Mangia for the Atari 2600

Sometimes you can still be surprised by something you missed from 1983.  The Atari 2600 was the first game system I ever played.  I was probably around three years old when my father bought one for himself.  I’m sure it didn’t take long until I considered it mine.

We never had a copy of Mangia though.  In fact, it’s one the rarest games for the system.  This is the game description from Wikipedia:

"Mangia’s gameplay has been described as "bizarre." The player gets to control a young boy, who must eat plates of pasta placed in front of him by his mother, who will keep feeding him until his stomach explodes on-screen.

To prevent this, the player can, instead of eating the pasta, throw it to a cat, who occasionally appears at the window, and a dog, who walks across the bottom of the screen. However, if the mother sees the pasta being thrown to the cat or dog, she brings three times as much pasta the next time she returns.

The joystick is used to control the player: pressing right causes the boy to grab a plate of pasta, pressing left causes him to eat it, and pressing up or down causes him to toss the pasta to the cat (named Frankie in the manual) or the dog (named Sergio) respectively. If the cat and dog are not nearby when the food is thrown to them, the mother returns with extra pasta to “punish” the player. The fire button is not used.

If, instead of eating the pasta or throwing it to the animals, the player is idle, the pasta will accumulate on the table until it breaks, causing the player to lose a turn. Attempting to eat all the pasta without giving any to the cat or dog will cause the boy’s stomach to swell, changing colors from blue to yellow to red, before finally exploding in a mass of chunky blue pixels.”

So if you want to play this your best bet is an emulator called Stella for PC and Mac.  Hit the link below.

Source: Wikipedia, Stella

12 September 2012 ·

I’ll be at Small Press Expo 2012 in booth E5 selling a few boxes of my massive hit comic thing Two Italian Guys.  Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan) is also going to be at SPX this year.  Suddenly a trip to the DC area doesn’t sound so bad, right?
My books are always extra cheap at these conventions so bring your cash or your cards… this ain’t no library, son.
SPX

I’ll be at Small Press Expo 2012 in booth E5 selling a few boxes of my massive hit comic thing Two Italian Guys.  Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan) is also going to be at SPX this year.  Suddenly a trip to the DC area doesn’t sound so bad, right?

My books are always extra cheap at these conventions so bring your cash or your cards… this ain’t no library, son.

SPX

31 August 2012 ·

Two Italian Guys is full of laughs, but did you know it was full of recipes too?  Try our meatball recipe this weekend.  It’s guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever had.  Don’t forget to get your own copies of Two Italian Guys and learn how to make marinara, old world style pesto, and a criminally good spicy clam sauce.Available at your local comic shop, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and on the iBookstore for your iPad or iPhone.

Two Italian Guys is full of laughs, but did you know it was full of recipes too?  Try our meatball recipe this weekend.  It’s guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever had.  Don’t forget to get your own copies of Two Italian Guys and learn how to make marinara, old world style pesto, and a criminally good spicy clam sauce.

Available at your local comic shop, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and on the iBookstore for your iPad or iPhone.

29 June 2012 ·

Those mobsters, always making the headlines.  Henry Hill died this week, made famous by Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, and now this story about L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn.  Let me tell you that a pizza recipe is indeed a thing to fight over.  I put my recipes in the books I write but I’d never let you see my pizza recipe. 

Those mobsters, always making the headlines.  Henry Hill died this week, made famous by Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, and now this story about L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn.  Let me tell you that a pizza recipe is indeed a thing to fight over.  I put my recipes in the books I write but I’d never let you see my pizza recipe. 

15 June 2012 ·

Two Italian Guys in BOOKSTORES… and not just for the espresso.
Now you can get Two Italian Guys at your local bookstore!  We found this bunch in the humor section of a Barnes & Noble, the world’s biggest chain of filthy piss-soaked bathrooms.  If YOUR store doesn’t have any copies, simply ask the book-technician to get you some before you become angry and use your magic.
Want to carry Two Italian Guys at your store or library?  Order them from Baker & Taylor Books - one of the largest distributors of physical and digital content.

