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RetroGaming RoundUp 72 - CoCo Book Interview with Boisy Pitre

The excellent and lengthy RetroGaming RoundUp podcast has an interview with my co-author on CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer, Boisy Pitre, both about the book and topics related to Radio Shack's Color Computer (CoCo) series, in their latest episode, 72, entitled Craggley Trees. The show runs a beefy five hours, 48 minutes, and 39 seconds, and, as usual, is just packed with contact. You can find the interview with Boisy at the very beginning of the episode in their monthly Hardware Flashback segment.

Just a reminder, if you're going to be at VCF East 9.1 this weekend, both Boisy and I will be there this Saturday, April 5, as well as at CoCoFEST! 2014, which is in the Chicago area, April 26 and 27, 2014. If you're there, be sure to say hi to us. Enjoy!

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The trailer for Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution is out!

I'm thrilled to announce that the trailer for the film I helped write and produce, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution, is now out. The film covers the history of videogames and includes exclusive interviews with some of the industry's biggest names. Don't forget, Gameplay will have its world premiere screening at The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show!, which takes place from June 6-8, 2014, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington. More screenings and distribution details to follow. Let us know what you think of the trailer!

Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution from Tom Coleman on Vimeo.

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Special advance screening of our Gameplay documentary will be at the NW Pinball and Arcade Show in Tacoma, WA, June 7, 2014!

Gameplay premiering at the NW Pinball and Arcade Show!Gameplay premiering at the NW Pinball and Arcade Show!The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show! takes place from June 6-8, 2014, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA, and will feature a special advance screening of our feature film documentary, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. The film will be shown at the event one time only, Saturday, June 7, 8PM. It was an honor being a writer and producer on this film and I look forward to the public reaction to its first showing. More details of other events and final distribution will follow. In the mean-time, check out The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show's press release for the showing of the film:

"From Pong to Pac-Man and Super Mario to Lara Croft, Doom, Grand Theft Auto and beyond… announcing the brand new feature documentary about the history of video games entitled Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. This film will have a special advance screening at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show 2014, one showing only, on Saturday June 7 at 8pm.

The documentary is the story of how an idea in 1972 changed the way the world plays games, forever. Be a part of the journey as you witness the birth of the arcade game, and then ride along with the many amazing individuals who harnessed the art and technology, evolving it to new levels. The film features never-before-seen interviews with Nolan Bushnell, David Crane, Noah Falstein, John Romero, Todd Howard and many more. See the changes for yourself, as video games evolve from “User Friendly” to “Lifestyle.” It’s a roller coaster ride through the decades, with many stories of success and failure that you will witness firsthand. Don’t miss out on being the first in the world to see this true film experience of how video games have shaped society. When the credits roll, you’ll be left pondering where the future of video games will journey to next.

The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show! takes place from June 6-8, 2014, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA."

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Vintage Computer Festival East 9.1 - April 4-6, 2014 - InfoAge Science Center, Wall, New Jersey

Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East is a hands-on, family-friendly celebration of computer history. Activities include a book sale, classes, consignment sale, exhibit hall, food, lectures, museum tours, prizes, vendors, workshops, and more. Why "9.1"? 9.0 was skipped in 2013 due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. VCF East takes place April 4-6, 2014, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey. This is the first time the event will take place over three days. For full details, check out the attached PDF flyer or visit the Website. Personally, I'll likely only be able to make it for the Saturday event, but all three days are definitely worth checking out. Let us know if you're going!

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Gamer's Haven - Episode 106 reviews CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer

Episode 106 of the Gamer's Haven podcast, entitled, "Catch-Up and Online Games," is now out. In the episode, the Gamer's Haven crew talk about some online games and catch-up their listeners with what they’ve been so busy with over the last several months. Included in the podcast is a thorough review of our recent book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer. You can hear that thoughtful discussion around the 1:20:40 mark, though, as always, it's recommended you listen to the whole show.

