1981 Video Games

Care for a Glimpse of some 1981 Video Games at 7-Eleven?

It is a fact that the internet can be a most wondrous thing. Like when it gives us the opportunity to travel back to 1981. To get a fleeting glimpse at what video games were being offered at a 7-Eleven at that point in time. As in this case the video uploaded by Scott Evans acts as veritable time machine to glimpse some 1981 Video Games.

In addition to seeing and hearing for yourself that the kids of 1981 were definitely jockeying to get their initials on the high score board. It also seems they are more than a little curious as to why they are being filmed.

1981

As can be seen the kids are patiently, or not in some cases, waiting their turns to play. Furthermore you will even hear one of them asking another if they want to play doubles. Which is answered with a resounding, no. Thanks to the use of the convex mirrors situated in the store, we also are granted a few glimpses of the layout of a 7-Eleven back in 1981.

Of course the sight and sounds of some of the titles of the Golden Age of arcade games is the real draw. Seeing these kids enjoying the likes of Atari’s Tempest, Nintendo’s Donkey Kong, as well as Williams Electronics’ Stargate.

I can only wish however that the video was a bit longer. But by all means I am extremely grateful that it exists at all to say nothing of the quality of the video itself. However after watching the video a couple of times in a row. I do find myself completely trying to decipher what this young boy’s T-shirt says.

Is it possibly “Lord Highscore”?

Here is a question though- since this is in fact 1981. Why don’t these kids have their Super Slurpee scratch off cards?


Retroist Means - Vic Sage

What The Retroist Means To Me By Vic Sage

With 2016 all but at an end. I’m sure like many of you there is a sense of fatigue – a welcoming of the closing of the year. Which is certainly why I felt it best today to avoid the negative. Embrace not the cynicism – however easy that option is but instead talk about what The Retroist means to me.

[Via] Steve Sharp

What The Retroist means to me.

You would think that for a person that can write over a thousand words on Dr. Doom it would be easier. On the contrary trying to put my feelings for The Retroist site down is proving rather taxing.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of The Retroist site is – acceptance. Moreover how I found a community that embraces the very things I cherish. Movies, video games, cartoons and more.
Retroist Means to Me - Buckaroo Banzai
An all-encompassing understanding that what I might find extremely neat. Will in addition ring true with many of you as well. I hadn’t realized I was missing this in my own life until I was allowed to join the site back in 2010. Certainly my friends would listen about my love of things past but they didn’t have the same yearning to discuss it. It was when I began sharing on this site, I learned I wasn’t quite as alone in my appreciation of things nostalgic as I thought.

One of my first articles for The Retroist was a review of the Atari 2600 port of Nintendo’s Popeye. In fact it was the wish for an Atari 2600 version of Kolchak: The Night Stalker that landed me a spot here on the site!
kolchak-atari 2600

Friends, back in 2009 I had decided to throw my hat into the blogging ring. I came up with a place on the internet entitled In my youth, victory was a power pellet. The whole point of the blog in fact was a place to avoid clogging up the e-mail of my friends. Like sharing my excitement over Brickshelf’s LEGO Predator bust!

Image courtesy of Brickshelf.

Thanks to a post on my blog about that non-existent Kolchak: The Night Stalker Atari 2600 cartridge, the Retroist invited me to write for the site. No demands where made on what I could discuss beyond it being a family friendly site as well as having something to do with things retro. I’m not sure I can properly describe the joy I felt at being welcomed by not just the readership but my fellow writers. Many that I would quickly become friends with and still chat on Facebook to this day.

Equally important was how the Retroist treated me when I joined full time. I was absolutely naive, friends. No one had taken the time to explain that you should give credit when sharing artwork or videos. And how overwhelming it all seemed back then. I didn’t know a thing about embedding videos or adding links and such. Every single day, the Retroist would patiently explain the way a blogger should behave. Not once did he lose his temper with me nor anyone who was contributing to the site.

But what does The Retroist mean to me?
The Retroist is quite simply my extended and global online Family. Without a doubt the community here is one of the best. Appreciating the joy of simply sharing the things that are of interest from the past. I cherish it, I truly do. I’ll never be able to properly thank the Retroist for letting me experience that.

Without the Retroist paving the way with his 202 podcasts. I never would have had the guts to attempt Saturday Frights, Retro Radio Memories, Projectionist’s Sinister Tales of Terror, or the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcasts. Every step of the way…the Retroist was there to guide me. Along with others, helping to craft the podcasts so that The Retroist site had more to offer.

At last count there were 14,312 posts on The Retroist. Just between you and me, I believe the Retroist himself has been doing some pruning. As I recall a couple of months back it was in the 20,000 range. Furthermore I’ve been fortunate enough to contribute 3,001 of those posts. Not one time has the Retroist asked for help covering the costs of paying the server fees.

