Are you hot enough to play with Journey?
October 13, 2006 12:51 PM   Subscribe

I used to have this joystick. I obsessively played "Summer Games" on my C64 with it, which caused its eventual death. Good times.

And yes, I'm hot enough to play with Journey.
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:13 PM on October 13, 2006

I love the 1982 microcomputer buyer's guide:

"Using a full-function computer to play video games is a little like asking NASA to set up the space shuttle for carnival rides."
posted by uncleozzy at 1:18 PM on October 13, 2006

quickshot forever
posted by sgt.serenity at 1:31 PM on October 13, 2006

Otis, I love you.
posted by jtron at 1:32 PM on October 13, 2006

ooh, theyre still going
posted by sgt.serenity at 1:33 PM on October 13, 2006

I had that sucky 'Journey's Escape' game - I seem to recall it played the keyboard part of 'Separate Ways' ad nauseum while you were playing and then a really tinny midi 'Don't Stop Believin' when you hit whatever the 'power-up' was - wow it was just indescribably bad (now I'll go guiltily go look for a ROM for my Kstella atari 2600 linux emulator) ...
posted by mctsonic at 1:33 PM on October 13, 2006

Dial M for Modem
"You've uncrated your machine, mastered BASIC and taken over the family TV set ... [now] find out what the weather's like in Tanzania-without leaving your easy chair. The fun of personal computing has just begun."

I just vomited into my throat a little.
posted by hal9k at 1:44 PM on October 13, 2006

really tinny midi 'Don't Stop Believin'

No MIDI for the Atari 2600. What you heard were Distortions.
posted by neustile at 1:53 PM on October 13, 2006

Rick Colby thought he was hot shit. He looks like Chunk from Goonies after Data's inventions malfunctions (again!). I had that game, Firefighter sucked balls. I enjoyed the Journey Escape more than that flaming 8-bit turd.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:58 PM on October 13, 2006

That was my senior year in high school. We were writing games on TRS-80 Model IIIs and an Apple IIe, and we were so psyched because we got our hands on a compiler, which turned our slow-as-molasses BASIC programs into lightning-fast "pro-quality" games. :)

We also spent a lot of time over at Kevin's, because he was the only one of our buds whose parents could afford to get him an Atari 2600 and a mess o' games. Asteroids tournaments that lasted through the night... ah, the days of zapping colored blocks.

Vectrex: coolest home game system (IMO) of the early '80s. One of my co-workers has one in his office right now, and it still works great!

No, it wasn't the best space game ever. It was lousy, in fact.

And yeah, I'm hot enough to play with Journey too.
posted by zoogleplex at 2:05 PM on October 13, 2006

I loved in Journey Escape the Mighty Manger looked like a stunt double for the Kool-Aid Man
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 2:21 PM on October 13, 2006

The arcade version was better. It had actual digitized images of the band members for the heads of the little running dudes.

Still, a lame game, especially since the awesomely bitchin' Star Wars arcade cabinet was out! Man, did I dump a lot of quarters into that...
posted by zoogleplex at 2:59 PM on October 13, 2006

I'm glad you guys dig it.
I would've shared long ago, but I was afraid of getting "self-post" or "GYOFB".
Don't stop believing...
posted by numlok at 4:21 PM on October 13, 2006

Ps. Thanks Otis!
posted by numlok at 4:25 PM on October 13, 2006

Hot. Though that's kinda tame compared to some of the ads from late-80s Amiga World.
posted by cortex at 4:35 PM on October 13, 2006

mcstayinskool -- that was totally the wrong joystick for summer games. you needed the Suncom Slick Stik (the one on the far right).

posted by bpm140 at 6:06 PM on October 13, 2006

Cool! I had no idea this post had a Metafilter connection. Hours of entertainment numlok, great stuff.

By the way, did you know you could use this to do this?
posted by Otis at 7:19 PM on October 13, 2006

In a similar vein the first 100 issues of Computer Gaming World, CGW.
posted by zabuni at 4:05 PM on October 15, 2006

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