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The rarest Nintendo PlayStation console

pic-alex-1Long time ago in the early nineties Nintendo was planning to launch their latest CD base game console but we never got to see the final product. But not so long ago someone did find the Prototype and we now have a awesome chance to explore this mysterious rare Nintendo prototype game console




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5 things you missed at New York Comic Con 2016

Thousands of people gathered in the Big Apple for what could very be the best New York Comic Con yet. With movie star appearances and top notch cosplay, the celebration was the grandest party for superfans from around the world to come together and let their geek flags fly.

Here’s everything you missed at NYCC…

1. The amazing cosplay

The best part of every NYCC is always the cosplay. Fans spends months designing looks to transform into their favorite movie, comic book and anime characters with extreme detail. Harley Quinn, Deadpool and Overwatch characters were amongst the favorites this year.

Even those who chose not to dress up at least have new inspiration for their Halloween costume.

2. The Comic Con-only exclusives

When the biggest enthusiasts of every fandom gather in one place, they expect only the best. Luckily, this year’s NYCC was no short of juicy exclusives.

The folks at the Marvel booth revealed an exclusive ‘Iron First’ trailer and introduced fans to the the members of ‘The Defenders’ which included Sigourney Weaver. ‘The Walking Dead’ panel alluded to a key character death in the start of season. And ‘Power Rangers’ had its biggest NYCC in recent memory with a huge booth on the convention floor and movie trailer debut at Madison Square Garden.

3. Conversations with industry legends

NYCC is one of the only place where fans can meet face to face with the writers, artists and actors that create their favorite worlds, and this year was no short of talent.

My Chemical Romance frontman turned DC Comics writer Gerard Way celebrated his new DC imprint, Young Animal. YouTube star Joey Graceffa signed copies of his new book ‘Children of Eden’. And the cast of ‘Teen Wolf’ talked about their upcoming sixth and final season.

4. All the cool merch

Whether it was signed editions of your favorite comic books and manga or accessories to complete your perfect cosplay, Comic Con housed the best goodies for purchasing and drooling over.

5. The cute junior superheroes

Everyone loves cosplay, but kids do it the best. NYCC has become a gathering for families and superfans of all ages, meaning cute superhero costumes everywhere. Shout out to all the NYCC parents starting their kids off young!

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Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 Review

Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 ReviewWhenever a collection of classic games is released, I always find myself picking it up. Despite not usually having nostalgia for these retro packages (as my first console was the Genesis), I enjoy learning more about the medium that I love, and they’re typically a good way to experience games that I missed out on. Unfortunately, a lot of these end up being hit-or-miss; for every one game I end up loving, there are often a handful of titles that are only interesting to look at through a historical lens.

The latest retro video game collection comes in the form of Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1. This $20 collection features 50 games in total, with 9 being arcade games, and 41 Atari 2600-era titles. Since the games are the reason why anyone would pick this up, and there are way too many of them to touch on individually, here’s the full list of arcade titles: Black Widow, Centipede, Liberator, Lunar LanderMillipede, PongSpace DuelTempest, and Warlords.

Meanwhile, here are the 41 Atari 2600 games: 3-D Tic-Tac-ToeAir-Sea BattleBackgammonBasketballBlack Jack, BowlingCanyon BomberCentipedeCircus Atari, CombatCombat TwoDesert FalconDodge ‘EmFatal RunFootballHome RunHuman CannonballMillipedeMiniature GolfPong SportsQuadrunRadar LockRealsports BoxingRealsports FootballRealsports SoccerRealsports Volleyball, Save Mary, Slot Machine, Slot RacersSprintmaster, Star Raiders, Steeplechase, Stunt CycleSuper BaseballSuper FootballSwordquest EarthWorldSwordquest FireWorldSwordquest WaterWorldTempestWarlords, and Yars’ Revenge.

As you can see, 50 games is a lot. The biggest name on the list would be arcade hits like CentipedePongTempest and Warlords, but the Atari 2600 list isn’t too shabby either. Volume 1 features both of the Combat games (although I’d only recommend playing the original, as the iconic tank combat game’s sequel seems like a total step backwards from the simple fun that the original offers), and a lot of sports games. One thing that Atari did a deviously good job at was splitting the must-have titles between Volume 1 and Volume 2, making sure that retro fans would pick up both.

