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Fourth Quarter 2021 - October, November, December

Summer seemed great. COVID was on the mend, people were emerging ready to get back to a little bit of normalcy... Arcades and movie theaters opened with guidelines to remain safe. Mini golf and go karts became staples of our days after hitting the local arcades. But it's the moronic few that ruin it for everyone.

As the education standard has plummeted over the last few decades, all the stupid people we now produce in the USA became Trump-following conspiracy theorists and decided Joe Rogan knows more science than... scientists. Before we knew it, the Delta variant of COVID was upon us and sent the USA to the bottom of the list in properly dealing with the pandemic. How soon before schools go back to remote-learning and retail tanks again with closures?

October 2021 Retro Gaming Articles:

October 11, 2021 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If you're yearning for your Amico console, dig into these game boxes you can have right away

Boxes for 8 Intellivision Amico games
Everyone is bummed about the hardware delays on Intellivision's Amico, but they've released 8 game boxes in a slick collector's package!
While the Amico's games will all be downloaded onto the system (the console has no cartridge/media interface) this cool release from Intellivision gets pretty close to the physical media experience. With the hardware delay, Intellivision is keeping things interesting by releasing boxes for eight of the Amico's upcoming games. Each box is similar to old-school Atari or NES packaging with great artwork throughout the package. You get a 3D lenticular card, an RFID card that unlocks/downloads the game when it becomes available, and a game-specific collector's coin.

Boxes for 4 Intellivision Amico games As someone who loves physical media and displaying games on a shelf, this seems like a pretty cool deal! The RFID game card alone make it a worthwhile purchase for me! The lenticular card and coin just sweeten the deal.

I think it's pretty clever of Intellivision to come up with this to stave off some complaints about hardware delays. This also puts them back in the news cycle since this is a pretty cool concept for a digital-only retro console.

The game boxes come in three ways. You can buy all eight together or choose one of the two 4-game sets. A price for everyone.

As Intellivision CEO Tommy Tallarico puts it, "Our goal was to take the best parts of traditional physical media, and the best parts of digital, and combine them into something very different and unique."

The 8 games are:
  1. Evel Knievel
  2. Dynablaster
  3. Missile Command
  4. Rigid Force Redux Enhanced
  5. Moon Patrol
  6. Finnigan Fox
  7. Biplanes
  8. Brain Duel
The two 4-game sets are split up as:
1) Evel Knievel, Dynablaster, Missile Command, Rigid Force Redux Enhanced
2) Moon Patrol, Finnigan Fox, Biplanes, Brain Duel

October 1, 2021 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If you enjoyed the sequel to Axiom Verge, Limited Run Gamed has a physical release of the two-game compilation

I loved the first Axiom Verge game and LRG as incorporated both the original and sequel on a single disc/cartridge or as of a standalone Axiom Verge 2.
Limited Run Games has just opened the pre-order for Axiom Verge 2 as a physical release for Switch and PS4. If you missed te first game on physical media, you can purchase a compilation set that has both games on one disc or cartridge depending on the platform you choose.

Axiom Verge 2 Axiom Verge 2 for Nintendo Switch.
Axiom Verge 1 & 2 Both Axiom Verge 1 & 2 for Nintendo Switch.

From the LRG website:
You may have played Axiom Verge, or heard it referenced as a benchmark for indie action-exploration games. This long awaited sequel expands on the universe with completely new characters, abilities, and gameplay.

Indra, the billionaire behind the worldwide Globe 3 conglomerate, heads to Antarctica to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, but ultimately finds herself in entirely different reality, infected by parasitic machines that both aid and confound her. Where is she? Who is the mysterious person goading her from the other end of the computer terminal?

Explore an alternate Earth-like world, replete with the ruins of an ancient, high-tech civilization. Hack machines. Battle monsters. Use your remote drone to enter the Breach, a parallel but connected reality that is filled with its own dangers. You'll want to search every inch for the hidden items and upgrades you need to survive.
Axiom Verge 2 - screenshot