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Soviet Mind Game of the Day #2290

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Soviet Mind Game of the Day #2290

Some time ago Laurel and Jamie inherited a collection of ancient video games – NES, Super NES, Genesis, Atari, even TurboGrafx 16. They had the cartridges, but no hardware (aside from a slightly worn Robotic Operating Buddy, so for a long time the games have lived purely as display items, resting in bookshelves or the closet or, at best, mounted on the wall.

Several years ago some of the NES patents expired, so a few companies have taken it upon themselves to build new game consoles that play the old games. Laurel and I picked one up today, finally letting some of these ancient cartridges live again.

I’d never seen this particular game of Tetris before. It has an entirely different set of music – still Russian chiptune folk songs, I think – as well as a two-player cooperative mode, in which both players are helping to build the same stack of tetrominos. Jamie suggested it was a measure of the players’ compatibility as soulmates; I think Laurel and I did pretty well until I went and goofed everything up.

The new console played NES games nicely, but completely sputtered on SNES games, so we probably won’t keep it. Just trying out a few strange games tonight was rather fun, though – worth the experience in itself.

Flying away tomorrow – one more breakfast, then we’ll wave goodbye to San Diego.

troika
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Written by Umbrella Man

December 30, 2014 at 12:02 am

Posted in games, pixels

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  1. “Я” is actually a letter in Russian… its pronounced “yah”… Tet-yah-is!

    Pearce Merritt

    December 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm


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