The TurboGrafx-16 videogame system was released in America on August 29, 1989. On its 25th anniversary Paste’s games and tech culture writer Leigh Alexander remembers what made this largely forgotten machine special.
Call it the “Rise of the e-Athlete.” Starting this Fall, Robert Morris University in Chicago will offer at least 30 athletic scholarships to High School students with exceptional skills in the video game League of Legends. The first university to offer such a bonus, Associate Athletic Director acknowledged the lack of traditional athletic prowess necessary for the scholarships: “Obviously it’s not cardiovascular in any way, but it’s mental.”
The Atari Graveyard in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill has been excavated. Among the findings were copies of the fabled “worst game in history,” E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and vintage Atari games like Centipede and Missile Command. The bounties of the dig—which was facilitated for a documentary about the graveyard—will be split 90/10 between the city of Alamogordo and Fuel Entertainment, with the city’s share destined to be placed on the market at some point in the future.
Old folks who stopped playing video games once the toggles became necessary can now rejoice, a revamped, yet distinctly familiar R.B.I. Baseball returns to video game consoles April 10th. With fast-paced gameplay and none of that modern option button hoo-ha, the brass behind the game have promised it to be “the best of now with the feeling of old.”
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