Sunday, November 10, 2013

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Monday, February 25, 2013


We haven't posted here in awhile but we haven't stopped broadcasting every Saturday at 7pm live on CFMU 93.3 (streaming live at  We're moving the discussion to our new subreddit at  Hope to see you there!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Secret History of Gaming: Article1 VIC-20

The Secret History of Gaming is our online version of Uncle Kaiser who each week joins our radio show in a segment aptly named 'Story time with Uncle Kaiser', in which he satisfies listener curiosities by telling them a story about a game of their choice.

I carry fond memories of Commodore's PET computer, but as with everything, including love. Relationships change quite rapidly in this greedy society.
Back in the dawn of computing, if you wanted a PET computer you couldn't just run down to your nearest EB and purchase one. You had to find a licensed seller, some sort of specialty shop. What a pain in the ass and because it was a pain in the ass, sales sucked and Commodore would have to change their tactic and come up with a better strategy.
Alas, the rise of a new computer. A home computer. A computer for dummies and no hoops to jump through in order to purchase one.
In 1980 Commodore released their new computer which was branded as VIC-20. The VIC-20 was a huge hit right off the bat being the first microcomputer to sell one million units. One million units of 8-bit heaven. How did they pull that off you ask? Quite easily. The VIC-20 sold for under $300.00 and was so easy to operate that it appealed to the masses. Commodore pumped these little temptresses into every damned store you can think of. If you wanted to play around computer style you could walk down the street and find VIC-20 at hobby shops, a department store, hot dog vending carts and even auto repair shops, because if a mechanic can play around with the VIC-20 it must be easy to operate. The VIC-20 was the first colour computer, it had a user friendly version of BASIC 2.0 which made programming easy(I wrote my first cook book and rock zine on my VIC) in fact the VIC gave the masses their first taste of programming, it also came with a floppy disk expansion and could hook up to a printer. A specific monitor wasn't essential as the VIC could hook up to a television set.
Even though the VIC-20 sold 2.5 million units around the globe it could not hold on. This historical marvel with it's 5.5K of RAM, 2 of which was eaten up by the Basic Operating System eventually forced developers to write code by hand.
As with everything, including love. Relationships change quite rapidly in this greedy society. In 1982, Commodore rolled out VIC-20's casket and announced the birth of their newest computer named Commodore 64.

Now you know the Secret History of the Commodore VIC-20.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's been a long time crocodile

It's been awhile since we've posted here. We've been focusing more on the Facebook group Radio Show. But we've recently sent in our show renewal for our second year at CFMU (listen to our terrestrial radio show at and it's time to get this site back online!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sushi Go Round

Sushi Go Round

YouTube - 「超・ちゃぶ台返し!」プレイムービー

Cho Chabu Daigaeshi: A game that simulates the feeling of getting irritated at the dinner table

YouTube - 「超・ちゃぶ台返し!」プレイムービー

YouTube - Wind Waker Unplugged

Wonderful little video of a young gent playing music from LOZ:WW

YouTube - Wind Waker Unplugged

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dragon's Lair: iPod Touch/Phone

Classic arcade game. Remember the laser disc's. This killer revolutionary game from WAY back in the day can now fit into your pocket!

$4.99 at the App Store

Vanilla Assassin

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Retarded Robots?

Usually when you're a kid, going shopping with parents isn't the most exciting to do item on your list. But you know what? Other than having to stand around the boring clothes section at Woolworths and at Kresges, waiting for mom to purchase garments and whatever else, i liked shopping. I remember dad buying a bike at Robinsons for my brother. Actually i can't remember if the purchase was made there. It was so long ago and sadly those three stores are long gone from downtown. Along with the Eaton Centre where women with a hot pair of legs worked the elevators. Those are some of my fondest memories of shopping downtown. Those, and mom deciding to feel sorry for me and giving me a shiny Quarter! I never knew if i would be getting the quarter. Most of the time i did. That currency, adorned with the head of the queen on one side and a moose head on the other was my all access pass to PacMan or Dig Dug Or Donkey Kong Or sorry bro i forgot the game you always played. Either Centipede orGalaxian.

What i'm trying to ask here is, does this still happen to kids nowdays??? Or are kids just retarded robots who will never feel nostalgia when they get older?

Vanilla Assassin