Category Archives: Video Games

Setting up an external hard drive from Windows as an Xbox 360 media drive to play movies and music

So I wanted to use an old 1TB external hard drive as a media drive for my Xbox 360 to play movies. Simple right. Just hook up the drive to windows, copy the files, plug it into the Xbox and go right? Wrong. I can bore you with a ton of details why it’s not that simple but screw that, let’s just get this working right?  Continue reading Setting up an external hard drive from Windows as an Xbox 360 media drive to play movies and music

The First Video Game Console

Growing up in the 70’s was probably the coolest time a person could grow up. My generation saw the beginning of all things that are cool. We are the last generation to truly be amazed by and appreciate technology. Kids today (do I sound old yet) take tech for granted. Nothing seems to amaze them anymore. A relatively inexpensive cell phone in your pocket that you can play games against kids half way around the world? Of course, anything less is stupid and old. Nothing amazing there just the standard these days. I can just barely remember the first time I saw a computer generated pixel fly across the screen and hit a user controlled line and bounce off. Holy shit, amazing. Before that it was pinball and more physical machine games. Everything starts somewhere and this article is about the first video game console for the home that could be hooked up to a TV…The Magnavox Odyssey! Continue reading The First Video Game Console

Robotron 2084

In 1982 Williams Electronics, Inc. changed my world of video games forever. It was only a couple of short years after Pac-Man (1980) made the “more than 2 directional” joystick famous that Robotron introduced the first widely accepted 2-joystick game, one for movement and one for fire. Now I’m sure many of you are screaming at me that I don’t know what I’m talking about and that there were tons of games with joysticks before Pac-Man and other games preceding Robotron with two joysticks. Before you yell at me, calm down take a chill. I am aware of this. I am speaking about the Video Game world at large back in the early 1980s. The average person who played these games was not a game researcher with Google at their side, they were casual players that had fun playing the games. So, that said don’t bust my chops about details, I’m trying to convey an experience.  Continue reading Robotron 2084