Video Game Stars – Gametoids are the new Factoids

A new channel has popped up on YouTube. It’s called Video Game Stars and it is put together by Emmy Award-winning producer TJ Allard. The channel produces one minute long videos about the history of video games and computing. These short videos are called “Gametoids” which is a play on the word Factoids. A new episode will be uploaded every Tuesday and as of today, April 5th, 2017, there are two videos. Check them out then subscribe to the channel so you’ll be alerted when a new video arrives.

The first is about the person who brought the first video game into space and of course the game!

The second is about beer, arcades and kids.

Game Stars

The Rainbow 100 Computer was Dreamy!

I grew up in Queens Village, New York and I always went with my parents to Jamaica Savings Bank (now Capital One). This bank was interesting for several reasons; the lighting was warm because most of it came from their huge windows, the tellers were separated from the public with very thick bullet proof glass, and the most importantly, their computers.
Rainbow 100
That’s me on the side of Jamaica Savings Bank in September of 1989.

There were a few desks and on each was a DEC Rainbow 100 computer. Which consisted of a monitor and keyboard. I didn’t realize until years later that there was a console attached because it was always out of sight. Under the desk perhaps?
Rainbow 100
I loved the shape of the monitor – the angle at which you looked at it mesmerized me every time I walked into the bank. My curiosity would always get the best of me and I found myself drifting over to a desk that no one was working at. I would stare at the set-up, dreaming of having a Rainbow 100 for myself. Now that I collect computers, I think it’s just a matter of time before I get one in my collection.

If that computer looks familiar, there’s a good reason for it; it was in a lot of movies. Beverly Hills Cop, The Philadelphia Experiment, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and Ghostbusters.

The set up here is almost exactly what I saw in the bank minus the printer & console.

If you’re wondering about that wacky looking disk drive, well, this video will explain.

[Via] CelGenStudios

If you want to learn about the DEC Rainbow 100 computer, try here:

Cabin Fever

Retro Guy’s Winter Day: Cabin Fever – VC & RVG #9

Cabin Fever…a lot of us suffer from it during the winter. Even people who usually spend most of their time indoors playing retro video games as well as messing around with vintage computers.
Cabin Fever

So I decided to make a video of how I usually pass a winter’s day and fight off cabin fever.

For this ninth video of Vintage Computers & Retro Video Games – I’m joined once again by my robot friend, Robie Junior from Radio Shack.

[Via] Justin Salvato

When I’m not working on my boxing website, I am in fact scrounging the internet and thrift shops for vintage computer systems & retro gaming consoles. When you have the time make sure to visit my personal YouTube page for more retro fun.

Archie Andrews and The Army of Darkness

Are you a fan of the film Army of Darkness starring Bruce Campbell?

I am and when I found out that comic book artist & writer did Fernando Ruiz did a Archie crossover print using the poster from that film, well, I had to take a look. It’s a thing of beauty. Sad to see what became of Jughead though…

Image courtesy o Fernando Ruiz.

Image courtesy o Fernando Ruiz.

If you want to learn more about Fernando Ruiz’ art, check out his Site.

In bigger news, Fernando Ruiz along with fellow comic book artist & writer, Dan Parent, are working on a new Kickstarter campaign for their comic book Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust! Check it out:


What Muhammad Ali means to me.

When I woke up this morning, I reached for my smartphone and saw a news notification I feared was coming, “Muhammad Ali dead at 74”. I put my head back on the pillow and saw a message from an editor of The Retroist website asking if I would like to write something about Ali. I told him I would. He responded immediately telling me that he thought it was best that I write about the man since he did not know as much about the sport. What Vic Sage (the editor) is referring to is my background in boxing; I was an amateur boxer and USA Boxing coach. Then I thought, “Ali was more than a boxer, he was public figure that most of the world knew.” I have no more a right to write about him than anyone, but since I accepted the task, I decided to write about what Muhammad Ali means to me.

For the casual fan or people not interested in the sport, they must think of boxing as nothing more than two people beating each other senseless inside a square-shaped combat zone. That is completely understandable. The truth is that there is a lot more to boxing hence the nickname “the sweet science”. Muhammad Ali was the embodiment of that. While technically he did a lot of things incorrectly, his athleticism, size and height made up for that. More importantly his mind found ways to win. He can see a challenge and prepare for it as he did when he surprised everyone by laying on the ropes in his bout with George Foreman in Zaire.

[Via] Jeff Jackson

So while there is a technical side of boxing, there is something else that is required, a prerequisite: toughness. That is not something you can teach and frankly, you as a boxer don’t know if you have it until you start fighting. Muhammad Ali was tough. His toughness & skills made him the heavyweight champion of the world. The fans knew it, his opponents knew it, and the average person knew it. Yet, I find many fighters, world champions even, that feel they have to act tough all the time. Not Ali. Outside of the ring, he was a jovial person. Loving, caring, and downright silly at times. He didn’t need to prove his toughness except in the ring where he felt fighting belonged. Not on the streets.

He avoided violence at all cost. An example of this was when Ali & Joe Frazier were in a television studio with Howard Cosell discussing their first fight when Frazier stood in front of Ali clearly ready to fight, because he grew tired of Ali’s insults. Ali stayed in his chair, but his brother got on the studio stage and confronted Frazier. Ali, probably fearing that Frazier would fight get into an altercation with his brother, jumped up and pulled Frazier’s head down and wrestled him on the floor. Ali, a boxer, could have simply punched Joe while he was distracted, but he went the route of trying to defuse the situation without anyone getting hurt. Sure enough, no one did as enough people ran over and separated everyone.

[Via] Pbarry’s 191 Channel

That, more than anything, made an impression on me. I don’t have to go around acting tough, because I know what I am. I know who I am. I have nothing to prove, because I proved it by climbing through the ropes and fighting my heart out. If I walk away from a fight in a bar, on the street, anywhere outside of the ring, it doesn’t mean I am a coward, it simply means I am in control of my feelings, have nothing to prove, and frankly, do not want to cause harm to someone else. Muhammad Ali taught me that by the way he lived his life.