Travel back in time to the decade that kick-started the home personal computer boom: the 1980s.
Hands up if you owned a computer in the 80s! After making some tentative steps in the late 70s, the 1980s saw home computing really take off. Back then, no young adult’s bedroom was complete without a computer, tape deck, and trusty joystick on display.
Before there was Battlefield 3, the Call of Duty franchise, Skyrim, and even the original Grand Theft Auto (never mind the upcoming GTA V release), there was, well, Centipede. And Pong, Asteroids, Adventure, and scores of other blocky titles for the Atari 2600 and related consoles. Now you can relive some of those nostalgic gaming moments on your Android device.
Sometimes the old school is still the best school where gaming is concerned. Tetherball and the Dungeons & Dragons Red Box are great examples of this, and for this edition of Chrome Web app of the Week, Atari's Tempest fits the bill. Released in 1980, this paddle-controlled monster saw arcade-goers run through quarters faster than poop through a goose, and no wonder: 31 years later, with its simple vector graphics and frantic gameplay, Tempest can still hold its own against any modern action game you'd care to name.
If you were born in the 70s or 80s, chances are good that a big part of your childhood was spent wasting quarters at the local arcade, or in front of the Pac-Man machine at your local pizza place. Sure, games have become a lot more complex since then, but the old titles had a lot of charm, and in some cases a level of skill and patience-rewarding challenge that hasn’t been matched since.
Sadly, the arcade is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Now that PCs and game consoles have become so powerful, the only way for arcades to compete has been to offer games with enormous, complicated controls, which end up costing a dollar or more per play. And besides, that’s only if you happen to live next to one of the very few remaining full-sized arcades. For most people, the closest thing they’ve got to an arcade is the worn-out Initial D machine at their local multiplex.
But you can bring the classic arcade experience back to life, in your own house. With a MAME arcade machine, you and your friends can play your favorite old games, on the authentic controls they were made for. In this article, we’re going to show you, step-by-step and with a lot of pictures, exactly how to build the custom arcade machine you’ve always dreamed about using old PC parts. We’re going to describe how we built our MAME cabinet, but we’re also going to describe all the choices we made along the way, including cabinet style, monitor and controls, so you can put together a machine that’s just right for you.
An old business card of “William H. Gates” showed up in a slide show presentation from showed up in a presentation on CNN.com, complete with the funky 70’s flavor Microsoft logo. Armed with this information (and when I complete my Delorian time machine), I can go back in time and warn him of his impending traffic violation with mug shot photos.
Hopefully, I can convince him to give me an executive position in his company (with stock options) in the future. Maybe I can also warn him off of the fashion faux pas of hanging tough in that preppy sweater with the leather jacket and Harley Davidson hat. Sure, it says “geek”, but not in a good way.