The PixelatedArcade 2019 End of Year Roundup
Happy holidays everyone! It's been a busy year here with lots of classic gaming fun. We acquired numerous new games to document on the site, deployed several code revisions including a new, more responsive layout, added this news feature (including the first two rambling game reviews), and numerous bug fixes and behind the scenes updates. We're looking forward to 2020 with plenty more to come; there's still a stack of boxes that haven't been scanned and screenshots to be captured so look for more images, games, credits, features, and possibly even a few new platforms to be added....
Tongue of the Fatman
Released in 1989 for IBM and compatible computers (and later ported to the Commodore 64 and SEGA Genesis), Tongue of the Fatman is a unique and odd game. A one on one fighting game, few titles of this variety existed for the PC at the time and, in my opinion, it wouldn't be until years later when the genre was refined enough to make some truly solid games (e.g. SoulCalibur). I am not exactly a fighting game aficionado so keep that in mind if you are; however I always thought this was actually an original and fun title a little ahead of it's time...
Cool Stuff 1: Nintendo Golf
The Many Variations of Nintendo's 8-bit Golf Games
Golf games have existed nearly as long as video games themselves, and nearly every system has had some variation of the sport released as a game. Nintendo is no exception, and their 8-bit offering of the sport has gone through numerous releases and revisions! Over at the Nerdly Pleasures blog, Great Hierophant has meticulously chronicled Nintendo's 8-bit Obsession with Golf.
Willow: The Computer Game
Not many people remember the movie Willow these days it seems, and perhaps for good reason; in retrospect, it was rather mediocre. Despite some big names associated, it was met with mixed reviews when it came out and time hasn't helped its cause. Still, at the time, I was young and absolutely adored the film regardless of any shortcomings; so when Mindscape came out with their computer adaptation of the movie I immediately plunked down my hard earned cash. Unfortunately, while the movie may had some redeeming qualities even if it's not a cinematic masterpiece...
Marketing and Ad Blockers
The Ads You Want to See!
Advertisements are a part of video game history; viewing flyers, magazine ads, product catalogs, and so on can provide a lot of insight into what the market was like at the time. Sometimes the artwork was amazing and worth preserving just by itself, but perhaps more often the results are ridiculous and very much a product of the era and provide amusement only in an MST3K fashion. Either way, it's noteworthy! We've been adding scans of numerous advertisements to games here at PixelatedArcade; nearly 1000 have been posted as of this writing, with many more to come! One issue, however, can occur if you're using an ad blocker (such Adblock Plus)...
PixelatedArcade News is Now Live!
New Layout and New Features Added
Welcome to the new PixelatedArcade news section! Perhaps blog would be a better description; either way, this is one of a few new features just added to the site and is intended to provide an opportunity for me to ramble about code changes and additions, games I may find interesting (both the good and the bad ones), and probably whatever random thought happens to be on my mind on a particular day. As with everything, it's a work in progress; no doubt the format will change, the topics that come up will vary, and so on...
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