Retrospectives, Video games

Nostalgia overload: Back in the 80s…

I was telling the kids about the days when arcade games were ubiquitous. When we lived in Pine Avenue, Elwood in the early 80s, the local milkbar on Ormond Road had a Donkey Kong Junior machine, for instance. But a short bus ride away in St Kilda was video game heaven. For starters, Luna Park (which in Melbourne was and is free to enter; unlike Sydney, you only pay for the rides), had a shed

transport, Video games

Three brief PT things

Yearly: Beat the price rise Just bought my new Yearly ticket via PTUA Commuter Club. It'll take a couple of weeks to arrive, but it means I'll beat the March 12th price rise. PTUA Commuter Club Yearly plus membership: Z1 = $1090 (order by end of Feb; payment must clear by March 3rd). Will go up about 3% after that. 365 day Myki Pass (Yearly Metcards are no longer on sale): Z1 = $1170 unti

Film, Retrospectives, Video games

The toy of the movie of the game

Spotted in K-Mart: Lego Prince of Persia. So let me get this straight... this is the toy of the movie of the video game. I wonder if there'll be (as there was with Star Wars and others) a Lego video game of it. That would be the game of the toy of the movie of the game. (I remember playing the original Prince of Persia game in my uni days. Despite being a fan of the platform genre, I

transport, Video games

Retro trains

Melbourne's Comeng trains date back to the early 1980s, about the same time us Gen-Xers were cutting our video game teeth with Donkey Kong and Space Invaders. (Original unmodified pic) There's certainly other things of the 80s around the place on the train network, for instance this sign on a now unused gate at Caulfield Station. (Since then we've had a new Met logo, then Bayside Trains, t

Video games

The hero

A while back we were in EB Games in Swanston Street having a look at the big Nintendo area on the first floor. Jeremy sat and played a bit of New Super Mario Brothers with another kid. Both being experienced players, they gave the very last level a go. But towards the end, Jeremy's character fell into the lava or got hit by a fireball or something, and his game ended. The other kid kept playing