Back in 1987, you could've picked up either a SEGA Master System for $99.99 (included 2 controllers, light phaser and Safari / Hang On games) or an NES with R.O.B. as well as a light gun, two controllers, and two games for $139.97. The single games for these systems ran anywhere from $27.49 (Choplifter) to $34.99 (The Legend of Zelda). The best-selling gaming console of its time, the NES helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983. With the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers, authorizing them to produce and distribute titles for Nintendo's platform. Click here to view the first image in this week's cool video game pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Magpie bird mimicing a child's laugh.
If you were around for the launch of the SNES back in 1991, the $199 bundle with Super Mario World may sound familiar. Fast forward to 1996, gamers could pick up a Killer Instinct console bundle for a mere $79.99, or a single Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie's Double Trouble game for a whopping $69.99. That's right, for just $10 more, one could have the console + game, instead of just the latter. The bright side is that most other games ranged in price from $29.99 - $34.99 at the time. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that looks like each other gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Navy's Force Awakens trailer spoof.
A number of accessories were produced for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Many of these devices were modeled after earlier add-ons for the NES: the Super Scope is a light gun functionally similar to the NES Zapper (though the Super Scope features wireless capabilities) and the Super Advantage is an arcade-style joystick with adjustable turbo settings akin to the NES Advantage. This ad from the 90s shows just how bold Nintendo was with their advertising. Continue reading for more classic video game ads.
If you wanted a 256K, 1-Disk computer back in 1984, you probably would've had to shell out at least $4,999. At that price, you get TRSDOS (single-user) / TRX-XENIX (multi-user) operating systems, one or two 8" floppy disk drives, a built-in 15MB hard drive, four internal plug-in expansion slots, and a dual-processor design. Unfortunately, if you were to find one brand new in box, expect it to be priced well above its original MSRP. Continue reading for more.
Introduced by IBM in 1956, HDDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s. Continuously improved, HDDs have maintained this position into the modern era of servers and personal computers. As the 1980s began, HDDs were a rare and very expensive additional feature in PCs, but by the late 1980s their cost had been reduced to the point where they were standard on all but the cheapest computers. This vintage ad shows just how much they used to cost. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.
The IMSAI Series Two is a personal computer which combines modern hardware with the original IMSAI 8080 hardware and case, with the original front panel LEDs and switches. The Series Two supports USB and Ethernet and is a co-operative development from Howard Harte (Harte Technologies LLC.) and Thomas Fischer (Fischer-Freitas Company). Several options are available for the IMSAI Series Two, such as a Mini Drive enclosure for external drives. Unfortunately, even back in the 80s, it would have set you back $5,995, which equates to $17,311.65 in 2015. Continue reading for more interesting pictures.
Harrison Ford may have gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series, but it was a long road to success for the star. Starring roles were scarce in the mid-1960s, so Ford turned to carpentry to supplement his income. This would turn out to be the best career move he would ever make. In the late-1970s, the struggling actor still had not cracked the big time and was still working as a carpenter. While building a doorway in a studio one day Ford was spotted by Lucas who was casting for a new film. He asked Ford to come and read with the other potentials and, despite having other actors in mind like Nick Nolte, Kurt Russell and Christopher Walken, Lucas soon realised he had found his man, and the rest is history. Continue reading for more.
Heracleion is an ancient city shrouded in myth, swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years. Archeologists are now unearthing the mysteries of this Egyptian city, uncovering incredibly well-preserved artifacts that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port. Its legendary beginnings go back to as early as the 12th century BC, and it is mentioned by ancient Greek historians. Its importance grew especially during the waning days of the Pharaohs - the late period, when it was Egypt's main port for international trade and collection of taxes. The city was first rediscovered in the year 2000 by underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio and a research team from the European Institute for Underwater Acheology (IEASM) after a 4-year geophysical survey. The ruins of the lost city were found approximately 30-feet under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one that shows crazy homemade pneumatic articulating wings for humans.
The Famicom Titler is basically a Nintendo-licensed Famicom-compatible device produced by the Sharp Corporation, and first released in 1989 exclusively in Japan at a retail price of 43,000 yen ($356). The system was the only consumer-level Famicom to internally generate RGB video, the only Famicom system with S-Video output, and it has been noted for its crisp clarity of image. The system also functioned as a subtitle-generator and it could be used in combination with a RF-video camera to create gameplay videos and demos. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
Many people are curious about what the future holds, including French artist Jean-Marc Cote back in 1900. He, along with some colleagues, attempted to predict the world in the year 2000. Some may appear absurd, while others aren't that crazy at all, such as machines that help you try on clothing, automated floor scrubbers, and farming technology. Now the aerial firefighters is another story.
In all, there are a total of 87 cards, which debuted at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, and compiled into the "Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000" book. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you reverse a backwards running competition.