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Every game. Chronologically.

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Chronogaming is a Mini-craze?

Wow, I coined an historical term! Dr. Sparkle, thank you for giving me credit in this ^_^ http://www.retronauts.com/?p=1119 I like how they refer to it as burning out. Really, I still want to do this, RL just sort of burned its way in. Nelio! Yeah, a thing happened and I deleted my YouTube thing. I'll have to bring it back eventually. I still have all my stuff and going through the pain of moving it to a new place. Oh, and I do flinch every time they say "chrongaming". Anyway, hope

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Pele's Soccer (Atari VCS, 1980)

Pele's Soccer (Atari VCS, 1980)   As I've said before: "I'm not a sports fan" so how I felt about this game surprised me.   Contrasting from our recent excursion into third-party software that had only two games to a cart, Atari's (the party of the first part) Pele's Soccer has 54 games promised for it on the front of the box and it delivers with 28 versions of two player and 28 versions of single player. The "versioning" is three variations each on modes of speed, modes of challenge and goa

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Fishing Derby (Activision, Atari VCS, 1980)

Fishing Derby (Activision, Atari VCS, 1980)   There are actually Fish Derbies in the real world, which I don't expect to be shocking news to any of you. However I thought reading the rules to one would be interesting.   http://www.valdezfishderbies.com/pages/contest_rules.php   It's possible that I wasn't entirely correct about it being interesting. Sorry if you just spent 30 minutes of your life there that you will never get back.   Fishing Derby is by David Crane. David Crane apparentl

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Boxing (Activision, Atari VCS, 1980)

Boxing (Activision, Atari VCS, 1980)   We've seen a Boxing game once before! 1978 on the APF-1000MP. I'd actually recorded that play session on a VHS tape which now will not load anything because my VCR won't work. Well, the mechanical bits won't work. The electronic bits still work as a conduit to serve my old consoles. All hail the conduit!   Oooh, boy... boxing... I don't get boxing as a sport. I get that it takes skill, that it's a discipline similar to any skill that involves using the

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Maze Craze: A Game of Cops and Robbers (Atari VCS, 1980)

Maze Craze: A Game of Cops and Robbers (Atari VCS, 1980)   Someone in the 70s realized that there was fun to be found by using a computer to generate random mazes with a simple algorithm and allowing people to race through it. The first maze game that I can remember appearing on a home console was for the Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES) and was cart #10 Maze, Cat and Mouse (1977). I don't know if this is the last "maze game" or not because I can't see into the future. (If I could, I

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Chronogaming not dead, not even sleeping...

Okay, when I say chronogaming is not dead or sleeping, I don't mean this blog. I mean "there are other chronogamers out there" fighting the good fight!   Now and then I'll type "chronogaming" into Google (ego-surfer!) just to get a nice warm feeling to see that the term actually gets tossed around out there like it's a real word! A lot of people, I'm sure, didn't get it from me. I think many get it from "Chrono Trigger" - but if it has anything to do with retrogaming I think it actually can be

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Back from Japan

Is there such thing as an obsessive compulsive disorder that procrastinates?   Okay, so I've been busy. Since I had my moment of discouraged truth a few years ago, I've managed to keep my job, my kids have continued to survive and I've been to Japan.   Let me try to express my feelings about Japan with a very intense understatement.   Japan is cool.   I know... it makes some of you uncomfortable when I get all gushy and emotional about stuff, so I'll just leave it at that and link to pic

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Hi! Wow, I need to not neglect this stuff....

Wow people still read this? Guess I need to start doing this again.... I've said that before of course.   I'm going to Japan next month. Maybe with that out of the way I'll have closure and need to obsess on this again.

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No CGE for me

Nope, no CGE, but at least I'm working on this again.   I've been cleaning up the old entries and making sure they've got formatting (like... paragraphs!) and links that work, and pictures that load and movies that actually play.   If I feel like I don't have a big trailing mess behind me it may be easier to move forward.   Oh, and is there any way to link someone to an old entry and then that entry displays links to the entries before and after it? when I go to an old entry it seems tha

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I have forgotten to feed my fish...

...I left my dog in the car with the windows up and all of the plants are dead. The stretching sound you hear is a metaphor being abused.   I've come to realize that it's taken me three years to get even halfway through 1980. Play-lag has reared it's ugly cliched head in this blog before, but now it has become actually detrimental to the experiment itself.   The "vision" if you will pretend with me that what I'm doing actually takes some degree of vision and not just a large degree of OCD, w

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Night Driver (Atari VCS, 1980)

Night Driver (Atari VCS, 1980)   First, a look at the arcade game that inspired the home version.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK_pwMItCPM   I believe that video is captured from the MAME version. The yellow car on the screen would have been an overlay in the arcade. The lights represent the glowing reflectors on the sides of a dark road and as the driver of the car you use a steering wheel controller to keep your car on the road. The sound effects in the arcade original were engine so

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Dodge 'Em aka Dodger Cars (Atari VCS, 1980)

Dodge 'Em aka Dodger Cars (Atari VCS, 1980)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGPcSd7DDLk   This game is about an insane sonuvabitch who has no regard for your life, your passenger's life nor even his own life.   The playing field is a four-lane circular track. The player races around it collecting dots. The player may only change lanes at four points on the track's circle. The crazy bastard in the other car is going around the track in the opposite direction and his sole goal is to ram you

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3D-Tic-Tac-Toe (Atari VCS, 1980)

