By Tom Siddell
This was from when the original A Video Game was released.
Damn, I hate double salted.
Is that an acoustic coupler at the top left? I could use a decent acoustic coupler...
I would have killed for a Sandport File Hardener a few years ago.
OK cool but where do I send my £200 to buy NUTRITION for my Toshi? I didn't even know it needed to be fed, I'm very excited to see an improvement in function
Is that boxbot?
Wow! "Players allowed"
Not to be confused with ‘Video Game’ without the ‘A’ which was a puzzle game with voice acting by Jack Black
Are we just ignoring that original boxbot, too?
I see you hiding there prototype Boxbot.
I died at "Players allowed" and "Double salted" XD
Great! Now I really want to make A Video Game happen in this reality!
Boxbot, is that you?
You have excelled yourself today.
Yeah, I only take my Video Games double salted or worse really..
Only $250 for Boxbot! What a deal!
The detail in the rest of the page is amazing. You managed to get the feel of a tech page down to a T, without putting anything actually realistically technical down.
Everyone who's technical: this is what a tech page looks like to an uninitiated person.
Tom, Tom, this whole page brought a huge laugh to my jaded, anxious IT team this morning (not least, this jaded, anxious database analyst). :) Thanks for that!
What is that terrible looking device in the top left?
Contains graphics? That's an instant 10/10 from me!
The 900BX looks oddly familiar.
Trying to read this reminded me of why Tom didn't like TV Tropes: "In 'Video Game' the GNASHLY TINIES really FLUSTER THE CORGIES until you get THE VANCOUVER LEVELER and suddenly everything is CLOCKBOXED" (not actual terms)
Part of me fondly remember when AAA titles (we did not call them that) only cost 30 quid.
Nooooooo! I always gonna believe that that thing was Adult Video disguised as a game!
Anyway, I like this comics ♥. I wish it would come more often or been faster paced...
I remember when I got A Video Game for Christmas. The excitement was real!
That is me, Boxbot. up there
Wow the specs of "A Video Game" are really very interesting.
Is that Boxbot on the upper-left?
Brand new TOSH! With all the TOSH! accesories! Oh, it's TOSHI...tosh.
Love how authentic this looks, and how all the devices almost make sense. Also I now need to buy a reverse sandport file hardener.
Beautiful retraux rendering, how did you do it?
I spy with my little eye...Boxbot's ancestor.
that's either really badly translated or
I love it.
Gotta get that fold inverter.
Ah, lemme guess, there were:
A Video Game
A Video Game 2
A Video Game 3: The Videoning
A Video Game 4
A Video Game 3D
A Video Game 2000
A Video Game 2: Remastered (XBox exclusive, the only AVG available for that console family)
A Video Game Online
A Video Game 8
A Video Game 10
A Video Game Online 2
and the most recent:
A Video Game, resetting the numbering but continuing the story that was rebooted in AVG 8
My Toshi Alternate needs a power converter. Any idea where I can source one?
I remember that! Practical Systems Journal, vol 41, issue 5 (Sep-Oct). It certainly got noticed:- you should have seen the letters page in the Nov-Dec issue!
I want the Toshi SLUGGER ^^
every search engine i tried borks some unrelated result. perhaps having a d/m/y date on the newspaper would help?
Double salted and extra hardened?
Oh yeah, count me in, I'll order 100!
Think I'll get some of those file hardeners while I'm at it. We've had a few of the users complaining that their files are too soft...
Unlike the purists, I don't really have a problem with the A Video Game Redux remake. Frankly, I prefer the smoother control scheme and updated progression system. It's streamlined without being 'dumbed down'.
Mmmm. What you there have done, see it I do.
You cant do this to me man... I need to know how the end of Katurday turns out :(
Used to be you could scarcely call an office an office if it didn't have at least one file hardener per desk.
Nobody likes Faster 900BX.
Everyone: make sure you zoom in to read the fine print. There's some pretty demented details.
This page is brilliant if you squint real hard.
