How To Clean Your Games

In a previous article, I outlined the procedure for taking apart your NES console and refurbishing the 72-pin connector. As I had mentioned, the connector is only half of the problem. Over time, the contacts on cartridge games become dirty and oxidized, preventing proper contact with the console. Many games bought on the used market … Read more

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

Although it’s difficult to fathom today, there was a time when computers were not a ubiquitous household appliance, and it took a certain kind of person with a particular set of intellectual abilities to understand, design, and program primitive devices that today would hardly be recognized as a computer. At that time, the word “hacker” … Read more

New Cases for Your Old Games

Back in the good old days, most games didn’t come packaged in a box that was meant to double as a storage case. With the exception of games for Sega’s Master System and Genesis, cartridges generally came packaged in boxes made of card stock that were meant to be thrown away. Most first-party Atari 2600 … Read more

Zap! The Rise and Fall of Atari

Written during the video game crash of 1983, Zap! has an interesting perspective on the world of home interactive entertainment. Common among analysts from that period, Scott Cohen spends considerable time questioning the viability of the home video game market, theorizing that the home computer and its ability to play games, along with the saturation of the … Read more

How to Fix Your Blinking NES

Those of us who grew up playing the original Nintendo Entertainment System remember full well the trials and tribulations of trying to get a game to boot up properly. No one among us hasn’t had to to blow into the business end of a cartridge before sticking it into the NES in order to avoid … Read more

Series Retrospective: Punch-Out!!

“Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” is easily one of the most recognized and beloved games on the NES console, overshadowing the three other games that were part of the franchise in the classic gaming era. Early 80’s arcade denizens will remember the original “Punch-Out!!” game, which was followed up by a lesser known sequel. The final game … Read more