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Journey Escape

Celebrate Atari Day With Journey Escape And MTV!

The 26th of the month is here once again, friends! Which of course means it is Atari Day. What better way to celebrate than by checking out Data Age’s Journey Escape?

Journey Escape

Image courtesy of Atarmania

While in fact Journey Escape was marketed as a tie-in to the band’s 1981 album of the same name. The game actually uses an original theme with the exception of a rather nice chip version of Don’t Stop Believin’.

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When Journey Escape for the 2600 was released back in 1982, it flew under my radar. However at the very least by the time I picked up the cartridge at a garage sale in 1983, I was quite familiar with the band’s arcade game. I’m not sure how in 1982 I managed to miss this rather excellent television commercial. Not only is it imaginative, capturing elements of the game itself. But moreover it has the bonus of Casey Kasem’s voice work as well!

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In the light of having missed the TV ad for the game. It’s probably not too hard to imagine that I also failed to catch the MTV interview with members of Journey itself talking about the game.

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What was the goal of Journey Escape you ask? It would seem you are traveling with Journey and they have just finished a performance that has netted them $50,000. It is up to the Player to escort all five members of Journey with their money to the safety of their escape vehicle – the Scarab naturally!

The obstacles in your path to accomplish this are many. For one thing you have to guide the band members past “Love-Crazed Groupies”. If a Player comes in contact with one of these they lose time and $300 bucks.
Journey Escape - Love Crazed Groupies

In Journey Escape a Player must also be wary of the paparazzi. The likes of the “Sneaky Photographers” will cost you $600 dollars upon contact. Why so much you might ask? To pay for the film negatives of course!

Also while playing the game you have to beware the “Shifty-Eyed Promoters”. These slightly gangster looking hucksters will cost you a whopping $2,000 dollars on contact.

Now the Player must also do their best to avoid the Stage Barriers. While at the very least it won’t cost you money if you collide with it – it does slow you down.

Having said that though, not everything in Journey Escape is designed to hinder your game. Case in point the “Loyal Roadie”, who looks in fact like a robot. If you manage to make contact you will be granted a temporary invulnerability.

Last but certainly not least is none other than the “Mighty Manager”. This jovial character allows a Player to run all the way to the Scarab without being stopped. In addition to adding $9,900 to the band’s purse.

I certainly hope you enjoyed learning a bit about Journey Escape for Atari Day. I hope you will also remember Atari Day is celebrated every 26th of the month.


Image courtesy of Atari I/O’s Facebook page.

To learn even more about the fun of Atari Day be sure to hop on over and check out fellow Retroist writer Atari I/O’s site by following the link here!

1988 Oscars

What Won For The Best Original Song At The 1988 Oscars?

The Academy Awards have always been rather important to me. Even as a kid I would frequently be able to convince my Family that they should let me watch them. The 1988 Oscars were no exception. It did mark though the first time I had actually seen all of the nominated movies in the category for Best Original Song.

Which is why I vividly recall seeing the likes of Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli presenting the award. My Father and I were always huge fans of Dudley Moore in fact. Thanks to catching 1981’s Arthur at the 62 Drive-In of my youth.
1988 Oscars

Of course it was equally important to myself that for this particular category in the 1988 Oscars. I happened to like all of the songs that were nominated. First up you had the moving song from Cry Freedom by George Fenton and Jonas Gwangwa.

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After that the second nomination was I’ve Had the Time of my Life from Dirty Dancing. Music by Franke Previtte, John Denicola, and Donald Markowitz. This by the way was the song that my Grandmother felt should take the award at the 1988 Oscars!
1988 Oscars - Dirty Dancing

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Occasionally the Academy Awards picks something you wouldn’t have expected. Case in point Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now from Mannequin! The song was by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, however it was Jefferson Starship that belted out the tune.

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Yet another song that the Academy picked for the 1988 Oscars that will get your feet moving, was Beverley Hills Cop II’s Shakedown by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey. The lyrics had a little help from Bob Seger who in fact sang the song for the film.

