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Advertising From Yesteryear…SimCity

Long before the Sims were three-dimensional wandering A.I. creatures that kept gamers awake deep into the night, Will Wright created the ultimate city simulator: SimCity.  Return now to February, 1990, and check out how this classic retrogame was advertised to the masses in Compute!  Click on the image to enhance and enjoy!

1990 full-page SimCity ad from Compute!


Canada’s Own PIPA Problem: Bill C-51

The Montreal Gazette ran a piece on the upcoming Bill C-51 that will be introduced to Parliament shortly.  All Canadians should read the article and be prepared to advise their Member of Parliament of their distaste for laws which enact totalitarianism.  Our country needs to avoid the American trap of limiting freedom in the name of safety!  To quote the Gazette:

Entitled Bill C-51, “an Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and others Acts,” the law would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to install equipment that would allow them to monitor and preserve the Internet surfing activities of their customers. The providers could then be asked by police to collect and preserve surfing data of anyone suspected in engaging in criminal activity.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Bill+could+allow+police+view+people+surfing+habits/6139134/story.html#ixzz1mBjF2A3h

And for even more analysis of Bill C-51, check out http://404systemerror.com/bill-c-51-investigative-powers-for-the-21st-century-act/

What’s In That Game Box? – The aMAZEing Labyrinth (1988)

Ever searched the Internet looking for what exactly you were missing from the old board game you pulled from your closet, only to find no succour in your time of need?  Well, stop that fruitless searching through endless google results, as this week we look at Ravenburger’s 1988 magical maze game The aMAZEing Labyrinth, a game for ages 8 and up.

Box art for The aMAZEing Labyrinth

The game’s content’s are as follows:

The game box (with a graphic of a 3-D maze populated by various creatures on a yellow/orange background)

The game board (with 16 maze pieces affixed, with space for 34 more pieces.)

Four player tokens (blue, green, red, and yellow)

A deck of 24 Treasure cards, containing:

  • Bag of Gold Coins
  • Bat
  • Book with Clasp
  • Dragon
  • Ghost (in bottle)
  • Ghost (waving)
  • Gold Crown
  • Gold Menorah
  • Gold Ring
  • Helmet (armor)
  • Jewel
  • Lady Pig
  • Lizard
  • Moth
  • Owl
  • Rat
  • Scarab
  • Set of Keys
  • Skull
  • Sorceress
  • Spider on Web
  • Sword
  • Treasure Chest
  • Treasure Map

A set of 34 MAZE cards, which contain:

  • Creature Right-Angle Corridor Maze piece [x6], one each of the following:
    • Lizard
    • Moth
    • Owl
    • Scarab
    • Rat
    • Spider with Web
  • Creature Straight Corridor Maze piece [x6], one each of the following:
    • Bat
    • Dragon
    • Ghost in Bottle
    • Ghost (waving)
    • Lady Pig
    • Sorceress
  • Empty Right-Angle Corridor Maze piece. [x9]
  • Empty Straight Corridor Maze piece. [x13]

A Ravensburger product catalog.

The rules booklet (in both French and English)

Aside from the inner plastic tray that holds all the playing pieces, that’s it!  Hopefully your copy of this wonderful game is complete – just don’t forget to set aside a night to play it with your family!

Treasure Cards from The aMAZEing Labyrinth

Maze Cards from The aMAZEing Labyrinth

Game board for The aMAZEing Labyrinth