Crib Notes: Nov. 6, 2014
The Daily Word in Albuquerque City Council money matters, auctioning off the Atari dump games and RIP Tom Magliozzi
It's time for the city to divide up all the leftover cash that was earmarked in hopes of luring Tesla to Albuquerque.
City Council approved police officer raises to the tune of $900,000 in hopes of preventing a large number of officer resignations.
The TSA confiscated a ray-gun replica belt buckle from some guy.
Some of the Atari games unearthed from an Alamogordo landfill will be auctioned on eBay.
The Daily Word in Atari, Netflix, Nike and DOJ hearings.
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were arested at their home.
A woman died in a car crash while posting to Facebook.
Introducing the edible water bottle.
Donald Sterling made racist remarks.
They can turn off your brain with flashes of light.
A Nike employee sold rare sneakers on the black market.
When Netflix works again I will try Netflix Roulette.
The DOJ will hold the first of three public meetings on APD reform tonight.
They dug up the Atari mass grave.
Happy birthday, Jay Leno.
Gravediggers in the Atari Graveyard
Worst video game of all time to be exhumed
Though this may be news to some, Alamogordo's Atari Graveyard draws visitors to the city year after year just to see a covered up old landfill, which is to say, nothing. Underneath the legendary spot, however, lie a HUGE number -some say nearly the entire existing inventory- of the world's worst video game, "E.T." It was "based" on the 1982 film, but apparently really, really sucked. Supposedly the home video game market was going south as well and that prompted Atari to crush, bury and cover in concrete at least nine semi-trailer loads of the game and consoles (which were manufactured in El Paso.)
I know. It doesn't make sense. But it will make a great documentary, which is why last Tuesday Alamogordo approved the proposal to dig up the Atari Graveyard by entertainment company Fuel Industries.
Webgame Wednesday. GARE: Sapphire Mechs
What if you could magically transport the old Atari 2600 game Combat into the neon-lit world of Tron? Well, you might end up with something like GARE: Sapphire Mechs. This nifty action shooter has you piloting a digital tank though a grid-like maze. Upgrade your machinery, follow the various mission objectives and try not to get blown to bits.
7 Weird Wonders
This Week In Games 4.30.10
Starcraft II beta now on the Mac.
MS killed the original Xbox Live service on the 15th, but a group of dedicated Halo 2 players are keeping their boxes attached 24x7. Even though the service is gone, they can keep playing as long as they don't disconnect.
A California law criminalizing the sale of mature games to minors will go to the Supreme Court.
The battle between Activision and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 developer, Infinity Ward, just got substantially bloodier.
Cub scouts get video game awards.
This is a little bit old and out of date, but hey, so is Roger Ebert.
A (potential) kids trading card game about actual real things!
French Atari bling.
This Week In Games 4.23.10
At their Captivate 2010 event, Capcom showed off several upcoming games including Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2, Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV.
More Red Dead Redemption multiplayer hotness.
A new Super Mario Galaxy 2 Trailer shows a cloud suit that can make its own platforms. Awesome.
Rumor: Nintendo's followup to the DS, the 3DS, may come out as early as October. It was originally slated for "sometime" in 2011.
I'm Not Drunk! The Game - hilariously NOT FUNNY (and not real) game where you're loaded and the object is to convince people you're ok to drive. Bad.
Microsoft Natal impressions from James Gunn.
New Steam UI is official staring Monday, April 26
Atari Co-Founder Nolan Bushnell has returned to the company as a member of the executive board.
Webgame Wednesday: Yar’s Revenge
For a certain generation, the word "videogame" is synonymous with the word "Atari." Atari not only produced the first commercial arcade cabinet with the groundbreaking Pong, but kickstarted the home videogame revolution with the seminal Atari 2600. The company is currently in the process of relaunching its brand and has unveiled a new Web site. Not only can you keep tabs on the company's progress, you can play some classic Atari offerings in the online arcade--like, for example, Yar's Revenge. This unique space shooter is arguably the best original game Atari developed for the 2600. Play it now in all its original 8k glory.