The ZX81

In 1981 : The ZX81 was launched. It was produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland by Timex Corporation… tweeted here.

Many memories of wondering what this product was at the time. I was 11 and it took a while before I got my ZX Spectrum and then spent many hours playing Match Point in my room.

What about you? What kicked off your computing?

The PlayStation Vita has finally been discontinued

The Vita had a long shelf life, but not a happy one. It launched in Japan in December 2011, right when phone and tablet gaming were taking off — Sony was trying to sell people on a dedicated handheld at a time when many could play “good enough” mobile games on devices they already owned. And while there were high-quality titles like Severed, tepid sales led developers to shy away. Things only got worse when you included design complaints (such as a reliance on expensive, proprietary memory cards) and fierce competition from Nintendo… More here.

I must admit that I thought it had already been discontinued. I do, however, remember playing Burnout Legends on the PSP for many an hour and to this day have never found a game that offers the same feeling, If you know of one, feel free to add a comment. Thanks

Pac-Man: The Untold Story

Now, if anyone thinks for even a second that worn-through Roman stairs, 100-year old children’s trails and worn frets on a guitar have nothing to do with the worn sides of Pac-Man arcade cabs, I must correct you. Aesthetically, they do. The wear on objects or places records patterns of movement. I must also remind you that not everything “notable” in classic gaming has been discovered yet. Researchers and historians who think so sadly leave an entire area of subject matter undiscovered when they choose to continue to stop looking back over the past. By consistently quoting what has already been written and looking no further a lot has been missed. The history of classic arcades, the video craze and the affects it had on a generation have barely been examined as far as I’m concerned. The fact that all vintage Pac-Man’s bear this marking from human hands yet has never been mentioned in print is proof of that. Especially since you can’t play Pac-Man, or even Ms. Pac-Man, effectively without doing what has caused that wear pattern on the game… More here.

Thanks to Kirk for the above. Good article.

Wanle Gamers Console Case For iPhone

Remember how much you loved your classic Gameboy? The intuitive gameplay and good ol’ fashioned plastic construction were emblematic of a simpler time where Tetris was king of the gaming world. The good times will roll again with the Wanle Gamers Console! This nostalgic iPhone case turns your smartphone into a gaming oasis, with ten classic games like Tetris, Tank, Snake, Formula One Racing, and more pre-installed. Protect your phone and play classic games at the same time. What’s not to love? More here.

Kind of silly, kind of cool.

Alto’s Odyssey

Just beyond the horizon sits a majestic desert, vast and unexplored.

Join Alto and his friends and set off on an endless sandboarding journey to discover its secrets.

Soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons, and explore long-hidden temples in a fantastical place far from home.

Along the way, you’ll grind across vines, bounce atop hot air balloons, ride towering rock walls, and escape mischievous lemurs – all while uncovering the desert’s many mysteries… More here.

The original was brilliant, making this a must buy.

Florence

Florence is an interactive storybook from the award-winning lead designer of Monument Valley about the heart-racing highs and heartbreaking lows of a young woman’s very first love.

Florence Yeoh feels a little… stuck. Her life is an endless routine of work, sleep, and spending too much time on social media. Then one day, she meets a cello player named Krish who changes everything about how she sees the world and herself… More here.

This is a brilliant thing. I say ‘thing’ because it is a game, a story and art all rolled into one, but what I can say is that it is very different to anything I have experienced on a phone before. The level of care that has been put into Florence is remarkable. It is an experience that is well worth the asking price.

THEC64 MINI

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It’s 1982 and a new home computer graces the scene. Out goes the silent black and white experience and in with 64KB of RAM, colour graphics, and synthesizer sound.

Roll forward 35 years and kick nostalgia into overdrive with the release of THEC64 MINI. A tiny but perfectly formed 50% scale replica of this much loved machine.

Featuring high-definition output via HDMI, a classic style joystick and 64 built-in games including classics like Uridium, Paradroid, Hawkeye, Nebulus and Monty Mole… More here.

I like this. Never owned a Commodore 64, but instead had a Spectrum 48k. Ooh those rubber keys…

Ronaldo

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Here is a very good example of how far we have come in terms of video game realism. tweeted by Tom Power.

This gif of Ronaldo’s transformation from FIFA 2004 to FIFA 18 is truly remarkable. Gotta laugh at how poorly he was portrayed back then!

 

The Atari 9000

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Gotta love this blast from the past! The ATARI 9000 is a hybridization of vintage fun and new tech that both old-school players and modern gamers will dig! More at YD.

Be honest, you would buy that.