80s Pop Culture

Meteor shower: Studios keep on loving them some videogames

Now that Hollywood has plumbed every videogame out there and turned them into (mostly) bad movies, studios are scrambling to pick up…Atari 2600 games? Four studios have been battling to land rights to the Atari classic “Asteroids,” in which (unlike every other Atari game at the time) you controlled a dot on the screen, and pressed your button furiously in an attempt to shoot dots at all the other dots.

For the 80s Geek in all of us: The Atari Wallet

Remember pouring tons of money into the Pac Man machine back in the 80s?  Now you can put your money into Pac Man all over again.  Nilesz.com is selling wallets made out of recycled Atari 2600 video game cartridges. The description from their website: “Wallets are repurposed from 100% original Atari 2600 games, selected for their high quality labels from thousands. Each one is assembled by hand and requires over 2

A 1980s reunion: Atari, Ghostbusters and… Ray Parker Jr.?

Even as far as video game preview events go, the latest showing of Atari’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game certainly got off to a surreal start. Sitting comfortably in a swanky London hotel’s screening room, the gathered games writers were treated to the full-length music video of Ray Parker Jr’s Ghostbusters theme tune, which some of you may remember was quite the hit back in 1984. Watching Mr. Parker Jr. chasing

Retro Game Challenge for the Nintendo DS Ships to Retailers

Videogame publisher XSEED Games announced today that Retro Game Challange for the Nintendo DS has shipped across North America. Retro Game Challenge is based on the original Japanese TV series, Retro Game Master, now adapted as an 80s handheld gaming adventure produced by Namco Bandai Games. Travelling back to the 1980’s, play as a young boy forced by the evil “Game Master” Arino to test your gaming skills in a variety

The Terminator, Freddy Krueger And Other ’80s Icons Kick Off The Search For The Greatest Badass Of All Time

Rambo, Boba Fett and Indiana Jones are all contenders for the title. What would happen if you took every butt-kicking, name-taking, trash-talking movie character in the history of the cinema, locked them in a steel cage and announced that only one would be coming out alive? These are the questions that your MTV News Movies team ponders in the wee hours of the morning as we lie awake in our

At the Vintage Arcade Superstore, the video game heyday of the ’80s lives on

If you grew up in the 1970s or ’80s, you probably spent a fair share of your time hanging out in video arcades: Whether it was working the joystick on Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and QBert, taking the steering wheel through the high-speed chase games Turbo and Spy Hunter, or blasting bad guys in police and war games, it was easy to let countless hours slip by amid a backdrop of

Retro Phone Handset Brings Back the 80s

The most well-known phone design of all time is probably the classic Western Electric 500. Its simple and easy two-holed receiver design endured for generations and led to the classically charming no-handed cheek-to-shoulder phone hold. Over the years, the portable phone took away that simple crutch – the thinner they became, the more likely people smartly avoided craning their necks to talk into them. Now, the Yubz Talk accessory company

For young fashion fans, the 1980s are back; ’80s look in ‘Hannah Montana’ wardrobe

As Miley Cyrus rocks out in the third season of “Hannah Montana,” she channels Madonna circa 1985. And, somehow, on this cute and playful 15-year-old, tiered miniskirts, leopard prints and fingerless gloves look good – so get ready for masses of mini-Montanas to emulate the look of the tween favourite, even if they are too young to know its true origin. The look was created mostly for Cyrus’s on-stage persona

Inside the Commodore 64

   This pioneering PC made instant geeks out of millions of people back in the 80s. But what lies within the Commodore 64’s fetching brown shell? The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Commodore 64 as the best-selling computer model of all time: Sales estimates range from 17 million to 30 million units worldwide in the years between its splashy introduction in 1982 and its reluctant end in 1994.