Monday, September 9, 2013

Embedding Google+ Posts, for newbies

Looking to embed Google+ posts in your blog?  Google wants to help you do it!  Check out the embedded Google+ post below for more info.

For those looking for the quick and easy way to do it, click the options menu on the post in question and select "Embed Post". Copy, paste, and done. This should be pretty straightforward for people. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Arcade games in a museum?

Recently, I had the privilege of making a visit to the Neville Public Museum's "The Golden Age of Video Arcade Games".  it is an exhibit dedicated to the classic era of arcade games from the personal collection of area video game collector Bradley Czech.

Here are some of the pictures I took when visiting the exhibit.

Everyone loves advertising!

The Neville Museum in all its glory.

The entrance to the arcade exhibit.

Death Race.  Very controversial in its time.

Tapper and its safe-for-kids alternative, Root Beer Tapper.

Mortal Combat?  Pan-Mania?  Spell check is great, just not for arcade game titles.

Fix it, Felix!

Wait a minute, are those people PLAYING arcade games?  

Free play does make it a little easier to try games like Super Pac-Man for the first time.
If you're looking to find out more about the games in the exhibit, the exhibit has been extended to September 15th, 2013 for those living in the Green Bay area.  For the rest of you, Bradley Czech does give video explanations of some of the games in his collection via his YouTube page.  Keep in mind that this exhibit focuses on games up to 1985, so don't come expecting to play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, WWF WrestleFest, or The Simpsons Arcade Game.

Robot Turtles: Teaching programming to kids in our analog world

There is currently a Kickstarter campaign going on for a game called Robot Turtles, and it is a board game that helps teach children the fundamental concepts of programming. I think that is incredible.

 I have backed this project, and I look forward to playing it with the young humans in my life.

Hurry! The Kickstarter campaign only lasts until September 27th.

MagPi - Robots and Old School Games! Hooray!

I can't get enough of these MagPi releases.

Issues 15 and 16 of MagPi focus on retro games and robotics, respectively.