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2010 Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament

Posted by Rob Maerz on September 17, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Originally published in Classic Video Gamer magazine


The greatest classic video gamers in the world today travelled from all corners of the United States and descended upon Richie Knucklez Arcade in Flemington, NJ for three days of competition beginning March 19, 2010. CVG has exclusive coverage of this prestigious and competitive tournament organized by Mark Alpiger which featured 42 competitors including notables Donald Hayes, Jason Cram, David Race, David Nel...

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Xevious (2600) Prototype

Posted by Rob Maerz on September 1, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The articles I read recently discussing the Xevious 2600 prototype state that the prototype cartridge was acquired by an organization called the Digital Museum but no additional information on how they acquired it.


Nevertheless, somebody sent me the ROM called "Fix_v0.03" which you can download here. Go ahead and play it in an emulator like Stella or copy it to your Harmony cart and play it on a 2600...

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Pac-Man 8K (Atari 2600)

Posted by Rob Maerz on August 14, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

According to the developer, work on Pac-Man 8K for the Atari 2600 began in 2007. It's a project that was left abandoned until work resumed in 2013.


I played the latest release of Pac-Man 8K called version 5 on actual hardware and it looks and sounds great. In my opinion, this game has the potential to become the greatest home brew ever released for the Atari 2600. I would love to see a turbo option added to the final release.


You can follow the project on A...

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ReplayFX Expo 2015

Posted by Rob Maerz on August 13, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I originally posted this to the forum on ClassicArcadeGaming.com and thought it would be appropriate as a blog posted to my web site. These are some thoughts coming away from the ReplayFX expo that was held in Pittsburgh July 30 - August 2, 2015. Be sure to view the walk through video I did on my YouTube channel TheRetrocade.

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PA Coin-Op Hall of Fame

Posted by Rob Maerz on August 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

On my trip to Pittsburgh to attend the ReplayFX expo, I made it a point to visit the PA Coin-Op Hall of Fame in Hopewell Township, PA which is about 40 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh.

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After my first visit to Funspot in 2010, I posted on social media and forums numerous times that if you love golden...

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Game Bashing: Interview With Organizers of TooManyGames Expo

Posted by Rob Maerz on June 23, 2015 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Game Bashing


Behind the Scenes with Convention Organizers Chuck Whitby and Paul Truitt.


Originally published in Classic Video Gamer magazine


 

What do you guys do when you’re not organizing these conventions?


Whitby: Right now I'm working two part time jobs and just finished school and an internship for the local conglomerate of doctor's offices. During the week I work at Challe...

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The Chuck (Interview With GameGavel.com's Mike Kennedy)

Posted by Rob Maerz on January 14, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

THE CHUCK

Mike Kennedy is Determined to Get You to Kick the eBay Habit and Go For a Ride on the GameGavel Wagon

Originally published in Classic Video Gamer magazine


 

 

An eBay member since 1997, Mike Kennedy saw the online auction giant losing focus of what had made it successful. Knowing that video games are a large niche to support a d...

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Brewskis: Quenching the Thirst for Fresh ColecoVision Titles

Posted by Rob Maerz on December 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Brewskis: Quenching the Thirst for Fresh ColecoVision Titles

Originally published in Classic Video Gamer magazine


In the summer of 1982, the ColecoVision’s release meant doomsday for the Atari 2600 and Mattel’s Intellivision home consoles. Coleco’s “Arcade Quality Video Game System” was released with the smash pack-in game Donkey Kong and solidified the system as an instant success selling out all 500,000 units in its initia...

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Game Over: 30 Years After Pac-Man Fever, Arcades Struggle to Stay Alive

Posted by Rob Maerz on December 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Game Over: 30 Years After Pac-Man Fever, Arcades Struggle to Stay Alive

Originally published in Classic Video Gamer magazine


 

I was fortunate to grow up in the arcades during the classic gaming boom. Those old black and white games like Tank, Pong and Speed Race could be played on cabinets found in bowling alleys and department stores. To play Space Invaders and Death Race in a packed arcade on a Friday night or Pong and Space Fury in the bac...

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Five Questions With CollectorVision Founder Jean-Francois Dupuis

Posted by Rob Maerz on December 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Five Questions With CollectorVision Founder Jean-Francois Dupuis

Originally published in Retrocade Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1


Why port Mario Bros. to the ColecoVision?

Dupuis: At first, Opcode was supposed to make it. But in 2008, Eduardo Mello announced that he was quitting the homebrew scene (which he didn’t do). So, I decided to make Mario Bros. because I did want to see this title on the ColecoVision since the 80s.


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