Arkanoid

Arkanoid

After revolutionizing the world with a video game called Pong, Atari followed up with a similar hit called Breakout. The paddle and ball were still there, which the player now used to knock down a wall of bricks. Imitators followed in droves but one game stands out as a worthy competitor – Taito’s Arkanoid, released a decade later and full of interesting variations. Continue reading...

St. Elsewhere

St. Elsewhere

The formula for 80s cop drama Hill St. Blues proved so successful that Hollywood execs decided to try it in a hospital setting. The result was St. Elsewhere, a poignant and gritty drama that kept fans entertained for six seasons as they followed the daily lives of a staff of doctors and a collection of colorful patients at St. Eligius, a run down teaching hospital in Boston. Continue reading...

Battling Tops

Battling Tops

Assuming you didn't have access to cockfights and bare-knuckle boxing bouts as a kid, the next best thing to getting your gladiatorial fix was Battle Tops. Once you released your spinning top into the plastic arena, you could sit back and watch the carnage erupt as you cheered on your fearless plastic cohort and hoped that, once the dust cleared, it emerged the last one standing, er, spinning. Continue reading...

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire

Few groups defined the direction of r&b in the late 1970's as effortlessly well as Earth, Wind & Fire. Under the skilled hand of leader Maurice White, this talented group of musicians mixed several different styles of music into their own unique brand of pop-soul and earned countless hit albums and singles from the mid-70's to the early 80's. In the process, they became one of the most successful and influential r&b groups of all time. Continue reading...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrived in comic book form in 1984. Within a few years, every kid on the planet knew their name. If you were a really loyal fan, you could eat their cereal in your Ninja Turtle pjs while watching their cartoon on television. Then you could play the Ninja-inspired Nintendo game until it was time for a healthy lunch of Chef Boyardee Ninja Turtle pasta. Kids would have to wait until the 90s, however, to finally see their heroes on the big screen. Continue reading...

Bionic Woman Toys

Bionic Woman Toys

Who says a girl can’t have a little adventure with her own action figure? If Steve Austin could traipse around town showing off his nifty cyber-eye and superhuman strength, certainly a female doll could show off her mechanically-enhanced espionage abilities as well. Introducing Jaimie Summers, The Bionic Woman - a gal that had some very special talents all her own. Continue reading...

M&Ms

M&Ms

It’s everyday knowledge that many of our modern comforts and accessories actually originated in military circles. Developed for troops and adapted for citizens, we have come to accept everything from dehydrated food products to Hummers as facts of civilian life. You can also add M&M’s to that list. Continue reading...