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  1. A couple years back, we told you about how the Internet Archive had added 2,400 MS-DOS games to its collection. That number of MS-DOS titles has since grown to over 4,000, but there are actually almost double that number of gaming titles that archived from other systems and consoles. The current total number of explorable gaming software on the Archive stands at 7,700. That's a lot of games! The console collection of The Internet Archive includes a staggering number of obscure systems. Ever wondered what it was like to play a Fairchild Channel F? They have 45 games anyone can try out. Never heard of the Epoch Game Pocket Computer? You can play five of those titles. In fact, there are 27 collections of uploaded and emulated software available, including over 1,500 Sega games across four of their consoles. Below you can find a comprehensive list of the consoles, the number of games in the collection, and links to their related collections on Internet Archive: Amstrad GX-4000 - 23 APF-MP1000 - 15 Atari 2600 - 519 Atari 5200 - 43 Atari 7800 – 73 Bally Astrocade - 20 Bandai Super Vision 8000 - 7 Coleco Colecovision - 234 Emerson Arcadia – 58 Entex Adventure Vision - 4 Epoch Game Pocket Computer - 5 Epoch Super Cassette Vision - 31 The Fairchild Channel F – 45 Magnavox Odyssey 2 – 122 Mattel Aquarius - 13 Mattel Intelevision - 21 Mega Duck WG-108 - 9 Neo Geo Pocket/Pocket Color – 316 Sega Game Gear - 446 Sega Genesis - 575 Sega Master System - 563 Sega SG-1000 - 74 Socrates - 8 Shoot ‘Em Up Construction Kit games - 323 Super A’Can – 9 VTech Creativision - 17 Watara Supervision - 44 However, are all of those games worth looking into? That answer is definitely a bit hazy. While Internet Archive can successfully emulate all of these titles, the controls and responsiveness of said games leaves a lot to be desired. The ideal way to play these is definitely not on the Archive, but it stands as a useful repository of history and research for those who want to know more about gaming's past. The uploaded titles include unfinished prototypes and builds for various games, too! Just be warned - there are a lot of... eccentric titles on the Internet Archive that have been made by homebrew developers and may contain some explicit material. View full article
  2. A couple years back, we told you about how the Internet Archive had added 2,400 MS-DOS games to its collection. That number of MS-DOS titles has since grown to over 4,000, but there are actually almost double that number of gaming titles that archived from other systems and consoles. The current total number of explorable gaming software on the Archive stands at 7,700. That's a lot of games! The console collection of The Internet Archive includes a staggering number of obscure systems. Ever wondered what it was like to play a Fairchild Channel F? They have 45 games anyone can try out. Never heard of the Epoch Game Pocket Computer? You can play five of those titles. In fact, there are 27 collections of uploaded and emulated software available, including over 1,500 Sega games across four of their consoles. Below you can find a comprehensive list of the consoles, the number of games in the collection, and links to their related collections on Internet Archive: Amstrad GX-4000 - 23 APF-MP1000 - 15 Atari 2600 - 519 Atari 5200 - 43 Atari 7800 – 73 Bally Astrocade - 20 Bandai Super Vision 8000 - 7 Coleco Colecovision - 234 Emerson Arcadia – 58 Entex Adventure Vision - 4 Epoch Game Pocket Computer - 5 Epoch Super Cassette Vision - 31 The Fairchild Channel F – 45 Magnavox Odyssey 2 – 122 Mattel Aquarius - 13 Mattel Intelevision - 21 Mega Duck WG-108 - 9 Neo Geo Pocket/Pocket Color – 316 Sega Game Gear - 446 Sega Genesis - 575 Sega Master System - 563 Sega SG-1000 - 74 Socrates - 8 Shoot ‘Em Up Construction Kit games - 323 Super A’Can – 9 VTech Creativision - 17 Watara Supervision - 44 However, are all of those games worth looking into? That answer is definitely a bit hazy. While Internet Archive can successfully emulate all of these titles, the controls and responsiveness of said games leaves a lot to be desired. The ideal way to play these is definitely not on the Archive, but it stands as a useful repository of history and research for those who want to know more about gaming's past. The uploaded titles include unfinished prototypes and builds for various games, too! Just be warned - there are a lot of... eccentric titles on the Internet Archive that have been made by homebrew developers and may contain some explicit material.
