My name is Eric and I'd like to welcome you to eVidGames.com! I was a kid when the old-school or "classic" video games started coming out. Since I remember the early games first-hand I want to make sure I can share this history with folks who have not had the pleasure of playing some of the early games personally. Here is a brief timeline of some of my favorites:
In 1979 Atari developed Asteroids.
1981 was a big year for video games. In 1981 Nintendo came out with Donkey Kong and Atari came out with Centipede that same year. In addition, Milton Bradley came out with Frogger in 1981.
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GameTap for Classic Video Games
Before settling on GameTap I researched other options for classic video games. Here are notes on my experience downloading and setting up GameTap: Setting Up GameTap
I considered buying the Ultimate Arcade 2 Stand-Up Unit from Costco because it has 100 old-school classic video games. However on one of my visits to Costco I noticed the machine was broken and it got me thinking about what would happen if I bought a $2,000 machine and then it broke. As luck would have it that's when I started exploring other options.
Fortunately I came across GameTap. GameTap has over 700 games and I got started with just a $10 commitment($10 for the first month of the month-to-month plan plus one month for free because of the promotional offer). On the first day I started re-living old memories by playing Pac Man again.
One of the advantages with GameTap is that you can use it on your laptop meaning it is very portable.
Here are some of my favorite Old School Classic Games on GameTap:
Zoos is a great system for toddlers. It is much simpler than most of today's video games. A friend of mine gave it to us as a gift and both my 3-year old and 5-year old enjoy it.
My friend gave us Sandy Lane, Thomas & Friends, SD Zoo and Bob the Builder dvds. Our 5-year old understood right away that the zoooos remote allows him to interact with the TV. Both kids like the girl in the zoo video a lot. Here is how my friend John describes the system:
It's really quite ingenious.. the cognitive activities. it's like Sesame Street, but totally interactive.
The auto setup didn't go on our Magnavox dvd player but it worked like a charm on our Toshiba player. I tried doing the Magnavox setup manually but that didn't work either. The number of codes needed was crazy. In the end we're happy with the setup on our Toshiba dvd player.
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Steven Poole's substantial examination of the world inside your console combines an exhaustive history of the games industry with a subtle look at what makes certain kinds of games more engaging than others. For example, what works in which genres--the RPG (role-playing game) versus the god game--and the relationship of video games to other forms of media.
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