The Digital Antiquarian

The Digital Antiquarian A history of computer entertainment and digital culture by Jimmy Maher

  • The Best of Voyager, Part 1
    by Jimmy Maher on June 18, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    This article contains capsule reviews of ten of the discs that I most appreciate from the early years of The Voyager Company, along with some additional notes on their origins, courtesy of Bob Stein. As the “Part 1” in the article’s title would imply, I’ll be reviewing more of the Voyager standouts later, although not

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on June 11, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    The Library and Lighthouse of Alexandria, Chapter 13: The Machine Man of Alexandria

  • Bob Stein and Voyager
    by Jimmy Maher on June 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Voyager tends to be overlooked in almost every survey because we didn’t really fit into anybody’s category. Librarians didn’t really pay much attention. The computer world never cared. Hollywood never really cared. We touched all these industries, but because we weren’t central to any of them and didn’t really ally with any of them in

  • The Ratings Game, Part 4: E3 and Beyond
    by Jimmy Maher on May 21, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    In 1994, the Consumer Electronics Show was a seemingly inviolate tradition among the makers of videogame consoles and game-playing personal computers. Name a landmark product, and chances were there was a CES story connected with it. The Atari VCS had been shown for the first time there in 1977; the Commodore 64 in 1982; the

  • The Ratings Game, Part 3: Dueling Standards
    by Jimmy Maher on May 7, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    When Sega, Nintendo, and the Software Publishers Association (SPA) announced just before the Senate hearing of December 9, 1993, that they had agreed in principle to create a standardized rating system for videogames, the timing alone marked it as an obvious ploy to deflect some of the heat that was bound to come their way