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My PlayStation Vita book release and free sample, PlayStation Plus comes to Vita, and Vita's Black Friday Deals

My PlayStation VitaMy PlayStation VitaIt's a busy time for the Sony PlayStation Vita handheld. Due for release within a week at fine retailers everywhere, our latest book, My PlayStation Vita, is available for immediate pre-order at a great low price (Amazon is only $15.93, for instance, for the paperback, and $9.99 for the Kindle version!). You can use Amazon's look inside feature to get an idea of the great content, or download a PDF of Chapter 5 and the Index, direct from publisher Que. You can think of My PlayStation Vita as the Vita's missing manual, and your friendly guide to all of the powerful handheld's hardware features, apps, games, and overall capabilities.

In addition, today, Sony has brought the best deal in gaming, PlayStation Plus, to Vita owners. For a low monthly, quarterly, or yearly price (which is less than the price of a single game!), PlayStation Plus not only gives you regular discounts on games and game content, but also a selection of free games every month. The best part is these are often full blown retail games or AAA downloadable titles. The first batch of freebies are none other than: Uncharted Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Wipeout 2048, Jet Set Radio, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Mutant Blobs Attack. All of those amazing games and more each month are yours to keep and play as much as you want as long as you're a current PlayStation Plus member. This is all in addition to similar freebies you get for the PlayStation 3. Best deal in gaming indeed... Finally, if you don't already have a Vita, there are some nice bundles available, and Sony has indicated that a particularly intriguing offer is coming Black Friday: $199.99 for your choice of system and game bundle. Can't beat that!

So, to sum up, check out the book, then buy the book, and then take advantage of all the great deals and get to playing and tapping into the full potential of the Vita. If you're a fan of great gaming and amazing technology, you won't be sorry!

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New CoCo Coding Contest

Hot off the CoCo mailing list press comes word of a new Tandy Color Computer coding contest. As the Website states, "Just about any software that runs on the Tandy Color Computer (1, 2 or 3) is an eligible entry. Whether you finally finish a project that has been simmering on the back burner for years or decide to start something entirely new, you are welcome to enter. See the rules for clarification and details.

Entries will be tested, reviewed, scored, beaten, and mutilated in time to announce the grand prize winner at the 2013 CoCoFest! in Chicago, IL, on April 27 - 28, 2013. You don't need to attend the fest to enter or win (but you'll have more fun if you do!)."

Check out the Website for more details, including how the entries will be distributed, and then get coding!

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Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu World Combat Kickstarter

You may remember my interviews with Sandy Petersen a few episodes back. In case you missed them, here's what you need to know: This is the guy that did the Cthulhu games for Chaosium back in 1981--pen and paper games that are still being enjoyed today. Now he's back with a Kickstarter project called Cthulhu World Combat, a turn-based strategy game based on H.P. Lovecraft's twisted mindscapes.

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Welcome to my new channel!

Welcome to the new channel. A (retro)gaming, technology, gadget and science based channel by a guy who also loves music, movies and the outdoors.

Subscribing to all my previous subscriptions may take a while as YouTube has put a CAP on the number of channels you can subscribe to per day. So I have to slowly work my way back up. So if you noticed I haven't subscribed to you again it's because of YT being a pain when it comes to subscribing to folk.

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Matt Appears on All Gen Gamers Podcast

MadonnaMadonnaI had the honor a few days ago of being a guest on the All Gen Gamers podcast. The topics are pretty eclectic, ranging from Samantha Fox Strip Poker to Madonna's bush (what'd you expect when you put a bunch of 30-something retrogamers together?). We also talk about Matt Chat, PC games, and much more. If you aren't familiar with this podcast, it's hosted by the top dogs of the YouTube retrogaming community. I highly recommend all of their channels; suffice it to say, if you like Matt Chat, you'll love these guys.
Download the episode here.

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New Bundle in a Box -- Deep Space

Deep Space is here! Grab the whole thing now for a mere 5 bucks! And yes, there's SHMUPS for Mark--check out Death Ray Manta! Here's the announcement:

Deep Space Bundle gets spaced out with TEN more games

Bundle In A Box: Deep Space (http://bundle-in-a-box.com/) was rich from the start. It exclusively debuted the eye-melting Death Ray Manta and offered you Jeff Minter’s arcade Tempest influenced masterpiece Space Giraffe, surreal RPG-adventure Dark Scavenger, remade C64 classic Armalyte, space-combat sims The Wreckless and Sol: Exodus, retro-inspired platformer Robot Riot, freshly released shooter Miner Wars Arena and an impressive selection of extras and bonuses.

Now, with the addition of the complete Bagfull of Wrong explosive bundle-within-a-bundle and its 10 loud, glowing and psychedelic arcade games, the Deep Space bundle got even richer! And more exciting too.

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Kickstarter for Obsidian's Project Eternity (Icewind Dale-style CRPG)

Sweeeet! There's yet another must-pledge Kickstarter out now: Project Eternity. This is another REALLY exciting one--they've got Tim Cain and Josh Sawyer working on this. In a nutshell, they want to make a new game in the style of Icewind Dale, which, if you'll remember, was a party-based isometric CRPG with RTWP (real-time with pause) combat. What happens when you put the creator of Fallout and Planescape: Torment together, then turn them loose with a Kickstarter-funded, no-publisher bullshit budget of a million dollars? I don't know about you, but I CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT. I went and pledged $65 to get the boxed copy. Knowing Tim, it'll be an awesome box with pack-ins well worth the price of admission.

Pledging ends October 16th, so you better get over there now. I seriously doubt they're going to have funding issues with this one, so you might as well grab all the freebies you can.

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Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo TVii (ugh!), and more commentary about the big Nintendo news

We learned several things this morning at Nintendo's big Wii U Preview Event. One, Nintendo of America President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, does not appear to be a happy man; two, Nintendo still needs to work on their presentation skills at these events--it was pretty dull overall with not enough meat and too much focus on the wrong things; and three, and most importantly, we got the long awaited hard info on US launch date and system pricing.

You'll have two major system options on November 18, 2012: the Wii U Basic Set, which features 8GB of storage, for $299.99; and the Wii U Deluxe Set, which features 32GB of storage plus the Nintendo Land pack-in game. Besides me correctly predicting all of this back in June (not exactly hard), I still stand by my statement that the pricing is right where it needs to be. Naturally, the Deluxe Set is by far the best value, but Nintendo clearly wanted the sub-$300 talking point. Hopefully, not too many people will lose out either by decision or lack of stock for the Deluxe in getting the Basic.

Anyway, I also predicted that a second Wii U controller would run as high as $149.99. It looks like I was off a bit on that, as reports seems to indicate as much as $170 or so. The Pro Controller - the Xbox 360-like screen-less controller - looks like it will sell for around $65. Again, that seems a bit higher than many of us would have liked (in this case, $49.99 for me). At least the system bundles represent what we can perceive as fair pricing.

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Boisy Pitre and Jerry Heep Discuss the Tandy Color Computer

In this video, Boisy Pitre is joined by engineering legend, Jerry Heep, at RadioShack headquarters, where they discuss the venerable Tandy Color Computer (CoCo). This is part one of three. Boisy and I are still hard at work on what we hope will be the definitive CoCo history book, so stay tuned...

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Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HDKindle Fire HDIf you don't have a tablet yet, you might want to look more into the Kindle Fire HD.
Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB

Amazon has announced it on their website today. The 8.9" 4G is selling for $499 with a Wi-Fi only model at $299. The Kindle Fire HD has a 7" screen going for $199.

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