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The first product ever produced by multinational media conglomerate and manufacturer of all manner of technology, SONY... was a rice cooker.
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Marie the Bee 'Exit 2' Haiku Review
Mon, Mar 02, 2009 5:06pm EST
By Marie the Bee


Slow game. Obnoxious.
Companions cry out "Save us!"
Look down, whisper "No."



[Exit 2 on XBLA]
Gaming Trivia
The compellingly titled "Communist Mutants from Space" was a less-successful Space Invaders clone for the Atari 2600 released in 1982.
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RevolvingDork Upgrades GET!
Mon, Mar 02, 2009 5:05pm EST
By RevolvingDork


Hypercombofinish is back online and better than ever before.

From this point forward we're going to focus on publishing original content with remarkable consistency. This content will include unique game reviews, comics, and interviews with industry insiders.

"But Chris", you might ask, "why are you using the word 'we'? Isn't this site run by you alone? Were you, like, promoted to be the queen or something?"

No, hypothetical faithful reader, I am not the queen.

Supergamer Marie the Bee ( Marie Kare ) has joined the team, and will be contributing some fantastic writing. Her first post will be up right after this one; it is the beginning of a series of game reviews presented in haiku form.

Additionally, we now have a Twitter feed for you to follow ( www.twitter.com/hypercombo ). We've been updating it frequently with game trivia and lesser-known factoids you can use to impress your nerdy friends.

There is also a new comment system for you to use to communicate back with us and other readers on every blog post. Let's get the flame wars rolling!
Gaming Trivia
Developers of Super Mario World for the SNES spent over 29,000 hours programming the game.
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RevolvingDork My Super Mario Land Laser-Etched Laptop
Mon, Mar 02, 2009 1:16pm EST
By RevolvingDork


As discovered by the blogosphere at large several weeks ago, I decided to tattoo my 10" Eee PC laptop with an homage to classic gaming cartography.

The design is the complete level layout from Super Mario Land ( Game Boy ), from level 1-1 all the way to the climactic battle with Tatanga in the clouds at the end of 4-3. If you like, you can download the source for the design here on Thingiverse.

This was made possible with the laser cutter at NYC Resistor in Brooklyn, where you can go to get your laptop etched too!

I set the laser in raster mode at 70% speed and 40% power to achieve this look.

Check below the cut for some more photos of the whole thing.

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The phrase "All your base are belong to us" originated in the opening cutscene of Zero Wing for the Sega Mega Drive.
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RevolvingDork John Henry
Fri, Nov 28, 2008 3:40pm EST
By RevolvingDork
It's been a while!

Here's a comic! I drew it without any machines!

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The Magnavox Odyssey lacked writeable memory and couldn't track scores. Instead, players were provided with paper score sheets.
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RevolvingDork Can't get no satisfaction
Sat, Nov 17, 2007 5:42pm EST
By RevolvingDork
There are too many new and excellent games to play. You should be very proud of me for making a new comic this week.

Tonight I'm heading east for the holiday to gorge myself with friends and family. Have a great Thanksgiving if you're celebrating it!

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Gaming Trivia
The Magnavox Odyssey contained 40 transistors & no microprocessor. A single Pentium4 microprocessor contains 42 million transistors.
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RevolvingDork The Devil went down somewhere, but it ain't Georgia
Sun, Nov 04, 2007 4:52am EST
By RevolvingDork
It's daylight savings time! The GOOD kind too, not any of that "spring forward" nonsense.

I used the extra hour up finishing this comic.

Spoiler: The moral of the story is that I beat Guitar Hero 3 on Expert.

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The six-digit number found on Scorpion tanks in Halo is the birth date of the art director Marcus R. Lehto.
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RevolvingDork The arms race
Sat, Oct 27, 2007 4:07am EDT
By RevolvingDork
Guitar Hero 3 comes out this weekend! It'll be the first online game I buy for my Wii. Maybe I'll write a review for the site after digesting it...

Haim planted the idea behind this one, so it's only fitting he gets the starring role.

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Following the arcade release of Space Invaders, Japan experienced a shortage of 100-yen coins, presumably due to their usage in the machines
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RevolvingDork Communication Breakdown
Sat, Oct 20, 2007 5:23pm EDT
By RevolvingDork
Here's a new comic! It's been almost two years since the last one, and I *really* miss making them.

I moved to California at the end of Spring, and so far it's still a strange and alien place.

This comic is a mostly accurate depiction of an event that transpired under the SF bay.

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Gaming Trivia
in 1981, a version of Atari's "Battlezone" was developed for the US Army as a targeting trainer for gunners on Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
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RevolvingDork Have a holly jolly thing
Sat, Dec 24, 2005 3:55pm EST
By RevolvingDork
Where have I been?

I've been working. Extremely hard.

so I might be reasoning too far into the realm of "optimistic".

To make up for the time we've lost, I've recorded an MP3 of me playing a Christmastime tune on my banjo -- enjoy, and have a great holiday!

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Gaming Trivia
Before his death, Marlon Brando recorded dialogue for EA's Godfather. The tracks were unintelligible & a sound-alike was hired for the game.
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RevolvingDork Which side are you on?
Fri, Nov 04, 2005 4:14pm EST
By RevolvingDork
There seems to be a bit of a trend going on.

I work at home, so Lara's the one feeling the effects of Philly's transit strike first-hand.

Hypercombofinish Comic #35 by Chris Maguire

In other news, it looks like Coleco Vision is coming back. This is the game system system I was weaned on, so I'd be lying if I said the news isn't tickling my nostalgia bone.
Of course, it's just some sort of re-release by a completely different company that bought rights to the name, but if they start selling authentic remakes of the old hardware, they'll definitely catch my eye...
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