Archive for August, 2004

Very Important Update

Posted on August 6th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

A very important update in regards to:

The Lost Levels One-Year Anniversary Naked Birthday Bash!

It was previously reported that I will be wearing a party hat. This is not true. I will, instead, be wearing a fishing hat, one which does not resemble the picture to your left at all. Please update your schedules accordingly.

THREE TIMES THE EXCITEMENT

Posted on August 6th, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

Digital Press has posted a video clip featuring a full commercial for Wings, an unreleased Atari 2600 game developed by CBS.

Wings, sadly, is not based on the 1990 sitcom starring teen heartthrob Steven Weber and his hilarious airline management misadventures. According to the commercial, the storyline involves Earth being “under attack,” with the only hope being the player and his or her “wings.” We’re not sure who the attackers are, but they appear on-screen as pink rectangles.

What’s interesting is that Wings, according to the ad, was coded to “megacharge your Atari VCS” and make it “three times as exciting.” Surely, Wings would have revolutionized the gaming industry as we know it.

Fortunately, the game itself has also been found, and will be displayed at this year’s Classic Gaming Expo in San Jose. I don’t think I’ll be able to make it out this year, so if anyone out there can explain the increase in excitement, I’m sure our readers would love to hear it.

Download the clip, along with three other apparently unaired CBS Games commercials, from the Screening Room at Digital Press.

I’ve been doing this for a YEAR?

Posted on August 2nd, 2004 by Frank Cifaldi

On I-15 today, somewhere between Barstow and Baker, California, I realized something kind of significant. Lost Levels is one year old today.

I suppose now is when I’m supposed to offer some sort of reflection on my life, and how writing about videogames that don’t exist has affected it. But instead, I’m going to announce:

The Lost Levels One-Year Anniversary Naked Birthday Bash!

Except without the naked part.

The festivities will be held this Friday, August 6, 2004 at the Freakin’ Frog Beer and Wine Cafe in beautifully dusty Las Vegas, NV from 6 until 9 p.m. I’ll be the guy sitting alone in the corner, wearing a party hat and choking back tears while staring into my beer and realizing just what my life has become. Free drink if you barge in the door screaming, “Dead games tell no tales!”


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