Posts Tagged ‘playstation’

NEWS: Nintendo’s Play Station Confirmed Real, Can Play Games

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We blogged about the Nintendo Play Station back in July when it was first discovered, and now a new development has occurred in its mysterious appearance. Now, on November 6, 2015 a new development has occurred courtesy of Engadget: the console is definitely real, and still in partially working condition!

For those who are not aware of the history of the Nintendo Play Station, it was a prototype-only console made by a partnership with Sony and Nintendo to bring CD-ROM based gaming to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

This story also details new information with regards to the Play Station’s discovery. The console was first owned by Olaf Olafsson, a former CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who came to work at the Advanta banking corporation after leaving Sony. When Advanta went bankrupt 2009, a large amount of its physical assets were boxed up and auctioned off to liquidate. A Mr. Terry Diebold had attended this auction and, having packed some of the boxes himself, bid on items that he wanted. What he hadn’t expected, however, was to find one of Olafsson’s personal items in that box: the Play Station itself.

From there, the Play Station found itself in an attic for some time as Terry was not able to find any information on just what his new boon was. It wasn’t until his son Dan Diebold found a post on the website Reddit about the Play Station that the Diebolds got out the message about their find.

Now, four months after the discovery was spread to the internet, we have unequivocal proof that the Play Station is the real deal. It’s even in working order, although the acclaimed CD drive was not function for reasons unknown. For what it’s worth, this Play Station is the real deal.

RETRO: Tomba! [Spooky Edition]

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Tomba! is a 1997 side-scrolling platformer released for the Sony Playstation by Whoopee Camp. Designed by Tokuro Fujiwara, creator of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series, Tomba is an interesting platformer-RPG blend involving solving quests in an open 2D world.

In Tomba!, the world has been magically corrupted by seven magic Evil Pigs and turned into a surreal land. The events of the game are sparked into motion when one of the Evil Pig’s minions steals a bracelet that belonged to Tomba’s grandfather, prompting him to go on an adventure to recover it. Along the way he meets the inhabitants of his world and helps them solve the problems that the Evil Pigs have caused with their dark magic.

The game itself is eccentrically humorous, and doesn’t let go of its grip on that, to the point where it might be hard to see what’s scary about a game with sidequests like helping a monkey find his pants. But this is October, and you know what that means: being designed by the same person who made Ghosts ‘n Goblins, this game is filled with unexpected creepy frights.

Join us after the jump and we’ll see ourselves just what kind of madness these Evil Pigs have caused.

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RETRO: Croc: Legend of the Gobbos [Spooky Edition]

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Welcome to Halloween! Or as most people like to call it, October! This Halloween, we want to talk about some of the stuff that scared us the worst when we were kids. It’s time to take a retrospective look back into the past with Retrospectacles’ Spooky Edition, Retrospooktacles, where we will be not just looking through our old memories, but the things that made them terrifying!

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos is a Playstation game that was released on September 29, 1997 by the now-defunct Argonaut Games. It was originally intended to be produced for Nintendo as a video game starring Yoshi, but Nintendo declined and decided to produce their own 3D platformer with Mario himself. If it wasn’t for Nintendo declining this offer, Croc could’ve been the first true console 3D platformer ever released.

Croc, to most people, might be a minor footnote in the history of 3D platformers. But to those who have played it as kids, we may just remember something very distinctive about it: it was creepy as heck.

After the jump, we’ll explore why this Yoshi expy had reason to fear for his life.

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NEWS: Nintendo’s Play Station Discovered by Chance

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Just last night (July 2, 2015), a practical unicorn has been discovered in the world of retrogaming. Nintendo’s Play Station, once thought to be long lost in the famous squabble between Sony and Nintendo, has been discovered in a box of junk.
Originally posted on Reddit, this massive discovery was presented as a mere accident: Dan Diebold (Reddit user analogueboy) claimed that his father was given a box of items intended to be thrown away. Amongst computers and PA systems was the legendary console, in surprisingly good quality despite its yellowed plastic.

What exactly does this mean for gaming history? Read On…