GI Joe hit comic shelves in 1982 and would run for over a decade. On this episode of the Retroist Podcast I discuss the book, the talent behind it, and its rise and fall.View the full article on the Retroist
The resurgence of GI Joe in the 1980s was a high water mark for toys during that decade. On this episode of the Retroist Podcast I take a look at the history of the figures leading up to this monumental toy release. View the full article on the Retroist
Hey guys! I know it's been a while since I updated the blog. I had a lot of stuff going on for a few months after that last post and eventually I sort of forgot about the whole blog thing. But I'm back now, and with a very special month planned for you all.
As some of you might know, Metroid (specifically the 2D games) is my favorite video game series of all time. So you can imagine my shock in June while I was watching Nintendo's E3 presentation live with my friends when out of NOWHERE Nin
PLAY EPISODE 19 HERE #PA2038, Published by Atari Corp. In this episode I cover the first of two American-rules football games for the Atari Lynx, Tournament Cyberball 2072, released in 1991. Included are statistics for the game and a run-down on how to play it, along with reviews and ratings, some fun facts and trivia, and some listener feedback about the game. In the previous episode, Monty and I discussed the differences between soccer and American football (I’m still unclear about that). In
To finish this season of the Retroist, I asked some people to share some of their own memories of subjects I covered during this season. I put them together in a new episode I am calling the "Memories Special."View the full article on the Retroist
PLAY EPISODE 18 HERE #PA2037, Published by Atari Corp. In this episode I cover the first of two soccer games for the Lynx, World Class Fussball/Soccer, also known as World Class Soccer, released for the Lynx in 1992. Included are statistics for the game and a run-down on how to play it, along with reviews and ratings, some fun facts and trivia, and some listener feedback about the game. And Monty and I get into a spirited (and ultimately futile) discussion about the differences between soccer,
PLAY EPISODE 17 HERE #PA2036, Published by Atari Corp. In this episode Monty and I cover one of the best arcade combat racing games for the Lynx, RoadBlasters, released for the Lynx in 1990. In addition to providing statistics, gameplay, reviews and ratings, fun facts and trivia, and listener feedback about the game, I pose an easy Atari Lynx trivia question to Monty, who refuses to join in the fun and to provide an answer because he is not a fan of pub quizzes……nor of my singing.“Let’s all go
PLAY EPISODE IN02 HERE THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: Recorded May 19, 2021 Many, many thanks go to Scott Rhoades, the gifted Atari game manual writer who graciously agreed to be interviewed for The HandyCast. Scott's willingness to share his experiences at Atari during the Lynx's early days is a testament to his devotion to the craft of writing, to fans of his work, and to the Atari Lynx community. Cheers to you, Scott! Biography of Scott Rhoades: Portfolio website (includ
It's time for my Pac-Attack review. Recently I've been spending a lot of time with this game. For those who haven't played Pac-Attack it is a 1993 falling-tile puzzle video game developed and published by Namco for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. Or to put it in simpler terms it's Tetris featuring Pac-Man. 😂 Your goal just like in Tetris is to eliminate the blocks to get as many points while trying not to hit the top of the board. In this game to add a little twist the
More adventures with the Phoenix.
One very minor issue that I've had with the Phoenix has been that my retro gaming is done on an old analog TV. Since the Phoenix only has HDMI output (and my TV has no HDMI input), this was a problem.
Off to ebay! I found a very inexpensive (less than $10 shipped) HDMI -> AV converter and ordered one. It has arrived, and I've been playing around with it. Summary: it works! It's exactly what I needed. No fuss. Just plug it in, and it works stra
What is it?
