I’ve been taking new photos of some of my video game memorabilia and toys for a new version of the Phosphor Dot Fossils history timeline video that’ll be showing at OVGE on the 19th, and I feel justifiably and insufferably proud of this particular photo:
That’s a full set of vintage 1982 Tron action figures, lit from behind/inside by a fluorescent light, with the background isolated. (If I hadn’t knocked out the background, you would’ve seen…well…my other hand holding the fluorescent tube.)
Pretty cool eh? The facial features get a bit lost, but the “cool” factor with these was always the translucency, not any great attention to facial likenesses.
Someone had to do it, so it might as well be me. In a mad bit of improvisation that I did while I was doing some other necessary rewiring of my A/V/game setup, I hooked things up so my Atari Video Music would respond to the audio coming from…well…whatever game console I happen to be playing. That’s right: if I’m playing Ram It! on my trusty Atari 2600, the Atari Video Music will respond to the game’s sounds. Or to anything I’m playing on the Odyssey2. Or the Intellivision. Or the Apple II. Or the Playstation 2. The Video Music is taking its audio output from a sound mixer which I have also split the output of my CD changer to, so you can get some Flock Of Seagulls going while you’re playing, and hear everything in surround sound.
Why anyone would do this, I have no idea.
My next project: to buy a little microphone to hide somewhere in the room so the Video Music will respond to, well, any sound that anyone makes anywhere. If you’re wondering how once could see its output while someone’s playing a game, that’s easy – Video Music has its own screen (i.e. the, erm, not-exactly-cosmetically-pleasing LCD flatscreen I bought just before this year’s OVGE). So you can, in fact, sit in my game room and get pixels chucked at you from all directions.
I’m about to crash, still recovering from the trip myself – the journey home was a bit of an adventure, unfortunately. 😕
It was great to meet everyone who dropped by the PDF tables, Home of the Racin’ Light Cycles, and great to see so many families and so many kids there – quite a diverse crowd, and many of them stayed for almost the entire duration of the event. I guesstimated 200, maybe 300 people. But not bad for a first showing in an area that’s never seen something like this. The guests were enthusiastic about all of it, from the LAN stuff to the Neo Geo stuff to the favorite attraction at my tables, the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey.
Got a look at the Backfire label and manual. The label on the cart is mighty nice, but the manual is a beautiful thing. Wait until you guys get a load of this!
Jess and his entire family put on a great show. And his mom owns you when it comes to 2600 Frogger. So when’s the next one again, Jess? Next week?
A big, colossal thank you to my friend Kent Sutton, who manned my table with me. I was so exhausted – i.e. no sleep for 30+ hours – that I actually went to sleep in my chair behind my table for an hour and a half. It’s not that OKGE wasn’t exciting – I was loving having people, and again especially kids and families, come by and play what I had on display, but that I was just exhausted beyond my ability to keep on my feet. Thanks to Kent, I could pull a hairbrained stunt like that without fear. This was my first time as an exhibitor, and I hope it didn’t show too badly.
More pictures and a full write-up soon!