TechFan #161 – Greatest Video Games

On May 9, 2014, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Due to a last minute meeting, Tim records a solo show. What is the greatest video game ever? Lego Marvel Super Heroes on the Mac. Apple looking to buy Beats Music. Nintendo’s future looking more bleak. And John Nemo and Tim share some painful memories.

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Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

Our Fav. Games Three Geeky Ladies Episode 5

On July 23, 2012, in Three Geeky Ladies, by Three Geeky Ladies

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The Ladies talk about their favorite games, with a little help from the writers. They also mention the release of Mountain Lion, and why Google is stopping production of the 16GB Nexus 7.

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TETRIS games

On July 4, 1996, in Game, Review, Video Games, by Adam Karneboge

(This month we inaugurate a new column in My Mac, The Game Guy’s, with our two resident game playing experts, Adam Karneboge and Mike Wallinga! Sit back, relax and enjoy their hard work.)

MIKE: Tetris was one of those overnight classics. The minute it came out, everyone knew it was something special.It can be ranked up there with the likes of PacMan, Space Invaders, and the Mario Brother’s series as being one of THE great video games of all games.

The premise of Tetris, for those of you out there who don’t know, is to fill a blank, empty playing area with oddly shaped bricks. Or, to be more precise, your goal is to avoid filling up that playing area. However, this is easier said than done, because those bricks are dropping down from the sky, eagerly eating up precious real estate, and there’s nothing you can do to stop the rain. Your only defense is to line up the blocks correctly and create solid rows, which then disappear and free up more room. To my knowledge, you CAN’T beat this game, you can just survive perpetually. After all, that’s the addictive part — seeing how long you can stay alive and how many rows of bricks you can clear.

One of the prices of popularity and quality is imitation. On every video game platform imaginable, Tetris has had several versions, clones and copycats. The Mac is no different. Not that this is a bad thing, however. I think it’s wonderful that I can switch between writing a report for school and killing a little time playing Tetris with just a click of the mouse, particularly with so many good Tetris clones out there for the Mac.

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