What The Retroist means to me!


I’m kind of rambling here. But in all honesty The Retroist feels like my home – where I belong. Thanks to the site I have found my place in the world where I can be creative…and myself. I think you will see from the earlier posts today by Allison Venezio, Gary Burton, RetroArt and the Nerdy Blogger. They all feel the same. I want to thank them for agreeing to this little tribute today to The Retroist site. As well as to all of you for visiting every day – enjoying what all of us writers have to talk about and share.

Most importantly I want to thank the Retroist. For his mentoring but more importantly for his friendship and letting me be much more than I would be if I wasn’t writing on The Retroist. Thanks for six wonderful years, my friend – I’m looking forward to what we the site holds in 2017.

He-Man Has The Power On This T-Shirt…The Power Glove!

He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe is certainly no stranger to possessing relics and weapons of vast power and might. Since the Masters of the Universe toy line first hit the sheves back in 1981 – Mattel made sure that their valiant hero was outfitted with not only a strength-magnifying breastplate and harness but also one half of the Sword of Power – the Sword of Grayskull itself!
He-Man and the Power Sword
But perhaps He-Man has yet to obtain an item of such power in his many adventures presented so far whether in the Filmation animated series, games, or comic books over the past 35 years than the item he has claimed on this particular T-shirt. The Power Glove!

Image courtesy of Shirtoid.com

Image courtesy of Shirtoid.com


I came across this T-Shirt by way of Shirtoid – a site that does it’s best to find the greatest in retro inspired shirts like the merging of the Masters of the Universe and Nintendo’s awesome Power Glove. From there when you find a T-Shirt you can’t live without you follow a link to the actual shop that is selling the clothing – “I Have The Power Glove” by the way was designed by Jason Yang and is offered on Shirtwoot!, although I would add that you do not have to have that design printed just on a shirt.

I suggest while you are looking over the collection of He-Man shirts over at Shirtoid you might want to listen to some fitting 8-Bit music, like Studio Megaane’s cover of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe theme!

And above all remember…

The Nintendo Classic Mini Will Have Us Playing With Power Once Again!

You’ve probably already seen Nintendo’s announcement a couple of days ago about a very exciting product due to hit store shelves on November 11th, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System! It appears that this Fall we are going to once again have the opportunity to announce to one and all that we are Playing With Power!

[Via] Mister Pesystem
While the NES Zapper and R.O.B. won’t be included with this release it will allow you the pleasure of picking up additional NES controller packs like back in the day. Of course the real draw is the 30 games that come with the Nintendo Classic Mini:
Balloon Fight
BUBBLE BOBBLE
Castlevania
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
Dr. Mario
Excitebike
FINAL FANTASY
Galaga
GHOSTS’N GOBLINS
GRADIUS
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
MEGA MAN 2
Metroid
NINJA GAIDEN
PAC-MAN
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
StarTropics
SUPER C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

From the Press Release:
“Relive the 80s when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System launches in stores on 11th November. The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System comes packaged with an HDMI cable, a USB cable for powering the system*, and one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller. And whether it’s rediscovering an old favourite or experiencing the joy of NES for the first time, the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system should have something for all players.
Each title is sure to bring back fond memories and produce plenty of new ones. Players can even enjoy playing many of these games together by attaching a second Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller, sold separately. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro for the Wii console can also be used.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii console. Simply connect it to a Wii Remote controller to make the experience that much more authentic. Players needn’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress either as each game has multiple suspend points, allowing them to start where they left off at a later time, no passwords needed.
*Note that an AC adapter for the USB cable is required to play the system but is not included in the packaging.”

I know that many of these titles can be played in some form or another through MAME but I’m looking forward to sitting on the living room floor this Fall with a big old glass of Great Bluedini, a NES controller in my hands (Probably giving my thumb a callous again!), and revisiting Hyrule and guiding the Light Warriors through the Kingdom of Coneria once again!

Super Mario Kart… with 101 players!

Hands up if you loved Super Mario Kart on the SNES. Lots of hands? Good! Keep your hands up if you think that Super Mario Kart remains the pinnacle of the series, and cannot be beaten. Still some hands up! Well, prepare to re-evaluate that opinion as Hat-Loving Gamer gives you the Nintendo classic with 101 racers on course!

Watch the video below and see how many characters you recognise. Be warned though. not all of them are from Nintendo!

Visit the Youtube video page for the complete character list. You can also visit the Hat-Lover on Patreon to keep the cool coming, or the creators Facebook page for more awesome.