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Favorite Christmas Gaming Memory

This story is inspired by the Gameroom Junkies call to action on Facebook this morning. So, here is the story I shared with them.

My fondest Christmas gaming memory is the morning a computer desk and Atari 520 ST mysteriously appeared in our living room overnight!

It was our 2nd computer, we had gotten a Vic 20 a couple of Christmases before. While I have vague memories of typing seemingly random symbols to run games off of a cassette tape. I remember very clearly sitting in a chair next to my dad on Christmas morning and playing King’s Quest II together.

This was my first social gaming experience. My mom, dad, sister, and I would all crowd around that 12 inch color monitor. My dad would control King Graham while we all suggested what we should do next. I remember being really startled the first time that witch from the cave appeared. That spooky tune is stuck in my head to this day! πŸ™‚

Audio Source: VGMPF

Happy Holidays!

My Path to iPad Devlopment

Waiting for an excuse to learn

I have been wanting to learn to develop for mobile devices since I got my first Windows Mobile phone six years ago. At the time my attention was occupied with the impending birth of my first son, and the traumatic transition from working life1 to becoming a stay-at-home parent.

I want an iPhone… never mind, I want a Droid!

Two years ago my wife and I were wanting to treat ourselves to iPhones… then Verizon launched the Motorola Droid.2 By this time our second son was 1-year-old and I was too busy raising two young boys.

The path to an iPad (and to an iPhone for the wife).

This summer, Google launched the “Honeycomb” version of Android meant for Tablet devices.3 Although I had trouble justifying why I needed one, I bought an Android tablet. I found it quite handy and my 5-year-old, my wife, and I all got addicted to playing Plants vs Zombies. It was clear we needed a second tablet. To justify buying an iPad we did some research and found a bunch of nice educational apps/games for our boys to play and learn at the same time… oh and PvZ was available on the iPad as well. My wife enjoyed the iPad enough that she traded her Droid for an iPhone 4S.

An opportunity appears.

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Played a couple of games pinball today

A couple of months ago I shorted a switch to a coil on Medieval Madness killing multiple components. I spent several weeks following the troubleshooting guide (“Check Fuse F106/F101“)Β and replacing almost every recommended part without fixing the problem. Every time I have thought about playing pinball since then, I’d look over at Medieval Madness and feel too guilty to play another machine.

This week I handed my game boards over to Pat at Endless Pinball for some professional troubleshooting. Now that the guilt has lifted I played a couple of games on Pirates of the Caribbean at home this morning. πŸ™‚

The Night We Booed “The Best Band in the World” off the Stage

I went to a Tool concert (they were a heavy rock band) in the mid 90’s with my sister! The opening band was a couple of overweight balding guys playing folky rock guitar music. I didn’t know who they were at the time, but apparently I was in the minority of those who were enjoying their music. Because midway through the first song most of the crowd was booing and chanting “Tool, Tool, Tool”. They persevered and played at least 4 or 5 songs though the taunting.

Then the main act Tool came on stage, of course their was a loud cheer from the crowd. They had succeeded in getting their band on the stage sooner! Then the lead singer steps up to the mic and proceeds to chew us out for giving the opening act such a hard time, then they started into sound track of squealing tires and feedback that probably looped for a half hour before someone finally pulled the plug and we all went home.

A few years later, my sister and I went to a concert at the same arena to see this great new band fun rock band. I had one of their albums and really enjoyed their music. So, they get up on stage and say “So, the last time we were here, you guys didn’t give us such a warm welcome.” Then it hit me… the Tool concert crowd had booed Jack Black’s Tenacious D off the stage!

I have to admit as much as I enjoyed their music, silly rock is an odd choice for an opening band for a heavy rock concert. πŸ™‚

Arcade Trip Horror Story!

So there is an arcade collector I know and his name is Jeff Rothe. Recently he planned a very full weekend of picking up and delivering arcade games spanning from his home in Indiana to St Louis to Chicago and home.

Apparently it was one of those trips where anything and everything went wrong… and then some! Well, short of destroying the games. So much happened over this weekend, that his story took 5 posts to complete!

This is my attempt to summarize Jeff’s odyssey into a list of events.

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