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A closer look at the Virtual Boy headset. #umwconsole

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Virtual Boy for our next exhibit on the 1990s -this thing is pretty crazy. #umwconsole

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Back to the Future now on Betamax #umwconsole

I learned today that Betamax survived as a format through the 80s into the early 90s, as a niche market.

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Also picked up this box of Betamax tapes. #umwconsole

What is interesting about Betamax tapes is that while they're smaller than VHS, the packaging is the same size. Making the two virtually indistinguishable save for the Beta label or the blue "Beta" sticker.

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The #umwconsole is officially in Betamax!

I picked up a pretty awesome Sanyo Betamax VCR player today. The Olympics sticker dates it at 1984!

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D&D Green Slime Ad #umwconsole

http://onceuponageek.com/wordpress/2010/03/15/green-slime-dont-touch-it-it-is-certain-death-look-out-its-dripping/

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Looks like E.T. finally made it home to the #umwconsole thanks to the great @timmmmyboy #4life

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Games like Missile Command, Defender, Ms Pacman, etc for 5200 are arcade quality #umwconsole

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The great @timmmmyboy visited the #umwconsole this morning, schooled him at Combat :)

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The Atari 5200 is a very bulky system and the joystick design is terrible #umwconsole

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Up close and personal with Ms Pacman for the 5200 #umwconsole

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An excellent assortment of 5200 cartridges #umwconsole

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This morning we got a new console for the #umwconsole exhibit thanks to Shannon Swanson #atari5200

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Back to the Future of Media Covergence #umwconsole

I think this poster officially dates the exhibit to 1985

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Sue Fernsebner contributes Yars Revenge to the #umwconsole cause

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Back in the USSR #umwconsole

Zach Whalen time appropriate world globe subtly points to the geo-politial realities that framed 1985. The Cold War and Vietnam were still very much with us. Mother Russia was ground Zero for the USSR, and Rambo: First Blood, Pt. II was out in theaters. Latch-key kids would come home to play Space Invaders in hopes that they could ward off the highly organized aliens from world domination. The metaphors of the moment are everywhere.

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One of the coolest details of #umwconsole is @zachwhalen's period appropriate world globe

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Another angle of the Console Living Room at #UMW. #paneling #umwconsole #4life

We are still waiting on the Back to the Future poster, but once that goes up I think the first phase of the Console Living Room exhibit will be complete. The next stage is to promote the site, and have people donate elements to the space that make it a shared experience (real or imagined ) of a 1985 living room.

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The Videodrome poster came in today. Dr. Oblivion would be proud #umwconsole #thenewflesh

This is a nice shot of the almost completed reproduction of a 1985 living room at UMW. The Videodrome (1983) poster came in today, and nothing says convergence like James Woods corporally internalizing a VHS tape into his stomach :) We are still waiting on the back to the Future poster, but after that we are pretty much golden. You'll notice the details on the paneling are all done-Zach Whalen and I finished all the paneling up this afternoon thanks to the help of Kenny Horning in the Theatre department.

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Cartridge packaging was such a huge part of the experience for me #umwconsole

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Asteroids shipped with this awesome catalog of games circa 1981. #umwconsole

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Tried out Asteroids for the 2600 just a few minutes ago, it works great. Thanks @ITjoemac #umwconsole

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Thanks to #UMW alum @ITjoemac we got this Atari 2600 classic delivered today for #umwconsole #classof08

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Blades of Steel arrived today, and it even works. Although the Maple Leafs whooped me #umwconsole

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Atari 2600 in focus #umwconsole

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A look at a few of the Atari 2600 cartridges we have available to play at the Console Living Room #umwconsole

Not a bad selection, if I do say so myself :)

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Tommaso digging latest addition to the #umwconsole exhibit: Coleco's Head-to-Head Football

This was one of my all-time favorite games as a kid, and I was surprised how quickly Tommaso picked up on the gameplay. It is stands up fairly well, and he spent a better part of this morning doing touchdown dances around the living room.

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Commodore Monitor #umwconsole

The owner of the TV repair shop is using a Commodore monitor as a test monitor. He has had it since he was a kid, and swears it's the best test monitor ever. It was not for sale :(

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Space Commander 300 -OG remote control that changed channels via sound! #umwconsole

No shit, this remote control has two different tones, and they would activate a motor on the TV that would change the channel. Trippy!

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Today's vinyl purchase is dedicated to the original roller queen @drgarcia #umwconsole

Is there anything more 80s than this vinyl record?

