Because of Intellivision I've curbed my Video Games Live performances down to about 1 or 2 a month on a weekend. Tomorrow I'll be playing in El Paso, TX with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and choir at the Plaza Theatre! Big story & write-up in the local El Paso newspaper this week. For friends in the area... hope to see ya there! http://www.elpasoinc.com/lifestyle/local_features/video-game-compositions-take-stage-at-symphony/article_38cf0e04-56f9-11e9-a9e5-e7cac2d86ee9.html
Today is Douglas Adams birthday. Douglas Adams was the author of one of my favorite book series... @Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. He passed away over 18 years ago. He would have turned 67 years old today. Mr. Adams was a big video game fan. I had the great honor to meet him and interview him for The Electric Playground many years ago. At the end of the interview I asked him if he could sign my Hitchhikers book. He said yes, but only on one condition... at that point he pulled out 2 of my CD's and said "only if I signed his copies of my albums". Needless to say, I was blown away. And the best part... I have it all on film! Happy Birthday to Mr. Douglas Adams. A hero not forgotten. p.s. please try to ignore my shirt. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4hyf6lYq_M
I'M OFFICIALLY A HERO! :) Thank you to all the fans and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra for having me back for the 4th year in a row! Cool video promo that the symphony did for the show tomorrow in Doha, Qatar. Missing Eímear Noone this year as she welcomes a new life into the world. Bryan Deans holding the fort down. They are in for one big surprise when original Pokemon TV show singer Jason Paige hits the stage! "Gotta Catch 'Em All" tomorrow!!!!!!
Great time filming with Jay Leno yesterday for his Jay Leno's Garage TV show! He was covering our Intellivision race team car which is now a very special video game themed Porsche Boxster (pics coming soon). After the shoot we talked Intellivision, being Italian and growing up in Massachusetts. Great and funny guy! Next up... boarding a plane for a 16 hour journey to the Middle East!
Great pleasure and honor to be interviewed by my old friend Kevin Pereira on his Pointless podcast yesterday. We talk about my childhood, how I got into the video game industry, my career... and of course... Intellivision!! Hoping my story inspires others. (interview starts at around 16 minutes) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/372954538##
Awesome time yesterday spent with the amazing Sean Astin! What an amazing career and talent! Goonies, Rudy, Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things, Big Bang Theory... he's done it all across 4 decades. We all grew up with him and his characters in each new decade we entered. Have always been a big fan. And what was his favorite video game system growing up? What are the fond gaming memories he has as Intellivision of course!!
Most game systems over the past 20 years have only come with 1 controller... the Intellivision Amico will come standard with 2! But it will also be able to have mobile devices link up and be used as a controller as well. It will be a free downloadable app. Perfect for lots of friends & family to casually play certain games together without having to purchase multiple controllers (although we will be making extra physical controllers available as well). Here is a first look at our current prototype "Classic" skin controller running off mobile. The disc even spins when you move it! :)
Amazing photography by Dima James (http://www.dimajames.com/)
Merry Christmas from Intellivision! Here's a rare treat that most folks may not know about... a game called HAPPY HOLIDAY'S was being worked on in 1983 for the original Intellivision system, but was never officially released. It would have included 3 holiday themed games... Santa's Helper, Easter Eggcitement and Trick or Treat. Here is a rare unfinished prototype/demo of the Santa's Helper game (for which I added some new 8-bit music). :) Design/Program: Dale Lynn Graphics: Kai Tran, Lori Sunahara Santa's Helper Find and gather all the toys and gifts. Find the elf for extra points. Get all the gifts and join Santa in his sleigh. Drop gifts down chimneys as they scroll past below the sleigh. Easter Eggcitement Find the Easter eggs hidden in the park. Find the Easter Bunny for extra points. Trick or Treat Go trick-or-treating; get candy from houses where the lights are on. Avoid the witches, ghosts and pumpkins. DEVELOPMENT HISTORY As Intellivision games started growing in size, a technical limitation was hit: the Intellivision memory map only allowed for 16K of cartridge space. Some new games on the drawing boards, especially ECS games, required at least 24K. The Design & Development department worked around the problem by building cartridges using pageable ROM. 4K blocks -- pages -- of data could share the same address space and be selected by the program as needed. While the pageable ROMs were intended to allow larger games, it was apparent that they would be ideal for multi-game "albums." Several old and/or new games could easily be linked together on one cartridge with a menu. To demonstrate this, Dale Lynn of the D & D department came up with the original idea Happy Holidays. The cartridge would contain three original holiday-themed games. Demo screens for the games were designed by Kai Tran and Lori Sunahara, also of D & D, and Dale programmed some simple animation. Dale presented the idea at a meeting of the senior Mattel Electronics executives. The concept of game albums was enthusiastically embraced: everyone started brainstorming ideas for albums of both original and recycled games. (Many albums probably would have hit the market in 1984, but only two -- Go For the Gold and Party Line -- formally made it onto the release schedule.)
My music for Advent Rising (2 songs) made it into Hal Leonard's "The Greatest Video Game Music" piano sheet music book! Other games include Final Fantasy, Skyrim, Kingdom Hearts, Civilization IV, Metal Gear Solid and more! Great company! Huge honor! https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Video-Game-Music/dp/1495080293/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1545352618&sr=8-1&keywords=%22The+Greatest+Video+Game+Music%22+hal+leonard&linkCode=sl1&tag=materiacollec-20&linkId=9a7fc7cc2346552ba53fd910e237fffe&language=en_US