Why Don’t We Have These in The West? Retro Game Bars!

The state of webdesign in Japan is miles behind that used elsewhere, but Game Bar Continue in Osaka seems to be in America Muri (Think China Town but American but not really) And has a host of video game consoles that you can rent by the hour as well as booze (From my reading you aren’t allowed to bring your own games, although the statement might be that you are allowed to bring your own games…

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Also in Osaka is Game Bar Dendo which just has a static page. Although that has got a map on it…

And and address:

2nd floor leisure Misono 2-3-9 Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Building Sennichimae ? 542-0074

TEL 06-6648-8148

Although sadly it seems like you can’t play any of their games, they are just for display… Points deducted for that I think…

In Kyoto you can find Cafe la Siesta who have a slightly nicer website but it’s also impossible to navigate as it’s all in a frame that is pretendinf to be a game console…

They DO have a map that looks quite retro:

More importantly they have a giant Game Boy!

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Who doesn’t want to play this shit?! Their menu is pixelated too:

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Source Hiyoko-g and again and again…

So why don’t we have this kind of thing in the west? Maybe we don’t have the geek culture they do in Japan, but I think that enough people would come to one of these if it was in a big enough city, and maybe diversified into board games too?

What if Apple Designed the GameBoy?

Artist Patrick Staudt re-imagines the Nintendo GameBoy as it would have been designed by Apple. The thing is the original GameBoy was  released in 1989 at about the same time Apple released the Newton. I think for a game playing device the GameBoy is definitely more iconic and probably better designed than the Newton…

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Also if apple designed the GameBoy right now we would probably just end up with the iPhone,iPod Touch or iPad because lets face it those products do what the GameBoy did and are both stealing market share from Nintendo and Sony.

But if hypothetically Apple’s design engineers went back in time and took with them the technological advances that allow them to make the iPhone so slime but not the retina display and their hatred for physical buttons and decided in their infinite wisdom to stick a green and black dot matrix screen on their design for the GameBoy then it might just look like this (More comments inline, Comments may be sarcastic…):

Wireless? Wirelessly connecting to what? The internet didn’t even exist at that point. And modems maxed out at 28.8K in 1989 (Or there abouts). You might have had IR connectivity but that would have been slow as hell too.

 

I’m not going to bother looking up the GameBoys max FPS I doubt it was that high…

I’m willing to bet he thought he was being clever by going that small… In that size of packaging you’d have been lucky to squeeze 8Mb into that device if you wanted room for other electronics. It wasn’t till 1991 that you could even get a 100Mb 2.5″ drive a 2.5″ drive is about the size of an iPhone…

Okay so they are designing it now… Otherwise how WiFi? The WiFi alliance wasn’t formed until 1999. Still 200 hours of gaming on a battery that fits in that case? Even with a DotMatrix screen the original GameBoy managed 10-12 hours on 4 Batteries. What fantasy world do they live in! I want to be there! But I can’t! Why am I shouting!

My thumbs have power… Also zero mechanical failure? That’s impressive, except my Old GameBoy that I got in 1989 still works, so not that impressive…

Oooh volume!

What the hell do those buttons do? I assume the are contrast buttons but that’s only because I had a GameBoy and it had contrast buttons on it.

 

Retro Gaming Advent: Day 2 Kings Valley

I must have spent years of my childhood playing this game, the basic premise is not that dissimilar from Load Runner, except with more of a puzzle twist, you are an explorer trapped in a series of pyramids and you have to collect all the “Soul Gems” to open the door to the next level. Collect them in the right order while avoiding traps and monsters and using a variety of tools.

I’ve managed to find a few remakes of this game: Kings ValleyKings Valley TelosKV2Kings Valley Teaser, and I’ve previously tested them to see that they work, I just can’t remember which is which and I’m too busy at the moment to mess around with them to find out.

If I recall all of them but Kings Valley Teaser work fine on Windows, the teaser is a project in progress. The one marked Telos supposedly replaces the main character with The Doctor from Doctor Who…

I plan on putting together a blog post about the Kings Valley series at some point but given I’ve committed to posting a free retro remake a day this is all I’ve got time to post at the moment.

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Retro Gaming Advent: Day 1 Marathon Series

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I’m going to try something over the next 25 days I’m going to post a free to play retro game you can download to enjoy over the “Festive Season” Today’s suggestion is the Marathon Series long before they moved onto to create Halo, Bungie made a series of Mac first person shooters under the moniker of Marathon. The source code for the engine is now open and you can download all three games for free for the Mac, Windows and Linux.

What are you waiting for?

Marathon Marathon 2: Durandal
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Awesome Idea that Will Make Me Millions!

My workmate InfinitySum and I just had an awesome idea. Build a replica question mark box like the ones in Super Mario Brothers:

Allow for some mechanism to hang it from the ceiling like some string (probably 4 bits of string one on each corner), and make the bottom of the box a push-able button that when hit hard enough will cause chocolate coins to pop out the top!

This is an idea that cannot fail, unfortunately I’m too apathetic to follow through with it.

The closest I’ve seen online is this:

Which is more of a sweet box than an active chocolate coin dispenser.

Portable SNES This I Need!

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Hyperkin a company that specializes in making accessories for current and retro consoles are going to be releasing a portable SNES this summer, it’s US only as far as I can tell but I assume someone will import it to the UK or at least I hope so. Not only does it allow you to play games on the 3.5″ LCD screen but you can also connect it to a TV and plug in two controllers! Double awesome! I knew I kept all my old SNES games for a reason.

On another note Hyperkin actually make quite a few nifty devices including consoles that have slots for NES, SNES and Genesis (Megadrive) games. I wonder if they are region locked and only play US games of if they will allow you to play UK/Japanese games too?

They currently do a portable Genesis and NES though the cartridge for the portable NES is actually bigger than the console. It does come with a light gun though, for all the good that will do on a modern TV…

Sadly all their products are only available to resellers…

via Edge