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A brief history of SlifkerGames.

 

 

 

 

 

 

      - 03/05/2020 - At an Indienomicon meeting, there was a lecture by Chris Keeling who worked at "Wargaming Group, LTD" on a number of games for them like "World of Tanks" and "Master of Orion: CTS".  After the meeting when many of us walked to a nearby bar in downtown Orlando.  At the time we knew about the Coronavirus, but only a handfull of people in Florida had contracted it.  We were a little concerned, but at the time it was more of a west cost thing.  The politicians on TV were downplaying it which is why we had a meeting and then went to a bar in a group.  A week later Disney and Universal shut down which alerted us to this very real pandemic.  A couple weeks after that, the state of Florida shut down.

Chris Keeling, Product Lead on Master of Orion: CTS (Wargaming Group)

Master of Orion

     

      - 01/18/2020 - The "Otronicon 2020" was held January 17-20, 2020 at the "Orlando Science Center" in Orlando, Florida. 

"Otronicon 2020" - Kids Playing "Jungles of Maxtheria" While Dad Plays Atari

Otronicon 2020

 

"Otronicon 2020" - Lots of Adults for the 21+ Saturday Night Event at the SlifkerGames Booth

Otronicon 2020

 

"Otronicon 2020" - SlifkerGames Booth With the Atari VCS 2600 Free Raffle

Otronicon 2020

 

"Otronicon 2020" - SlifkerGames Booth Setting Up the Night Before

Otronicon 2020

 

"Otronicon 2020" - Atari VCS 2600 Raffle Winner

Otronicon 2020

 

      - 11/22/2019 - At "Free Play Florida 2019" (Caribe Royal Resort in Orlando, Florida), SlifkerGames showed off "Jungles of Maxtheria".

"Free Play Florida 2019"  1-Up Award for "Jungles of Maxtheria".

Free Play Florida - 1Up Award

 

Jerry Buckner ("Buckner and Garcia" Musical Group that did "Pac-Man Fever" song).

Jerry Garcia - Pac-Man Fever

 

 David Crane (Activision Co-Founder & Atari 2600 VCS Pitfall! Designer/Programmer).

David Crane - Pitfall Activision

     

"Free Play Florida 2019"  Booth Located Directly in Front of Jerry Buckner and Billy Mitchell/Walter Day.

Free Play Florida - Booth

 

"Free Play Florida 2019"  Booth Setup.

Free Play Florida - Booth

 

      - 06/09/2019 - SlifkerGames was at the "Ongaku Orlando Overdrive IV (2019)".  We showed off "Jungles of Maxtheria" and "Irata Ja-Ja-Jiggy Jigsaw Puzzles" (this has over 400 Atari themed jigsaw puzzles in it however it may never be offically released to the public). 

Orlando Overdrive 2019 - Michael Slifker with the X-Box 360 Winner Christopher

OrlandoOverdrive2019_B

 

Orlando Overdrive 2019 - Michael Slifker showing off "Irata Ja-Ja-Jiggy Jigsaw Puzzles" with the Atari 2600 version of "E.T." Box Scan (Top) and "Jungles of Maxtheria" (Bottom)

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      - 03/08/2019 - SlifkerGames showed off "Jungles of Maxtheria" at the March 7, 2019 Indienomicon.

Showing off "Jungles of Maxtheria" to guests.

Indinomicon 1

 

Showing off "Jungles of Maxtheria" to even more guests.

Indienomicon 2

 

Main stage showing the game off nomination for "The Indie Awards".

indienomicon 3

 

"Carlos" won a X-Box 360 in the free drawing we had.

Indienomicon 4

 

      - 01/21/2019 - SlifkerGames attended the "Otronicon 2019" at the Orlando Science Center in Orlando, Florida from Jan. 18-20, 2019.

"Otronicon 2019" at the Orlando Science Center.

Octronicon 2019

 

      - 11/11/2018 -  "Free Play Florida 2018".

"1Up" award from "Free Play Florida 2018". 

1 Up Ribbon

 

"Paul" (ticket #147) was the winner of Sunday's X-Box 360 raffle. 

X-Box 360 Winner

 

"Ant-Man" (ticket #118) was the winner of Saturday's X-Box 360 raffle.

X-Box WInner

 

Warren Davis (Q*bert, Joust 2 programmer) stopped by the booth.

Warren Davis - QBert

 

My dad helped out at the booth on Friday.

