A Gremlin in Our Midst: Frank Fogleman’s Binder

I recently took a trip up to San Diego to take part in the 2019 Gremlin Industries' 36th reunion party (I previously attended in 2017 as well). After the festivities I spent a day at the abode of co-founder of Gremlin, Frank Fogleman, and discovered his one remaining binder of Gremlin materials on his bookshelf. … Continue reading A Gremlin in Our Midst: Frank Fogleman’s Binder

An Incomprehensible Run Down of Video Game Lawsuits

The layperson thinks suing is easy: Party B does Party A wrong, Party A sues Party B and a judgement is eventually passed which finds Party B guilty or innocent. However, in law, absolutely nothing is simple or certain. The endless ins and outs of the proceedings from legal action are extremely tedious to study … Continue reading An Incomprehensible Run Down of Video Game Lawsuits

First Music: The Mystery of the First Video Game Soundtrack

Ever wonder what the first video game with music is? Well, wonder no more: It's Gun Fight by Midway with an adaptation of Frédéric Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2! Or is it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5vSZyDhFLo There is something strange about what should be an exceedingly straightforward fact which is the variety as to whether you get a … Continue reading First Music: The Mystery of the First Video Game Soundtrack

Chicago Legacy: Exploring Bally Manufacturing

Chicago's a weird and wild place, having been built and rebuilt innumerable times over the decades. As in all great cities, the new and the old collide into something unique which expresses it's own history. The remnants of what was once the coin-op capital are sparse, but it's a pleasure for me to walk to … Continue reading Chicago Legacy: Exploring Bally Manufacturing