"Dark Side of the Moon" [Teasers]
- Computer Gaming World, August 1998 (#169)
- via CGW Museum
- What if? Well then I’ll just have to see you there, with dark forebodings too.
"Nintendo 64DD" [Flyer, Japan]
- Scanned / Uploaded by Game Industry Term Encyclopedia (ゲーム業界用語事典)
- What is the Nintendo 64DD? (Other than a potential stripper/porn star name?) It was a short-lived expansion for the Nintendo 64; it was designed to use disks for games and re-writable storage, à la the Famicom Disk System, and was also able to connect to the Internet. It was actually announced a year prior to the N64’s launch but suffered a number of delays so when it finally came out in Japan in 2000, Nintendo anticipated a commercial failure so availability became limited to their online subscription service, Randnet and a handful of stores, while only a paltry 10 titles were ever and developed and published; most of the games being developed for it were either cancelled or reworked for the cartridge, GameCube, and even the PlayStation.
"Daikatana - ‘Barber’"
- Computer Gaming World, October 1999 (#184)
- via CGW Museum
- Back during iD Software’s golden years, the staff would often play a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons created by lead programmer John Carmack. The end goal was to achieve a legendary sword referred to as the Daikatana. Right near the end of this grueling campaign, with the object in reach, lead designer John Romero made a bad call and doomed his fellow players; killing them all and putting the Daikatana forever out of reach. Years later, Romero founded Ion Storm and started work on a game named after the object; said game threatened to make all of us Romero’s bitch. It didn’t. Now it is a legend for all the wrong reasons.
- Sure, I could have posted the infamous “Make You His Bitch” teaser, but we all know about that one.
- EGM, May 2005 (#191)
- An ad for the notorious flop known as Gizmondo. I personally don’t remember much about its doomed, crazy development history, which involved crashed Ferraris and bizarre titles. Luckily, Eurogamer has an article that sums it all up….
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" [Newspaper Teaser]
- via AtariMania
- It’s September 26; on this day in gaming history, Atari buried thousands of unsold game cartridges out in the New Mexico desert, most of them being a surplus of their now infamous E.T. game: quite possibly one of the industries’ biggest commercial failures. In observance, I’d like to spend today looking at others that have earned that title.
"Heavy Bullets - ‘Launch Trailer’" [Trailer, Web]
- Uploaded by Devolver Digital, via horriblenightinventory:
Roguelike FPS - The next bit of gaming madness from Devolver Digital.
- "No money changed hands. No streamers were hurt." Well, that’s good to know… thanks Devolver! Please never become an evil video game publisher.
- From the looks of it, it’s like they took the imperfect “Rogue Shooter”, dunked it in some Tron-like visual goo, and made it more reliant on resource management. Neat.