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Finally we have the song Storybook Love from The Princess Bride. Music and lyrics by Willy Deville. This is the song that I was certain was going to win the award – I just knew it.

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Now that you know who was nominated for the 1988 Oscars for Best Original Song. Let’s find out who the award goes to!

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Remember Mickey Rooney’s happiness when you watch the Oscars tonight!

Strange - Blu Ray

Embrace The Strange With Dr. Strange On Blu-Ray!

When it comes to the many comic book heroes and villians that Marvel Comics have produced over the years. Dr. Strange is certainly one of my favorite characters. I think that is pretty evident in the light of how many Super Blog Team-Up articles I’ve written over the years.
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But what makes Dr. Strange such a personal favorite of mine? My go to answer is that he is a deeply flawed character. This is evident in the works of Steve Ditko and Stan Lee back in 1963, with the origin story in issue Strange Tales #115. Which as a matter of fact was his fourth appearance in the comic series.

Before becoming the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange was a brilliant surgeon. Earning large sums of money for his skills and combined with his equally impressive egotism – frequently turned a blind eye to the needy.
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Stephen Strange learns how the other shoe fits when he loses control of his car and crashes. While his life is indeed saved, his hands are ruined and his career as a surgeon is over. Strange’s ego refuses to let himself give up on the notion his hands might be fixed. Burning through his resources, chasing down any procedure that might heal him. To no avail. Which eventually leads him to travel to Tibet where he becomes the pupil to the Ancient One.
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All things considered while on the negative side, Stephen can’t repair his hands. On the positive side however he does replace the Ancient One, donning the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. Becoming Dr. Strange – the Sorcerer Supreme!

This origin of course is more or less covered in the excellent 2016 film adaptation of Dr. Strange. Which is available right this second on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. With the movie debuting on Blu-Ray this coming Tuesday the 28th.
Strange - Blu Ray

For Marvel Studios first foray into the magic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe they chose their cast wisely. I mean can you truly say that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t the perfect choice to play Dr. Strange?
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Coupled with that you have the acting talents of the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Tilda Swinton (Adaptation.), Benedict Wong (The Martian) and of course Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale)!

Dr. Strange manages to blend humor, thrills, and more importantly – delivers on the psychedelic visuals of the original comic books. All the while opening the Marvel Cinematic Universe wider – ushering in the supernatural elements present in the comics.

Of course Dr. Strange on Blu-Ray manages to pack in the bonus extras:

  • A Strange Transformation – Open your eye to a new dimension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and see how the filmmakers brought one of comic books’ greatest characters to life.
  • Strange Company – Find out what it’s like for the cast to work on a Marvel film, and how Director Scott Derrickson engineered one of the most ambition, imaginative films ever.
  • The Fabric of Reality – Take a closer look at the movie’s extraordinary sets, meticulously crafted costumes and amazingly detailed production elements.
  • Across Time and Space – Explore the endless hours of dance and fight choreography the actors endured in preparation for their physically demanding roles.
  • The Score-cerer Supreme – Join composer Michael Giacchino and a full orchestra during live recording sessions, and experience the movie’s mind-bending music.
  • Marvel Studios Phase 3 Exclusive Look – Get an early peek at Marvel’s spectacular upcoming films, including MARVEL STUDIOS’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, THOR: RAGNAROK, BLACK PANTHER and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.
  • Team Thor: Part 2 – See more of the hilarious partnership between Thor and his roommate Darryl in this satirical short.
  • Audio commentary with Scott Derrickson.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • And Gag Reel

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So forget everything you think you know and pick up Dr. Strange on Blu-Ray this Tuesday!

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Sing

Be My Guest, And Watch the Amazing Jerry Orbach Sing!

Be Our Guest is stuck in your head now, isn’t it?

Earworms, Disney Style

When I was nine years old, I loved watching Disney movies. One of those movies that I’ve seen as many times as most five-year-olds have seen Frozen is Beauty and the Beast. Combine those frequent viewings with ownership of the soundtrack on a cassette tape (which got frequent rotation in my Walkman), and yeah, I knew the songs. Kids now have Frozen (specifically, “Let it Go”); I had everything from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and the song that is the subject of today’s earworm.

