Oct 19, 2017

Melynie the Defender

Melynie the Defender (1985)
Using a kitchen colander as a space helmet, Melynie pilots her starship while blasting enemy ships and rescuing the humans on Defender for the Atari 2600 on a black and white television.  The wood paneling and the table covered in Tomy Pocket Games complete this scene from the 80's.  Shared by Melynie Withington [source]

Oct 16, 2017

Super Mario Makeup

Super Mario Bros. Makeup
Shu Uemura
With names like Fire Flower, Saved Peach and Stage Cleared, the Super Mario Bros. Holiday Collection from Shu Uemura offers gamer girls (and boys) a way to feel like a different kind of princess.  Enjoy these after a Sonic The Hedgehog Sephora skin firming treatment to re-live the 16 bit wars on your face.

Oct 15, 2017

Christmas in October: 1989

Kay Bee Toys flyer
October, 1989
This sale from 28 years ago was distributed only a couple of months after the Nintendo Game Boy was introduced in the United States.  Prior to the Game Boy, the portable game market was dominated by LCD games from companies like Tiger Electronics, and even those who worked at Nintendo weren't convinced that it would be a success.  Before the end of its life cycle, the Game Boy would go on to sell over 118 million units.

Oct 2, 2017

Atari Prices Zapped

Atari Prices Zapped
May 1983 newspaper ad
Retro gamer Donny Shot discovered this newspaper ad while going through old boxes and shared it on the Old Made New Facebook group.  This was the very early stages of the video game crash.  Prices would drop to as low as .99 cents for these titles a year after this ad was published.

Oct 1, 2017

The Waste Land

...And I will show you something different from either
your shadow at morning striding behind you
or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

- The Waste Lands
T.S. Eliot

One of the most powerful uses of the written word was first published 95 years ago today.  Click here to read the full poem at Project Gutenberg