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!

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!

Video Game Boom Box Halloween Edition- Escape From Monster Manor

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Hey Arcaders!

           RayGunn here, and  the UberNerd thought I should try my hand at this “Video Game Boombox” article, so I stepped up to the challenge! And most Arcaders would think” RayGunn’s going to highlight music from Ghost and Goblins! Or even better- Haunted House for the VCS! (HA! Haunted house Only has one song- The theme to The Twilight Zone.)

Nope, I’m gonna tell ‘ya about another great game to play on Halloween- and that’s Escape From Monster Manor!

One of the launch titles for the 3D0 in October, 1993 it was a first person shooter (one of the first, by the way) and the only one I know of to animate clay figures!-for the time this game came out- I thought it looked great! the atmosphere was dark and foreboding, with lots of jump scares thrown into the game to keep you on your toes! while the games appearance might have not held up for some people (I still love it- some of the areas look like something out of the Haunted Mansion!) but what does hold up is the MUSIC! I still use this soundtrack at Halloween ( back in the day, I had to set up my 3D0 to some external speakers and stick them out the window, then choose a level and let the game run!)

Now a days, you can listen to the soundtrack right on your computing device of your choice! that’s right, someone has extracted the soundtrack and put it up on YouTube  for all to enjoy!

Now I will tell you, my personal favorite is the music in levels 1 and 9! it is quite a fright!

now, you can listen one of two ways-

  1. play the entire video out!
  2. click on the times below- it will open a new tab and you can listen to each one individually!

Let’s get scary!

 

 

2:08 Levels 3 and 8: Rooms of gloom and Grave cave.

8:11 Levels 1 and 9: Beastly belfry and Marrow mall.

10:23 Levels 4 and 10: Ghostly gallery and Lone catacomb.

14:30 Levels 2 and 7 Evil attic and Grisly grotto.

20:54 Levels 6 and 11 Prisoner’s peril and Tombs of doom.

23:56 Levels 5 and 12 Demonic dungeon and Ghastly graveyard.

Don’t listen…WITH THE LIGHTS OUT!!!!!!!

 

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Dragons Lair Movie Closer To Reality! It Needs Our Help!

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Arcaders! After 30 years, It’s finally happening! And we can help and get some amazing rewards from Don and Gary! Watch the video and get over to KICKSTARTER and do your part! as of this posting-

591 backers 

$53,657 pledged of $550,000 goal

29 days to go

we can do this!!!!!!

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!

RayGunn Visits The Vector Volcano Classic Arcade In Bend, Oregon!

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Hey Arcaders!

My wife’s family were planning a huge reunion for the beginning of August In Oregon. In doing research on Sunriver and it’s surrounding areas I found out that they had an arcade in Bend, about 25 miles from where I was! Not just any redemption style with new kiddie games and a Galaga, But a REAL WORKING classic video arcade!  And on August 4th, I had the opportunity to go to Bend (A beautiful town, by the way) and visit The Vector Volcano.  And it was awesome! The owners, Brett and Danielle were very nice and they were excited to see all the old Arcaders in and enjoying their favorites and the young Arcaders playing games that were popular long before they were born! The place was packed when I was in, and whole families were having a great time (even some of mine!)

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The room is styled like an arcade right out of the early 80s! The attention to detail was amazing! The game selection would keep anyone busy for a very long time! Brett has been collecting since 1996, and it shows! Every screen clean, crisp, and vibrant, and the cabinets and their artwork have held up well- they look almost new! And all the games were working great! What I liked the most was his selection of the lesser known games- watch the video below and you will catch glimpses of Tapper, Cheyenne, Tutankham, Bubbles, Popeye, Zookeeper, and more! The even had a jukebox that played 45s in the back!

Here’s a list of the games they had while I was there-

VIDEO GAMES

Asteroids, Bubbles, Burgertime, Centipede, Defender, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Dragon’s Lair, Galaga, Gorf, Journey, Joust, Kick, Marble Madness, Mario Bros., Millipede, Missile Command, Mortal Kombat 2, Pac-Man, Popeye, Q*bert, Qix, Rampart, Robotron: 2084, Star Wars, Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting, Tapper, Tempest, Tron, Tutankham, Warlords cocktail, Zookeeper, 4 slot Neo Geo (Metal Slug 1, Puzzle Bobble, Windjammers, League Bowling)

PINBALL MACHINES

Black Knight, Centaur, Fathom, Fireball 2, Firepower, Flash Gordon, Gorgar, Medusa, Space Invaders

The best part is THEY ARE ALL ON FREE PLAY!

 You can buy an hour pass, or an all day wristband!

Go to http://www.vectorvolcanoarcade.com and learn more about this amazing piece of arcade history!

 I want to thank Brett and Danielle for allowing me to do this video review! and if you are visiting Bend Oregon , WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING? GET DOWN TO THE VECTOR VOLCANO TODAY!

The RayGunn official Arcade Guy rating-

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