Being that it is Academy Awards weekend, I’d be remiss if I didn’t fish a clip out of my archives that fit the occasion perfectly. And since many of my archives are from the 1990s, I just happened to have something perfect and, well, 90s.

Before There was Lenny, There Was Lumiere!

Many younger 80s kids (myself included) probably remember Jerry Orbach from his years as Detective Lenny Briscoe on Law and Order, a role he played from 1993 until leaving the show in 2004. When he passed away that same year, a void was left behind, and I had a hard time watching the show and not missing his cracks of wise. But before I saw him on Law and Order, I knew Jerry Orbach’s amazing singing voice as Lumiere the Candelabra in the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast. And while I don’t actively watch Disney movies (aside from the Marvel Cinematic Universe), I do know a good Disney movie when I see one. More specifically, I know a good performance of a Disney movie song when I see one.

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When I was working on the subject of my most recent Throwback Thursday article, there were a few snippets of the 64th Academy Awards that I left mixed in with the commercials, and for good reason. Witness the Disney movie emcee with the most, Jerry Orbach, as he asks you, the audience to be his guest.

Be my guest and click play to witness him sing and dance, because after all this is France!

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Sheer amazement, isn’t it?!

So whether you watch the awards for the dresses, movies you like that got nominated, or because you happen to like award shows, enjoy this year’s Academy Awards. And if not, well…have a great weekend!

 

SNK's Art of Fighting on Neo Geo

The Art of Fighting

…or The Art of ‘Art of Fighting’

There are so many places I could start when writing about SNK’s Art of Fighting, I feel giddy just thinking about it. What could I add that hasn’t already been written about exhaustively by more authoritative sources?

Fortunately, this continuation of my Neo Geo series has a focus on the art and hype of games, and Art of Fighting knew how to handle itself in both regards!

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Before we get to the art, let’s look at the hype. This game, according to blurb at the time, surpassed all predecessors. No one knew of the awesome experience ahead of them! Art of Fighting would usher in a new wave of fighting games, with full-screen action and zoom-in sequences for close action and wide-screen effects during its all-out battles.

Playing Art of Fighting would let you see 8 Dealers of Destruction fight The Greatest Match Ever!

The Greatest Match Ever

For me, the best part of Art of Fighting is the character design. Take a look around the internet and few people will agree with me on this, but I’m not talking about the in-game characters. No, I’m looking at the art released at the time of the games’ release which varies a lot!

The image at the head of this post is from an advert released by SNK to boast about their No. 1 status in the arcades. But who are these fighters? Few seem to bare resemblance to the characters in the story poster above?

The two lead characters, Ryo (the invincible dragon) and Robert (the raging tiger) don’t suffer too badly. Except for the mullet… Ryo would probably prefer we didn’t notice that!

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The guy with the blue face and long nose is a bit of a mystery? He’s in the picture at the start of this article but he’s nowhere to be seen in most of the other artwork. Unless you’re looking at the box art (below) which definitely has someone with a long nose. Turns out this is Mr. Karate, the final boss! When you reach him, I recommend hitting him in his face!

Art of Fighting Box

Learn more about the Art of Fighting

I began this post by stating that others on the web have already covered this great game. If you like what you see here and would like to learn more, I recommend starting with the following:

The Arcade Flyer Archive – a truly fantastic resource for anyone interested in the history of games. You’ll find things like the image below!

Art of Fighting Guide

SNK Wiki – everything you could ever hope to learn about the Art of Fighting series can be found here.

Hardcore Gaming 101 – one of the best retro gaming sites on the internet, and a wealth of information about the Art of Fighting series.

If you’d like to play Art of Fighting, you have a lot of options. The original Neo Geo versions are my favoured choice, but you can find an Anthology release on the Playstation 2 and a Virtual Console release on the Nintendo Wii, both are arcade perfect.

You’ll also find less faithful ports on the 16-bit consoles of the day including the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

This post continues my series:
An irreverent and artistic A-Z of Neo Geo Gaming.