I just spent two weeks out of town for work, and got a little bummed out when I realized I would be on the road driving instead of at home celebrating “Star Wars Day” on May 4th (“May the Fourth be with you”). While driving home I saw a sign for an antique mall that was open on Sunday. Looking for a place to stretch my legs, I pulled off the road and spent a few minutes walking around.
Oh, sweet serendipity! Finding a vintage Star Wars item for sale — on May the Fourth no less — was just what I needed to lift my spirits (and dent my wallet).
According to Wikipedia, the Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game, released in 1979, was “the first official licensed video game bearing the name Star Wars.” The manual claims “Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game is probably the most exciting computer game you will ever play!”, although based on the game’s 5/10 rating over at BoardGameGeek.com, I suspect that claim might be overstated.
starwarsnut77 has a quick demo of the game in action over on YouTube. You can check it out here:
Amazon.com recommendations are hit and miss for me. A couple of weeks ago, they got a hit. They recommended a little ebook called The A-Z of the Atari 2600 (Retro Gaming A-Z) by Justin Kyle. The A-Z of the Atari 2600 is pretty much like my own ANESthetized. While ANESthetized talked about the Nintendo Entertainment System console and games, The A-Z of the Atari 2600 talks about the 2600 (or VCS for you old-timers) console and games. It covers some 30 or so of the best 2600 games, giving full-color pictures of the box art and screen shots as well.
I bought and read The A-Z of the Atari 2600 and loved it so much that I contacted the author for an interview. He graciously agreed to join me in a podcast about the 2600. You can find that podcast here, and if you’d like to buy the book, you can get that here.
While digging through a bin of used CDs recently I ran across a mint copy of The Secret of Monkey Island. At a price of 99 cents, how could I refuse?
The Secret of Monkey Island was released in 1990 by LucasArts. In the game. players must help Guybrush Threepwood solve puzzles during his quest to become a pirate. The game is known for its graphics, sound, and overall sense of humor. Here’s a complete play through of the entire game.
Camp Granada was a 1965 children’s board game by Milton Bradley. It was based on Allan Sherman’s popular 1963 novelty song Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. In the game Campers take turns driving a breakdown-prone bus to gather animals from various summer camp locations with the ultimate goal of being the first to leave the real rotten camp. The game board depicts spikes on the diving board, an octopus in the swimming hole, and a lover’s leap into a volcano. LA LA LA.