Monday, July 4, 2022

[YouTube] SimCity

Above is a "Let's Play" video for SimCity on the Commodore 64 (C64) that includes an intro with an unboxing. I decided to do a blog post to go with the video since it is a significant game and this way I can also include magazine reviews. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any reviews of the C64 version. While the review from Video Games & Computer Entertainment (VG&CE) doesn't actually state the platform being reviewed, it clearly is not for the C64 version. That review mentions adjusting taxes, building police and fire stations, constructing a sports stadium, starting funds that vary by difficulty level, and multiple windows with graphs onscreen while playing. In the Amiga review from Commodore Magazine, the writer also mentions flooding, air, and nuclear meltdown disasters, multiple game speeds, a traffic helicopter, ships, railways, and how the zones change, such as houses transforming into apartment buildings. None of these things are in the C64 version. It's normal for games available on multiple computers to be of the lowest quality on the C64 but typically that is in regards to graphics. With SimCity there is a lot missing in the C64 release, though it does include a terrain editor which is a separate purchase on other platforms. At least it also retailed for $20 less than the others (the VG&CE review states the Amiga version was $44.95 but the Maxis newsletter I posted earlier has it at $49.95).

              VG & CE - November 1989                 Commodore Magazine - October 1989

The box and its contents are scanned below. I only included a few pages of the 44-page manual.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Maxis Newsletters

I'm hoping to get a video done for the original SimCity soon and so as I lead up to that I've scanned two newsletters from Maxis. The first is, well, the first newsletter from the company I believe. It's brief and primarily about SimCity though it also mentions Maxis' first release, the flight combat sim SkyChase. Following the success of SimCity, the second newsletter I have is much more detailed and in full-color. It's the Winter 1990-1991 issue and features products, fan letters, awards, and tech tips. There is an upcoming game shown called SuperCollider that I don't think ever released, unless it got a name change that I'm unable to locate. 

Volume 1.1C, Issue One

Winter 1990-1991

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Sega Introduces Saturn at Tokyo Toy Show (EGM2 - July 1994)

Normally this would be the week I post about E3 but that was canceled this year so I'm not doing any predictions though companies are still using this week to announce some new titles through the Summer Game Fest streams and today is the Microsoft/Bethesda showcase at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. For now though, I've scanned an article from the first issue of EGM2 (Electronic Gaming Monthly Squared) that covers Sega's Saturn unveiling at the June 1994 Tokyo Toy Show, just under six months ahead of its November 22, 1994 release in Japan. Of course, Sega was not well-prepared for the Saturn launch and underestimated Sony as is evident in this article, especially the interview portion on the last page.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

[YouTube] The Incredible Hulk Stuff ('70s/'80s)

It's another comic book hero "stuff" post because I don't know how else to title these. I did something similar with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman previously and have covered some Marvel Comics items in specific product categories, as well as a Spider-Man die-cast set. There are two things here that overlap from previous videos/posts, including Hot Wheels cars, one that appeared in the aforementioned Spider-Man video and both can be seen in the die-cast collection video. There is also a Colorforms set that is shown in both the Colorforms video and a photo blog post that includes the Mego Hulk toy as seen below. The Incredible Hulk is one of the most recognizable comic book characters and perhaps the second most promoted Marvel character in the '70s and early '80s just behind Spider-Man. Outside of comic books and toys, the character also had its own television show that debuted in 1977 starring Bill Bixby (Dr. Banner) and Lou Ferrigno (Hulk), and it actually ran for five years (82 episodes).

TV Show Trading Card Front & Back (1979)

Colorforms (1979)
These are the same photos from the Colorforms post mentioned and linked above.

Hot Wheels (1976/78)
The vehicle with an image to view inside of it was part of a line called "Scene Machines."

Buddy L Hulk Cycle (1981)
I cannot locate a year on this one but I came across an advertisement of the motorcycle and other Marvel vehicles with a copyright of 1981 on it. There was a Hulk figure that attached to it as well and it could be purchased as part of a set with a Hulk-branded jeep and pick-up truck. It is 4" wide.

Mego Die-Cast Action Figure (1979)
This one is 5.25" tall.

Mego Pocket Super Heroes (1975)
The pocket hero line is primarily 3.75" action figures but Hulk looks a sliver taller.

Wallet (1978)

Pencil Topper
I'm fairly certain this Hulk head is a pencil topper though I'm not sure of the year (most likely from the '70s).

Playing Cards (1979)

Whitman Jigsaw Puzzle (1976)

Milton Bradley Board Game (1978)
Players control the Fantastic Four with the goal being to turn Hulk back into Dr. Banner by collecting four cards. 

Exercise Mat (1979)
Perhaps not the most exciting item but maybe rare as I've not been able to locate any images of it online. It was made by Sage-Pierce Products, Inc.

Miscellaneous Items
Here are a couple bonus food items that are newer than the '80s and do not appear in the video. PEZ doesn't put copyrights on its things but it began this style of packaging in the '90s so the dispenser isn't too old. The Hostess Cup Cakes are from 2008, a likely tie-in to the Edward Norton Hulk film. Being both Hulk and Halloween related, Hostess really should have made the creamy filling green!