Homebrew Super Mario Bros. Clone released for Atari 2600

Remember Super Mario Bros. for the NES? Sprybug, a hombrew coder from the AtariAge forums, has released a Super Mario Bros. Clone for the Atari 2600 with a fully playable demo of world 1-1. Younger gamers these days probably don’t remember the Atari 2600, a video game console released by Atari in the 1970s that famously popularised home video gaming with games like Pac-Man, Pitfall!, Space Invaders and, my personal favourite, Boxing. With only 128 bytes of RAM and a 1.19 MHz CPU the hardware is very limited by today’s standards, which makes the very feat of creating a sidescrolling jump’n'run type of video game for the system extremely impressive… [...]

Akihabara 360 degrees: AKB360

akb360-01-th.pngAkihabara. Tech-mecca. Place of longing for whole generations of video gamers, tech nerds, manga and anime fans alike. Birthplace of the the famous otaku syndrome. An area in Tokyo, about 5 minutes to the north east from Tokyo station, Akihabara is famous for its abundance of small and large shops selling electronic and computer goods. As a vast area of department stores, video game arcades and manga caf├ęs centered around “Akihabara Electric Town”, Akiba is also a number one destination for most foreign tourists visiting Tokyo, many of which leave with the latest Nintendo or Sony console tucked under their arm.

Before you book a flight to Tokyo and dive into the tech jungle, though, check out AKB360, a product by Japanese web development company DON Inc. released early this year. AKB360 lets you explore Akihabara pretty much in the same way as Google Streetview, with one important difference: in AKB360 you can actually walk into buildings as if you were really there… [...]

Japanese company invents religion-free DVD player

religionfree-dvdplayer-th.jpgWith the global economy still staggering, many tech firms are having trouble maintaining market shares and are under pressure to innovate. Especially Japanese tech companies have long been under siege by Korean and Chinese competitors. Yet, with budget cuts and layoffs throughout the industry, R&D and marketing departments have very little room to manoeuvre. However, as LabaQ reports, there is one Japanese company has found the cure: religion-free DVD players. I think it is fair to say that this will be an innovation that will shake the industry. Originally posted on Reddit, news of this peculiar item quickly spread on Western internet forums and social networks. I have yet to find out when this product will reach European and American markets, but as soon as I can get my hands on one, I’ll let you know if it plays Passion of the Christ… [...]