Well, courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles you will be able to have your very own Light Cycle in it's own display case if you lay down the $129.00 for the Collector's Edition of Tron: Evolution. I'd report some more but it's kind of difficult to type and reserve my Collector's Edition at the same time.
A big thanks to Kotaku for the heads up on this! Main Titles - Don Davis (House on Haunted Hill Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I'm pretty impressed by the opening for this upcoming Wii title, in fact, I believe hits the shelves tomorrow! I was brought low by the Metroid Prime release on the Nintendo GameCube, for some reason I just couldn't get the hang of it, I would keep picking it up and then putting it down. I believe I am not the only one but research shows that it did very well in sells, so maybe the game was just too tough for an old gamer like me?
Panoramic - Atticus Ross (The Book of Eli Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Thanks to Kotaku for the heads up on these rather awesome custom made tennis shoes! Jacob Patterson is the man...solely...responsible for unleashing these God of War shoes. Check out the awesome chains that are used instead of shoestrings, of course what else would be more appropriate for the Blades of Olympus you see dangling beside the illustration of Kratos?
Hop on over to Jacob's site at http://www.jacobpattersonart.com/ there isn't much there just now, a couple of links to various sites including YouTube where you can watch him showing off his creation to the Stig, the creative director of God of War 3.
Ah, dang it all! Now I have to go and buy an iPad for this iCade. This charming little item comes to us from those great mad scientists over at ThinkGeek. It goes for $149.00 and I'm really, really trying to stop myself from heading over to Best Buy after work.
Everyone have a great and safe weekend. I plan on playing a bit of WoW, take care of our newest staff member, and playing either some Scott Pilgrim or perhaps Monday Night Combat on X-Box Live! Come join me online, my gamertag is Unicron2005!
Another Winter - Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - The Game (Anamanguchi)
Dear readers, let me introduce you to the newest member of the Victory Pellet Vault, Airell. My wife and I were informed by one of our guests that there was a very small kitten outside of the Victory Vault crying.
So after a few hours of showing it some loving affection my wife was able to take it inside the Vault with her, we ended up getting the essentials it needed and after a quick visit to the vet we now have a new member of our family.
I'm not sure how good Airell will be at games but he did prance around my X-Box 360 controller on the floor...so I'm thinking the odds are he'll also be a gamer. :)
Sorry for the late post today but the reason why will be made clear in another post later this evening. All is good, no tragedy or anything like that to be worried about. We have a new employee here at the Victory Vault and my hands were full trying teach him all the security codes, etc.
Look at what we have today! Bogey Manor...who wants potential buyers to know that it has a theme similar to Ghost Busters! Yes, you can tell that this game hit the arcade in 1985. I found a Youtube video of its gameplay...looks interesting to me.
That flyer for Gauntlet is something I have never seen before, I assume it was it meant to be an handout to the players in the arcade to get them interested in the game...back in my youth I didn't need the flyer to make me pump hundreds of quarters into the Gauntlet machine but the coupon would have been nice to have.
I've never seen the Peter Pack Rat arcade game out in the wild but I did see it in an episode of iCarly! My small amount of research says that Atari only 500 units were ever produced either as a 'standalone' cabinet or as an upgrade to existing cabinets. I really like the cartoon style of the game, I was also able to find some YouTube goodness for this title.
See you all a bit later in the day and I'll introduce you to the newest member of the Victory Pellet staff!
Do not stare long into the eyes of this Tanooki Suit Mario for I assure you that you shall hear the wailing cries of the Dark Void calling to you...or possibly that is just the tea kettle whistling. This plush Mario was created by the talented Michele Legendre over at her spot on Deviant Art...hop on over and check out the awesome Creature From the Black Lagoon she created!
Come this Halloween night AMC will debut the Frank Darabont directed 90 minute series premiere of The Walking Dead. I am a huge fan of the source material the television show is based on, Robert Kirman's tale of a group of survivors who must band together to survive a zombie apocalypse. I am eagerly looking forward to this!
Feel free to check out the earlier post for the normal Box Art Wednesday and if you have the time, make sure to jump over to http://games.retroist.com/ to take a look at all of the great game reviews held over there...including one or two that I handled myself...shameless plug...make sure to visit the forums and home page while you are there for all of your retro needs.
A big thanks to VivoEstSomino and the World of Meh for the heads up on the above video!
Loyal reader, Richard, called me out a few weeks back by saying I had never posted the promised cover to the excellent Herzog Zwei Sega Genesis game. So today's post is for you, sir. Sorry that I forgot to post something...I made mention of almost a year ago. Ha, ha.
I'm not sure about the rest of you gamers who read my ramblings but I can honestly say that I've spent far too many hours of my young life in playing Jungle Strike. That game was video crack to me for some reason...I kind of remember the rest of my friends playing it a little too much as well. That could be my faulty memory banks though acting up again.