  3. Hamster Corporation has slowly been making a name for themselves as a company that brings old games to new consoles. The past several months have seen the company bringing a number of high profile titles to PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The ongoing project to make these older games compatible began in 2014 with the release of Rygar to test the market and has only gained steam in subsequent years. The full list of games that will be available by the beginning of April of this year has reached over 70 titles. It's a pretty great slice of gaming history that stretches from 1980 to 2000. A subset of those games belong to the ACA Neo Geo series, an effort to remaster and emulate games from the Neo Geo. Seems pretty standard, right? Well, the neat thing about the ACA Neo Geo series is that the games emulate the arcade cabinet versions of gems like King of Fighters, Metal Slug, and Fatal Fury, rather than the console version as past re-releases have done. If you're looking to get in touch with gaming's roots, these might be the perfect place to start without having to scour eBay for expensive, old systems and games.
  4. Hamster Corporation has slowly been making a name for themselves as a company that brings old games to new consoles. The past several months have seen the company bringing a number of high profile titles to PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The ongoing project to make these older games compatible began in 2014 with the release of Rygar to test the market and has only gained steam in subsequent years. The full list of games that will be available by the beginning of April of this year has reached over 70 titles. It's a pretty great slice of gaming history that stretches from 1980 to 2000. A subset of those games belong to the ACA Neo Geo series, an effort to remaster and emulate games from the Neo Geo. Seems pretty standard, right? Well, the neat thing about the ACA Neo Geo series is that the games emulate the arcade cabinet versions of gems like King of Fighters, Metal Slug, and Fatal Fury, rather than the console version as past re-releases have done. If you're looking to get in touch with gaming's roots, these might be the perfect place to start without having to scour eBay for expensive, old systems and games. View full article
  5. Ubisoft has been giving away free games every month for the last quarter of 2016 to celebrate their 30th anniversary and they just kicked off their finale. Beginning last Thursday, Ubisoft began celebrating the end of the year with a promise to give away something free to people with an Ubisoft account every day until December 23. That's 30 days of free stuff! Of course, now the question becomes if the free stuff on offer is interesting. The deal began last week, so some of the mystery has been unraveled. The first day giveaway is a copy of the original Rayman on mobile devices and can still be downloaded. The second day Ubisoft redirected to their Black Friday store deals. The third, fourth, and fifth days revealed less exciting free things: E3 poster downloads, a GIF for the Ubisoft anniversary, and For Honor GIFs, respectively. Those rewards might not seem terribly exciting, but I'd be willing to be better giveaways are in store going forward - besides, the giveaways are free! You can head over to the Ubisoft Holiday Calendar to sign in or create an Ubisoft account and keep track of all the free goodies for yourself. Don't forget to also check in to see what game they are giving away for the month of December, which has yet to be announced, and snag November's free title, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. View full article
  6. Ubisoft has been giving away free games every month for the last quarter of 2016 to celebrate their 30th anniversary and they just kicked off their finale. Beginning last Thursday, Ubisoft began celebrating the end of the year with a promise to give away something free to people with an Ubisoft account every day until December 23. That's 30 days of free stuff! Of course, now the question becomes if the free stuff on offer is interesting. The deal began last week, so some of the mystery has been unraveled. The first day giveaway is a copy of the original Rayman on mobile devices and can still be downloaded. The second day Ubisoft redirected to their Black Friday store deals. The third, fourth, and fifth days revealed less exciting free things: E3 poster downloads, a GIF for the Ubisoft anniversary, and For Honor GIFs, respectively. Those rewards might not seem terribly exciting, but I'd be willing to be better giveaways are in store going forward - besides, the giveaways are free! You can head over to the Ubisoft Holiday Calendar to sign in or create an Ubisoft account and keep track of all the free goodies for yourself. Don't forget to also check in to see what game they are giving away for the month of December, which has yet to be announced, and snag November's free title, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
  7. Beginning January 1, 2015, Disney's Marvel will become the new steward for Star Wars in its comic form. Dark Horse Comics will lose their right to distribute their 24 year digital backlog meaning that those digital issues will disappear, possibly forever. The good news? Dark Horse is sending off their era of Star Wars by offering 50% off the entire collection. For $300, consumers can own the past 24 years of Dark Horse Star Wars, valued at a little over $2,700. This includes everything about Knights of the Old Republic, the Clone Wars, Dawn of the Jedi, Dark Empire, and more. Sure, the stories contained in Dark Horse Comic's combined 28,353 pages might not be canon anymore, but the stories are still great (Dark Empire is a must read) and the artwork remains gorgeous.
