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[ Retro Scan ] The Original OSI Challenger

February 19, 2018 Benj Edwards

Simple beginnings This ancient personal computer ad comes to us from February 1977 in Byte Magazine — before the launch of the Apple II. Like the Apple II, Ohio Scientific Industries’ Challenger PC used a MOS 6502 CPU. I don’t know too much about OSI, since I have never owned …

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[ Retro Scan ] Gateway to the Savage Frontier

February 7, 2018 Benj Edwards

BEGIN A FANTASTIC NEW QUEST! !!! For some reason, we never owned any SSI Gold Box AD&D games when I was growing up. I have played many of them briefly since then — and there definitely are a lot of them. So I’m particularly interested to know what you guys …

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[ Retro Scan ] Benj’s 1992 Christmas List

December 11, 2017 Benj Edwards

Seems like I wanted a computer My father passed away in 2013, and since then, I have been slowly going through his possessions, including his papers, to take stock of what’s there and put things in order. Last year, in the back of a tall metal file cabinet, I found …

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The VC&G Christmas Collection (2017 Edition)

December 11, 2017 Benj Edwards

It’s that time of year again: the Yuletide. Over the past few years, I’ve been posting an annual collection of all the Christmas-related tech material I’ve written (both for this site and for others) into one place for easy reading. Below, you’ll find list of off-site Christmas slideshows, other features, …

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History’s First Female Video Game Designer

October 27, 2017 Benj Edwards

Ever heard of Joyce Weisbecker? If not, you’ll probably hear her name a lot in the future — at least in video game history. FastCompany just published an article I wrote about Weisbecker, who was probably the world’s first female professional video game developer, predating the work of Carol Shaw …

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Spacewar: Profile of a Cultural Earthquake

October 16, 2017 Benj Edwards

The world’s first video game tournament took place at Stanford on October 19, 1972, 45 years ago this week. The Living Computer Museum in Seattle is hosting an event on Thursday commemorate this anniversary, and in conjunction, they commissioned me to write this article about the history of Spacewar and …

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[ Retro Scan ] Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

October 2, 2017 Benj Edwards

Fear has an address: 677 Bluebonnet Ln., Wichita, Kansas 67218 20 years ago today (Oct 2, 1997), Konami released Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in the US. My life has been demonstrably better ever since. After reading a review of it in EGM, I knew I had to get the …

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[ Retro Scan ] Super NES Play It Loud Poster

September 22, 2017 Benj Edwards

Side 1: Grunge fonts galore 1994 was a very good year for the Super NES. It’s around the time when US Super NES sales began to exceed those of the Genesis again, and of course, the release year of some of the games listed on this large fold-out poster. Chief …