I never had the chance to play the Faery Tale Adventure for the Genesis but after doing some research it sounds like I would have enjoyed it. In the game you take on the quest of three brothers who must find a magical talisman and bring it back to their village of Tambry. You would start off playing as the oldest brother, Julian, if you failed in your quest it fell to Phillip to shoulder the burden and if he also failed it all came down to the youngest brother, Kevin. Each of the three brothers had their own strength and weaknesses in the game. Julian was a great fighter, Phillip had luck, and Kevin possessed kindness. The NPC's of the title would also treat you differently depending on your moral choices throughout the game. Sounds like a pretty nifty RPG game back in the day.
If I Didn't Care - The Inkspots (Get Low Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dear readers, what you see posted above is the work of Zachirah Perry Cruse, a 19 year old student, who worked this miracle before you. Apparently the 120GB hard drive has the Stark Industries logo upon it.
This beauty is up for sale on E*Bay...and I'm tempted to ask for an increase in my credit card limit!
Just have time for the one post today, my dear readers, but at least it is a good one! What you see up above are pictures submitted by goodrob13 from his Flickr site showing how incredibly awesome the Digital Press Videogames Store is in New Jersey. Look at some of that stuff...a Demon Attack poster from Imagic? It's painted! It's not the spray painted silver toy dinosaurs! They have an E.T. Atari 2600 wall advertisement...gaze in awe at that Tempest mobile or the Vectrex system...it would seem that I need to make a trip to New Jersey next year to visit these folks!
You can check out even more photos on the Digital Press site: http://www.digitpress.com/store/
For today's Box Art Wednesday we are focusing on three games that I've been enjoying on X-Box Live's Arcade. Two of these titles have been reviewed by myself last year...but I'm on low output today so I'll beg you to indulge my laziness for this post.
I've held no secret of my admiration for Dan Kitchen and Steve Cartwright and their amazing work with Activision back in the glory days of the Atari 2600, you can play any of these three titles presented today and find yourself challenged as much as any recent release on the store shelf.
Steve Cartwright (MegaMania, Seaquest, Plaque Attack) programmed both Frostbite and Barnstorming for Activision in 1983. Frostbite has you donning the fur lined shoes of Frostbite Bailey as he attempts to cross ice flows, avoiding various animals that are bent on pushing him into the frigid waters, each successful jump adds one block to his Igloo and he needs to move fast as the temperature is quickly falling.
Barnstorming puts you in the pilot seat of a Biplane as you navigate obstacles in a bid to reach the finish line with the lowest time possible. You must contend with geese, windmills, and flying through a set number of open barn doors.
Crackpots was programmed by Dan Kitchen in 1983 (Ghostbusters) and has you aiding Potsy the rooftop gardener as defends his building from an invading swarm of insects that are dead set on eating the entire building. By dropping potted petunias on the creepy crawlies he is spared watching the insects eating his home one level at a time.
If you find yourself on X-Box Live, look me up in the Arcade, my gamertag is Unicron2005! Thanks as always to Atari Age for the great signed box art pics posted above.
Sort of but not really. This is an X-Box 360 custom made arcade cabinet to celebrate the arrive of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on X-Box Live and it seems that Major Nelson himself is tweeting that they are giving it away. I would not mind winning that for myself!
Oh yeah...the new Iron Maiden came out today...I need to pick that bad boy up on the way home I reckon.
It's been a little too busy here at the Victory Pellet Vault the last couple of weeks but yesterday I was able to put in a couple of hours playing X-Box Live. I decided to check out Game Room on Live and was very happy to see that they had updated the arcade with quite a few new title choices as well as a ton of Activision Atari 2600 titles.
The game that I spent the most time playing yesterday was a little gem released by Konami in 1985 called Jail Break. The premise of the game is that a mass riot has broken out in a Federal prison, the inmates have captured the Warden and are holding him hostage, while they also roam the streets terrorizing its citizens and killing any law official they happen to see.
Jail Break is a side-scrolling game where you are in control of a lone police officer called in to deal with the riot, starting off with merely your service revolver you can obtain two more weapons (a bazooka and tear gas launcher) by saving the civilians you come across, I was stuck with the revolver most of the time as my run and gun method unfortunately didn't lend itself to civilian safety.
This is a pretty tough game as the inmates do not just merely walk towards you, they swarm you while at the same time throwing Molotov cocktails at you and using their own firearms to try to kill you. I wasn't able to get very far in the game during my limited play time but I definitely had a blast playing it. You have to be pretty careful on how fast you advance on the screen as more often than not you'll end up walking into an oncoming bullet.
At one point I shot a barrel with my bazooka and a shirtless Batman appeared...smiled at me and then disappeared. I'm not sure what that was all about but at least it gave me a pretty hardy chuckle.
