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Nerd Lunch Episode 61: TAG Super Fight Dome

Posted in movies, podcast, pop culture, TV shows, video games with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Welcome to Episode 61 of the Nerd Lunch podcast. This week we have Jeremy from Geek Chunks returning to the fourth chair as we all ready for battle in the TAG Super Fight Dome.

TAG versus

In the Super Fight Dome, we are given categories and we each pick a combatant with which to do battle.  Expect the categories of Celebrity Chefs, Sitcom Dads and Giant Robots, plus several others.  It’s a brawl and a free for all, so tune in to see who wins.

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. And I’m no longer really sure, but I think we are still on the Zune Marketplace.

Or, listen to it immediately right here.

Nerd Lunch Episode 42: Scheduling the ultimate nerd weekend

Posted in podcast, roadtrip with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Nerd Lunch podcast. This week the three of us ride with an empty fourth chair.

Gameworks

The topic this week is “Nerd Weekend”. The three of us have a discussion about what we would do if the three of us met up for the weekend.  We talk about places to go, games to play, movies to watch and of course, copious amounts of hossin’ to hoss.  Want to know what a Nerd Lunch Weekend would entail?  Then you’ve come to the right place.

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. And yes, we are still on the Zune Marketplace.

Or, you can listen to the episode right here:

http://player.wizzard.tv/player/o/i/x/134006790026/config/k-28fb6c171299270f/uuid/null/episode/k-7bf3f0de1d843a2a

Happy Atari National Pac-Man Day

Posted in Atari, Pac-Man, pop culture, video games with tags , , , , on April 3, 2012 by Paxton

Cavalcade Arcade

30 years ago today on April 3, 1982, Atari announced National Pac-Man Day.

Atari National Pac-Man Day

National Pac-Man Day coincided with the release of Atari’s port of the Pac-Man arcade game.

Atari Pac-Man
Via John Mundy

Despite that game being one of the worst ports of a game ever created, it was the highest selling game of the year and received an enormous marketing push from Atari.

Pac-Man Phenomenon

Above is an ad touting the popularity of Pac-Man and it includes pictures from Pac-Man release parties all over the world.  Atari even held several Pac-Man Championships. Here’s an ad for the UK Championship.

UK Pac-Man Championships

Atari’s Pac-Man, along with E.T., probably killed not only Atari but the entire home console video game market.  At least for 4 or 5 years until the Nintendo Entertainment System took off. Because, despite selling millions of Pac-Man cartridges (as well as E.T.), Atari had over estimated demand and made many, many more than was sold and they were left with tons of extra cartridges.

So, enjoy Atari National Pac-Man Day! One of the nerdiest holidays ever!

Other Pac-Man articles:

1. Anniversary of the 1st Perfect Game of Pac-Man
2. America’s Love Affair with a Man Named Pac

Only 5 More Days Until Atari National Pac-Man Day

Posted in Atari, Pac-Man, pop culture, video games with tags , , , on March 29, 2012 by Paxton

Countdown to Atari National Pac-Man Day

10 custom Atari 2600 cartridges based on movie video games

Posted in Atari, movies, Tron, video games, War Games with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2012 by Paxton

Cavalcade Arcade

In May of last year I wrote an article talking about video games in movies that I thought were fake but were actually real. Then, CT over at Nerd Lunch used an image of a Nerd Lunch Atari 2600 cart for Episode 26 of the Nerd Lunch podcast. This immediately got me thinking about all those movie games I want to exist. So, I went out to the custom Atari 2600 label generator and just went buck wild.

Here are some of my creations (click the images to make them BIGGER).

Global Thermonuclear War
Global Thermonuclear War (War Games) – I did a bunch for WarGames. This was the first one that popped into my mind. How cool would this game be?

Falken's Maze
Falken’s Maze (War Games) – Another WarGames creation. The name of this game appears in the scene where David Lightman lists the games available from Joshua (aka WOPR). I think Eddie Deezen even tells Matthew Broderick to research Falken’s Maze to learn about the enigmatic programmer. Atari released a similar maze game called Maze Craze (from which I got the picture on the cartridge).

Joshua's Tic Tac Toe
Joshua’s Tic Tac Toe (War Games) – Essentially just a themed Tic-Tac-Toe game. This may seem a bit thin, but Atari actually released a 3D Tic-Tac-Toe game which could probably be re-branded and maybe skinned to match the movie game.

WarGames: NORAD
WarGames: NORAD (War Games) – This is not necessarily based on anything specific in the movie.  It could be a conglomeration of all the Joshua Games or maybe even a video game recreation of the final NORAD sequence in the film.  I just thought it sounded cool.

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