Haven’t we all at some time been struck by such an overwhelming sense of nostalgia that we wished we could take a time machine to a moment in our past? Perhaps it’s a scent that reminds us of previous romances, or as we get older, the sights and sounds that take us back to a childhood time when everything was simpler.
Now, an app on your smartphone or tablet is that time machine.
Commodore 64 fans will spot the $5 Commodore 64 app in the iTunes App Store with glee, because it even gives you a chance to type in Basic programs. It has a few reproductions of classic games, and more are available as an in-app purchase. The free Android app Frodo C64 is a little simpler, but it requires you to find the original source code for games elsewhere online.
If you were a fan of the ZX Spectrum computer, you’ll love the $9 iPad app 100 Greatest Hits. It has classic 1980s-era 8-bit games from Elite, with more available via an in-app purchase. Everything is emulated nicely, including some of the quirky sound and graphics of the Spectrum. Marvin on Android is a similar free app that goes even further because it emulates the Spectrum’s interface — though again you have to find your own game files.
Atari game fans can download the free Atari’s Greatest Hits app for iOS. This official app contains the classic arcade game Missile Command direct from Atari’s own files and 100 more games via in-app purchase.
Video Games With Sex and Violence
Every new entertainment medium is initially seen as something detrimental to the nation’s youth. It happened with comic books. It happened with music. And it’s still happening with video games.
The majority of titles that are released each year are made for general audiences and enjoyed by families. But it only takes a few bad apples to damn an entire industry. And the gaming industry has had its share.
Since the days of the Atari 2600, developers have pushed the artistic envelope, but sometimes they’ve pushed too far. Here are 10 titles that have galvanized critics of the industry – and sometimes even had hard core gamers wondering what the developers were thinking.
Strange Random Video Game Quote:
I think that if someone plays a video game, and then goes out and harms another human being, or themselves because of what they just saw in the video game, they were screwed up in the head long before they got their hands on a controller. – TIM BUCKLEY, GameCore interview, Mar. 4, 2005
- Native Representations in Video Games (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Video Games and Digital Writing (mcsotos.wordpress.com)
- Think You Know Retro Home Video Games? Take This Quiz and Find Out (gameolosophy.com)
- State of the Art: Newer Forms of Media (education.com)
- The Real Consequences of War Fought Virtually [Violence] (kotaku.com)
- Twin Peaks receives fan-made Atari 2600 game ‘Black Lodge’ (joystiq.com)
- Video Game Violence: Does Player’s Personality Matter More Than the Game? (psychologytoday.com)
- Trukatu Starts a Revolution in Video Game Trading (prweb.com)