Video of the Day: Game Deaths

Classic video game deaths

This video is just to awesome not to share. This video shows death scenes from various classic games to a great remix tune. Enjoy.

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(Dir.: Rob Beschizza, BoingBoing. Music is Rob’s MIDI homage to “Mad World,” by Tears for Fears, and you can download the MP3 here:http://www.boingboing.net/2011/03/28/game-deaths-mp3.html and buy their original song here [MP3]: http://tinyurl.com/4wzqgry ).

Today in Video Game history – June 8th

Game Box Advance
Game Box Advance

On June 8th 2004 the Game Boy Advanced was released in the People Republic of China. The GBA was manufactured by Nintendo and was the 32-bit successor to the Game Boy color. The GBA was also the first Nintendo handheld to use widescreen on all of its games.

The GBA sold over 81 million consoles worldwide. It’s most popular game was Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire and thanks to its backwards compatibility with the Game Boy and Game Boy Color there more than enough games for fans of any genre.

Here are the technical specifications for the GBA:

Length: 14.45 cm (5.69 in)

Width: 2.45 cm (0.96 in)

Height: 8.2 cm (3.2 in)

Mass: 140 g (4.9 oz)

Screen: 2.9 inches reflective thin-film transistor (TFT) color LCD

Power: 2,4 AA batteries

Battery life: 15 hours on average while playing Game Boy Advance games (also dependent on the Game Pak being played and the volume setting)[6]

CPU: 16.8 MHz 32-bit ARM7TDMI with embedded memory

Memory:  32 kilobyte + 96 kilobyte VRAM (internal to the CPU), 256 kilobyte WRAM (outside the CPU).

Resolution: 240 × 160 pixels

Color support: 15-bit RGB (16-bit color space using 5 bits depth per channel), capable of displaying 512 simultaneous colors in “character mode” and 32,768 (215) simultaneous colors in “bitmap mode”

Sega Game Gear

Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear

You would think that the Game Gear being a portable version of the Sega Master System it would have easily beat the Nintendo Game Boy in sales. Even with a lower resolution screen than the Master System could put out the Game Gear offered a colored screen compared to the Game Boys monochrome color and also featured stereo sound. The Game Gear also offered almost 400 titles including fan favorites like Sonic, Eco the Dolphin and the puzzle hit Columns.

One of the major problems was the battery life. The Game Gear only offered five hours of playtime using a whopping six AA batteries. In addition the Game Gear cost significantly more than the Game Boy retailing for around $149.99.

Marketing seemed to play a key in the lack of success of the Sega Game Gear. Although the handheld system was a success overall it never gained to market share and popularity that the Game Boy did. Even with innovated commercials taking shots at the Game Boy the American public picked its favorite and the clear winner was the Game Boy.

Nintendo Gameboy

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The Game Boy was a worldwide success and though there were a ton of games it was Tetris that helped make the system a hit. As you can see in the commercial the winning strategy for the GB was that people of all ages could and should play it. The GB was all over the television network, almost every sitcom had someone playing the GB and they were mainly playing Tetris. ~J.A. Laraque

 Nintendo Gameboy

original Nintendo Game Boy

Ah the Nintendo Gameboy. I remember the first GB being released in the summer of 89’ even with its green pea soup colored screen and the fact that you thought your eyes were failing you every time you ran around in Super Mario Land because the game blurred, it was still one of my favorite handhelds. It was simple enough to use, it had the classic NES controls consisting of a two action buttons (A and B), a start and select button as well as a directional pad.

The Game Boy also had a headphone jack an external power supply jack so you would be able to plug it in when you didn’t have four double A batteries. One of the coolest things was the link cable which I admit I only used for one game, but the idea was to allow people to play head-to-head if each had their own Game Boy and a copy of a game that supported the link feature.

The Game Boy was a worldwide success and though there were a ton of games it was Tetris that helped make the system a hit. As you can see in the commercial the winning strategy for the GB was that people of all ages could and should play it. The GB was all over the television network, almost every sitcom had someone playing the GB and they were mainly playing Tetris.

I personally witnessed people from age 8 to 80 playing the GB, in fact back in the early ninety’s there was a report of productivity dropping in the workplace due to people playing the Game Boy. Like the Harry Potter books if you can get adults and children involved you have a winning formula and the Nintendo Game Boy was truly a winner.

Final Fantasy on the iPhone

Final Fantasy for Iphone
Final Fantasy for Iphone

Oh my God, oh my God you guys! Ok, it is clear I like the Final Fantasy series all you have to do is look at my gamer profile, but this is pretty cool just for fans of any old NES and SNES RPG game. Square Enix has released both Final Fantasy I and II on the iTunes Apple App store. For $8.99 each you get not only the full game, but upgraded graphics as well.

Keep in mind that these are the Japanese release numbers meaning FF II in the U.S. was really FF VI in Japan so with these you are getting the original FF I & II. (There will be a test on this on Friday)

Now the guys and gals over at Enix realize this game my not appeal to new comers of the FF franchise, but us old school RPG’er should be chomping at the bit. Even if FF isn’t your thing if this is successful you could see more titles down the line like Chrono Trigger and something I’d love to see, Parasite Eve.

Final Fantasy for Iphone 2
Final Fantasy for Iphone 2