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Submission + - Annual Carol vs. The World! Championship Underway (carolvsghost.com)

dzfoo writes: Left Turn Only Productions and the Intellivision® High Score Club have announced their second annual Christmas Carol vs. The World! high-score championship. Play the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents and submit your top score to the judges for a chance to win. The contest lasts for the entire month of December, and anyone can participate for prizes at all skill levels.

From the press release:

After the fantastic success of the high-score competition following the game's release in 2012, they have decided to turn it into an annual event. This year, the prizes include not only a specially designed custom edition of the game, but also commemorative merit badges and a first for any game competition: personalized mugs with hot-cocoa mix—a propos to a Christmas challenge during winter time.

More information about the contest is available at the official site.

Submission + - Intellivision's early Christmas celebration (indiegames.com)

dzfoo writes: "From the article: "Brand new Intellivision games have been pretty rare those past 20 or so years, but the holiday season of 2012 is bound to be different, as the venerable console has just had Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents released for its elegantly ageing self. The game seems to be a cute looking platformer starring Carol (heh), some maze-like caverns and an intriguing menagerie of baddies. Oh, and it does come with 8 whole levels and, uhm, seems pretty fun too."

They're also running a high-score championship during December. The grand prize is a one-of-a-kind, personalized edition of the game cartridge. And the ROM is now available for free!"

Submission + - A Retro Christmas High Score Championship Extravaganza! (carolvsghost.com)

dzfoo writes: " Left Turn Only Productions and the Intellivision® High Score Club invite you to a very special edition of the High Score Championship: Carol vs. The WORLD! Play the Intellivision® game "Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents" and help Carol Greenleaf save Christmas from the Evil Snowman. Rise to the top of the ranks of Santa's Elite Elf Squad and submit your top score to the judges. The person with the highest score received by the deadline of December 31st, 2012, wins a very special gift from Santa Claus himself! Plus, as if all that were not enough, Left Turn Only Productions is giving away the game to everyone! In keeping true to the Christmas spirit, and as a gesture of good will, they are offering the game in ROM format as a free download. To get your copy of the game ROM or for more information on the contest, please visit the official Carol vs. The World! Championship web site, or the Intellivision® High Score Club forum in the AtariAge site."
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Submission + - Intellivision kept alive by hombrew devs (carolvsghost.com) 1

dzfoo writes: "The old Intellivision games console from the 1980s is still around, kept alive by a small band of dedicated programmers that continue development for the platform.

Just this week, and in time for the Holidays, a new game was released called "Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents." This and other games released in the past few years, come complete in box, with glossy manuals and even hand-controller overlays, and are every bit as authentic as the ones released by Mattel "back in the day."

The Christmas Carol game made its debut at the Classic Gaming Expo 2012 in Las Vegas this August, and has been praised by even the Blue Sky Rangers themselves.

Other notable releases for the platform are: D2K Arcade, a fantastic rendition of the classic Donkey Kong arcade game; and Minehunter, a very good puzzle game in the style of Minesweeper.

The Intellivision home-brew community is even working on ports of such classics as Cinemaware's Defender Of The Crown and Apogee's The Lost Caves Of Kroz.

All these games are being produced with the highest of quality, by a very passionate community. This community may be small, but it is dedicated and resilient."

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Submission + - Intellivision home-brew scene alive and kicking (carolvsghost.com)

dzfoo writes: "Move over, Atari and ColecoVision, the Intellivision home-brew scene is back in action! After more than a year in development, a new game for the Intellivision® system has been released. More than a "home-brew" game, Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents is a labor of love, beautifully packaged in a "book" style box, complete with full-color glossy manual and retro-style cartridge shell. It is every bit as authentic as anything released "back in the day."

The game made its debut at the Classic Gaming Expo 2012 in Las Vegas this August, and has been praised by even the Blue Sky Rangers themselves.

Packed with whimsical charm and exciting arcade action, Christmas Carol offers fun for kids and adults alike, and is destined to become an instant classic!"

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Submission + - Apple's ALAC is now open source (macosforge.org)

dzfoo writes: We can now have lossless compression* in all our music files while maintaining our principles against proprietary lock-in: Apple Lossless Audio Codec is now open source!

* Or perhaps more accurately, we can now feel free of guilt about using ALAC, and less fearful of a future where its officially sanctioned support ends.

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