The 8bitrocket Daily Briefing – Sunday, April 24, 2011

First off, Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it.

Try out these new Flash Game Distribution games.
We liked them the first couple times we played them.

X Missile (once you find the game through all of the ads and Free Tower defense logos). This is fun shooter / physics puzzle mix.

Pryoscape 3 – Not the greatest game ever made, but these guys are pretty funny and creative.

Temple of Death – Well crafted over-head zombie shooter

G Blocks – The best puzzle game I have played all day.

Rapid Machine – A fun, over-head racing game. (Seems familiar though)

Once Upon Atari Documentary @ IGN
A good portion of Howard Scott Warshaw’s Once Upon Atari documentary is now available in multiple parts at IGN. Actually, it’s been there since 2008. If you have not seen this yet, it’s a fascinating look into Atari from the golden age.

Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4 & Vol. 5, Vol. 6 & Vol. 7, Vol. 8 & Vol. 9, Vol. 10 & Vol. 11, Vol. 12 & Vol. 13

By the way, both Dad Hacker and Chris Crawford had some interesting things to say about it too.

Speaking Of Chris Crawford
Chris Crawford just posted an in-depth account of his talk at The games academic group at UC Santa Cruz . He now thinks games are not dead any more.

The causes of my positive outlook are simple: the publishers have been eclipsed by a passel of creative new actors. There are gobs of startups hawking all manner of new ideas. The indie games movement is showing wonderful creative energy. And the maturation of the web has made it possible for indie developers to earn a living just by putting their stuff up there. Indeed, the single most salient factor in the reversal of my opinion arose when Jason Rohrer told me that he was earning plenty of money selling his products on the web.”


Atari recently announced a new version of Centipede for the Nintendo DS
Last week, Atari and developer WayForward have announced the upcoming Fall release of the re-imagine legendary video game franchise Centipede for a new generation of gamers with Centipede: Infestation. The game will be available on Nintendo 3DS™ and Wii™ Systems.

See the trailer. It looks pretty bitchin’!   Here is the rest of the press release.

Centipede: Infestation is a post-apocalyptic action experience that features run-n-gun shooting style gameplay with tower defense-style objects, paying homage to the original Centipede while bringing the brand into the 21st century.  Players assume the role of an orphaned teenager hero named Max as he trudges through the wasteland, fighting off giant bugs.  During Max’s travels he encounters a young teen named Maisy who possesses a collection of seeds that hold the secret to bringing plant life back to the wasteland.   Max and Maisy join forces to grow these gardens and protect the last natural resources on earth.

There are a lot of rumors about a new Nintendo Console
– 1Up Says that it could cost $400 and have 2 distinct controllers.
Kotaku says that Miyamoto doesn’t want to talk about it
– Then 1Up says that Miyamoto says it will just be a few days

Hmm, very interesting. I wish Atari would put out a new console.

What does Atari mean to you?
Head on over to the Atari Age Forums and let your voice be heard. There are some great stories and posts already in this cool thread.

Ever wanted to learn 68000 C or Machine Language?
You could do much worse than firing up an Atari ST emulator and then going through these two Abacus books full books posted at Atari ST Basic to C and Atari ST Machine Language.

Popular Movie Scenes Re-Created with Legos
My sons have pretty much every available surface in the house covered with Legos. No matter how much time my wife and I spend organizing them, they always end up right back where they were. The boys tend to re-make scenes from movies and TV shows with them, but if they ever made a Clockwork Orange scene (or some of the other’s here), I would have to take them to a therapist.

The full, uncensored Beastie Boys Fight For Your Right To Party Revisited Short Film
I have to admit that I absolutely hated this shit when I was 16, but I have grown to appreciate a lot of things that I never thought I would.  This new video Comedy Central  kicks ass though.

Nerds Ruin Everything
There is so much right about this site.

Galaxy Win!
The Galaxy, sporting their first choice team for only the second match this campaign, beat the upstart Portland Timbers 3-0 on two Landon Donovan goals and the amazing tally from Chad Barrett.

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