  8. Beginning January 1, 2015, Disney's Marvel will become the new steward for Star Wars in its comic form. Dark Horse Comics will lose their right to distribute their 24 year digital backlog meaning that those digital issues will disappear, possibly forever. The good news? Dark Horse is sending off their era of Star Wars by offering 50% off the entire collection. For $300, consumers can own the past 24 years of Dark Horse Star Wars, valued at a little over $2,700. This includes everything about Knights of the Old Republic, the Clone Wars, Dawn of the Jedi, Dark Empire, and more. Sure, the stories contained in Dark Horse Comic's combined 28,353 pages might not be canon anymore, but the stories are still great (Dark Empire is a must read) and the artwork remains gorgeous. View full article
  9. The video game industry has been going through some rough times lately, but one of the most disturbing trends has been the rise of swatting, the act of calling in a fake active shooter to summon a SWAT team to an unsuspecting streamer's location. The term swatting was coined in 2008 by the FBI, which states that these so-called 'pranks' pose a severe risk to the individuals who are being swatted, the responding officers who might encounter residents resisting a sudden home invasion, and the community that might require a SWAT team elsewhere. Besides the physical risks involved, each prank costs roughly $10,000 to mobilize the necessary equipment and officers. Though swatting first surfaced in 2008, it has only been recently that it has gained prominence. In 2013, many high profile celebrities were targeted ranging from Justin Beieber to Clint Eastwood. However, 2014 seems to have been a year during which more average people have been the victims of such attacks. The people apprehended for these crimes (because that's what swatting is: a crime), have tended to be younger tech-savvy men. One 16-year-old was caught in connection with over thirty swatting incidents and brought up on over sixty charges. There doesn't seem to be much data on how often crimes like this occur, but it does seem to be increasing with several cases making the rounds through media over the last few months. That brings us to Twitch streamer and YouTuber, Maxcuster X. He decided to stream some Call of Duty with his wife a few weeks ago. After their stream had gone on for about two hours, trolls started disrupting the chat and soon there were some posting their home address. Then, as the stream was winding down, one of the couple's children noticed a police car on the street. Maxcuster X and his family had been swatted and there were armed men outside their home. That is not a prank. Luckily, Maxcuster X and his wife were able to deescalate the situation, but the SWAT team still had to go through their house and follow procedure. Later, he gave a full, sobering account of the ordeal in a video posted to his YouTube channel. Now you ask yourself why could this happen to me? Why? I'm a nice guy! It doesn't matter if you're nice. It doesn't matter if you are an angel. It doesn't matter if you are a douchebag or somebody who isn't very nice. Somebody who has no manners, who doesn't care. When these people go out there, they're already starting their party. They are just sitting on their computer picking thumbnails and looking at each one of us, YouTube, Twitch, people that are on playing games, Twitter. It doesn't matter who you are. They'll pick you like it's a game and they'll say, "Okay, this one looks interesting. Let's do it to him. Let's order twenty pizzas and then the SWAT team." So there's really nothing you can do. You can be the nicest or most horrible person, you'll still have the risk of getting this. How can you prevent this? Do not have internet. Get off the grid. But of course you're not going to do this. We live in a connected world. I didn't get off the internet, I didn't stop gaming. We're never going to do this, because all we live with this connection. This is a very real possibility for people who stream their games online. Maxcuster X suggests that the best people can do is for individuals to monitor their chats. If people are throwing around suspicious comments, pause and make sure something isn't going down, possibly even call 911 to make sure everything is alright. The FBI suggests filing a police report if someone makes a swatting threat so that the police know if SWAT is called it could be a hoax. Streaming via Twitch is one of the most popular ways that the Extra Life community has shown support in the past, so this is a troubling state of affairs. If you stream, please be vigilant and safe.