Oh boy! Players allowed!
Upper left is BoxBot.
Ooo you can get yer own Boxbot!!! And look at those wonderful features!!
A SUPERB PIECE OF EQUIPMENT!
Boxbot I see you!!! I will be your only fan Boxbot!!!
Looks like a Popular Electronics magazine ad page.
But it is the European issue ... the prices are in (British?) Pounds.
That's a pretty good price.
"Sound included", eh? ImprovisedSpeech compatible, I imagine.
(Great page.) :)
Is... that boxbot?
Were the fold inverters glazed?
Sorry boxbot, even with an upgrade we still won't like you.
Cut it out. They're children. You know who you are.
I remember seeing this in “An Electronics Magazine”! As a spotty teenager I used to fantasise about getting a Reinhaus SPUltra, but my pocket money wouldn’t stretch to that and I had to make do with a DIY INOS kit at £49.99... Those were the days!
I love how you care for the small things! A whole page just for an old flyer is simply awesome!
P.S. Especially when you're old enough to have seen flyers like this. ;-)
*13* different tries?!? I must have it!
Tom your humour is so sophisticated. :P
I was interested in that salted component lift because I have lots of salted components, but then I saw that the offer ends during season. I hate the fine print!
Is it gluten free?
I remember when i was young, we had to invert all our folds manually. How far society has progressed.
Anybody got info on the fold inverter? The flyer's a bit vague and 65 quid is a bit much if I don't know the specs.
This is so very awesome.
A Video Game that allows players is my favorite A Video Game.
I just hate when you try to eat the newer versions of A Video Game and they've only been salted once
Ah, the days of my high school friends passing around pages like these and exclaiming "Dude, how much do you think kidneys go for? Enough to afford that new Shift Profiler from Reinhaus??"
This is pretty funny!
You REALLY made an ad for this? XD Talk about setting up a setting.
Was A Video Game developed in APL?
I remember pages like this from tech magazines in the 80's and 90's and you nailed it. Almost had me fooled! Bravo, sir. Very well done.
This is amazing
There have to be game devs that are also GC fans. Someone is going to have to make that game...
ah i love this
EXTRA HARDENED, DOUBLE SALTED. AWWW, YEAAA
Yes, I'd like to order the "Chicken Incubator," for $19.95. The last one I ordered failed to hatch any chickens.
I can't wait to get the improved, longer wait times on the Shift Profiler. I am getting so many complaints about how fast my current one is. This will be of so much use. Especially since my current one can only be used over night.
Double salted? You sure you didn't photo shop that in from an ad for Dutch licorice? That said, everything on that page is bizarre; I don't recognize anything. I'm suspecting a joke page. "Toschi Alternate", "Salted component lift for Toschi Alternate", "Fold inverter"? The RHIENHAUS SPUltra "now has longer wait times"? The Faster 900BX "Has the ability to be displayed without extra resources unless needed when necessary"? Must be from an April issue of some magazine.
Ooooh, A shift profiler with even longer wait times. Shut up and take my money?
Installation Instructions: Plug in your NEW TOSHI ALTERNATE and season to taste.
They say that these days technology has progressed to the point where you don't need to manually harden your files, but I just don't know. Maybe the automatic tools are okay for forward file hardening, but I find the reverse hardening results disappointing.
Anyone else think that Toshi Burger at 79.99 better be a 4 pound burger?
Mk ultra, Renner, why you sly fox Tom.
So Paz found for Kat an original in-the-box game?? Kewl! :-)
I see Alternates haven't come down in price yet. Nerts. :(
Good grief, I kind of feel old looking at this. I used to use a big old clunky shift profiler like that, set up in my Grampa's freezing cold garage. We all thought it was the state of the art. I know, nostalgia goggles and everything, but I really miss that. Now you can get five times better results messing around with a free computer program without ever getting out of bed.
So this is what a British hipster looks like.
Hmm, I always thought my video games could stand to be a little more salty.
Wow, 13 different tries