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Play These Retro Video Games With Your Kid

You know who are the worst people on earth? Dingbats who condescendingly scoff at creative works because they’re not “modern.” Those who go to revival screenings to guffaw at pre-digital special effects, or who say things like, “This game sucks! The graphics are so blocky and it doesn’t auto-save every five seconds!”Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Fan Makes NES John Wick Game And It’s Really Hard

Keanu Reeves’ “John Wick” character appeared in Fortnite earlier this year, and has a strategy game called John Wick Hex coming sometime in the future. But if you don’t feel like waiting, there’s now a short NES homage to the would-be-retired hitman you can play for free.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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These Games Deserve Spots In The Switch Online NES Library

By the end of the month, there will be 46 games in Nintendo Switch Online’s NES library. There will be 52 if you count the ones only released for the service’s Famicom library in Japan. While most of the best-known games of that era have already been brought over, that number is still just a […]

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How to Get Windows 1.0 From 1985 Without the ‘Stranger Things’ Tie-Ins

Microsoft “re-released” Windows 1.0 this week as part of a partnership with that Stranger Things show I have yet to binge on Netflix. While it’s free for you to download and play with—on Windows, of course—it’s not really Windows 1.0, because it’s full of puzzles and all sorts of other promotional tie-ins that didn’t…Read more… […]

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Here’s What The Unreleased Terminator NES Game Looked Like

In 1989, Japanese developer/publisher Sunsoft revealed The Terminator, an NES game based on the hit 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger film. One year later, after Sunsoft lost the movie rights, the game was modified and released as generic sci-fi platformer Journey to Silius. Video game history and preservation site Gaming…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Photographer Captures The Hidden Beauty Inside Stripped Down Gaming Consoles

What do the guts a Game Boy look like? In a new art series called Assembly Required, photographer Richard Parry takes apart old video game consoles to document all of their internal components, revealing the mesmerizing machinery inside their familiar plastic shells.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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The IIHS Crash Test Ramming Car Has Pretty Sweet Rims

I was just thinking about how nice a set of basketweave-style wheels would look on my 1984 Nissan 300ZX when I found myself watching the 2019 Mazda3 crash test, and realized: “Hey, the deathcart-thing that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety uses as a battering ram has them!”Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The Emulator In Capcom’s Home Arcade Is Stirring Controversy

The Capcom Home Arcade, a plug-and-play fight stick that comes with classic arcade games pre-installed on it, was announced earlier this week, causing a backlash in the homebrew community who take issue with the device’s use of open-source emulation software.Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Spice Up Google’s Carmen Sandiego Game With the Real Theme Song

I have always had room in my heart for the old-school “edutainment” Carmen Sandiego games, because they taught me a decent bit about geography as a kid. I also loved the awesome television show (with the awesome theme song), although I’m pretty sure I had nightmares about being on the show and getting stuck with […]

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This Tiny Pac-Man Game Is the Size of a Credit Card

Super Impulse’s Tiny Arcade line—a series of four-inch-tall fully playable arcade cabinets—is a fun way for ‘80s kids to relive their childhoods spent stuffing quarters into arcade machines. But for those times when you’re away from your desk and get the itch for Pac-Man or Missile Command, Super Impulse has created a…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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20 Years Later, Snowboard Kids 2 Remains a Hidden Gem

While the Nintendo 64 wasn’t the most revolutionary home console, the clunky cartridge-based system still managed to house some of the best games of the mid-to-late ‘90s. Quite a few N64 classics, including Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong 64, and Pokemon Snap, will celebrate their 20th anniversaries in 2019. Joining…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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The Brilliant Use of Mode 7 In Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts’ Fourth Stage

When I think of the toughest games of my childhood, the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series from Capcom immediately comes to mind. They’re unforgivingly difficult, taunting you at each corner with a thousand deaths. Arthur’s armor gets shredded by every moving object and even upgraded weapons offer little protection. What’s…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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My Favorite Childhood Gadget of the ’80s, the Speak & Spell, Is Back

I can’t remember when exactly the Speak & Spell first entered my life—it was sometime in the very early ‘80s when I was four or five years old—but I do remember being amazed that my parents allowed me to touch and play with this marvel of technology, when other devices, like the VCR and the […]

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