File photo: The first recovered Atari cartridge and packaging recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill are shown in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Wilson) Some of the best video games ever were made ages ago. Super Metroid, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, and hundreds of other amazing games were produced for platforms that don't really exist anymore. They were made for systems that used cartridges and PCs that ran Windows 95. Some have aged well and some haven't, but they've all made their mark on video game history. Unfortunately, you can't easily play them in their original forms on current systems. Consoles stopped using cartridges many moons ago, and what worked on Pentium-era Windows 95 PCs baffle Core i7-era Windows 10 machines. Add an unsettling trend of dismissiveness in archiving classic games and you run into the very real risk that some of the best video games ever will some day be lost, or remain just out of reach. Fortunately, you have … [Read more...] about How to play retro video games
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How the stuff in the box keeps getting 'better' with each episode I do not know, but this week is certainly going to entertain you movie lovers out there with a visit from Iron Man’s gauntlet, and a headless Porg… wait what?That’s right, I behead a Porg in order to fill it with treats. It goes (mostly) to plan. Not only that, we unbox the infamous SNES mini from Nintendo and get hold of the latest version of Stretch Armstrong, and let’s just say… Armstrong isn’t having a good time. Now, if you haven’t watched the video above (which you should) let’s go through what was featured in this week’s episode of What’s In The Box?Iron Man Slide Blast ArmourWe all love shooting our family members with Nerf bullets (right?) and what better way to do it than transforming into Iron Man using this gauntet? This was made by Hasbro, a well known toymaker worldwide, and it features an extendable gauntlet that can compact down into a large half … [Read more...] about SNES Mini unboxing and Porg decapitation… wait WHAT? This week’s What’s In The Box? is a must-watch!
There's another Super Nintendo game-playing console on the market. Hyperkin's Supa Retron HD plays SNES games in high definition - and it costs £79.99. This is significantly cheaper than the Super Nt, which Digital Foundry declared "the best way to play Super Nintendo on a flat panel TV" in its review, and a tenner more than Nintendo's own SNES mini. Hyperkin's Supa Retron HD. The Supa Retron HD has a "Pin Perfect" technology, which involves pins engineered in-house by Hyperkin. These pins, Hyperkin promised, "maintain perfect pin contact, even if you bump or shake the cartridge". "The presence of these high quality pins alongside a special cartridge eject button means you can swap cartridges with confidence all day long," Hyperkin said. Elsewhere, there's a micro-USB input, a six foot long charge cable, 720p HD output, an aspect ratio switch (4:3 and 16:9) and two "Scout" wired controllers (the original SNES controllers are supported, too). Hyperkin, which is based in Los … [Read more...] about There’s another console that lets you play SNES games in HD
Videogames aren’t much for quiet. They trend towards spectacle, to grandiose statements of scale, and the intense catharsis of violence. And sometimes that means we won’t hear a message unless its shouted at us, unless it roars above the noise ever present in this space. We prefer meaning to be blunt and dramatic. So it’s easy to see how Even The Ocean, the second game from the creators of Anodyne, became lost at sea. The game’s core is in the subtle ways it reinforces its story with its puzzles, without a moment of combat in sight. But being free of combat doesn’t mean it’s free of violence. Here the violence is structural, rather than physical. It’s a story about who we harm on our climb up society’s ladder, and the ways we reinforce harmful structures to support ourselves. It’s a far cry from the cheeky surrealism of Anodyne, and a more measured story from a more mature team. Aliph, the game’s protagonist, begins the game … [Read more...] about Even The Ocean shows us how good people let bad things happen
For those of you who want to skip to the news , here’s a quick rundown of the new features and options included in the SNES Classic: Save points cache at least one minute’s worth of gameplay, so you can go back to the most advantageous place before starting over. You can choose your own border frames, which also change color during key gameplay moments. As with the NES Classic, the system has three display modes: 4:3, Pixel Perfect and CRT. A demo mode option includes footage from your own gameplay saves. Last week, I drove into San Francisco to get some hands on time with the Super Nintendo Classic. During a meeting held at an office for Nintendo’s PR agency, I got to mess around with the miniature hardware, something my colleagues did back in June and wrote about at length. This meeting was more about how the operating system and home screens work, especially in comparison to the NES Classic, which was launched last year to great commercial success. I … [Read more...] about Hands on with the SNES Classic’s cool new features, and Star Fox 2