I had sincerely planned to post this last week but time and ill health makes slaves of us all...except for maybe the good Doctor.
Released in 1986 for the Commodore 64, BBC Micro (?), and Amstrad CPC computer systems, the Mines of Terror has you filling the shoes of the 6th incarnation of the Doctor. The object of this computer game is to stop the Master and his production of Heatonite on the planet Rijar as well as retrieve a set of plans stolen by the Master from the Time Lords, plans to build the TIRU device. A machine that allows one to take pieces of time and 'splice' them together. Heatonite, of course is what fuels the TIRU device.
Unfortunately the Doctor is not allowed even his sonic screwdriver to aid him in the game, just the robot feline, Splinx. At certain points of the game you must open up a programming screen for Splinx to give him simple commands, to access places and hidden items the Doctor cannot reach.
As you will see in the below clip, thanks to Youtube, the Doctor is always in the center of the screen with the background moving in whatever direction he is facing. There is no sound for the clip, which is disappointing as I would like to have heard the theme in Midi format.
These are a new set of 'dotdiorama' that are available in Japan, neat that you can position the pieces where you want for the most part. Someone at Namco though had a meeting and in that meeting they agreed they needed to produce an Rally-X diorama. It's a weird world we live in to be sure.
Wait a minute, Mr. Salesclerk. You tell me I can have a pin for my dress shirt...and it can be one of Mappy? Here you go, my good man, here is a blank check, whatever amount you write in it I will pay.
Still on a bit of a pin kick this weekend so enjoy some items that were passed to people who bought the Atari Lynx and their 'vast' selection of titles. Not the highest of quality for collectible pins but at least they were metal.
Hey folks, the Save the Arcade is over and the winner turned out to be Arcade UFO...while I'm glad that an arcade was given $25,000 to survive I wish it had been StarBase. I noticed that Stride Gum is planning having another competition in 2010 and no matter the winner it makes me happy that there are people like me who hold the idea of the arcade as a matter of import, something that shouldn't be swept away by online gaming, I can only hope that I will be able to take my children to a true arcade someday.
From over at the Starbase Arcade site. The above pic is from a fan that tried his darndest to keep it going, I like how Bob has put up this table between a TMNT arcade game.
"The Final Scores are in:
991,512,500 Points Arcade UFO Austin, TX
959,776,300 Points StarBase Arcade San Rafael, CA (San Francisco Area)
151,313,950 Points Star Worlds Arcade DeKalb, IL (Chicago Area)
49,497,345 Points Game Galaxy Nashville, TN
The computer Wizards at UFO managed to conjour a scant 31,736,200 more points than the Centaur Zappers at Starbase! I want to personally thank all of the Arcade supporters that played Zapataur for their favorite arcade! Special thanks go to the Starbase faithful for hanging in there until the very end, and giving UFO the challenge they deserved. It was very touching how many of you called or wrote during the contest to tell me that you had donated more points to the cause. I hope we can keep that sentiment going in the coming months as we continue to attempt to Save Starbase Arcade! Thank You all so much!
Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror will be getting its own post a little later today but for those of you who abhor waiting for such knowledge it was a side-scrolling platformer that had you filling the shoes of the Sixth Doctor who with the aid of his programmable cat, Splinx, must try to stop the Master from producing an ore known as Heatonite.
Druid is apparently the first in a series, I have never had the pleasure of playing any of them, where you take on the role of Hasrinaxx. Your purpose is to stop the evil Acamantor who happens to have an army of demons.
Finders Keepers is also the first of a series of games...umm, look it's a fast loader!
The upcoming DC Universe Online is still putting along for release in 2010, unlike the other MMO's this one is available only on the Playstation 3. Slowly, very slowly they've been releasing images of the 'gameplay'.
Last week it was announced that Nightwing and some of the Teen Titans are in the roster and though I cannot find a picture of them, I've read that Adam Strange and the Creeper are being included as well. Which guarantees that I will buy the game.
Bear in mind and I believe I've made a blog on this before, you may not play these characters, you just team-up with them on certain levels. Which is for the best of course.
As much as I love the awesomeness that is Bioshock...I do not know if I could craft myself a Big Daddy suit or convince my wife to dress as a Little Sister. However, from these pics it would seem that if you have that kind of talent you should go ahead and have your photos taken at the Georiga Aquarium because that is a nice stand-in for the underwater city of Rapture.
I am sure that Andrew Ryan would be most impressed. Would you kindly click on the pics to see them Rapture sized?
If you have not had the privilege to play Bioshock then that last comment made no sense to you. I suggest you avoid the Wiki as it will indeed ruin some of the most wonderful writing for games in some time.
However...please take a moment and enjoy this clip from the beginning of the game, I only wish this player had taken just a bit more time to show the beauty of the art deco around him...
We are finishing the Supercade off this weekend with three special pins. The top two pictures are jewelry that were released during the initial run of Tron, I guess they overestimated how much women would want to wear them. The third pin is from the Magic Kingdom on Ice and if you look at Tron's feet you can see he is indeed wearing ice skates.
Perhaps I'll be able to find these someday on E*Bay.
Well, we are heading into two of my favorite areas this Supercade. My love of all things Tron and collector's pins.
I own the second and third images above but somehow the first pictured pin escaped my sights...I believe that is why they created E*Bay.
The third image, a pin set, was given to me by my loving wife our first Christmas we were married. The only problem with this set is I'm so scared of losing them I refuse to take it out of the container.
I believe I purchased the second pictured pin for myself and friends at the local Disney store...back when I was able to give unwanted gifts lavishly. Ha, ha.
This is...sweet...and truly a little more than scary. Belle, or "PikaBelleChu," is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer Edition for her massive Pikachu memorabilia collection, and Herbert met her by staging a Pokemon auction.
So as I awoke in the predawn hours this morning, the sudden guilt hit me, much like Larry Talbot when he too awakes to realize his animal side has transformed him to hunt and kill the innocents he comes across...I didn't post a blog yesterday. In 390 something posts, six days a week, with Sunday off to recharge my batteries...I didn't post anything.
Okay, this is one of those times when I post something that has nothing to do with games. Those good and hard working lads over at the Lightbulb Detective Agency were able to uncover an vault of pure nostalgia a couple of months back. Filled within it's ancient and forgotten structure lay the Pulsar action figure.
Doing a little 'research' of my own, mostly involving drunken chimps and a room of blind monks, I've uncovered the Ultimate Enemy of Pulsar, Hypnos! You'll definitely need to click the pics and perhaps even use a photo gallery program so you can zoom in to really read it. But it's worth it.
I mean just check out that super-awesome Batman desk lamp. I had that on my Christmas list one year when I was but a whelp. I also had that nifty Batman: Wayne Foundation Penthouse playset on my list. I didn't get either.
Two things popped into my mind while looking at these pages from the Wishbook:
1) Why does it look like Shazam is playing Battleship? 2) That Batman Alarm Clock...am I the only one that hopes someone can rig it where it'll have Christian Bale's line, "Swear to me!", as the wake-up alarm?
Make sure to check out the previous blog for Nazi dinosaurs. No, really.
I'm not a huge fan of the incredibly popular Half-Life game series...mainly because I cannot play this first person 'shooter' without getting motion sickness, but when I hear that some modders have created a WWII version of the game where the Nazi's have dinosaurs on their side. Well, I guess I need to pop some Dramamine and get ready to shotgun some goose-stepping dinosaurs!
Make sure to click the pics to see some really nice production art.