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[16 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 1,522 views]
Week in Review (June 9-15)

First off, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Make your kids be nice to you for a change if you, indeed, have that much authority.
Second, we’ve had a busy week (as usual) here at First Arkansas News and would have for our tens of fans to miss out on anything. To that end, we’re doing our weekly thing of posting links to everything that’s been posted in the past week for your clicking pleasure. Yes, we wrote about everything from crepe myrtle thieves in Benton to the …

Features and such, Retrogaming, Technology »

[15 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | 5,751 views]
Magnavox Odyssey 2 — an ‘also-ran’ with a devoted fan base

Years ago, most kids my age in this town had a video game console of some sort.
The overwhelming majority of us in my neighborhood had Atari 2600s, but there was one fellow who had something completely different, — the Magnavox Odyssey 2. While I can’t honestly say any of us preferred the Odyssey 2 to our Ataris, that little Magnavox system had a lot going for it and provided hours of fun.
Still, Magnavox’s foray into the U.S. gaming market wasn’t entirely successful. It’s worth mentioning that that the Odyssey 2 …

Retrogaming, Technology »

[13 Nov 2010 | 4 Comments | 3,878 views]
Bally Astrocade — should have been a contender

What do you get when you put together a video game console with graphics and sound that were well ahead of what the Atari 2600 had to offer and one of the best controllers of any early gaming system?
You get the Bally Astrocade, a system that was released (sort of) in 1977 and had a lot going for it. If you just look at the specs, the system should have whipped the socks of the Atari, frankly — the CPU was faster, the graphics were sharper and even rivaled the …