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Floppy Days Episode 12 - CoCo Book Interview with Boisy Pitre and Bill Loguidice

Episode 12 of Randy Kindig's Floppy Days Vintage Computing Podcast, entitled, Floppy Days Episode 12 - CoCo Book Interview w/Boisy Pitre & Bill Loguidice, is now out. In the podcast, Randy interviews both Boisy and me about our CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer book. It was a pleasure writing the book with Boisy and a similar pleasure being able to make a rare podcast appearance to talk with him about the material and the process to Randy. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the book, and of course, subscribe to Randy's excellent podcast in the podcatcher of your choice so you're sure not to miss future episodes.

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Vintage Game Consoles in color paperback and ebook versions now available everywhere!

Vintage Game ConsolesVintage Game ConsolesVintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, is now available in color paperback and ebook versions from booksellers everywhere! Check out the Amazon page for the Look Inside feature for the respective color paperback and ebook versions. Vintage Game Consoles covers the history of videogames from the perspective of the 20 greatest and most influential game playing computers, consoles, and handhelds. There are 400 captioned images and 348 overall pages packed with content. The main platforms covered are: arcade, Apple II, Atari 2600 VCS, Atari 8-bit, Mattel Intellivision, PC DOS computers, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, NES, Commodore Amiga, Sega Genesis, GameBoy, Super NES, PC Windows computers, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. Of course, many other platforms - and games - are also discussed along the way. Cover art is by homebrew artist, Nathan Strum, and is inspired by classic videogame magazine, Electronic Games. Check it out and be sure to leave a review on Amazon. Every review is much appreciated and goes a long way towards helping spread the word about the book. Of course, any other mentions of the book online and to friends and family are also appreciated. Questions? Just ask. Enjoy!

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Retro Gaming Magazine, Issue 1, Now Available!

Retro Gaming Magazine, Issue 1Retro Gaming Magazine, Issue 1The premiere issue of Retro Gaming Magazine is now available in both print and PDF versions. The print version is particularly nice since it uses high quality 80# stock throughout, which is even thicker than what's found on the typical magazine covers you'll find at your favorite newsstand. The theme of the first issue is cross platform gaming, focusing on the rivalry between the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Nintendo Super NES/Famicom. Of course, there is plenty of other content in the issue, including a review from me for the new Commodore 64 game, Soulless. Armchair Arcade is proud to be a small, but ongoing part of this promising new publication, and we hope you enjoy it.

From the RGM Website:
"Retro Gaming Magazine is available for $7.49 plus applicable shipping to you. Pick your purchase option, then click Buy Now to be taken to a secure Paypal payment screen (we never have access to your payment information).

The PDF version of RGM will be free to download. We feel this is the best way to say thank you to the fans that have supported us and to also allow the maximum number of fans access to the content we make available. Thank you.

- See more at: http://retrogamingmagazine.com/buy-rgm/#sthash.SEtBXH3w.dpuf"

Special note: If you buy the print version, you'll note that the front and back covers are linked to form one continuous image. This allows for more expansive cover art.

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The poster for the upcoming documentary film, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution!

The poster for the upcoming Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution documentary film is now ready, and shown below. Click the image for access to the full-sized version, or check out the attached PDF. When the Website is ready, I'll post again, and also once distribution details for this year are finalized. The film, which is based on the Vintage Games series of books by me and Matt Barton (we're also writers and producers on the film), covers the history of videogames from the perspective of those who made it happen. Those interviewed include Nolan Bushnell, John Romero, Todd Howard, Daniel Murray, Darion Lowenstein, Eric Lindstrom, David Crane, and many, many more. The narrator is Cain Devore. The film also has a Facebook and Google+ presence, although Armchair Arcade is still a great place to find out new details.

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The Wall Street Journal on Computer Collecting

I was interviewed for a computer collecting feature for The Wall Street Journal several months back, and the piece finally hit both the newspaper and online today. While neither of my two contributed photos made it in (which I've included below) due in part to a slight change in direction of the piece, several of my quotes still made it in. While I wish the piece was a bit longer (as I thought originally planned), I'm still heartened by the positive coverage this segment of our industry has gotten in a quality publication. Check it out online here. Photos below:

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