  10. The video game industry has been going through some rough times lately, but one of the most disturbing trends has been the rise of swatting, the act of calling in a fake active shooter to summon a SWAT team to an unsuspecting streamer's location. The term swatting was coined in 2008 by the FBI, which states that these so-called 'pranks' pose a severe risk to the individuals who are being swatted, the responding officers who might encounter residents resisting a sudden home invasion, and the community that might require a SWAT team elsewhere. Besides the physical risks involved, each prank costs roughly $10,000 to mobilize the necessary equipment and officers. Though swatting first surfaced in 2008, it has only been recently that it has gained prominence. In 2013, many high profile celebrities were targeted ranging from Justin Beieber to Clint Eastwood. However, 2014 seems to have been a year during which more average people have been the victims of such attacks. The people apprehended for these crimes (because that's what swatting is: a crime), have tended to be younger tech-savvy men. One 16-year-old was caught in connection with over thirty swatting incidents and brought up on over sixty charges. There doesn't seem to be much data on how often crimes like this occur, but it does seem to be increasing with several cases making the rounds through media over the last few months. That brings us to Twitch streamer and YouTuber, Maxcuster X. He decided to stream some Call of Duty with his wife a few weeks ago. After their stream had gone on for about two hours, trolls started disrupting the chat and soon there were some posting their home address. Then, as the stream was winding down, one of the couple's children noticed a police car on the street. Maxcuster X and his family had been swatted and there were armed men outside their home. That is not a prank. Luckily, Maxcuster X and his wife were able to deescalate the situation, but the SWAT team still had to go through their house and follow procedure. Later, he gave a full, sobering account of the ordeal in a video posted to his YouTube channel. Now you ask yourself why could this happen to me? Why? I'm a nice guy! It doesn't matter if you're nice. It doesn't matter if you are an angel. It doesn't matter if you are a douchebag or somebody who isn't very nice. Somebody who has no manners, who doesn't care. When these people go out there, they're already starting their party. They are just sitting on their computer picking thumbnails and looking at each one of us, YouTube, Twitch, people that are on playing games, Twitter. It doesn't matter who you are. They'll pick you like it's a game and they'll say, "Okay, this one looks interesting. Let's do it to him. Let's order twenty pizzas and then the SWAT team." So there's really nothing you can do. You can be the nicest or most horrible person, you'll still have the risk of getting this. How can you prevent this? Do not have internet. Get off the grid. But of course you're not going to do this. We live in a connected world. I didn't get off the internet, I didn't stop gaming. We're never going to do this, because all we live with this connection. This is a very real possibility for people who stream their games online. Maxcuster X suggests that the best people can do is for individuals to monitor their chats. If people are throwing around suspicious comments, pause and make sure something isn't going down, possibly even call 911 to make sure everything is alright. The FBI suggests filing a police report if someone makes a swatting threat so that the police know if SWAT is called it could be a hoax. Streaming via Twitch is one of the most popular ways that the Extra Life community has shown support in the past, so this is a troubling state of affairs. If you stream, please be vigilant and safe. View full article
  11. If you played Capcom’s open world, monster-slaying adventure and are planning to revisit the world of Gransys by playing through the New Game Plus mode or via the recently released Dark Arisen expansion, you may want to back up your save data. A recent game patch had the unintentional side-effect of rendering some player’s save data unloadable or unable to be saved from the last point the game was saved. Capcom suggests a temporary solution for those who have yet to update their game: “To prevent the possibility of permanent loss of your data, please copy your existing save data (whether it be Dragon’s Dogma or Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen) to an external storage device or cloud whenever possible--especially if you are picking up the game for the first time in awhile or switching over to Dark Arisen for the first time.” They go on to apologize to affected players for the inconvenience and state that they are furiously working on a solution to remove the glitch from the patch and to restore any lost save data that may have resulted from the patch.
  12. If you played Capcom’s open world, monster-slaying adventure and are planning to revisit the world of Gransys by playing through the New Game Plus mode or via the recently released Dark Arisen expansion, you may want to back up your save data. A recent game patch had the unintentional side-effect of rendering some player’s save data unloadable or unable to be saved from the last point the game was saved. Capcom suggests a temporary solution for those who have yet to update their game: “To prevent the possibility of permanent loss of your data, please copy your existing save data (whether it be Dragon’s Dogma or Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen) to an external storage device or cloud whenever possible--especially if you are picking up the game for the first time in awhile or switching over to Dark Arisen for the first time.” They go on to apologize to affected players for the inconvenience and state that they are furiously working on a solution to remove the glitch from the patch and to restore any lost save data that may have resulted from the patch. View full article
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