Tuesday, December 4, 2012

‘Vectrex Regeneration’ Review - iOS Gains a New…Old…Platform

Interest in the retro gaming scene has really expanded in the last few years, thanks in no small part to the proliferation of capable mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad and the App Store behind them. As such, retro-minded iOS gamers have a wide range of games to choose from, such as retro-inspired new releases, retro remakes, as well as the actual games of olde brough forth through faithful emulation. It is in the last arena that, early this year, Rantmedia Games decided to toss its hat, sharing word of their upcoming Vectrex Regeneration, a one-stop-shop for fans of the much vaunted, early ’80s Vectrex console.

We have been following Rantmedia’s progress closely since then, and are pleased to have finally had an opportunity to put their Vectrex emulation / game library through its paces. Vectrex Regeneration [Free], a universal app for the iPad (2 and up) and iPhone (4 and up), is now live in the App Store, and here’s the low-down.

First, some needed history. Released in late 1982 by General Consumer Electric (GCE), the Vectrex is a highly unique game system. Unlike every other console of the time, the Vectrex features an integrated CRT display — but not of the standard, horizontal-scan variety. The Vectrex utilizes a vector monitor, which is similar to an oscilloscope and draws its graphics on the screen in a fashion similar to the display process of a laser light show. It’s the only console from gaming’s past defined by a complete lack of jaggies.

The Vectrex features a wired controller with an analog stick (one of the first ever brought to market) and accepts games on ROM cartridges, though a single, Asteroids-like game called MineStorm is built into the system. Each game title came with a pack-in plastic screen overlay to add cabinet bling and simulate color on the built-in monochrome display. There was even a light pen and an optional 3D imaging peripheral available for the system, the first ever offered for a console.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, January 1992

The January 1992 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment:

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Computer Fun, Volume 1, Issue 2, May 1984

The May 1984 issue of Computer Fun (formerly Electronic Fun): The Magazine of Recreational Computing

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, April 1989

The April 1989 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment. This was my favorite video/computer games magazine of the time:

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Enter Issue Number 8, December 1984

The December 1984 issue of Enter: The World of Computers and New Technology:

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, July 1990

The July 1990 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment:

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