A little research shows that this game was inspired by John Carpenter's Escape From New York and that there is an Easter egg of sorts...a type that I've not heard of before...if you use your tear gas gun on the first sniper in the window it will reveal a brief glimpse of a pixelated topless female. I am going out on a limb here and saying that Microsoft made sure that was removed before it was released on X-Box live.
Thanks to the Twin Galaxies scoreboard, the high-score holder for Jail Break is Martin Deem with 265,450 points, recorded by referee on February 21st, 1985.
Universal Theme - Nigel Godrich (Scott Pilgrim Original Score)
There is a man, though I am hesitant to call him that...so mighty is his knowledge of the Caped Crusader/Dark Knight that he must surely have transcended into the realm of Lesser Deity by now. This Man-Deity goes by the name of Chris Sims and he has taken it upon himself to gift us lesser morals with fictional images of comic book characters, seen through the loving prism of the 8-Bit era of the NES.
I really love all of these pics, but my favorites are Archie/Burgertime and Hellboy/Castlevania.
Make sure to check out Chris's personal blog, http://www.the-isb.com/ which always has some great and amusing sequential art related information.
Or take a look at the site he happens to write for, Comics Alliance, if you like what you see posted above, they too have all manner of comic book related stories. http://www.comicsalliance.com/
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Well, I'm not in a bad mood this morning but I couldn't help but post this rather depressing image from Twitter...the once mighty Midway logo is left on the rubbish bin as its employees prepare to move to Warner Interactive.
On a brighter note did anyone get to see Scott Pilgrim vs the World yesterday? I was able to catch the last afternoon showing and I cannot really give Edgar Wright enough praise as well as the cast because if you have any love for video games and just plain enjoy seeing a smart film, you owe it to yourself to catch this at the theatre.
Black Sheep - Metric (Scott Pilgrim vs the World Soundtrack)
Loyal reader, Denethor the 2nd, was kind enough to send me this video link yesterday. Using Adobe AIR for his Droid phone this guy created a GPS that many of us wouldn't mind having attached to their dashboards...at least I wish I had one. Right now.
I'm going on record here and stating that the top most flyer, Prehistoric Isle, might possibly be the greatest flyer ever created or at the very least shown on this site. I've never had the pleasure to play any of the three games presented today but I'd be willing to give up a lot of my milk money to do so now.
Thanks to the Classic Gaming site I was able to dig up a bit of info on Prehistoric Isle. It's full title is Prehistoric Isle in 1930, it is a side-scrolling shooter from and has you tasked by your country to investigate an island that has appeared in the Bermuda Triangle, an island full of Pterodactyl that are causing all sorts of destruction and mayhem...but once you arrive on the island you find it 'infested' with all sort of dinosaurs. Your pilot's idea of investigation is to go about flying your Bi-plane all over the island and eliminating every single dinosaur you happen to see...plus some cavemen along the way.
Apache3 is also a side-scrolling shooter released by Data East. That is about all I've been able to find in way of info...I'm going to assume this was a bit like Super Cobra in gameplay.
Beast Busters was released into the arcade by SNK and later ported to Commodore Amiga and Atari ST home computers. A city has been invaded by the undead and it is up to Johnny Justice, Paul Patriot, and Sammy Stately (Wow...no better names came to mind?) to make sure that everything undead goes back to being plain dead. A bit of trivia from Wikipedia:
"According to Paul Theroux, Michael Jackson owned a Beast Buster arcade machine and frequently took it with him on tour via cargo plane."
I Heard Ramona Sing - Frank Black (Scott Pilgrim Soundtrack)
Wow. I like that at the bottom of her Lancer rifle it says Deadly Cute. In the upcoming Gears of War 3 game we are introduced to the female Cog soldier. To celebrate the occasion the lead producer of Microsoft Game Studios, Chris Wynn, obtained this special Lancer model...boy does it look heavy...for his daughter.
Thanks to Kotaku for the heads up!
The Hero's Hallway - Brian Tyler (Bubba Ho-Tep Soundtrack)
Boy howdy, is it just me or does Exoset Missile look like Jim Steranko decided one morning to make the greatest cover for a Trapper Keeper ever?
I've not had the pleasure of playing either of these three games, though I have heard of Communist Mutants From Space, the other two titles strike me as being available in the $4.99 bin at your local grocery store back in the Atari 2600's glory days.
Communist Mutants From Space debuted in 1982 by Starpath (Arcadia) and deals with aliens from the planet Rooskee invading peaceful, democratic planets, and bending them to the will of their Mother Creature...an evil alien that has gone mad due to irradiated vodka. Ah...the 80's.
CMFS also contained an Easter Egg by its programmer, Steven H. Landrum, that when you held in the fire button and turned the power switch on at the same time you would see the hi in high score would be replaced with SHL.
Thanks as always to Atari Age for the box scans posted above!