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I bought this Emerson TV today with manual and working remote for $20 #umwconsole

I got some bad news that the Quasar 25" Tv I bought a month ago needed some major surgery. I committed to the necessary organ transplants, but in the meantime bought another old school TV for the exhibit because I am a chronic consumer. God save capitalism and the 80s.

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1980s video discs on the wall #umwconsole

Turns out the TV repair shop in Petersburg where I bought the Quasar TV was originally a video store, and they had custom built holders for videodiscs on their wood paneled walls. The owner of the shop showed them to me, and I decided I would build something like this myself, one day.

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My mom used to call this the "Victrola" #umwconsole

This piece of history actually works. We are working on getting a new needle and cleaning up the radio tuner.

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A look at the preliminary setup of the Console Living Room #umwconsole

We hadn't yet moved the foosball in the living room, but you can get a sense of the space in this shot. And how about that love seat?

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.@zachwhalen adjusting the vertical hold #umwconsole

The faux wood panel entertainment center is pretty awesome. It actually has a whole side door for VHS tapes :)

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Various UMW students, including @Plamkeen, already having fun in the 80s living room! #umwconsole

After we got the initial furniture set and moved in the Atari 2600, student started immediately hanging out in the space, including a rare spotting of @Plamkeen.

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Hollywood Flat Plans for the #umwconsole panel walls we'll be building this weekend

Kenny Horning from the theater department came by yesterday to help Zach Whalen and I plan how we would build the panel walls for the exhibit. These are the whiteboard plans with all the details. I learned that this particular design is called a Hollywood flat.

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Playing the Bible Adventures game for NES makes me wonder if there is really a Red Sea Crossing game for Atari 2600 #umwconsole

There is lore about this game, but I don't think any versions have materialized to confirm it existence. I guess we should take it on faith. http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/21/rare-atari-2600-game-red-sea-crossing-pops-up-in-philly-shop/

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"Pelican!" Karate Kid #umwconsole poster is now proudly hanging on my office door

Zach Whalen and Mike Black did the heavy lifting to get the UMW Console poster finished up. And we now have 60 posters with five different screens of various media. This should be fun!

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"Don't throw baby Moses in the water!" Bible Adventures for NES can be disturbing #umwconsole

The Baby Moses game story for the Bible Adventures NES allows you to throw baby Moses into the water, and then that's it. The game goes on, but there is no point. Seems like some deep, disturbing existential parable a la Nietszche.

Notice how the graphics seem to be inspired by the Super Mario Bros design.

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Caught @zachwhalen hitting TV for full Bible Adventures experience on NES #umwconsole

Zach is playing the Bible Adventures game Baby Moses. You can actually throw baby Moses into the water, and the gameplay goes on, although there is nothing else you can do. Kind of religiously existential.

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Bible Adventures game for NES includes long Biblical Quotes #umwconsole #gamifyreligion

This quote is from Genesis and is where God tells know I'm about to open the tap on you all. This is some hardcore gamifying of the Bible, although you only shepherd animals, so gameplay gets dull quick.

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Menu screen for Bible Adventures game for the NES #umwconsole

Zach Whalen has this wild NES game called Bible Adventures that let's you play through three different stories in the Old Testament: Noah's Ark, baby Moses, and David and Goliath. You spend most of your time shepherding animals, unless you are throwing babies in water. A truly wild game. It wasn't an official NES game, but rather a religious bootleg sold only in religious stores. Kinda like early religious rock bands, but for the NES :)

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Just secured some handheld awesome for #umwconsole exhibit: Coleco Head to Head Football

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Atari 2600 page from 1982 JC Penny Xmas Catalog #umwconsole

This image was found on the great Wishbook's Flickr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wishbook/6904417568/

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Microsurgeon #umwconsole poster for upcoming Exhibit starting March 30 at #UMW

Zach Whalen and Mike Black have been hard at work on the UMW Console posters, I like what they've come up with a lot!

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VIC-20 #umwconsole poster for upcoming Exhibit starting March 30 at #UMW

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Super Mario #umwconsole poster for upcoming Exhibit starting March 30 at #UMW

Zach Whalen and Mike Black have been hard at work on the UMW Console posters, I like what they've come up with a lot!

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Karate Kid #umwconsole poster for upcoming Exhibit starting March 30 at #UMW

Zach Whalen and Mike Black have been hard at work on the UMW Console posters, I like what they've come up with a lot!