May 23, 2018

Handheld Games Added to Internet Archive

The amazing folks at the Internet Archive are making sure we don’t lose our gaming history. This time, they're preserving some of the electronic handheld games you may have grown up with in the 70s and 80s. 

The Archive's Handheld History page features over 70 games all playable right from your browser. As you can see from the screen grab, they have the Coleco tabletop arcade cabinets, Merlin, and a slew of Tiger Electronics handhelds like Batman, Robocop and even Battletoads. They also have favorites like Tamogotchi and Speak N Spell.

It's a great nostalgia rest stop on the information superhighway. Some of the games have their manuals on the game page as well so you can try out those games you always wanted but never got. Playing a game you don't know without the manual can be frustrating!

I was thrilled to see they have Tron so I was finally able to experience it some 34 years after it was released. I managed to get by the lightcycles but have yet to defeat Sark in the disc toss.

Head on over the the Archive and get your game on!

May 9, 2018

The Greatest Comeback in Star Wars

No, I"m not talking about Luke in The Last Jedi. I'm talking about another character that's been around almost as long that we haven't seen much of over the past 40 years who recently returned to comics in IDW's Star Wars Adventures Annual for 2018.

And that character is...

That's right, Jaxxon! The 6' tall green skinned anthropomorphic rabbit! He (and his pirate partner Amaiza) were first introduced way back in 1977 in Marvel's Star Wars #8 when they started telling stories beyond the original film. I know under Disney "everything is supposed to be canon" but since this is comic isn't done by Marvel I'm not sure if it is.

Really, I don't even care. I'm just happy to see him back again! They may not have been around much since 1977, but they haven't changed too much since then either. This new story seems to take place before Empire so not much "real" time has passed.

They didn't get along quite so well during their first meeting. Or, more accurately, Amaiza didn't want anything to do with Jaxxon. And she also had a...uh, slightly more revealing wardrobe back then. Hey, it was the 70s.

Maybe it's because I read these original Marvel comics when I was 7 and at the time they were the only other Star Wars stories available outside of the movie, but I've always had a special place for Jaxxon, Amaiza, and the rest of the Star Hoppers of Aduba-3. It's kind of like Seven Samurai but with Han, Chewie, and a really oddball backup cast. Like I said, it was the 70s and as crazy as the stories got at times, I couldn't get enough.

Of course, being a big green rabbit, Jaxxon has been viewed in almost the same light as Jar Jar by some fans. Me? I think he's pretty cool. He's very much like Rocket Raccoon. He's a walking, gun-toting animal with a New York accent.
And he doesn't like being called certain things.

Being a member of the Lepus carnivorus (or Lepi) race, Jaxxon packs quite a kick! 
As you can see, the writers of the new story (below) did their homework.

If you want to find out more about Jaxxon, you can hit his Wookieepedia page but I'd suggest tracking down the original Marvel Star Wars issues 8-11 and 16. And of course Star Wars Adventures Annual 2018 for his latest adventure.

May 4, 2018

Now Hear This - The Galactic Empire Strikes Back

Happy May the 4th!

Of course the rockin Galactic Empire would wait until today to drop their second release simply called Episode II.

If you don't know Galactic Empire, they are a wild bunch that dress up in costumes kind of resembling Star Wars villains and play metal covers of the soundtrack. You can check out my show review from last year.

Where the first album focused mainly on the Original Trilogy, Episode II features tracks from the prequels as well as The Force Awakens. I am really digging their version of the Emperor's Theme! Nothing improves a great bad guy theme like heavy metal.

You can see the track list and stream the album from Spotify below.
Here's a little featurette about the band that aired on the SyFy Channel today.


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