Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bitmap Heaven

Snow flurries today, and I have a cold so any possibility of skating is a bust. Lately though, I've been honing my reflexes with my Gemini video game system. I've had it in storage for a couple of years, but I dusted it off, and the thing still works! I've got several different cartridges, but seem to switch between Megamania and Mrs. Pac Man, with a little Berzerk and Missile Command thrown in for diveristy. The Gemini, for those who remember, was one of the first of the Atari 2600 clone systems. It played all the classic Atari games, but was significantly cheaper than the original system. The Gemini I had as a kid is long gone, but a few years ago I was visiting a friend in Quebec, and his father picked up my current system at a garage sale. he talked the owner down to five bucks for the game system, twenty cartridges and a nifty cartridge holder! The thing even has it's original box and most of the pamphlets in case you forgot the rules to Space Invaders or Canyon Bomber. I love the sound effects. They put me in a sort of trance, and I forget for a little while that I'm an old schooler, that the eighties are over, and that Duran Duran are only surviving due to hair implant technology.

7 comments:

kill-joy said...

Estonian? What sort of fake grinding research staff do you have working at this place? The bloody thing is Finnish! I'm finnished too. Goodnight.

flatlander said...

Fakiegrind researchers use an advance Vulcan mindlink technique to share information from their various postings across the globe. Due to the retrograde motion of Mars during the past few weeks, our telepathic wavelengths have been experiencing minor distorions. We apologize if anyone was seriously maimed due to misinformation we might have posted.

Ms. Muffin said...

Ms. Muffin would like to remind Fakiegrind that the game was Ms. Pac-man. Pac-man and the aforementioned were not married, though I am sure that they enjoyed some fringe benefits of their relationship.

flatlander said...

Pac Man Jr. is proof of that.

kill-joy said...

Atari was cool and all, but my fondest memories are of the 1st Mario Bros. for the original Nintendo. I had the 1st level so memorized that I would replay the entire thing in my mind to help me fall asleep. I liked Tetris too.

kill-joy said...

Is there any way for me to post onto the main page, or is that right soley reserved for flanders?

flatlander said...

I've been to set up a new format so that comments will appear on the main page. Hopefully this week-end.