Two Italian Guys in BOOKSTORES… and not just for the espresso.

Now you can get Two Italian Guys at your local bookstore!  We found this bunch in the humor section of a Barnes & Noble, the world’s biggest chain of filthy piss-soaked bathrooms.  If YOUR store doesn’t have any copies, simply ask the book-technician to get you some before you become angry and use your magic.

Want to carry Two Italian Guys at your store or library?  Order them from Baker & Taylor Books - one of the largest distributors of physical and digital content.

6 June 2012 ·

Very interesting look behind the scenes of the movie The Godfather and the production’s involvement with the real New York Mafia.  The narrator pronounces “Mafia” reminiscent of how your grandparents might say salsa, but since he isn’t American we can let that slide.  Take a seat, this one is worth watching if you are a fan of the movie or mob culture in general.

18 May 2012 ·

Character Spotlight: Two Italian GuysMouse CarponeMouse lives in a decent place in a middle class neighborhood.  He’s married to his wife, Tina Titmouse, for about as long as she’ll put up with his shit.Did you know that you don’t have to be Italian to enjoy reading Two Italian Guys?  You just have to have a good sense of humor and a sharp wit.  Well… maybe you wouldn’t like it after all.

Character Spotlight: Two Italian Guys
Mouse Carpone

Mouse lives in a decent place in a middle class neighborhood.  He’s married to his wife, Tina Titmouse, for about as long as she’ll put up with his shit.

Did you know that you don’t have to be Italian to enjoy reading Two Italian Guys?  You just have to have a good sense of humor and a sharp wit.  Well… maybe you wouldn’t like it after all.

17 May 2012 ·

Character Spotlight: Two Italian GuysCrazy Joe PazzoMr. Pazzo is a psychopath.  He goes from charming fellow to bat-shit insane and back again in about as long as it takes to order a cheeseburger and fries.  Joe is rumored to head a certain criminal organization, but we don’t feel comfortable commenting further on the matter.Want to read something fun today? Try Two Italian Guys on your iPad or iPhone - also available in special hardcover versions.

Character Spotlight: Two Italian Guys
Crazy Joe Pazzo

Mr. Pazzo is a psychopath.  He goes from charming fellow to bat-shit insane and back again in about as long as it takes to order a cheeseburger and fries.  Joe is rumored to head a certain criminal organization, but we don’t feel comfortable commenting further on the matter.

Want to read something fun today? Try Two Italian Guys on your iPad or iPhone - also available in special hardcover versions.

8 May 2012 ·

Character Spotlight: Two Italian GuysJerry BagelYes, he loves technology… but not as much as bacon, you see (but he still loves technology). Jerry is Jewish, and is working hard to elevate the king of meats to a kosher status.  I mean, it’s bacon… they must have made some sort of mistake with that one.Don’t forget to read Two Italian Guys today… who knows, you might end up being murdered by your cable guy.

Character Spotlight: Two Italian Guys
Jerry Bagel

Yes, he loves technology… but not as much as bacon, you see (but he still loves technology). Jerry is Jewish, and is working hard to elevate the king of meats to a kosher status.  I mean, it’s bacon… they must have made some sort of mistake with that one.

Don’t forget to read Two Italian Guys today… who knows, you might end up being murdered by your cable guy.

30 April 2012 ·

Character Spotlight: Two Italian GuysGary ShiitakeGary’s family moved to America from Japan when he was five.  He says he doesn’t take baths with his family, but nobody believes him.  Lou and his pals are careful not to tease Gary too much, though… he probably knows karate, right?What’s happening, hot stuff?  Get Two Italian Guys Books 1 and 2 in luxurious hardcover or iBook editions for your iPad and iPhone today!

