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India Raising Army of Killer Robots

Killer Robots: The robots are coming...Don't be helpless!Killer Robots: The robots are coming...Don't be helpless!There's some buzz on the net today about India's plan to raise an army of robots. What's really scary about this is how much the USA has come to rely on India's tech structure. I'm guessing that a great deal of our most sophisticated science R&D is outsourced to Bangalore. However, I'm pretty sure our kids have more experience playing first person shooters, so when war is announced, we'll be ready to take on these robots with our BFGs.

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Retro Thing - Emerson's Arcadia 2001 Console

Retro Thing, link here, which offers nice general retro coverage, decided to briefly turn its attention to the little known Emerson Arcadia 2001 console. It used a casual photo from my collection, saying "Above photo from this massive private collection" and provided a link back to the main videogame and computer section of my personal Website. Anyway, all the little factoids Retro Thing mentions are more or less accurate. Emerson's system was available under different names and from different manufacturers depending upon territory it was released. All games were cross-compatible between different territories since this was released several years before the NES territorial lockout standard. In any case, some games did come in long cartridge cases - very long - and others came in more standard shorter cases. As mentioned, the games themselves were nothing spectacular, though there were a couple of unique releases and conversions. The system's power was roughly at the Intellivision level, though those games were considerably more polished. The controllers were merely adequate. The big selling point of the Arcadia 2001 was the fact that it could run on DC power for "portability" and the fact that the system and the games were generally cheaper than the competition's. It was nevertheless too little, too late. It's relatively easy to collect for, as there are a decent number of systems available at reasonable prices and plenty of mostly loose games (though for many, it's nice to have the box, manual and overlays), with limited competition among other collectors.

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History of Console Prices - The good-old days weren't that much different

Data like this has been supplied by others before, but this is a particularly impressive charting of select console system prices over the years from the first programmable videogame system, the 1976 Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES, later Channel F), to the latest to release pricing data, the 2006 Sony PlayStation 3. What I like about this is that two charts are supplied, one for the absolute retail prices and one for the inflation-adjusted prices. As I've argued elsewhere, while paying $60 for a game stinks, relatively speaking we've been paying that and more for countless years. Same thing with modern consoles. While it's a difficult pill to swallow a $600 PlayStation 3 (my recommendation is don't even look at the crippled $500 model), relatively speaking it's not so bad, particularly since it pulls additional duties as a hi-def media center.

Click here for the original post on "Curmudgeon Gamer" and the links to the two separate PDF files.

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A USB Powerglove?

FourScore: USB-retrofitted NES FourScore gameport extender. Where else will you find one?FourScore: USB-retrofitted NES FourScore gameport extender. Where else will you find one?How'd you like to have a USB Powerglove? Now's your chance. Retrozone is offering a whole slew of USB-fitted retro NES gear, including the NES PowerPad and even the Advantage. Of course, you can also get the classic controller or a retrokit to adapt your own NES controller. Looks like vital necessities for the serious NES emulator. Link via Gizmodo.

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Sony E3 release PS3 launch details!

So far the developer studio titles look run of the mill. Unless you make a notable exception for the stunning graphics in the demo of Gran Turismo HD, can you say full rate 1080p graphics in real time? Compared to that most of the other games were slightly upgraded versions of the same old PS2 titles.

EA managed to buy a slot in the show to plug their 200X versions of the cash cow sports games. Yes they now can move with out spinning in circles. But otherwise they are just another Madden.

Both Final Fantasy XIII, and Metal Gear Solid 4 looked visually stunning, but once again it looked like rendered non-interactive video clips on display.

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E3 live video cast of the Sony Keynote

There is free live coverage of the E3 keynotes at

http://www.gamespot.com/e3/e3live.html

The Sony keynote will be at 7PM est. I will be watching and have messenger on line to hold a comment session as we watch.

-Cecil

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Acorn is Back!

Acorn BBC Micro: An ad for the BBC Micro. Source: WikipediaAcorn BBC Micro: An ad for the BBC Micro. Source: Wikipedia Unfortunately, I don't have any experience and very little knowledge of Acorn Computers, the company responsible for such venerable British machines as the Atom and BBC Micro. Well, perhaps I'll get my chance behind an Acorn after all: The company is rolling out a line of Notebook PC's. There isn't much info yet about these machines, but I suspect the only thing unique about them will be the brand name. I know I'd still like to have a Commodore branded laptop! Link via Engadget.

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Get your Gameboy Cufflinks!

Nintendo Gameboy Cufflinks: Why didn't you think of these?Nintendo Gameboy Cufflinks: Why didn't you think of these?I know what you're thinking...How did I possibly live without these babies for so long? Well, the wait is over. Get your Gameboy Color Color Cufflinks from Ahchay's Etsy Shop today. However, I might warn you: These will, in all probability, seriously crimp your suave 007 style. Unfortunately, they aren't playable. Well, perhaps that's not so unfortunate.

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Gameology.org -- Academic Gamers gets Facelift

Hi, guys. I thought you might want to check out the new gameology site. Zach moved the whole thing to Drupal and gave it a fantastic facelift. I'm rather envious of Zach's layout, I must admit. Do you guys like the little window boxes on the sides or the tabbed look to the main banner? Or do we want to follow a KISS method here?

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Adventure Classic Gaming

I've sent these guys a query about whether they'd be interested in publishing or republishing some of my GAG Reviews. Hopefully, they won't flake out and not acknowledge me like two other big adventure game sites I queried. I just completed Simon the Sorceror I and II, and am eager to get some reviews published where more people can see them. I especially like this site's non-exclusive publishing policy, which will allow me to also publish the reviews in other places.

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