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Episode 8: From the Wreckage
A tragic plane crash claims the lives of six video game developers. It seems like their game will be lost to the sands of time. All they want is for gamers to acknowledge their last earthly deeds. Can they convince executives at Sony's Playstation headquarters to release their last four levels with a ghostly message from beyond the grave? On this episode of the Cabinet, the story behind how a burned letter signed by six spirits lead to the release of Twisted Metal Black's Lost Levels on PS2.
Episode 7: The Fifth Ghost
An old, dusty Ms. Pac-Man cabinet was the perfect addition to their family room. However, a Boston couple learned their retro video game came with an unexpected feature, a literal ghost in the machine. You may know Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Sue, but it’s time to gather around the Cabinet to meet Ms. Pac-Man’s Fifth Ghost in this chilling ghost story.
Episode 6: Excel Hell
Stone walls. Green acidic pools. Names written in blood. Not exactly what you would expect to find in spreadsheet software. Inside Microsoft's Excel 95 hides this digital room of horror. Was it just a clever video game hidden inside the program for marketing purposes, or was it, as some claimed, a representation of Hell itself and its dark ruler? The Cabinet is taking you on a journey through time, gamers, back to 1995, to find Microsoft's dreaded Hall of Tortured Souls.
Episode 5: Assassin Freed
We're safe. The monsters in the game will stay on the other side of the screen. That is until they don't. Gamers who have been experimenting with a mod for the P.C. version of the Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind are being stalked by something sinister. It's in their dreams. It's in the dark hallways. It's standing over them while they sleep. Is it hallucination, a figment of a disturbed imagination, or did the players will this creature into the real world? Take a deep breath, gamers, as you...
Episode 4: Nuclear Option
Shall we play a game? How about Global Thermonuclear War! The opponent: Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein. In his arsenal, about 4,000 Playstation 2s to build his nuclear arsenal. How was he planning to use Sony's video game console to conquer the planet? Time to look inside the Cabinet to find out.
Episode 3: The Lavender Tones
Pokemon is one of the most kid-friendly video games out there. Trying to catch and collect Pikachu and his little monster buddies on Nintendo's Gameboy is designed to get kids hooked. Then you have the merchandising: stuffed animals, t-shirts, action figures, card games. However, the franchise may hold a dark secret in its soundtrack, a song that can cause illness and insanity in children. Time to listen to the Cabinet, gamers, to see if you hear Pokemon's mysterious Lavender Tones.
Episode 2: Vaporware
You have one play-through. Once you beat this obscure, Cold War video game, there's no going back to learn about its secrets. That's because it deleted itself. Nothing left but a blank floppy disk. Step up to the Cabinet to learn about Killswitch, a self-destructive game with a dedicated fanbase.
Episode 1: A Life for a Score
The high score. In the 1980s, three letters were the mark of a champion at local arcades. However, some paid the ultimate price to be legends of their favorite video game. A life for a score. Step up to the Cabinet to hear the tale of Berzerk, the first killer app in gaming.