Character Spotlight: Two Italian Guys
Gary Shiitake

Gary’s family moved to America from Japan when he was five.  He says he doesn’t take baths with his family, but nobody believes him.  Lou and his pals are careful not to tease Gary too much, though… he probably knows karate, right?

What’s happening, hot stuff?  Get Two Italian Guys Books 1 and 2 in luxurious hardcover or iBook editions for your iPad and iPhone today!

23 April 2012 ·

MoCCA Fest 2012 NYC

If you are going to be in New York City over the weekend of April 28th & 29th 2012, then stop by MoCCA Fest.  I’ll be there at table F13 so please cruise by and talk to me.  You don’t even have to buy anything, just keep me entertained for a few minutes since I get crazy sitting in one place for too long.

18 April 2012 ·

Character Spotlight: Two Italian GuysDarrin MelanzaneAngry black guy alert!  No, just kidding… he’s a pretty cool guy. Darrin was adopted by a nice Italian family when he was seven. He reads political books written by left-wing comedians and thinks the media is honest.  Darrin likes kung fu movies, comic books, and mayonnaise on his French fries. You like reading the internet, right?  Try reading a book next… that’s what our ancestors used to stand on when they couldn’t reach things in high places.  Get Two Italian Guys Books 1 and 2 today, but please don’t try to stand on the iBook editions.

Character Spotlight: Two Italian Guys
Darrin Melanzane

Angry black guy alert!  No, just kidding… he’s a pretty cool guy. Darrin was adopted by a nice Italian family when he was seven. He reads political books written by left-wing comedians and thinks the media is honest.  Darrin likes kung fu movies, comic books, and mayonnaise on his French fries.

You like reading the internet, right?  Try reading a book next… that’s what our ancestors used to stand on when they couldn’t reach things in high places.  Get Two Italian Guys Books 1 and 2 today, but please don’t try to stand on the iBook editions.

16 April 2012 ·

NEO GEO.  If you were born then you know.

15 April 2012 ·

Character Spotlight: Two Italian GuysTommy PomodoroThird generation American, “100% fucking Italian.”  Tommy grew up on the same block as Lou, and ended up marrying Lou’s sister.  He walks a fine line between instigator and mediator even though he probably doesn’t know what those words mean. Tommy likes fashion, antiques, and dance music… but that’s his little secret.Be sure to get yourself a copy of Two Italian Guys the next time you visit the internet, and don’t be afraid to ask for directions if you get lost on the way.

Character Spotlight: Two Italian Guys
Tommy Pomodoro

Third generation American, “100% fucking Italian.”  Tommy grew up on the same block as Lou, and ended up marrying Lou’s sister.  He walks a fine line between instigator and mediator even though he probably doesn’t know what those words mean. Tommy likes fashion, antiques, and dance music… but that’s his little secret.

Be sure to get yourself a copy of Two Italian Guys the next time you visit the internet, and don’t be afraid to ask for directions if you get lost on the way.

9 April 2012 ·

Character Spotlight: Two Italian GuysLou PeppinoLou has a small cable access cooking show that nobody really watches.  He always says the first thing that comes to mind, but nobody takes offense since he has the mind of a chimp.  Lou likes beautiful women, complaining, and eating.  He lives in New Jersey.Read Two Italian Guys books 1 and 2 on your iPad and iPhone, or try the real life hardcover editions so you can trade them for food before the world ends later this year.

Character Spotlight: Two Italian Guys
Lou Peppino

Lou has a small cable access cooking show that nobody really watches.  He always says the first thing that comes to mind, but nobody takes offense since he has the mind of a chimp.  Lou likes beautiful women, complaining, and eating.  He lives in New Jersey.

Read Two Italian Guys books 1 and 2 on your iPad and iPhone, or try the real life hardcover editions so you can trade them for food before the world ends later this year.

2 April 2012 ·

About the Author

Chris Yura is the creator of Two Italian Guys... the amazing stories of two naive brothers, a politically incorrect chef, a manic depressive mobster, and an adorably ignorant mouse.

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