Monday, January 21, 2013

Atari and Fruit Cakes

I wanted to get just one last update in before Chrontendo Episode 46 is uploaded. I've spent much of MLK Day trying to get everything slapped together. Despite having the luxury of a three day weekend, I'm not quite finished. There were a number of other things occupying my attention: I had to get some new tires, and I also had a bit of cooking planned. Aside from day-to-day meals, I made a jar of pickles (Or rather, I started making a jar. They take a while.)  But, much more exciting was baking a fruit cake.

I don't want to always be going off on cooking tangents, as I know some readers don't dig this stuff. However, I feel need to correct a common misconception that many of you may have: that fruit cake is terrible. Quite the opposite is true. A well made fruit cake is absolutely delicious. Obviously, you'd do well to avoid those store-bought cakes with the creepy red and green things in them. If you're going to use candied fruit, you should make it yourself. I whipped some candied orange peel for mine, seen here with the dates and apricots.

Side products from making the candied orange peel are peeled-but-unjuiced oranges and a very thick orange syrup. I'll have to figure out some use for the syrup.

Fruit cake ages well - the booze helps - so I made two cakes and am aging one for about a month and a half. I'll report the results to you then. The fresh one was excellent, however.

The Dord pointed out the recent news about Atari, Inc's chapter 11 filing. You've probably heard about this already. The familiarity of the name "Atari" means that most mainstream news outlets covered the announcement. While this is certainly interesting, we have to remember that this is simply the latest development in the ongoing saga of the rights to the name "Atari," which has been bought and sold numerous times. The current Atari, Inc has no real continuity with the original Atari. As you might recall from the Tengen company history we did a while back, Jack Tramiel's Atari Corporation (the guys behind the 7800, Lynx and Jaguar) ceased operations in 1996, and the name and rights were passed around a few times, ending up end the hand of Infogrames in 2003. The current Atari, Inc was originally a completely unrelated company called GT Interactive, which Infogrames purchased and renamed.

If anything, the "real" Atari died in 2003 when Atari Games was closed down by its owners Midway. Atari Games had remained a living, breathing game company until that point, with old-time employees like Asteroids creator Ed Logg hanging on until the very end. Warner eventually bought the Atari Games rights. Supposedly, Warner later sold these rights to Namco Bandai, who also took over the European division of the other Atari a few years ago. Thus stuff like Witcher 2 is published by Namco Bandai in Europe.

Over the next couple days I will finish editing Episode 46. Then it's a simple matter of producing a test version, correcting any obvious glaring errors, processing a final cut, and then processing the alternate versions (mkv, etc), uploading everything to Youtube and Archive -- and then you'll be able to enjoy Chrontendo 46!

One last minor announcement: there is now a new Chrontendo FAQ found in the upper left corner, below my profile picture. There's probably not much of interest to readers of this blog. I'll be linking to it in the new video, and it will be aimed more for folks who found Chrontendo on Youtube and don't know this blog exists.


Skymaster T said...

Thanks for the FAQ section. I didn't know the origins of your name or this project. And I don't care if you're Goth. I don't judge :)

Anonymous said...

I found information in the FAQ that I didn't even know! It was cool that you mentioned me in your blog. Thanks :)

I just hope one day Atari will be a better company and maybe get some of the old timers (Ones that are alive of course, this isn't Weekend At Bernie's!) of the Atari of old to join.

Kamiboy said...

The magic of Atari died right around the time the Warner suits took hold of the reigns. The last vestiges being blasted to smithereens in the North American crash of '83.

But in hindsight their demise was a good thing for the industry as it opened the door for the Japanese game and console makers to walk in and run the home console side of things for what will be remembered as the craft's golden age.

Personally, I find that the resurgence of North American dominance in the console space since circa 2006 has done nothing but put me off modern gaming altogether, so I might be biased.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the new episode... I sense some action-packed titles. :P

Unknown said...

Was reading your FAQ. I could of sworn I read somewhere, or maybe it was in the first episode or early blog that one of the reasons you were doing Chrontendo was to find out what the really worst games where because of all the claims such and such game was the worst Famicom game and how could you know unless you played them all?

Doctor Sparkle said...

Sean: Maybe you're thinking of the "10 Worst Games" video I did. I said there that I felt I was specially qualified to compile such a list. But that wasn't my original intention behind Chrontendo.