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It’s been a sad truism of the video game medium that even its best hardware and software can wind up as just so much cultural ephemera. It’s tough to track down working models of the influential stand-up machines of the early arcade era, much less the weird knock-offs and outliers like “Jungle King” that never got as big as “Pac-Man” or “Donkey Kong.” The same phenomenon goes for home consoles, too. One year’s wished-for Christmas present became next year’s trash pick-up and, as a result, many of the machines seen in the “Insane Console History Video 2.0.” are lost to the dustbins of history.

The Insane Console History Video 2.0 from Elder-Geek on Vimeo.

John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli want to change that. They already organize the Classic Gaming Expo but want to establish The Videogame History Museum as a full-time home for the wonders that can be seen there. The preservationists brought their pitch to this year’s E3, where the pre-historic foundations of the industry’s current sound and fury were a big hit among attendees. Everything from rare prototypes to actual working systems to marketing ephemera was on display, but it had to go back to some storage locker after the show was done.

The aim, then, of the VGHM is to keep these artifacts on permanent display to document the beginnings of the multibillion-dollar games industry and inspire those who’d like to join the ranks of engineers and developers who made it happen. They’ve got the blessing of David Crane, creator of the classic “Pitfall” and one of the founders of Activision. Crane says:

“I have always wished you success in finding a permanent home for your collection, which I consider to be the most comprehensive repository of videogame collectibles and memorabilia in the world.”

So, the trio of retro-enthusiast gentlemen have launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather the funds to make the museum a reality. Whether you’re a lapsed gamer or one for whom the fire still burns, consider making a donation to house the silicon and code that changed the world.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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