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Retrogaming and TV Commercials: Selling to the Video Game Generation

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This old Retrogaming article (May 2004; with downloadable videos) says: "Nostalgia sells... just look at the number of nostalgia shows on television/TV, like "That 70's Show". As the "arcade generation" grows older and our earning power grows, nostalgia becomes a powerful marketing tool as well.

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Code Monkey -- A World of Warcraft Music Video

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A 3.75 minutes music video, on YouTube and from World of Warcraft that shows an working ape, goblin, and a sexy night elf receptionist.

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Asteroid's Revenge -- A Web Flash game of Asteroids, but reversed.

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Asteroid's Revenge (Mirrors: #1 and #2) is a simple Flash game based on the original vector Asteroid game, but this time the player is the asteroid destroying the shooting space ships.

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Inverse Kinematics (IK) Snake Game -- A modern version of the old classic Snake game.

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Inverse Kinematics (IK) Snake Game is a variation of the classic snake game. The snake uses Inverse Kinematic physics to behave and look like a real snake. Use the left and right arrow keys to turn, eat the mice, and don't go off the screen or hit your own tail!

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Gaming Post-Vista: Myths and Realities

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This Ten Ton Hammer article answers personal computer/PC gamers' question on what's coming their way with Microsoft's newest operating system/OS, Windows Vista. With the PC primed to be the primary distribution platform for gaming categories (like Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing games/MMORPGs in particular) for many years to come, it's important to know exactly what buyers are getting into when Vista rolls out worldwide on January 30, 2007. Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle offers a quick, non-technical rebuttal to several of the more ambitious PC gaming rumors cropping up around the internet.

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UserFriendly shows what future video cards might be like...

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UserFriendly (parts: #1, #2, and #3) shows what the future video cards would be like on gaming computers. Sheesh, I wonder how much that setup costs. :(

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GameTrailers.com's Legend of Zelda Retrospective

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GameTrailers.com has a 54 minutes and 58 seconds on "Legend of Zelda Retrospective".

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World of Warcraft Machinima Contest Winners

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Joystiq lists all eight winning videos and their links to the runners-up in each of the four categories (music video/dance, comedy, short feature, and drama/action) for Blizzard/Xfire-sponsored World of Warcraft machinima contest.

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BBC's Documentary on Tetris -- From Russia With Blocks

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Digg shares a 58 minutes and 52 seconds Google Video (YouTube has a mirror copy in pieces: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, and #11; Youku has a mirror copy from China [slow though unless you're in/near China]) of a rare BBC documentary about Tetris and its creator Alexey Pajitnov. It covers the rivalaries between Nintendo and Atari and the absurdities of buying copyrights for software from a country that doesn't believe in property, much less intellectual property...

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Issues of Computer Gaming World (11/1981 to 11/2006) Archive

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Kotaku mentions the folks at Computer Gaming World (CGW)/1UP.com has an online archive of its magazines from November 1981 (first issue) to November 2006 (final issue). Its first one hundred magazine issues are in Portal Document Format (PDF) for free to download (big as 40 MB) and read. The rest of them are not downloadable and only can view the covers.

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Jun Falkenstein's "The Ballad Of The Noob" -- A funny musical WoW Machina/Video

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The Ballad of the Noob (4.75 minutes long on YouTube) is the tale of an intrepid newbie venturing outside of the safe confines of his starting zone in World of Warcraft (WoW). It is a hilarious 4.75 minutes musical video that shows what happens when a level 1 human n00b/newbie confronts a level 60 Horde.

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Top Gear Battlefield 2 Parody

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Top Gear Battlefield 2/BF2 Parody is a 8.5 minutes video spoof of the original Top Gear's Range Rover Sport vs. Challenger 2 tank (watch the 7.5 minutes video clip on YouTube).

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Red: A new spin on the classic Asteroids and Missile Command games.

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Digg shares a simple, addicting Flash game called "Red" on Newgrounds and its official web site, ArmorGames. It combines the elements of Asteroids and Missile Command games.

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Making Video Games Accessible: Business Justifications and Design Considerations

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/. reports an online Gamasutra story on game publishers and developers, who love to focus on features that will get their titles noticed by the mainstream gaming community, such as graphics and audio. But there is another audience, eager to take part in these games as well. These gamers come from the accessibility community--a community of people with disabilities, as well as those who care about their welfare...

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A Male Restroom Etiquette/Public Service Announcement (PSA) -- A funny video!

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VideoSift shares a hilarious 9 minutes and 56 seconds YouTube video on a male restroom etiquette/public service announcement (PSA). All men of the world can find common ground in these simple rules of "evacuation" etiquette.

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A Student's Homemade Real-Life Half-Life Movie Teaser Trailer

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Blue's News and Kotaku share a student's homemade movie adaptation teaser trailer of Half-Life game. It is 58 seconds long and available on YouTube. The game was a hit PC in 1999 and developed by Valve Software. The trailer was edited together from all original footage.

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Global Gaming League/GGL's First Annual Top Gaming American Colleges/Universities Survey

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A growing number of students are choosing colleges/universities based on their compatibility with video gaming. Super high/hi-speed network connections and dedicated servers, big-screen televisions/TVs in lounges, gaming-related classes, social events centering around local area network/LAN parties and perks like free download licensing are increasingly part of the lure of certain schools.

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