachments tailored to specific disabilities. The new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will be available later this year, can be connected to external buttons, switches, joysticks and mounts, giving gamers with a wide range of physical disabilities the ability to customize their setups. The most flexible adaptive controller made by a major gaming company, the device can be used to play Xbox One and Windows 10 PC games and supports Xbox Wireless Controller features such as…

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