Benj Edwards
Computers

Carol Shaw Donates Collection to The Strong

July 19, 2017 Benj Edwards

Good News! You may recall that I interviewed Carol Shaw for VC&G back in 2011. Shaw is best known for developing River Raid and for being Atari’s first female video game designer. (At that time, I called Shaw “the world’s first female video game developer.” Since then, I have made …

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‘The History of Civilization’ Updates, 10 Years Later

July 18, 2017 Benj Edwards

Ten years ago today — on July 18, 2007 — Gamasutra published my in-depth history of the creation of Sid Meier’s Civilization called The History of Civilization. (Here’s my original VC&G post on the topic.) My article was originally intended to be part of a series of articles — conceived …

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[ Retro Scan ] Bentley Bear’s Spelling Bee

July 17, 2017 Benj Edwards

“Follow me, KIDS! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” I recently visited fellow NC computer collector Tom Copper (hopefully the subject of a future post), and Tom gave me this neat and rare piece of educational software for the Atari ST series. It’s called Spelling Bee, and it features Bentley Bear of Crystal Castles fame. …

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Nintendo is Playing Risky Games With Its Cultural Legacy

July 7, 2017 Benj Edwards

By now, all of you have probably heard about Nintendo’s upcoming Super NES Classic Edition, which the firm announced on June 26. It’s a tiny HDMI-capable Super NES that plays 21 built-in games and will retail for $79.99 US. And it’s due for release on September 29, 2017. It is …

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[ Retro Scan ] The Hayden Sargon Hamburger

July 6, 2017 Benj Edwards

Starving for Software? Eat a tapeburger For some reason, I find few things less appetizing than a black and white hamburger. (Maybe one with a computer tape on top of it.) But we’re not here to eat this advertisement for Hayden Book Company’s 1979 computer tape offerings. We’re here to …

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[ Retro Scan ] Milton-Bradley MBX for TI-99/4A

June 15, 2017 Benj Edwards

Milton-Bradley MBX Flyer: Side 2 The Milton-Bradley MBX, launched around 1983 for the TI-99/4A home computer, is a strange product: it combines a pistol-grip joystick with a rotating knob and analog control, a 64-position touch pad with overlays, and voice-recognition headset into one package that is supposed to enhance gameplay …

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Atari’s Forgotten Arcade Classics (1972-1975)

June 8, 2017 Benj Edwards

Rolling Stone recently launched a dedicated gaming site called Glixel, and just recently, EGM alum and Glixel’s General Manager, John Davison (of whom I am a big fan), asked me to write something for the site. So I did. Atari turns 45 this month, and I thought it would be …

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The Origins of Chuck E. Cheese

June 8, 2017 Benj Edwards

I mentioned this in my most recent Retro Scan, but I figured this was worth repeating in its own post. Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre launched 40 years ago last month — on May 16, 1977. To celebrate the anniversary, I wrote a long feature about the origins of …

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Prodigy Reverse-Engineering Tools Released

June 6, 2017 Benj Edwards

After promising this for years, it’s time to finally release the Prodigy Preservation Project’s reverse-engineering tools. They’re not much, and they’re written in Python, but this code is the means by which I’ve been extracting fossilized Prodigy pages from STAGE.DAT files for the past few years. I have been delaying …