Sad news today. Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and computer legend has passed away at the age of 83, according to Forbes. After surviving imprisonment at Auschwitz during WWII Tramiel went on to lead an aspiring life. Probably best know for Commodore International, and in the gaming community at large.
After a week of teasing with a countdown clock on the Baldur's Gate webpage, we now know what all the fuss is about. Despite the immediate server crash upon counting down to zero, a release was thankfully issued via email revealing that the big announcement is for a Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition that will be arriving this summer for PCs.
When it comes down to it, there's only so much technological gadget bits that one person can possibly want for the holidays*, so when you get to that point with the electronics lover in your life, there's always the old fallback: a big bit of rock. Not just a sack of pavers you stole from your neighbor, no way, this is the BugHouse Future Fossils series of life-sized decorative editions made with a cement casing to make sure you're in the right place when it comes to displaying the future's past in classic connected items. These mothers range anywhere from $50 to $500 USD and most of them are unlimited in the amount that you can buy.
The iPad is certainly a cool gaming device with all sorts of games that are available to suit any gamer need. One of the apps that old school gamers that like retro gaming with games from the 80's would like the cool Atari Classics app that puts a bunch of old games in one place. The problem is that old school games need a big joystick with a red ball on the end and big buttons to get the full effect.
Thirty years ago, the IBM PC was born, and consumers were treated to what for many was the beginning of a new era in home electronics. It was August 12th, 1981 - not the first time anyone had owned their first personal computer, as the MITS Altair 8800 had already been released in 1975, the Apple II and Commodore PET had been released in 1977, RadioShack had a "Model 1" somewhere in there, and the first Ataris (800 and 400) had been released in 1979. All of this was punched directly in the nose by what everyone in the computing business in the time would agree was the most trusted and perhaps the most important tech group in the world - thirty years ago to the day.
Anyone that was around in the 80's will remember the Atari. This was the console to have back in the day. It never ceases to impress me that the graphics on my smartphone are infinitely better than the graphics on the best console of the early 80's. The console you see here is what Goldmember would play.
One of ThinkGeek's most popular April Fools' jokes of recent years has been the iCADE arcade cabinet for the iPad, and having been green-lighted the retro peripheral is finally going on sale. ThinkGeek has just told us that pre-orders for the iCADE kick off today, with the cabinet expected to ship from May 20.
I bet a lot of gamers played Yar's Revenge back in the day on their Atari game consoles. If you were a big fan of the original and like retro inspired gaming still today, Atari has a new classic on the Xbox Arcade for you to check out. The game is Yar's Revenge.
You want to know what's awesome? Atari is awesome. You want to know what's even more awesome? How about 100 classic Atari games, reformatted for iPhone and iPad, and available in their glorious retro entirety from the App Store [Tunes link] for a mere $14.99. 18 Atari arcade titles, 92 Atari 2600 games, and even some new fangled Bluetooth for multiplayer fun.
Man when I was a kid I spent a lot of time playing an Atari just like the one Heck used for his latest project. I was an Asteroids, Pac-Man, and Pole Position player myself. Heck took an Atari console from 1977 and integrated it into an Xbox 360 laptop system.