The Last Sports Stars of Video Games' Cartridge Era [Corrected]

Monday, Jason Kidd gave the NBA his retirement notice. He and Grant Hill were the only active players this year that appeared in NBA Jam: Tournament Edition from 1994. Like veterans of a long-ago war, day by day we are losing the athletes of video gaming's cartridge era. These are the last of them. » 6/05/13 5:30pm 6/05/13 5:30pm

In the popular consciousness, "Tecmo Bowl" usually means the 1989 NES port, if not 1991's Tecmo Super Bowl. Today, The Onion, satirizing White House sports photo ops, shows off its gamer cred by going back to the game's original arcade version, which featured only the "Bulldogs" and "Wildcats"—coached by BOB and ASS. » 5/28/13 7:30pm 5/28/13 7:30pm

The NFL's Greatest Players Revere Tecmo Bowl Too

Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward retired after this past season. He's 36. Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez, also the same age, is coming to the end of a hall-of-fame career as a tight end. Emmitt Smith, an extraordinarily tough running back for Dallas, was enshrined at Canton in 2010. "Runnin' the football was awesome," he said, "in » 10/24/12 6:00pm 10/24/12 6:00pm

From Tebow Time to the "Tecmo Bowl MMO"

Whatever you think of him, Tim Tebow has made a contribution—if indirect—to video games development.

Last fall, as the quarterback was leading the Denver Broncos to an improbable six-game winning streak, David Murray got an idea to create a "Tecmo Tebow" image » 2/22/12 6:01pm 2/22/12 6:01pm—Tebow, as an 8-bit player, kneeling in the end zone. The …

Tecmo Bowl's Still Running After Touching Down at 20

Chet Holzbauer can't remember any other gift from that mad Christmas Day scramble 20 years ago. As far as he knows, the cacophony of torn paper came to a stop, like the needle coming off a record, when he and his brother unwrapped Tecmo Super Bowl. » 12/17/11 6:00pm 12/17/11 6:00pm

Modders Celebrate the New NFL Season by Updating Tecmo Super Bowl to…

Ah, and now the football video game that really is just a roster and uniform update, and that's all everyone wants it to be. Just in time for the NFL's kickoff tomorrow, modders today released Tecmo Super Bowl 2012. It's the same NES classic you've loved for 20 years, updated with the stars of the current league. » 9/07/11 10:00pm 9/07/11 10:00pm

Forget About a Patch for Tecmo Bowl Throwback

Tecmo Bowl Throwback disappointed multiplayer enthusiasts when it appeared that ragequitting didn't count in players' records, among other complaints of online problems at launch. Originally Tecmo was said to be working up a patch. The publisher now says it isn't. » 5/06/10 8:30pm 5/06/10 8:30pm