Easter Eggs

No, not that kind! Here we’re talking about those that describe a message, image or feature hidden in a video game, film or some other electronic (usually) medium.

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The Voice of Robert Clotworthy

Robert Clotworthy was born October 24, 1955 in Los Angeles, California. He was named after his uncle, Bob Clotworthy, who won the 1956 Gold Medal, at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, for Spring Board Diving. He began voice acting at the age of 15, his father was a producer of radio commercials. Robert would tag along with him to work and met some of the greatest such as Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Mel Blanc and June Foray.

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Carnival (1980)

Carnival is an arcade game made by Gremlin/Sega in 1980. It was the first game to include a bonus round. It is for one or two players (one at a time) to shoot moving targets with the gun at the bottom of the screen. It was programmed by Medo Moreno with the support of Murphy Bivens and Helene Schlein.

The music is Over the Waves (Sobre las Olas) by Juventino Rosas which was the tune commonly associated with carnivals.

Over the Waves, not from the game, but you’ll get the idea of what it sounds like.

The arcade version came in Upright and Cocktail Cabinets running the Sega VIC Dual, Z80 @1.9 Mhz CPU and the display was a Rater 224 x 256, 64 colors (6 used). Ports were made to consoles in 1982. Electronic Games magazine called the Colecovision port of Carnival, “a letter perfect recreation of the arcade original that’s not to be missed.”

Carnival is my favorite arcade game. I played many a quarter/token in those machines and had the high scores at every console I played. Occasionally someone would top me, or the arcade would lose power, and I would have to play until I was high score again. When Colecovision

announced Carnival, I bought the console immediately and never regretted the decision. I’m sure this purchase saved me money too! The way the game plays is that you have a fixed gun at the bottom that can

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Electronic Games Magazine

This was the first dedicated video game magazine co-founded by Bill Kunkel, Joyce Worley, and Arnie Katz. The first issue was released in October of 1981 and ran until April 1985. They had met writing the “Arcade Alley” column, which ran from 1979 – 1984, in Video Magazine. This was the beginning of video game reviews and they gave them the depth

that had not been considered before. Electronic Games is notable for hosting the Arkie Awards, the first Game of the Year award for Video Games. Some notable winners were: Space Invaders – Arcade (1980), Asteroids – Arcade and Superman – Atari VCS (1981), Pac-Man – Arcade and Asteroids – Atari VCS (1982),

Tron – Arcade and Demon Attack – Atari VCS (1983), Pole Position – Arcade and Ms. Pac-Man – Atari 2600/Lady Bug – Colecovision (1984), Star Wars – Arcade and Space Shuttle – Atari 2600 (1985). Reader Polls let the fans pick their most popular games. Asteriods (May 1982), Pac-Man Sept 1982), Defender (Oct/Nov 1982), Pitfall! (Jan 1983), Donkey Kong (June 1983),

Donkey Kong Jr. (Sept 1983), Pitfall II (Nov 1984) to name a few. The magazine also let readers choose their Hall of Fame games: Pong (1972), Space Invaders (1978), Asteroids (1979), Star Raiders(1979), Defender (1980), Major League Baseball (1980), Pac-Man (1980), Donkey Kong (1981), Quest for the Rings (1981), Miner 2049er (1982), Zaxxon (1982 and Dragon’s Lair (1983).

The magazines pictured here are ones from my collection, I subscribed during Electronic Games run. For more complete information on all the awards given out, each of the years, check here at Wikipedia.

Atari VCS

The new Atari console gaming system is coming soon. Here is what they are saying:

Discover new and classic games on Atari’s new open platform,
powered by AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Graphics Technology.
Watch your favorite web-based streaming videos and
entertainment, and play games at up to 4K resolution and 60fps.*
Develop new TV-based games and apps for yourself, your
family, or to share with the Atari VCS community.
Atari’s first connected device opens new possibilities to
play with friends and publish your creations as part of an expansive community
of gamers, fans and devs.