It's a modern rendition of the classic Colecovision. It has a cartridge port and will play all of the original cartridge games. In addition, it has an SD card slot and can run Colecovision ROM files. It also has an Atari 2600 core to run Atari ROMs. Real Colecovision controllers work with it, and it also has a Super Nintendo socket to use a SNES gamepad. And it has HDMI output for use on modern TV's. It comes with the "super game module" built in -- so you can use the latest
On this episode of the Retroist Podcast I take a look at the history of the pizza-producing powerhouse Pizza Hut from its humble origins to its current status as a globally recognized food brand.View the full article on the Retroist
In lieu of many retrogaming conventions already being canceled for 2021, the AtariAge booth will be going virtual this year with AtariAge Day presented by ZeroPage Homebrew! The AtariAge Day stream takes place this Saturday, May 1st, at 12PM PT/3PM ET/7PM GMT. AtariAge Day will be filled with unboxing every new AtariAge homebrew title and interviews with homebrew developers from around the world such as:
John Champeau, developer of Avalanche (2600) & Zoo Keeper (2600)
Lewis Hill, developer
On this episode of the Retroist Podcast, I talk about the ground-breaking game, King's Quest. This was a genre redefining game brought to the world by the brilliant Roberta and Ken Williams.View the full article on the Retroist
😎I've never finished it but I played the original SHADOWMAN first on the N64 followed by the DREAMCAST then years later the PC version (from STEAM or GOG I cannot recall) of course, each version had some minor improved visuals but here I am again this time playing the recently released REMASTERED version on PC. It runs great and though still incredibly dated it's the best it's ever looked. I like the atmosphere and it's somewhat a guilty pleasure game for me like NIGHTMARE CREATURES etc. Here's
LISTEN TO EPISODE IN01 HEREWATCH EPISODE IN01 ON YOUTUBE HERE Recorded August 9, 2018Many, many thanks go to Chuck Sommerville and Alex (LX) Rudis, who both graciously agreed to be interviewed for The HandyCast. The willingness of two such Atari Lynx legends to help flesh out some of their personal and professional experiences with the Lynx console and its games (especially Chip's Challenge) is a testament to their strong devotion to their craft, to their fans, and to the Atari Lynx community.
PLAY EPISODE 13 HERE #PA2032, Published by Atari Corp.In this episode I cover an excellent (and extremely fun) action/flight simulator for the Atari Lynx, Warbirds, released in April of 1991 by Atari Corporation. I’ve got vital statistics about the game, along with credits, gameplay, reviews and ratings, some fun facts and trivia, and some listener feedback about the game. WARBIRDS VITAL STATISTICS Release Date: April 1991 by Atari Corporation. Warbirds was originally scheduled for release in D
PLAY EPISODE 05 HERE #PA2024, Published by Atari Corp.In this episode, I cover Gauntlet: The Third Encounter, which was released in 1990. Included in the episode is a complete rundown of the gameplay, music, and sound effects. I also highlight reviews of the game, and some of my loyal listeners have kindly provided their feedback on Gauntlet, so I share it as well. Plus, I also provide information about the prices that collectors can expect to pay for an Atari Lynx Gauntlet cartridge on eBay.
PLAY EPISODE 06 HERE #PA2025, Published by Atari Corp.In this extra-length episode, I cover California Games, the pack-in/launch title for the original Lynx console in September of 1989. Included in this major episode is a complete rundown of the gameplay, music, and sound effects for each segment of California Games. I also highlight reviews of the game, and I share feedback about the game from some of my loyal listeners. Plus, I also provide information about the prices that collectors can e
PLAY EPISODE 07 HERE #LX101 (L402), Published by Telegames, Inc. In this episode (which is very late…sorry about that, Chief), I cover the first third-party game in this podcast, The Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge, released by publisher Telegames in 1991. Included is a complete rundown of the gameplay, music (what little there is), and sound effects for The Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge. I also highlight a few reviews of the game, some information about the prices that collectors can exp
PLAY EPISODE 08 HERE #PA2026, Published by Atari Corp.In this episode , I cover one of the most popular games for the Atari Lynx, Xenophobe, released by Atari in August of 1990. Included is a complete rundown of the gameplay, music, and sound effects for Xenophobe. I also highlight a few reviews of the game, some information about the prices that collectors can expect to pay for a Xenophobe cartridge on eBay and other retailers, some trivia and fun facts about the game, and some very welcome fee
PLAY EPISODE 09 HERE #PA2028, Published by Atari Corp.Here I cover one of the best-known games of all time, Chip's Challenge, released in September of 1989; it is one of the five launch titles for the original Atari Lynx. In this episode I've included a complete survey of the credits, gameplay, music, and sound effects for Chip's Challenge. Plus, as usual, I have reviews, listener feedback, current prices, some trivia, and some fun facts about the game. So grab a bag of chips and munch down wh