Howard and the Webthang here at OnceUponAtari.com wish to express our sadness over the loss of a truly cool guy and most valuable asset to classic gaming. Bryan "KidHype" Smith, producer of Retrogaming Radio, will be missed by a huge community spread throughout the world. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and close friends.
The Classic Gaming
And HSW was there! Yes I know I'm late in reporting this, but a good time was
had by all. Anyone who has pics or bits to pass on about CGE 2004 (and HSW)
I'm willing to post them. Catch me on the contact page.
Twenty-three year old Fard
Muhammad has been a fan of Atari since
1989 when his mother gave him an Atari XE Video Game/Computer
System and an Atari 2600. Ironically, she bought it
for him hoping that Atari was on its way out of business. Perhaps,
she thought, the failing company would produce a dearth of playable
games that would effectively keep Fard away from all those "expensive
video games." Her plan to keep Fard's attention on computers
and off games backfired when, instead,
she encouraged his fanatical 15-year interest in the company
that pioneered the video game business.
Fard also ignored his peers who let him know that, compared to Nintendo,
Atari was just not "cool" anymore. This burgeoning visionary knew
he had the real deal and rather than cast away his joystick, he went
to the library. If he couldn't get games, he'd learn enough to program
them. But slowly, family and friends cleaned out closets and supplied
Fard with a fine collection of 2600 games.
As his love for the games grew, so did his interest in the company
that created them. Why did it fail? Could the company feasibly come
back into the gaming world? After researching the topic at length,
Fard wrote to Atari to see what
they had to say on the
Then, Atari released their Lynx portable video game system
and Fard was off and running, hoping that Atari would once more become
part of the mainstream. But even this Atari Jaguar/Lynx evangelist
and self-described Atari marketing VP couldn't pump life back into
old game producer as it faced the challenges of Sony and Nintendo.
So 14 year old Fard turned his energies to the growing gaming community
on the web. There he promoted his favorite platform and encouraged
the 2000 release of "BattleSphere" for Jaguar.
Now certifiably an Atari historian, Fard continues to gather information
on all things Atari in honor of the company
that both started and lost itself to the video game
business. He still ardently
supports and plays the systems he loved when he was a kid (as well
few others for the arcade), the Dreamcast, and his computer (codenamed "Atari9000").
His Atari collection includes paraphernalia
ranging from various models of the 2600 and an autographed copy of
the soundtrack of his favorite arcade game "San Francisco Rush
2049" to an
autographed copy of "Tempest 3000" complete with a lock
of hair from Jeff
Minter's sheep, Flossie.
Fard has a bachelor's degree in computer science
Illinois Institute of Technology and hopes to go into a career in
special effects, computer animation, or web design. And like so
many of us, he also has a
ideas up his sleeve that he hopes will bring him a few million
dollars. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
List of favorite games
Classic Home Games: Solaris (2600), Yar's Revenge (2600)
Classic Arcade Game: Pole Position, PONG, Tetris
Modern Home Games: Tempest 3000 (NUON DVD), BattleSphere (Jaguar),
Set Radio (Dreamcast), SimCity Series (PC)
Modern Arcade Game: San Francisco Rush 2049, STUN Runner
And now the Egg itself
The answer from the egg cracker himself:
Answer: In Episode 2, while Carla Meninsky talks about how Ray
Kassar wanted to get
more women to play the 2600 by releasing games with more feminine
themes, three 2600 games are featured- Home Run, Space Invaders,
and Warlords. Or H, S, and W.