S2:E4: The Top-10 Worst Real-Life Products For Classic Video Gamers

What were some of hidden factors that led to the fall of Atari and the  golden age of classic video game consoles?  Did the world at large really understand video games at all?  In this episode we set… Read More

Toys R Us at (up to) 40% Liquidation – treasure hunt

Steve and I took on a field trip to record part of the Into the Vertical Blank: Growing Up Atari podcast, so say goof bye to Toys R Us, and explain what role it played in being an… Read More

The King Of Kong: The Sociological Inner-Workings Of The Nerdcore

There is a line near the end of the extraordinary documentary The King Of Kong that carries the weight of the entire film. It was spoken by a tween-age girl, but in the context of the film, that… Read More

Review: Extra Life By David S. Bennahum

The experience of growing up at the dawn of the video and computer game age is one that I know all-to-well. Video games and computers exploded at the end of the 70’s and have became an increasingly larger… Read More

Controlled Chaos and The Meaning in Software Development

I believe that I was born to be a computer programmer. Somewhere, deep in my soul, there is a need to organize my thoughts in ways that are both new and interesting, but also foundational and reusable at… Read More

Never Let The Fire Die (podcast episode #2)

Jeff and I host the official podcast for the band The Alarm.   They had a bunch of alternative hits in the 80’s  (The Stand, 68 Guns, Strength, Spirit Of ’76. Rain The Summertime, Rescue Me, Sold Me… Read More

Pac-Man, Electronic Games Magazine, And The Exact Moment Atari Lost The Video Game War

Note: As I discover the 120 or so games on my list of “lost” VCS games from the 80’s, I will spend some time discussing the ones that, in one way or another,  mean something significant to me…. Read More

S-Town And The Age Of The Binge Podcast

A lot has been written online in the past week about the new podcast “S-Town” from the producers of Serial and This American Life.   “S-Town” seemed to drop out of the blue last week as a bingable,… Read More

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De-Motivational Engineering Problem Solving Worksheet from 1989 applies now more than ever

(warning, some adult language is in this post) By Jeff Fulton (8bitjeff) When my dad left his job at Hughes Aircraft in 1989, he gave my brother, Steve, and I a lot of advice and a whole bunch… Read More

Listen Kids, This Job Won’t Exist When You’re My Age

The airline pilot was absolutely killing it. I was standing in the back of the room, waiting for my turn, and thinking ‘I have gone about this all wrong‘. The pilot had all the 2nd graders gathered around… Read More

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