The Atari 2600 and Me.

June 23, 2010

I like video games. One might even say that I love them. However, these days I don’t have must spare time to rock out on a video game. I own a couple of systems with games for each of them. But they mostly just sit and wait for the day when I can really dive into my library. With this in mind I try not to purchase any new games or systems because I don’t have the time, so why spend the money right? WRONG.

About a month ago I was invited to a friend’s home for a BBQ out in Jersey. My boys from HHK were excellent hosts and one in particular started a small fire in me (pause). While in his room I noticed his Atari 2600 game collection. I haven’t played one since I was a kid and even then I recognized the strength of some of those games. Sure graphically they weren’t much but some of those games had great replay value. We went downstairs and played a little track and field and it was there that my love for the Atari was reborn.

Upon my arrival home I immediately went on eBay looking for a good deal on a 2600 system. I had one problem though. I knew that I didn’t need any new/old video game system. Remember, I’m mister “I don’t have time”. The only way I was gonna get this Atari was it would have to be a great deal. So I found one. One person was selling an Atari 2600 with two controllers, two paddle sticks, full cord set and 14 games for 30 bucks. Plus they included a cracked class cover for the system. I went in bidding for it. I watched the time and carefully plotted my way to win this system. I decided I wouldn’t pay more than 50 bucks for it and in the end that’s what I got it for.

So I Dashaun J. Simmons am now once again the proud owner of an Atari 2600. Feel like playing some pitfall, or space invaders? Come on by.


Another James Blagden banger! My brother James has illustrated a new video just in time for the World Cup. Enjoy and spread the love (video) around.

I was sitting at my desk doing some work, making it through a stressful day when I see an email from my friend Keiko. She let me know that the latest piece I wrote for Fusicology on Dam Funk was up on their site. This instantly made me feel better and a lil hyped. I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do for many years now, write and be recognized for it. Now if I could just be home in time to receive my Atari 2600 from UPS all would be right with the world.

Please enjoy and special thanks to Sandy Yap for making it happen.

DaM-Funk Review

My boys Nerve and Surreal (D://BOI) are gonna be showing off their DJ/Electronic skills in front of a big Brooklyn crowd in about two weeks. Gotta love that. It seems like this years Afro Punk festival is just creeping up on me. I haven’t been in a Game Rebellion mash pit in a while so I should be on deck for that. And this year the boy K-os is performing!?! If you don’t go at least one of the three days for the festival this year don’t speak to me…well we can speak but I’ll be judging you.

Go here for all the info you need on the festival and here to learn more about D://BOI

Stadium Status

June 4, 2010

A great piece of work. Pay attention to these guys, the Internets Celebrities. I think there’s something special going on with these three. They made it to great points in this film about the building of new stadiums in NYC with tax payer funds. This film is part comedy, part social commentary, part PLAIN RIDICULOUS because the video needed to be made.

Let me know what you think.

Stadium Status from Internets Celebrities on Vimeo.