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The big issue that past collections have had is properly controlling the games given the change in input devices. A lot of these games used the Atari 2600’s paddle controller, which hasn’t been seen in decades (besides the super rad Nintendo DS accessory Taito put out). Games like Pong and Warlords feel terrible when using an analog stick, as it just doesn’t offer the precision needed for those titles. That’s a problem that Atari Flashback Classics has to tackle, and I feel like they’ve done a pretty solid job even if they didn’t completely solve the issue.

Each paddle game can be played in three ways: A) with the analog stick where it resets to the center after the player lets go of the stick, B) using the D-pad to move the paddle and then holding it there (it doesn’t reset position), and C) using the DualShock 4’s touchpad as a replacement paddle. I found using the touchpad to generally be the best solution (although it varies from game to game), and I actually had a good time playing these titles that are hard to port. It isn’t perfect, but it’s far better than giving players a single option.

Since Atari Flashback Classics is primarily comprised of games from the late ’70s and early ’80s, I was expecting a lot of the games to be dated. That is definitely the case, and quite frankly a lot of the offerings here are titles that I booted up once and never had any desire to play again. That said, while they offer little in the fun department, they do have plenty of historical value and seeing them preserved is great. I’ll never play Black Jack or Slot Machine again, but I’m glad they’re available.

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Some of the surprise stand-outs of Volume 1 ended up being Save Mary, a game where I attempted to save a young girl (who I assume is named Mary) from drowning by lowering blocks she could climb, and Fatal Run, a racing game released in 1989 (yes, somehow the 2600 was still getting new games just a few years before I was born). While neither are as good as Tempest or Millipede, they’re games that I would’ve never played if it wasn’t for this collection, and I feel like that’s why these packages are so important.

While there are probably only a dozen games or so that I actually enjoyed playing (such as 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe, a game I’ve put probably 30 rounds into and lost every single time), that’s more than enough for me. This clearly isn’t about playing the latest and greatest games, it’s about taking a look at the history of gaming, and in that aspect, it totally succeeds.

There are also some really nice extras added in on the presentation side. Players can view the manuals for all of the Atari 2600 titles, which is a really cool and thoughtful thing to do. There is one issue, though, as sadly the photo viewer’s instructions can’t be hidden from the screen, so the bottom of the manuals are often obscured when zoomed in. That’s a bummer, but hopefully it’ll get fixed in a patch. Another awesome touch is that the game’s cartridge artwork are shown when selecting each title. It’s the small things that make a collection like this feel like a labor of love, and not a cash grab on nostalgia.

Finally, there are some great modern additions such as online multiplayer for games (you can even play games while you wait for someone to join your online lobby), and online leaderboards for the arcade games. The multiplayer is where I feel like the game really shines because even if Realsports Boxing is terrible in 2016, I still managed to laugh hysterically while playing it with a buddy. It’s also pretty cool to see that I’m apparently the number 6 player of Black Widow in the entire world (despite being terrible at it). While it doesn’t go as far as Microsoft’s Game Room did in allowing players to view the replays of high-score runs, it’s still a great addition.

Obviously, this package won’t be for everyone. But if you’re looking for a solid way to play Tempest and Centipede, or just looking to learn about the Atari 2600, then I easily recommend this solid retro collection.

This review is based on the PS4 version, which we were provided with.

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‘Power Rangers,’ Netflix and More Dominate New York Comic Con

nycc-logo-largeNew York Comic Con wrapped on Sunday after four jam-packed days of pop culture news.

Thousands gathered from Thursday to Sunday at the Javitz Center in New York City to check out panels and events around hit shows, including “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things,” and upcoming movies like “Power Rangers.”

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Netflix also had a strong showing with its Marvel shows, including a surprise appearance from a possible new villain, played by an iconic actress.

Here’s a breakdown of all the big moments:

“The Defenders”

“Defenders” Assemble!

At the packed main stage Saturday evening, Marvel not only unveiled the new trailer for its upcoming Netflix series “Iron Fist,” but also assembled, for the first time, all of “The Defenders.” There were more surprises: notably, Sigourney Weaver has joined the Marvel family.

