Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Star Wars VII Cast Announced

No Lando?

If you haven't already heard, the cast for the upcoming Episode VII of the Star Wars has finally been announced: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. And as expected, original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker have all been confirmed as well.


Monday, April 28, 2014

The Terminator - How It Should End

"I'll be governor!"
Everyone loved the Terminator movies, right? But that franchise's glory days were pretty much over once director James Cameron's involvement with the series came to an end. And while his action-packed, pseudo-sci-fiction "duology" pretty much stood on its own with the first two films, Hollywood as usual, got its evil mitts on the property and began to spawn terrible sequels and ho-hum TV shows and really just a bunch of un-necessary stuff that no one needed to see.

So leave it to the geniuses at "How It Should Have Ended" to come up with a final story to permanently close the series' final plot-loop-hole* and terminate the franchise forever. And how does one achieve this? Why, go back in time and kill the man who invented time-travel, of course! Enjoy the video!

*Patent-pending on that word.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Breaking: E.T. Atari Cart Landfill Legend

Instant Karma Got Atari
There are tons of posts from other bloggers on the web that talk about the infamous "worst-game-ever" from former king-of-the-hill game-maker, Atari, so I'll spare you the personal experiences this time. 

Here's the brief: Around Christmas '82, Atari released a rushed E.T. game for their 2600 home system. The game blew so it stopped selling and the company was left with tons of unsold inventory on their embarrassed hands. About a year later the media reported that Atari would be dumping 14 truckloads of games and other gear into a landfill somewhere in New Mexico so that they could write off the loss. Of course, rumors immediately sprang up speculating that thousands of leftover E.T. carts were part of the burial. Not too long after this incident, the entire video-game market crashed hard and of course, people eventually began to point to the shamefully horrible E.T. game as one of the many nails in the Atari coffin.

But now, today in fact (April 26, 2014), this enduring mystery may finally be solved. A group of filmmakers are currently in New Mexico digging up the infamous site in hopes to finally get an answer to this 30 year-old legend.



Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mad Ducketts: Every Video Game Manual Ever

OK the title of this post was a bit exaggerated, but there's a gentleman on eBay selling his collection of over 800 classic video game manuals for only…drumroll please…$1,300. He's also taking best offers so you might throw him a lowball offer of like 20 bucks and see what happens. Who knows?
Here's the list of included items:

  • Approx. 120 poster inserts
  • 5 PS1 Manuals
  • 2 large posters
  • 10 PS2 Manuals
  • 7 M Network Manuals
  • 6 xbox live and other code papers. I do not know if the xbox live free months have been used.
  • 8 Sega Dreamcast Manuals 
  • 4 PS3 Manuals and 1 PS3 Art cover
  • 5 NES Manuals
  • 2 SNES Manuals
  • 3 N64 Operational Cards
  • Approx. 350 Random manuals and inserts
  • 107 Sega Genesis & Game Gear Manuals
  • 7 Atari/Sega Manuals
  • 12 GameCube Manuals
  • 5 Intellivision Manuals
  • 16 Sega Saturn Manuals
  • 10 Imagic Manuals
  • 39 Activision Manuals
  • 2 Xbox Manuals
  • 2 Sears Tele-games
  • 2 Wii Manuals
  • 9 Sega CD Manuals
  • 19 Coleco Vision Manuals
  • 85 Atari

Before the internet, words lived on paper.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kids React to Walkman

Little River Band cassette not included.
Technology moves so damned fast that by the time you've saved enough money to buy that cool electronic trinket you saw on the shelf at Woolworth's, it's probably become obsolete and been replaced by something newer and better. Well, being replaced by something newer and better seems to have become Sony's corporate-mantra lately. The Japanese tech giant once held the enviable position of being the inventor of the Walkman, the first truly portable consumer stereo cassette player, but ended up losing it's winning grip on mobile music in the 2000s to Apple's juggernaut iPod. Oh they tried extending the brand to the Discman and the MiniDisc Walkman, and Sony enjoyed a brief bit of success with those formats, however with the mass-consumer drive towards digital music during the 21st century, physical storage formats like the Compact Cassette were clearly on their way out and the digital mp3 format was set to preside over their respective funerals. To an old fart like me, it doesn't seem that long ago that I was making kickin' mix tapes on my dual-deck to give to my sweetheart, but to any kid born in the last decade or so, it may as well have been a century. Check out this video of some little peeps pondering a portable cassette player and enjoy their frustrated and embarrassed reactions whilst we sit back and chuckle. Of course I make sure my kids are well-versed in ancient technologies like Atari, VHS and toaster ovens so that this never happens to them. They may grow up to be friendless and weird, but dammit, at least they'll know how to properly clean an LP.