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A young boy plays through video game history


At The Message, BB pal Andy Baio wrote a fantastic piece about the experiment he is running with his ten-year-old son: What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order?

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eBay: Huge collection of 80s-90s console videogames


On eBay: a massive collection of 5700 console games, 5700+ games, and custom shelves for it all. Buy it now for (gulp) $164,000.

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Tetris, the, er, movie

“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page," said production company Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff. "We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes... What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."

"A ‘Tetris’ Movie Is in the Works" (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Video: montage of arcades in movies

Arcades in movies, 1975-1994.

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Atari ET cartridges from 1982 unearthed in landfill


Remember the vidgame industry legend that in 1983 Atari dumped its stock of the "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill? Well, a pile of what's considered one of the crappiest vidgames in history has been unearthed. And the game's designer Howard Scott Warshaw, now a psychotherapist, was on hand.

"I've been carrying this thing, the theoretically worst video game of all time, for 30 years now," Warshaw said. "It was a game that was done in five weeks. It was a very brief development. I did the best that I could, and that's OK."

"Searchers unearth grave of "E.T.," the video game Atari wanted us to forget" (CNN)

Apps for Kids 055: Badland

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Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

In this episode, we reviewed a side-scrolling action/adventure game with fun physics, called Badland. It's $3.99 for iOS and Android.

And, we present a new "Would you rather?" question:

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Robyn Miller, director of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, takes your questions on Reddit's Ask Me Anything

Robyn Miller, co-creator of the massive hit videogames Myst and Riven, and director of 2013's The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (see my video interview with Robyn here), is going to take questions on Reddit's Ask Me Anything at 11am PT today (27 December 2013).

Robyn as Augustus Gladstone, who wears a toupee because of an absolute lack of hair.