Old School Gaming

Unified Theory of Racing Maps

Auto Racing

Did you ever play a racing game and wonder just what the world of the tracks might look like? One fine denizen of the interwebs wondered just that, way back in the early days of home gaming consoles. But better than just wondering, he was motivated to follow through, all these years later.

When I was very young, back in the late seventies and early eighties, my friends and I loved playing games for the Atari 2600, the Intellivision, and the ColecoVision. My family owned the Intelivision and one of our favorite games for that system was Auto Racing.

At some point, my friends and I discovered that if one drove carefully off-road, it was possible to reach one of the other tracks from the one you were currently driving on. And then we realized that the tracks listed in the manual existed inside one giant map and all were interconnected. To my ten year old mind, this was fascinating… it was like discovering a treasure map. We tried to draw out the map as we explored but with limited success.

As years passed I would from time to time think of our virtual explorations, still curious as to what that hidden, giant map really looked like.

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Weekend Entertainment

Home Movies, Now In Theaters

Just like RPGs, your party is brainless, heartless, and cowardly.

Still need to try this with Dark Side Of The Moon.

My mom looked forward to the Wizard of Oz coming on TV once a year, never knowing that the land of Oz changed to color, because they only rented a color TV once a year for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. I came along well after VHS defeated Betamax. She would tape Sesame Street to play on Saturdays, because I didn’t understand weekend TV schedules. It was no use arguing with me.
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Shutdown: Ad Birds


Somewhat predictably, about 10 minutes later you could still read the outline of the letters in the square, in a substance certainly related to the pigeons.

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Shutdown: Depths of Fashion

Underwater Fashion

My favorite is the steel barrel with the bare sleeves!

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Shutdown: Two TVs!!


As a one tv family, with no cable, no satellite, no such way to watch that televised spectacle yesterday, this seemed appropriate.

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Shutdown: Can It Be Done?


Maybe someday, perhaps.

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Shutdown: Boom


It’s time to buzz the tower.

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Shutdown: Cluster-something


I rather not stand outside for this one.

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Shutdown: Not a Fanboi


Someone clearly only likes one of their new toys.

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Shutdown: APC vs. Tank


Although the after picture of the tank might just look identical to the before.

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