Bonus Page 65: A Video Game

This was from when the original A Video Game was released.


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starving autist

Damn, I hate double salted.

15 Jan 2018 | 12:00 AM
double salted

double salted

15 Jan 2018 | 12:02 AM

...double salted?

15 Jan 2018 | 12:04 AM

Is that an acoustic coupler at the top left? I could use a decent acoustic coupler...

15 Jan 2018 | 12:04 AM
Tiff Hudson

I would have killed for a Sandport File Hardener a few years ago.

15 Jan 2018 | 12:04 AM

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

15 Jan 2018 | 12:10 AM

Is that boxbot?

15 Jan 2018 | 12:13 AM

Wow! "Players allowed"

15 Jan 2018 | 12:25 AM

Not to be confused with ‘Video Game’ without the ‘A’ which was a puzzle game with voice acting by Jack Black

15 Jan 2018 | 12:26 AM

Are we just ignoring that original boxbot, too?

15 Jan 2018 | 12:28 AM

I see you hiding there prototype Boxbot.

15 Jan 2018 | 12:33 AM

I died at "Players allowed" and "Double salted" XD

15 Jan 2018 | 12:33 AM

Great! Now I really want to make A Video Game happen in this reality!

15 Jan 2018 | 12:41 AM

Boxbot, is that you?

15 Jan 2018 | 12:54 AM

You have excelled yourself today.

15 Jan 2018 | 12:55 AM

Yeah, I only take my Video Games double salted or worse really..

15 Jan 2018 | 1:08 AM

Only $250 for Boxbot! What a deal!

15 Jan 2018 | 1:13 AM

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.

15 Jan 2018 | 1:17 AM

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!

15 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

What is that terrible looking device in the top left?

15 Jan 2018 | 1:25 AM

Contains graphics? That's an instant 10/10 from me!

15 Jan 2018 | 1:40 AM

The 900BX looks oddly familiar.

15 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

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)

15 Jan 2018 | 1:51 AM
Mister Zipangu

Part of me fondly remember when AAA titles (we did not call them that) only cost 30 quid.

15 Jan 2018 | 2:06 AM
Just me

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...

15 Jan 2018 | 2:11 AM

I remember when I got A Video Game for Christmas. The excitement was real!

15 Jan 2018 | 2:11 AM

Easter egg

15 Jan 2018 | 2:16 AM

That is me, Boxbot. up there

15 Jan 2018 | 2:20 AM

Wow the specs of "A Video Game" are really very interesting.

15 Jan 2018 | 2:23 AM

Is that Boxbot on the upper-left?

15 Jan 2018 | 2:34 AM

Double Salted!

15 Jan 2018 | 2:37 AM

Brand new TOSH! With all the TOSH! accesories! Oh, it's TOSHI...tosh.

15 Jan 2018 | 2:44 AM

Love how authentic this looks, and how all the devices almost make sense. Also I now need to buy a reverse sandport file hardener.

15 Jan 2018 | 2:45 AM

Beautiful retraux rendering, how did you do it?

15 Jan 2018 | 2:56 AM

I spy with my little eye...Boxbot's ancestor.

15 Jan 2018 | 3:04 AM

that's either really badly translated or

15 Jan 2018 | 3:08 AM

„Contains graphics Players allowed“ I love it.

15 Jan 2018 | 3:12 AM

Gotta get that fold inverter.

15 Jan 2018 | 3:16 AM

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

15 Jan 2018 | 3:19 AM

My Toshi Alternate needs a power converter. Any idea where I can source one?

15 Jan 2018 | 3:48 AM
Greenwood Goat

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!

15 Jan 2018 | 4:05 AM

I want the Toshi SLUGGER ^^

15 Jan 2018 | 4:09 AM
Reticent Owl

every search engine i tried borks some unrelated result. perhaps having a d/m/y date on the newspaper would help?

15 Jan 2018 | 4:14 AM

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...

