The New Atari VCS Johnny Tenspeed's Bicycle Emporium

Field of Schemes

Posted June 21, 2018 by Ric Pryor

We're three-quarters of the way through Atari's crowdfunding pre-order campaign for the new VCS and so far 11,000 people have paid a combined three million dollars for a thing that doesn't exist. It sort of reminds me of that famous scene from one of my favorite movies.

They come even if you don't build it.
File Under: Ataribox

Cheese Viking Meets Its Violent Demise

Posted June 15, 2018 by Ric Pryor

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding Part 1 - Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul #1 hit newsstands two weeks ago, officially setting a new standard by which the once long and unwieldy Annihilation: Conquest titles are considered concise. Since my only interest in Batman comics is my favorite fake arcade game, Cheese Viking, I didn't get around to reading it until yesterday. Imagine my horror when I saw this:

Cheese Viking meets its violent demise

That's Damien "This Year's Robin" Wayne using some dude wearing black leather's own whip to fling him into Gotham City's only Cheese Viking cabinet, because apparently Fredric Wertham was right all along.

Cheese Viking Meets Its Violent Demise

Damien is appropriately horrified when he realizes what he's done. But, since he was dead for a while himself, he knows better than most that comic book deaths are rarely permanent. Let's hope that's as true for Cheese Viking as it was for him.

File Under: Vikings

Abstract Impressionism in 8 Bits

Posted June 8, 2018 by Ric Pryor

The best Atari 2600 arcade ports faithfully recreate the gameplay of the original, even when the graphics make it difficult to be sure exactly what the original was. (BTW, this is Up 'n Down by Sega.)

File Under: Miscellaneous

Can't Hear Those Buzzers and Bells

Posted June 1, 2018 by Ric Pryor

With enough grit and determination you can turn anything into a text game. Even pinball.

File Under: Pinball

There Has to Be a Twist

Posted May 31, 2018 by Ric Pryor

The ball behavior in Bumper Bash will literally make your high school physics teacher cry, but it's the most fun pinball game on the Atari 2600.

File Under: Pinball