This is not so much a post about any news in specific, as it is more of a what’s been going on in my world of gaming.
I’m still getting used to the Lynx. Actually, I took it upon myself to disassemble the unit and clean it. I really don’t like doing things like this, as it feels like some terrifying experiment that could go horribly awry, but there were some fairly sizable particles of dust on the inside of the screen, and they weren’t going anywhere. Fortunately, I found this guide, and it helped to ensure that I did everything properly. Not something that I hope to do again in the near future, but it was effective. Now, to find a way to better buff out some of those screen scratches. If anyone has suggestions, I am willing to listen.
Playing Atari games actually made me think of the old arcade days, and how different a time it was for gaming back then. You really don’t see arcades like those in the 1980’s-1990’s anymore, even ones that are still around today. They still lack something. As I played S.T.U.N. Runner on the Lynx, Read the rest of this entry
These days, only Stern is the only company left making pinball games. It’s simultaneously a shame and a relief, but at least somebody is still doing it.
But I made it a point to go check out the new Tron Legacy pinball machine at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
They even had the courtesy to place it next to the original Tron arcade machine, so while waiting for one, I played the other.
My pictures don’t really do the cabinet art justice, but it’s a wonderland of neon lights and Daft Punk music. And really, what more do you need from the subject matter? It’s a fun experience, with lots of lighted ramps, voices and sound effects. It’s a pretty machine to watch in a darkened room.
Stern’s site gives much more detailed pictures, as well as a means to purchase the machine for a paltry $5,699.00. Considering that I’m hungering for my own pinball machine, this makes the hunger to own this one all the more real.
I never was a big Xevious fan back in the day. Most of my early ’80’s shooting fare consisted of Space Invaders, Galaga, Asteroids, and Defender. The game never really spoke to me, but I wanted to support the new (and apparently limited) “3D Classics” line on the 3DS, so I gave this a shot.
It’s amazing how 3D can revitalize a classic.
One of the largest problems that I used to have with the game is that the relationship between ground and sky battles weren’t always clear. I wasn’t always sure what I could collide with, and what I couldn’t, leading to some stupid deaths. But it’s amazing to move the 3D slider from 2D to 3D, and watch the game’s perspective just “pop”.
For the first time, I can finally “understand” Xevious. And that makes it a more exciting experience.
It’s still a hard game. It’s still one that I can get scraped across the walls for on the higher stages, but I’ve been making much better maneuvering decisions, and the analog control really makes flying the ship a much more rewarding experience.
I couldn’t resist a particular eBay find, especially for the price:
I found an Atari Lynx for $20.
The system is in pretty good shape, with only a few minor (but manageable) screen scuffs, and a copy of California Games in tow. Considering how much these usually run for, I found it a good deal.
I also decided to pick up Batman Returns for the system, as it looked amazing to me at the time, so one can hope it lives up to being envious in Babbages all those years ago.
It’s an interesting system overall. It’s about the size of a brick, so it definitely feels meaty in the hand, and of course, backlighting technology in the early 1990’s wasn’t as sophisticated as it is today, but at least it’s serviceable and adjustable.
So now that I have it, does anyone have any recommendations as to what games are good for it? I’ve seen a few interesting looking titles, and the system is fairly full of popular arcade classics of the time, but I’m hoping that some of my old-school brethren can give some solid suggestions.
More than likely, your initial response will be the same as mine:
But it’s apparently very true, and despite one glaring cosmetic change, the whole concept of it is crazy awesome. It reminds me of when kids would call our hotline swearing up and down that the goofiest characters imaginable were actually in Mortal Kombat.
To all those random kids with the most bizarre of ideas, this one’s for you.