15 Jan 2018 | 4:26 AM

Boxbot noooo!

15 Jan 2018 | 4:33 AM

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'.

15 Jan 2018 | 4:33 AM

Mmmm. What you there have done, see it I do.

15 Jan 2018 | 4:36 AM
Andrew VG

You cant do this to me man... I need to know how the end of Katurday turns out :(

15 Jan 2018 | 4:39 AM
AJ Bulldis

Used to be you could scarcely call an office an office if it didn't have at least one file hardener per desk.

15 Jan 2018 | 4:51 AM
Parchment Scroll

Nobody likes Faster 900BX.

15 Jan 2018 | 5:07 AM
Dan Griscom

Everyone: make sure you zoom in to read the fine print. There's some pretty demented details.

15 Jan 2018 | 5:13 AM

This page is brilliant if you squint real hard.

15 Jan 2018 | 5:15 AM

Oh boy! Players allowed!

15 Jan 2018 | 5:22 AM

Upper left is BoxBot.

15 Jan 2018 | 5:54 AM

Ooo you can get yer own Boxbot!!! And look at those wonderful features!!

15 Jan 2018 | 6:11 AM


15 Jan 2018 | 6:20 AM


15 Jan 2018 | 6:25 AM

Boxbot I see you!!! I will be your only fan Boxbot!!!

15 Jan 2018 | 6:37 AM

WHOA! Looks like a Popular Electronics magazine ad page. But it is the European issue ... the prices are in (British?) Pounds.

15 Jan 2018 | 6:51 AM

That's a pretty good price.

15 Jan 2018 | 7:04 AM

"Sound included", eh? ImprovisedSpeech compatible, I imagine. (Great page.) :)

15 Jan 2018 | 7:07 AM

Is... that boxbot?

15 Jan 2018 | 7:08 AM

Were the fold inverters glazed?

15 Jan 2018 | 7:18 AM

Faster 900BX? Sorry boxbot, even with an upgrade we still won't like you.

15 Jan 2018 | 7:27 AM

Cut it out. They're children. You know who you are.

15 Jan 2018 | 8:06 AM

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!

15 Jan 2018 | 8:22 AM

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. ;-)

15 Jan 2018 | 8:23 AM

*13* different tries?!? I must have it!

15 Jan 2018 | 8:25 AM

Tom your humour is so sophisticated. :P

15 Jan 2018 | 8:45 AM

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!

15 Jan 2018 | 8:53 AM
One Skunk Todd

Is it gluten free?

15 Jan 2018 | 9:20 AM

I remember when i was young, we had to invert all our folds manually. How far society has progressed.

15 Jan 2018 | 9:51 AM
Marisa Mockery

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.

15 Jan 2018 | 10:30 AM

This is so very awesome.

15 Jan 2018 | 11:06 AM

A Video Game that allows players is my favorite A Video Game.

15 Jan 2018 | 11:11 AM

I just hate when you try to eat the newer versions of A Video Game and they've only been salted once

15 Jan 2018 | 11:11 AM
Min T


15 Jan 2018 | 11:28 AM

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??"

15 Jan 2018 | 11:36 AM

This is pretty funny!

15 Jan 2018 | 12:01 PM


15 Jan 2018 | 12:03 PM

You REALLY made an ad for this? XD Talk about setting up a setting.

15 Jan 2018 | 12:05 PM

Was A Video Game developed in APL?

15 Jan 2018 | 12:09 PM

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.

15 Jan 2018 | 12:35 PM

This is amazing

15 Jan 2018 | 12:38 PM

There have to be game devs that are also GC fans. Someone is going to have to make that game...

15 Jan 2018 | 1:18 PM

ah i love this

15 Jan 2018 | 1:37 PM


15 Jan 2018 | 1:47 PM

Yes, I'd like to order the "Chicken Incubator," for $19.95. The last one I ordered failed to hatch any chickens.

