Boys' Life Games Section: July 1998

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In my teenage years, I was a Boy Scout and had a subscription to Boys' Life magazine. While going through some old issues, I noticed there was frequently a video games section. For the July 1998 issue, there were three items: the well-known Banjo-Kazooie for the N64, the lesser known Rascal for the PlayStation, and the PC/Mac shareware program Paper Air Force (which seems like it was more software than an actual game).

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Here's a screenshot of the Paper Air Force page on KittyHawk's website circa 1999 (thanks to the Internet Archive).

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The Sega Activator: Predecessor to Natal

While listening to the latest Bombcast (6/8/2010), the Sega Activator was mentioned in a conversation about PowerGig: Rise of the SixString (started at 45:04), specifically the AirStrike Drum controller.

I found this promo video for the Activator on YouTube (and also GameTrailers) and at 2:35, the phrase "You are the controller" surfaced and totally reminded me of Natal! I suppose it didn't actually function very well - it placed 3rd on an IGN list of worst game controllers - but I guess a minor plus would've been the compatibility with most Genesis games? (Oh, man - that dude's hair is so 90's!)

Here's someone trying the Activator with Mortal Kombat II and getting frustrated at not able to do combos. [YouTube]

The Activator being demoed at WCES '93 in Las Vegas with another fighting game, Streets of Rage 2. [YouTube]

Finally, the inventor (Assaf Gurner) plays Tocatta & Fugue in D Minor using the peripheral, also known as the Light Harp. [YouTube]


Gonna Start "Blogging" These PSN Press Releases I Keep Getting

For some reason, I got put on a PlayStation Network press release mailing list a few months back. I finally decided to do something with these and begin posting them here and on Anime Vice, depending on the content. The ones before this have been mainly about anime on PSN (since I write an anime blog) but since the "media bulletin" from this morning was generically about movies & TV shows on PSN, I chose Giant Bomb for this one.
 Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the addition of a variety of entertainment offerings from Lucasfilm Ltd., Cinetic FilmBuff, ContentFilm International, Image Entertainment, Inc., MPI Media Group and New Video to the PlayStation®Network video delivery service. The content, which will be made available on November 2, 2009 for purchase or rent, further enhances the video delivery service’s already robust library of downloadable entertainment content, including new and favorite movies, television shows, sports, anime, original entertainment, and more. 
The new content partners will provide a broad range of video entertainment, including Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Star Wars™: The Clone Wars; seasons 1 and 2 of the popular TNT series Leverage (Cinetic FilmBuff); Image Entertainment, Inc. feature films such as Powder Blue and Management; the horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from MPI Media Group; Hurly Burly and Interstate 60 from ContentFilm International; and the online miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog from New Video. Additional entertainment content will be added over time.

Available exclusively for PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld, and the ground-breaking PSP® (PlayStation®Portable)go system, the video delivery service offers PlayStation customers access to more than 10,000 hours of downloadable entertainment content at home or on the go, including over 2,300 full-length movies and more than 14,400 television shows. PlayStation Network now boasts the most content of any downloadable video delivery service through a video game console available today, with 40 studio and network content providers, including entertainment from every major motion picture studio.

Accessible through the PlayStation®Store, the popularity of the video delivery service has continued to skyrocket since its launch in July 2008, with downloads increasing over 100% in September 2009 when compared to September 2008. PlayStation Network is an entertainment network that unites people and innovative entertainment to deliver captivating experiences worldwide. In addition to offering new and original forms of entertainment, PlayStation Network supports free and community-centric online gameplay, communication tools, and PSP and PS3 systems connectivity. PlayStation Network has more than 29 million registered accounts worldwide.