Happy Tim McVey Day!

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Hey Arcaders!

Wanted to call out and important day in history-

On this day, 33 years ago, a young man stepped into the Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, and put himself in arcade history as the first person to get ONE BILLION POINTS on a video game! We will be doing a review of the movie of his accomplishment- Man Vs Snake soon- but today I wanted to give a shout out to Tim, congratulating him on his day!

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In the man’s own words-

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

or in this case, 1984!

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Video Game All Stars Part 3!!!

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Hey Arcaders… I’m back… sort of.  More on that later.

It’s the Third- and unfortunately- final episode (that I know of) of Video Game All Stars!

We have a new host (hosts), puppet, new games, and a new sponsor… Nickels & Dimes! I worked at a Gold Mine Arcade for about a year in 1986! Awesome arcade that ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE A MINE!!!

It looked like they finally had some grasp on this show (or not, depending how you look at it…)

Your new host, Jeff Valdez and -Mel Grier give us the inside scoop on the latest games of early 1984!  And your scorekeeper and the creepiest puppet you will ever see..

BIG DADDY VIDEO!!!

The Competition games  of this episode-

 

Dragon's Lair

Dragon’s Lair

 

Xevious

Xevious

 

Pole Position

Pole Position

 

Congo Bongo

Congo Bongo

Mario Bros.

Mario Bros.

I  wish this show had gone on longer-  it had that kooky local feel- something today’s TV is lacking. i love the new intro- using an Alan Parsons Project song- I Robot!

Lat’s get to some classic game fun!!!

 

As a special bonus, here’s the album I Robot by The Alan Parson Project!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Pac-Man Fever Eat-em Up 2016 – Video Game Boom Box

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Fans making songs about their favorite games on YouTube is common place now. However, back 30 years ago that was almost unheard of. That is until an album came out called Pac-Man Fever by Buckner and Garcia. These guys created a wonderful soundtrack dedicated to the arcades that were super popular at the time. But not because they wanted a pay check (although I am sure it helped) but because they were fans themselves of the games that they sang about. Even going so far as to fill the lyrics with tips on how to play the game. Just recently Jerry Garcia along with Jace Hall released a new remixed version of their classic song. if you haven’t heard it yet it is awesome and I will put the video at the bottom of the post. If you like it you can even get a free download of the song (click here).

Happy Halloween From The Stephens Clan!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Yeah, I know it’s a day late- someone had the games running at DisneyQuest last night! So, with Super Mario Month out of the way, and Halloween done, I’ts time for the holiday season to begin. But, Before we move on, one of my favorite artists has celebrated a milestone.

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Four years ago, Sperry posted her first Saga of The Seven Steves!  The characters have come a long way since then, but her attention to detail and story writing have always been the cornerstone of the comic.

Now, to celebrate I have a new comic for Halloween, and a surprise!

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…And now, circa 1982-

Congratulations Theo!

The Arcade Archives Podcast- Episode #2- Donkey Kong!

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Hey Arcaders!

Here it is… After 4 years, I’ve brought back the original- The Arcade Archives podcast! I thought, with it being Super Mario Month, let’s start back at the very beginning of the history of Mario- when he was known as Jumpman! That’s right we’re talking Donkey Kong! Now, this is the first of three podcasts devoted to the big gorilla- next is Donkey Kong Jr. (one of the greatest sequel games of all time) and of course, my personal favorite- Donkey Kong 3!

SHOW NOTES-

Check out Donkey Kong VCS!  an ARCADE PERFECT port on the Atari 2600!

By Joe Musashi

Get the roms to play this game on your Stella- the Atari 2600 emulator

Click HERE to get the latest rom!

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To pick up a copy of The First Quarter click HERE.

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To get a copy of The King Of Kong- A Fistfull Of Quarters click HERE.

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To rent or buy a digital copy of Chasing Ghosts- Beyond the Arcade click HERE.

Check out Donkey Kong 2- Jumpman Returns!

To purchase the roms for your DK PCB, click HERE.

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Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Lets Compare Donkey Kong!

Hey Arcaders!

With the Arcade Archives podcast almost here- I thought, RayGunn- why not whet the appetite a bit and and look at all the ports of Donkey Kong- everything from the arcade to the ZX Spectrum!

Thanks to wingnut4427 and The Gaming History Resource for this amazing video! And be sure to go to their YouTube channel check out more great games!

What versions did you own and/or  play on?

Let us know in the comments section, or on our Facebook page!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Video Game All Stars Part 2!!!

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Hey Arcaders!

We are back with another episode of Video Game All Stars!

With our new host, Kurt Kennedy!

With the Video Game All Stars giving the history and tips!

Rich– Defender, Missile Command

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Defender

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Missile Command

Ray– Rock N’ Rope (one of my favorites!)

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Rock N Rope

James– Jack The Giantkiller (another one of my favorites!)

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Jack the Giantkiller

Eric–  Vanguard (favorite as well!) Donkey Kong Jr. (fav!)

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Donkey Kong Jr.

and with more Classic arcade commercials, and a new theme song,

this is an episode not to miss!

Check it out!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!