Free Play Forida

 

      - 11/08/2018 -  For the "Free Play Florida" event this weekend, I needed to get a banner printed up to put behind the booth.  This was a large format 6'x2' color banner so it needed a special printer.  I went to a nearby "Office Depot".  First it was printed on to paper, then 10 grommets were added to the outsides, then the white border was cut off.  Thanks goes to the two employees that stayed 15 minutes after close to make it happen.  The stand just came in today so I had a chance to see if it worked.  The picture below shows a test in the living room with tie-wraps attaching the banner to the poles.  It works great.

"Office Depot" printing out large format 6'x2' color banner.

Printer A

 

"Office Depot" adding grommets to edges of the banner.

Printer B

 

Banner setup as a test in the living room.

Printer D

 

      - 11/06/2018 -  To get ready for the "Free Play Florida" event this weekend, I stopped by the Florida Mall in Orlando.  I just wanted to give a shout-out to the "T-Shirt Factory" for making our T-Shirts.  They have a kiosk and will make them while you wait.

"T-Shirt Factory" peeling off excess sticker.

TShirt2

 

"T-Shirt Factory" putting sticker on the shirt.

TShirt4 

 

"T-Shirt Factory" owner showing off the final T-shirt.

TShirt-1

 

      - 11/04/2018 -  A new banner for "Jungles of Maxtheria" at "Free Play Florida" for Nov. 9-10-11, 2018 (Fri-Sat-Sun) at the Caribe Royal Resort in Orlando, Florida.

"Free Play Florida 2018" banner.

Show Banner   

 

      - 4/15/2018 - The "Ongaku Overdrive:  Orlando Overdrive" where we showed off "Jungles of Natheria".  Obviously, the game was renamed to "Jungles of Maxtheria" at a later time.

"Geek Easy:  Orlando Overdrive 2018" Booth

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"Geek Easy:  Orlando Overdrive 2018" Atari 2600 Raffle Winner

Overdrive_2

 

      - 02/22/2018 - The "Melrose Center Creative Expo 2018" in the training room with several other independent video game companies.  Obviously, the game was renamed to "Jungles of Maxtheria" at a later time.

"Melrose Center:  Creative Expo 2018" Booth

Melrose Center 2018     

 

      - 01/12/2018 - 01/14/2018 - First public showing of "Jungles of Natheria" at the Otronicon 2018 at the Orlando Science Center.    Obviously, the game was renamed to "Jungles of Maxtheria" at a later time.

"Orlando Science Center:  Otronicon 2018" Booth

Melrose Center 2018

  

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      - Sept. 1985 - For a birthday in high school I got a case holder for my Atari 8-bit computer 5 1/4" discs.  At that time I had either a Atari 1200XL or Atari 65-XE (not sure which one) to play on.  The T-Shirt was what I wore to Kung-Fu classes that I was taking for self defense.

Michael Slifker - Atari 8-Bit Computer Disc Holder for Brithday

Michael Slifker Disc Holder

 

      - 1984 or 1985? - For Christmas 1984 or 1985, I got an Atari 1050 disc drive for my Atari 8-bit computer.  The 1050 was released in 1984 and at one point I had four of them daisey chained together.  The washed out T-Shirt was for the "Tampa Bay Bandits" of the USFL (United States Football League).  The USFL lasted for 3 seasons from 1983 to 1985.  I did get to go to maybe 3 games including the 1984 USFL championship game that was held at Tampa stadium 100 miles away.  The USFL Bandits was the one childhood thing I loved as much as Atari.  I even had a Loni Anderson poster on my wall in a "Tampa Bay Bandits" cheerleader uniform (OK, OK. She was in the TV show WKRP and was dating the actor Burt Renoylds.  He was a part owner of the team so I guess he talked her into doing a poster.)

Michael Slifker - Atari 8-Bit Computer 1050 Disc Drive for Christams

Michael Slifker - 1050 Disc Drive

 

      - 1982-1984? - This was me opening the package from the mail for an Atari VCS 2600 cartridge "Crazy Climber".  That was released in 1982.  Are you digging the funky hair yet?