15 Jan 2018 | 3:34 PM
Archy Tect

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.

15 Jan 2018 | 3:59 PM

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.

15 Jan 2018 | 4:26 PM

Ugh, Boxbot.

15 Jan 2018 | 5:11 PM


15 Jan 2018 | 5:17 PM

Ooooh, A shift profiler with even longer wait times. Shut up and take my money?

15 Jan 2018 | 6:05 PM

Installation Instructions: Plug in your NEW TOSHI ALTERNATE and season to taste.

15 Jan 2018 | 6:58 PM

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.

15 Jan 2018 | 7:04 PM

Anyone else think that Toshi Burger at 79.99 better be a 4 pound burger?

15 Jan 2018 | 7:13 PM

Mk ultra, Renner, why you sly fox Tom.

15 Jan 2018 | 8:29 PM
Iron Ed

So Paz found for Kat an original in-the-box game?? Kewl! :-)

15 Jan 2018 | 8:42 PM

I see Alternates haven't come down in price yet. Nerts. :(

15 Jan 2018 | 9:28 PM

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.

15 Jan 2018 | 9:38 PM

So this is what a British hipster looks like.

15 Jan 2018 | 10:02 PM
Snow Cat

Hmm, I always thought my video games could stand to be a little more salty.

15 Jan 2018 | 11:00 PM

Wow, 13 different tries

15 Jan 2018 | 11:47 PM

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Chapter 1: The Shadow and the Robot

Chapter 2: Schoolyard Myths

Chapter 3: Reynardine

Chapter 4: Not Very Scary

Chapter 5: Two Strange Girls

Chapter 6: A Handful of Dirt

Chapter 7: Of New And Old

Chapter 8: Broken Glass And Other Things

Chapter 9: Questions and Answers

Chapter 10: Doctor Disaster

Chapter 11: Dobranoc, Gamma

Chapter 12: Mainly Involves Robots

Chapter 13: A Week for Kat

Chapter 14: The Fangs of Summertime

Chapter 15: Red Returns

Chapter 16: A Ghost Story

Chapter 17: The Medium Beginning

Chapter 18: S1

Chapter 19: Power Station

Chapter 20: Coyote Stories

Chapter 21: Blinking

Chapter 22: Ties

Chapter 23: Terror Castle of the Jupiter Moon Martians

Chapter 24: Residential.

Chapter 25: Sky Watcher and the Angel

Chapter 26: the Old Dog's Tricks

Chapter 27: Spring Heeled

Chapter 28: Spring Heeled, Part 2

Chapter 29: A Bad Start

Chapter 30: The Coward Heart

Chapter 31: Fire Spike

Chapter 32: From the Forest She Came

Chapter 33: Give and Take

Chapter 34: Faraway Morning

Chapter 35: Parley and Smitty Are In This One

Chapter 36: Red Gets a Name

Chapter 37: Microsat 5

Chapter 38: Divine

Chapter 39: The Great Secret

Chapter 40: The Stone

Chapter 41: Changes

Chapter 42: Catalyst

Chapter 43: Quicksilver

Chapter 44: Crash Course

Chapter 45: Thread

Chapter 46: The Realm Of The Dead

Chapter 47: See Ya!

Chapter 48: Tall Tales

Chapter 49: The Torn Sea

Chapter 50: Totem

Chapter 51: The Tree

Chapter 52: Sneak

Chapter 53: Annie And The Fire

Chapter 54: Meetings and Re-Meetings

Chapter 55: The Breakout

Chapter 56: New Data

Chapter 57: Get It Together

Chapter 58: A Big Day!

Chapter 59: Jeanne

Chapter 60: The Other Shore

Red's Friend Gets A Name Too I Suppose

Chapter 62: And then Coyote Said...

Chapter 63: The Shadow Men

Chapter 64: Get Lost

Chapter 65: Katurday!