Off topic, but my Xbox Live name is Chronogamer. If you play 1 vs 100 Live on the Xbox 360, then you'll know what I'm talking about. Last night, I (with the help of my lovely and brilliant wife) came in third out of a crowd of 42,000 in a Live game and won myself a copy of RezHD! Yay! By the way, if you're an Xbox Live person, please invite me to be your friend!   3D-Tic-Tac-Toe (Atari VCS, 1980)   I need to clear up any impressions I may have given about my feelings towards playing 3D-Tic-

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Circus Atari (Atari VCS, 1980)

Circus Atari (Atari VCS, 1980)   One of the inspirations for doing what I'm doing here (even though it's been progressively less frequent) is the fact that "back in the day" I didn't actually get to play most of these games. Intellivision? I know one person that had it, and I only ever saw AD&D in action-but never got to play it. I had one friend with an Odyssey^2 and I never ever even saw it hooked up. I'd never heard of the Bally Professional Arcade back in 1981 and, though I'd seen the

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Steeplechase (Atari VCS, 1980)

Steeplechase (Atari VCS, 1980)   Before I get into the game, I want to get into the term "Steeplechase".   For me "Steeplechase" has always stood for the name of an amusement pier in Atlantic City (though there was one in Coney Island, too, I never saw it). I can't say my family and I went "down the shore" a lot when I was growing up near Philadelphia in the late 70's, early 80's, but the few times I went I remember two of the Atlantic City piers, Steeplechase Pier and Steel Pier. For a 516k

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Stellar Track (Atari VCS, 1980)

37362 Stellar Track (Atari VCS, 1980)   The genetic precursor to Stellar Track is a main frame computer game called Star Trek, based on the franchise of the same name. You can read all about the history of the Star Trek Game at Wikipedia. It isn't that I'm too lazy to just paraphrase the entry, (though I am), but I'm more or less trying to keep this about the particular game rather than it's history.   When you start a game of Stellar Track you're given a mission screen. Here is an exam

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Adventure (Atari VCS, 1980)

Adventure (Atari VCS, 1980)   Okay, I"ve started this entry about six times! I'm trying to keep myself from babbling but what I keep writing is a long and pretty uninteresting description of the different elements of Adventure. I'm failing to capture the essence of the whole which is so much greater than just a listing of the separate parts.   Rather than make another attempt at objectively describing Adventure, let's just activate Fanboy Mode.   I think that it's safe to say that this is

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Space Invaders (Atari VCS, 1980)

Space Invaders (Atari VCS, 1980)   According to Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Videogames by Leonard Herman (a book every classic gamer should own, soon to come out in its fourth edition!), Space Invaders came out in January of 1980 and is considered to be the first "Killer App" for a home videogame console. In addition, it was the first time a videogame company licensed another videogame company's arcade game for port to a home system.   Okay, history portion over, I'll leave it to real hist

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Dogpatch (Bally Pro Arcade, 1980)

Dogpatch (Bally Pro Arcade, 1980)   I could only find one game as having come out in 1980 for the Bally Professional Arcade - Dogpatch. In playing this game I was reminded of just how far video games have come over the last three decades. So, I created a video that serves to illustrate the vast gulf of differences between a game like this from 1980 and a game like the one to which I've chosen to compare it from a current generation console.   Hmm, my YouTube link broke with the forum upgrade

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NASL Soccer (Intellivision, 1980)

NASL Soccer (Intellivision, 1980)   The last Intellivision game for 1980! How long has it taken me to get here? Short answer? Too damn long!   This is the first Soccer I've played in Chronogaming. The first soccer for a home vidoegame console was actually released in the European edition of Odyssey by Magnavox. They called it Football over there, which makes sense to me.   Okay, Soccer, like Baskeball and Hockey before it, takes the approach of having a reduced number of players on the scr

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Checkers (Intellivision, 1980)

Checkers (Intellivision, 1980)   Yup, still on Intellivision, still in 1980, as we have been since, what? 2007? Sorry it's taken so long, we are only one game away from finishing 1980 Intellivision games and the penultimate Intellivision game for the year is: Checkers!   I didn't actually dread playing Checkers, especially after my better-than-dreaded experience with Backgammon. I was looking forward to jumping back into the Chronogaming groove. Checkers didn't disappoint me. It was an elega

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Backgammon (Intellivision, 1980)

Backgammon (Intellivision, 1980)   Sadly, I've been dreading having to play this game. Like most games I dread playing (sports, for instance) it's a great hinderance to moving forward with chronogaming.   So, tonight, I had a spare hour or so (family goes to bed before I do on most nights) and decided to get over this little hump in my chronology.   Boy do I feel stupid for having put it off. This is a well designed version of backgammon. The play field, like the play field for Roulette, i

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Along came a IIGS, part II

As EricBall very correctly pointed out, it wasn't long after figuring out that this machine might work, that I realized that it's little better than a door stop without a floppy drive.   Fortunately for me, I discovered the CFFA! This is a card that plugs into the innards of an Apple IIGS with a Compact Flash card as a hard drive. You can have as many 32MB hard drive images as you can fit on a compact flash. So, I quickly, and without really reading anything about it, ordered one and then orde

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Along came a IIGS, Part I

Okay, back sometimes in the closing days of 2008 an AtariAger was looking for an Emerson Arcadia 2001 and was offering an Apple IIGS in exchange. I've always wanted one of those, so I went for it, traded my extra Arcadia (I had to keep one if my chronogaming ever makes it to 1982) a few boxed commons and maybe one scarce (I was feeling generous, and I really did want to mess around with an Apple IIGS).   So, sometime in January, the exchange was made and a happy IIGS began its life in my home

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