As part of a panel with “Iron Fist” star Finn Jones, the head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb brought the house down by calling to the stage Mike Colter, who plays “Luke Cage,” Kristen Ritter, who plays “Jessica Jones,” and Charlie Cox, best known for playing “Daredevil.” Together, the quartet of Marvel’s “street-level” heroes make up the superhero supergroup that will have their own 2017 show on Netflix. “Iron Fist” will be ready to stream in March.

The cast also introduced Weaver — to thunderous applause — as “The Defenders” antagonist, thought the role is still a secret.

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“Power Rangers”

The movie reboot of the hit 1990’s TV show launched a trailer of its own Saturday at Madison Square Garden, an off-site for this year’s Comic Con.

The movie, out on March 24, stars the likes of Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The trailer immediately went viral, earning more than 12 million hits on YouTube alone.

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New York Comic Con 2016 photos: Cosplay and more at Javits Center

Your favorite comic characters, superheroes and villains come to life in midtown for four days each year during New York Comic Con.

The event, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is being held at the Javits Center Oct. 6-9. A few of this year’s panels will also be at Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Ballroom, and other nearby locations to handle the expected 180,000 fans.

Check out these photos of fans dressed in costume.

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The Sega Genesis in 1989

The Sega Genesis, known as the Mega Drive in most regions outside North America, is a 16-bit home video game console which was developed and sold by Sega Enterprises, Ltd. The Genesis was Sega’s third console and the successor to the Master System. Sega first released the console as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988, followed by a North American debut under the Genesis moniker in 1989. In 1990, the console was distributed as the Mega Drive by Virgin Mastertronic in Europe, by Ozisoft in Australasia, and by Tec Toy in Brazil. In South Korea, the systems were distributed by Samsung and were known as the Super Gam*Boy, and later the Super Aladdin Boy.

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Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition Adds a Big Feature to 30 Retro Games

Now that the global insanity surrounding Pokémon Go has finally — and thankfully — subsided, Nintendo’s new NES Classic Edition is expected to unleash another wave of gaming nostalgia when it arrives in stores next month. And now, a new trailer for the miniaturized retro gaming console reveals a new feature that could change the way you play the 30 classic games that come pre-loaded on it: the ability to save your game whenever.

It’s pretty simple: Instead of having to find a save point in the game to secure the progress you’ve made, all you have to do is press the NES Classic Edition’s Reset button and you’ll be taken to the console’s Home screen where you’ll be able to save what’s called a “Suspend Point.” When you’re ready to play again, you’ll be able to pick up exactly where to you left off. Crazy, right? Basically, the feature will make playing games like PAC-MAN, Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and others slightly less maddening.

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Here’s how Nintendo explains the “Suspend Points” function on the NES Classic Edition website:

“Pick up right where you left off with four Suspend Point slots for each game. Just press the Reset button while playing to return to the HOME menu and save your progress to a slot. Have a perfect run going? You can lock your save file and resume at a later time so there’s no danger of losing your progress.”

The console also comes with screen settings like a CRT filter that adds those retro scan lines to your TV screen, a 4:3 mode that horizontally stretches games to better fit your screen, and of course, a “pixel perfect” mode that lets you play the games exactly as they were designed. Likewise, busting out your old hairstyle and denim jacket from 20-something years ago is totally optional. The system comes out on November 11th and will be priced at around $60.

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GameaCon Coming In Novemember……

GameaCon is a conference specifically focused on independent game development. It will bring together the East Coast gaming community from Boston, Pittsburg, New York, New Jersey, Maryland…all the way down to Washington, D.C. in a single unifying event. GameaCon will also provide a bridge between the gaming industry and the consumer base, giving the devs access to fans and an opportunity to engage them. We are expecting an attendance made of game developers, gaming enthusiasts, artists and technologies supporting game development, media specializing in gaming, and college students from institutions with game development programs.

The event will begin with an “industry only” day on November 19th with networking and educational opportunities for industry professionals. Examples of educational offerings include Amazon App Store speak on game/app development topics and an intellectual property lawyer discussing the legal issues surrounding video games. There will be mixers and networking events. November 20-22 will open the conference to the public. Exhibitors will showcase their products in the Grand Exhibition Hall; a Smash Bros. national level tournament will run in the ballroom; Educational discussion will be going on in break rooms around the hall; a corner of the exhibition hall will be set up with a bean bag lounge for socializing and play; a space will be set up for board game developers and board game play.

Here is the link for all info : http://gameacon.com/

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