Michael Slifker - Opening a "Crazy Climber" package for the Atari VCS 2600

Michael Slifker - Crazy Climber

 

      - 1982? - At "Walt Disney World" in Orlando, Florida, I entered an Atari VCS 2600 Pac-Man contest.  This was at "Lake Buena Vista" which is now called, "Downtown Disney" (and doesnot even look the same anymore).  It was a timed event inside a big tent they set up with dozens of systems playing the game at the same time.  We each had a time limit to get as many points as possible.  Everyone played the same game on the same settings.  People were coming and going all day long for several days.  When done, I got the current high score.  My name went up on the giant billboard so we left.  Minutes later someone else got a higher score which stayed that way thoughout the day.  At the very end of the day, my score fell to third.  Eventually, this was one of the top scores out of several thousand players.  After the event was over, we went back to get my free Atari VCS carts.  You can see the orange Tampa Bay Buccaneers ball cap, adidas T-Shirt, long jeans (back them I always wore long jeans no matter how hot it was outside) and 80s haircut that had to be "below the earline".  I looked so young, thin and naive.  Not to give out my current age, but this would have taken place when I was in middle school.  Good times.

Michael Slifker - 3rd Place in Atari 2600 Pac-Man Contest at Disney World

Michael Slifker - 3rd Place in Atari 2600 Pac-Man Contest at Disney World

 

Michael Slifker - 3rd Place in Atari 2600 Pac-Man Contest at Walt Disney World

Michael Slifker - 3rd Place in Atari 2600 Pac-Man Contest at Disney World

 

      - 04/25/1982 - I entered an Atari VCS 2600 Pac-Man contest at the "Colonial Plaza Mall" in Orlando, Florida inside the Belk Lindsey department store.  The game was releaaed in March of 1982.  This was on the second floor in the eletronics section where not many people were around at the time.  The event had been going on for a few days, so when I was ready I went with my parents and grandmother.  The guy working the event at the Atari VCS 2600 asked if I wanted the easy game for kids (game 7?).  I said, "NO!".  Put it on game 6 which was the hardest (Pac-Man and the ghost moves at a running speed).  The reason was that the characters would move faster and thus I could get more points in the alloted time (Obviously, they can not allow you unlimited time or players would play all night long).  The game started and I got killed within the first 10 seconds.  After that, I played perfect and got the week's high score at the store.  When we went back a few days later to get the prizes (an Atari VCS 2600 system, a Pac-Man cartridge and some other carts), They told me I had the highest score at any of their stores.  They did let me swap the Pac-Man cart to another game as I already had Pac-Man.  Years later the mall was torn down along with the Belk Lindsey.  Not bad for a kid in middle school.

Michael Slifker - 1st Place in Atari 2600 Pac-Man Contest at Belk Lindsey

Pac-Man Contest Winner

  

      - 1981 - This was my birthday in 1981 with some childhood friends.  I am on the right with the "Cat Diesel Power" hat on and the "Missile Command" T-Shirt playing an Atari VCS (It wasn't renamed to the Atari 2600 until over a year later.).  Looking at the joysticks, you can see the proper way to hold one is with the thumb over top of the joystick stud.  It is not how the guy on the left is holding it.  That was the middle school years.  Lots of Atari.

Michael Slifker - Playing Atari 2600 VCS with Childhood School Friends

Playing Atari VCS 2600

 

Alphabet Google Android:
    
Requires Android 32-bit (for now, but they are dropping 32-bit support in 2020) or 64-bit devices.  Requires Android 4.4 (KitKat) (API 19) and OpenGL ES2.0 or newer. As of the end of 2019, less than 4% of Android users use an OS older than API 4.4.

Alphabet Chrome:
     Most Chromebook (Chrome OS) models starting from late 2016 should have the Google Play Store pre-installed to be able to download and run Android apps.  Also, there are some Chromebook models that will run Linux apps as well.  Some older models are being upgraded as well for Android and Linux support.  Check first before you buy.

Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad):
     Requires Apple iOS 10.0 or newer.

Apple Macintosh:
     Requires macOS 10.12 or newer.  Requires a graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities or better.

Linux:
     Requires Ubuntu 16.04 (or newer) or Steam OS.  Requires a graphics card with DX10 capabilities (shader model 4.0) or better.  EXECUTABLE FILE: Look at the last few characters of the filename.  ".x86" is the 32-bit Linux version. ".x86_64" is the 64-bit version.  After clicking on the icon to run the game, a pop-up may appear.  Say 'Yes' to make it an executable file and run.

Microsoft Windows x86_64:
    
Requires a graphics card with DX10 capabilities (shader model 4.0) or better.  Has both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions.  It will work on Windows 7 SP1 or newer including Windows 10. 

Microsoft Windows 10 (UWP):
    
Requires Microsoft Windows 10.  Has both 32-bit, 64-bit and ARM Windows 10 versions.  Requires a graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities or better.  It will not work on Windows operating systems before Windows 10.
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