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Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Benefits Children's Hospital

on Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:08

In 1975, Atari released the home version of its successful arcade game Pong. Although rudimentary by today’s standards, the table-tennis-inspired video game struck a chord with the populace nonetheless, paving the way for Taito’s 1978 shooter game Space Invaders and ushering in the Golden Age of Arcade Video Games in the process as well. By the time the mid-1980s rolled around, the manufacturing of video games was a multi-million dollar industry, with Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and the Super Mario Brothers ruling the arcade and invading the living rooms of American households from the East Coast all the way to the West.

What was once a million dollar industry is now a $74 billion industry, making video games the third largest segment of the US entertainment market. Simple 2D vector graphics have likewise given way to 3D and computer generated imagery that rivals big screen motion pictures. Despite such technological advancements, however, there is still an affinity for the “old school” style of the 1980s. 8Bit Evolution is a major proponent of the Golden Age of Arcade Video Games in the Pittsburgh area, and on Saturday, January 23th, they will be hosting the second annual Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Convention from 10am until 3pm at the Xtaza Nightclub in the Strip District. Tickets are $15 each, with the proceeds benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The X-Files Revival of IDW

on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 00:00

In March 2014, the FOX network announced that their classic series The X-Files would return in early 2015 as a six-episode miniseries. “The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning,” Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman explained at the time.

The words had an eerie similarity to those spoken by Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products, a year earlier when IDW Publishing announced a comic book continuation of The X-Files. “The fans of The X-Files have remained loyal to the series since its conclusion,” Godsick said. “What better way to continue the show’s legacy and give back to them than through new stories in a different medium. IDW has worked with a number of our Fox properties, and we know they’re going to do great things with these iconic characters.”

For the uninitiated, The X-Files—which aired on FOX for nine seasons, from 1993 until 2002, and spawned two major motion pictures—follows the exploits of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate a government conspiracy involving the existence of aliens and other supernatural phenomenon. Although the last “X-File” was the 2008 film I Want to Believe, fans have been hungry for new journeys into the paranormal since the series itself ended.