Blue Lightning for the Atari Lynx is reviewed by Brian Thomas Barnhart in this episode of Lynx Lounge. If you were going to show off your Lynx to all your friends that had a Game Boy or something like that, and you really wanted to make them jealous, well of course you’d show them California Games because that was the pack-in. But, if you wanted to show them a game that would just shut them up, stop them in their tracks, and just go “holy moly” and just obviously be completely jealous of you, Blue Lightning was the game that you showed them because it, today in my opinion, is still cool.
Raiden is a truly awesome game for the Atari Jaguar and one of the best shmups of the 1990s. BTB and Bobby Collins, A.K.A. “Thunder And Lightning” take down an army of deranged aliens in their Raiden Supersonic Attack Fighters in the basement. Classic arcade bullet-storm “shmup” on the Atari Jaguar on today’s episode! Today we’re all set up with a makeshift man-cave in the basement beneath Tibbies Center Stage Theater. Joining me is my talented friend Mr. Bobby Collins. We actually tried to film this episode about a week and a half ago and unfortunately I forgot to hit the Record button. The cameras are rolling, the Jag is purring, everything is on and good to go. No Auto-fire! No cheats! No codes! Get ready, we’re going the distance. Let’s take a look at Raiden on today’s episode of The Jag Bar!
The Starpath Supercharger is an add-on for the Atari 2600 VCS. It plugs in like a cartridge and has built in memory (and maybe some other bits) to play more advanced games on Atari 2600 compatible systems. It increases the Atari 2600’s RAM by nearly fifty times, adding 6KB to the Atari 2600’s normal 128 Bytes of RAM. The result are larger games with higher resolution graphics.
Groundhog Day is here, and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to observe that revered occasion than to take a look at one of the many games involving hogs on the Atari 2600: Pigs in Space. To summarize, three pigs voyage through the stars aboard the spaceship Swinetrek, boldly doing nothing of particular importance. The game itself is somewhat unusual in that it’s effectively three very different games in one, and each game had a different programmer.
The summer after 6th Grade was especially adventurous. I spent every day with my best friend Jon who lived across the lake from me. We stayed up late all summer long playing video games and making public access shows and game reviews on my video camera. At the start of summer I fell head over heels for a girl named Lauren from school. Lauren was cute, with long dark hair and intensely deep eyes. At the same time this was happening, my best friend Jon had also fallen for the love of his life, a redheaded girl named Cecilia who rode his bus. At twelve years old all we could think about were Lauren and Cecilia, and they became the topic of many epic conversations had that summer. Our days were spent at the pool, playing California Games and talking about girls.
Adam Savage says he’s not a gamer, but the co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters is absolutely enthralled with Atari’s Millipede, and has been ever since he first discovered the game as a teenager while working at a bar as a busboy in 1984. Now a bit older and more successful, Adam has had the privilege of finding a Millipede arcade machine on Craigslist and bringing it home to his San Francisco workshop.
July 30th is Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015! Howard was a game designer at Atari who was responsible for creating some of the 2600’s most memorable titles. All of the games Howard created that were released by Atari became million-sellers. We’re celebrating Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015 with a rewatch of the Atari: Game Over documentary on Netflix, complete with snacks and popcorn. Included in this blog are a few bonus features and deleted scenes that didn’t make the documentary.
California Games and the Atari Lynx arrived at the end of the ’80s in this crazy moment when beach culture was immensely popular. Movies, TV shows and music gravitated to sunny settings, surfboards, and gnarly neon colors. Saved By The Bell’s “Bayside High”, those bodacious bros Bill & Ted (who coincidentally have an Atari Lynx game of their own) and even the Golden Girls, all contributed to popularizing beach culture during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Atari Lynx proved to be different. It was robust, advanced, smart and edgy. It had better graphics, better sound, a backlit screen, it was in color, and it threw the low expectations of groupthink back in the face of the followers. It was rebellious. When I became aware of the Lynx and how impressive it was, I set out on a mission to get one in time for summer. On weekends I would go to Sears or Toys ‘Я’ Us and just stare at the Lynx behind showcase glass.
There’s a wonderful story behind this picture. It ends with a man professing a life-altering experience, and begins with the marquee on top of that very first “Chuck E. Cheese” skee-ball machine in the photo. If you tilt your head and squint you can see that it says “Chuck E. Cheese Roll”. A few years ago I was speaking at an entrepreneurialism event in South Florida with Dr. Gene N. Landrum, the man pictured on the right in the above photo. What happened next became part of a really heartwarming story.
Have you ever had Ramune Soda? It’s one of the most popular brands of carbonated beverages in Japan, famous around the world for its assortment of fruit flavors and unique glass bottle design with a marble stopper and plunger mechanism that holds the drink in place. Ramune is an icon of Japanese pop culture, and has become a popular beverage of choice in American arcades, particularly those specializing in Japanese import games and Otaku life.