Category Archives: Video Games

Favorite Things: iCade by Ion Audio

The iCade by Ion Audio started life as an elaborate hoax by the fine folks over at ThinkGeek. Real world demand was so high for this mini arcade wonder for Apple’s tablet that ThinkGeek paired up with Ion Audio to bring it to life.

I wanted an iCade even before I had an iPad. And after owning one for several months it’s become one of my favorite things.

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The iCade pairs with your iPad as a BlueTooth keyboard. It has an extremely authentic and functional joystick along with real, honest-to-goodness analog buttons. Best of all, they nailed it on looks—the iCade cabinet looks like it could have come straight out of your local pizza joint.

Touch controls have ushered in a whole new UI for gameplay mechanics. These new controls aren’t necessarily the best for platformers or traditional arcade games; they still work best with physical controls.

As for games, the iCade is no slouch in that respect. At present count there are over 400 games with support for the iCade with more being added all the time. A complete list compatible games can be found here.

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If you get an iCade your first download should be Atari’s Greatest Hits. It’s free and comes with a couple of vintage hits from their catalog. Classics like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Breakout, and more can be purchased in-app.

Another must-buy, Midway Arcade, recently added iCade support. For a $0.99 it comes with 10 games including such arcade staples as Joust and Defender. I spent the extra buck via in-app-purchase to add Gauntlet and Gauntlet II (“Red Wizard needs food, badly!”) and Wizards of Wor.

I’m happy to say that the iCade works as advertised. It’s a retrogaming powerhouse that takes me back to a time when I couldn’t get enough quarters to pump into the local arcade.

As much as I’d like to, I doubt I’ll ever own an actual arcade cabinet. For under a hundred dollars (plus the cost of an iPad) the iCade is the next best thing. You can buy an iCade from ThinkGeek.

What games would like to see on the iCade? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

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Download Back to the Future for Free! (Game)

Guybrush Threepwood

Image via Wikipedia

For a limited time Telltale Games is offering Back to the Future—Episdoe 1 as a free download for both Mac and PC.

Telltale games have done an excellent job of resurrecting the Adventure Game as a genre and have put out some really fun games featuring Strongbad, Sam & Max, as well as Guybrush Threepwood.

Download with confidence—I’m sure this will be great!

Mario Wallpapers

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Photo via my flickr

Just for fun, I took some pictures of some Super Mario toys our kids found inside a few Furuta Choco Eggs while in Singapore. The chocolate is OK, but the toys are fantastic.

I’ve uploaded the pictures to a collection of desktop wallpapers I’ve created on Flickr.

It’sa Me, Mario!

Itsa Me, Mario!
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Toad Says Hi

Toad Says Hi
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Photo via my flickr

Wario Wants to Take You to the Gun Show

Wario wants to take you to the gun show
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Photo via my flickr

Yoshi on the Run

Yoshi is on the run
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Photo via my flickr

What’s the best or strangest thing you’ve ever gotten out of an egg (other than the obvious)? Was it worth turning into a wallpaper? Sound off in the comments below.

Maybe a Dingoo Ate Your Baby

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Because I’m a geek and because I have a wife who puts up with me, I got an A-320 Dingoo Digital for Father’s Day. I’ve been meaning to write about it ever since, but I’ve been too “busy” playing with the darn thing ever since I picked it up.

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The Dingoo is a small, handheld videogame console that at first glance appears to be a cheap Game Boy Micro knock-off. Upon further examination, it is capable of much more. The Dingoo is an emulator and media player.

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Out of the box, the Dingoo plays Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance, NeoGeo, and CPS1/CPS2 games. You’ll have to supply your own roms, or find your own. The device ships with six 3D games of varying quality as well. The four GB of internal storage should be more than adequate for most gamers, but should you fill that up you can add additional storage via the miniSD card slot.

Dingoo running Metal Slug

Unlike so many gadgets these days, the Dingoo actually comes with all the cables you need for it. Included are a USB cable, charger/adapter, and TV-out cable.

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There’s something extremely satisfying about playing games from my childhood on nice, big TV.

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With the Dingoo, I can play the best of Mario, Sonic, Link, and Samus whenever I want to. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it anyone looking for classic gaming on the go.

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