You might be thinking that a great way to spend the upcoming weekend is to secure some quiet time for yourself with your trusty Nintendo Entertainment System and relive those glory days of gaming with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You would be right as that is in fact a fantastic way to spend your weekend.
But how much more awesome would it be if you were playing it on a custom backlit TMNT themed NES built by Platinumfungi and painted by Custom NES Guy?
All images courtesy of Platinumfungi and Custom NES Guy.
Check out these sweet controllers for that handbuilt NES unit!
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Popeye is one of the great underrated games from the classic era of arcade games. I pumped a lot of quarters into it, and when I was able to play it on my home system, I picked it up right away. It turns out I was not alone in enjoying the home version and this ad shows you why. They released this title for just about every home system and computer.
Seeing this actually makes me wonder why the game wasn’t MORE popular…
The Skedoodle was probably the lesser known cousin of the Etch-a-Sketch board. The toy itself is a bit of a mystery, since very little information can be about it on the internet. All I could find, concerning the toy, is that it has been released by Hasbro in 1978 an it had a fair success.
The screen has a dome shape and it has a joystick, unlike the Etch-a-Sketch who has two knobs. The joystick was used to draw freely across the screen, compared to the Etch-a-Sketch that could mostly do horizontal and vertical lines. Another feature of the Skedoodle was its rotating screen. The toy came with a dozen of stencils that would be placed around the joystick to trace shapes and, by rotating the black ring around the screen, you could make Spirograph-like pattern.
I used to own a Skedoodle as a kid but I barely played with it and my little sister, curious as she was, decided to break it open to see own it worked and the poor toy ended in the garbage. How sad for a toy to end this way. It was only several year later that I finally found one on Ebay. It was sold at a cheap price as it came with its box, all the stencils and even the instructions manual. Bless the Internet for allowing us to find the long lost toys of our childhood. End of line.
Photo by Chris Glass.
I am not sure what this very casually dressed late eighties scientist is researching, but without a lab coat and the proper protective eye wear, I have a hard time taking it seriously. What I am sure of is that his previous experiments were with Dr. Pepper, and those experiments went horribly wrong. So instead of making a better tasting or more addicting soft drink, he created a soda pop with intelligence.
A malignant intelligence that is unrelenting in its desire to quench thirsts and make people dance. As you can see, this poor beaker pusher is completely under the spell of the Doctor. The next morning he will wake up exhausted, covered in dance sweat and half-dried Dr. Pepper. He will then head to work, the previous day’s events forgotten, only to have it repeat again and again for the rest of his short miserable life.
I have shared many print and video fast food advertising memories here on the site. One area I have not shared a lot of is radio, mostly because I personally did not record many commercials when taping off live radio. This seems to have been the norm, because searching online does not reveal many of those classic radio jingles that I heard on family road trips or while playing computer games late at night in my bedroom.
Here is a jingle from 1988 for McDonald’s. It is part of one of their very memorable “It’s a good time for the great taste at McDonald’s” ads and hopefully will trigger some swell radio memories.
I want to give a big thanks our friends from over at the Throwback Reviews Podcast for sharing this short film on their Facebook page the other day, because it is without a doubt one of the absolute coolest Star Wars fan-made shorts that we’ve had the pleasure of watching.
It took 4 years worth of work by OtaKing77077 to complete this 7:27 short film, working on it on his weekends, drawing as well as animating it by himself. With some help on the music by Zak Rahman and audio effects by Joseph Leyva what we are presented is a crack TIE fighter squadron that are definitely a deadly threat to the Rebel Alliance and it’s all presented in the style of 80’s anime!
Make sure to visit Otaking77077’s deviantART page where he is known as the Mighty Otaking if you want to download a copy of his poster in better detail, not to mention you need to see the rest of his fantastic artwork!
Nowadays it does not seem all that important, after all, most people are getting away from even using pens, but in my school in the eighties, ink that could be erased seemed like magic. It was especially useful when you had a stickler for teacher when it came to penmanship. Most of my teachers fell into that category and would force us to write our essays in pen. What made this difficult is that you were not allowed to cross anything out.
This meant that if you wrote four paragraphs and made one mistake into your fifth, you had to start completely over. You were supposed to get better at writing by having to practice again and again. Instead you usually just wrote the same essay six times It was a nightmare for a typo prone person like myself.
When the Scripto showed up, it was like an item out of mythology. Now just like with a pencil you could correct errors.
If I remember right, these things were not cheap. So I was maybe budgeted one or two a school year. Losing one was a minor tragedy, which I did often, and often my mother would just tell me I had to suck it up and make due with my old school pen.