Game About Bill Clinton’s Old Cat to Get Kickstarter

I didn’t wake up this morning thinking I’d be writing that headline.

Credit: LA Times

In 1993 there was a 2D platformer developed and subsequently cancelled for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis called Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill. It was inspired by a cat of the same name that was adopted in the early 90’s by the Clinton family and occasionally photographed with the former president. In the game, Socks would have (and perhaps still will) saved the world from nuclear destruction and defeated caricatures of former Republican Party leaders. If this sounds absurd, you may want to look into 4th-gen 2D platformers. This is actually par the course.

So what happened? How did a potential masterpiece like this never see the light of day? Was it shut down due to its partisan overtones? No, actually. Kaneko USA was advertising the game in 1993 but before the game could release, the publisher went under. Socks the Cat went down with the ship and has never been seen since – until now.

Credit: Nintendo Life

A man named Tom Curtin has purchased a prototype cartridge of the game for the price of a used car. He also has the trademark, meaning he can legally publish the game and profit. The current plan is to launch a Kickstarter to publish the game and run it like a pseudo auction. A $20 to $30 commitment will guarantee you a digital copy of the game, a $50 or better donation amounts to a physical copy on a reproduction SNES cartridge, and to the top donor, the prototype itself.

I’m curious to see how this news will be received. The collector in me is excited about this. I could soon be holding a brand new SNES cart of a game that was once an urban legend. It’s always fun when things like that come to fruition. On the other hand, the Internet has no shortage of anonymous people feeling like the world owes them and will be angry that Curtin has the ‘gall’ to not simply dump the game’s ROM online for free and is instead poised to make money.

Then again, the fact that the game will be getting published only means it’s a matter of time before the ROM is available for free to all of those who are fine playing on emulators instead of the real thing. Regardless of which avenue you take, let’s all enjoy the fact that we may soon be swiping at Richard Nixon’s face with 16-bit feline claws in the future.

Don’t expect a Nintendo Seal of Quality.

Source: MEL Magazine

Kanye West Wants to Name Next Album After Retro Console

No, seriously. I’m not kidding.

If you’re reading a site like this, you should know what the Turbo Grafx 16 is, but just in case you do not, here’s a little history lesson.


The Turbo Grafx 16 was a home video game console released in the late 1980s by Hudson Soft and the NEC Corporation. It advertised itself as a 16-bit console, but in fact had an 8-bit CPU. Its standard games ran on something similar to a cartridge, but was more akin to a card. A very unique look for the time.

I once ordered a controller off of eBay and was sent this instead. True story.

It eventually also got a peripheral that played higher graphics CD games, similar to the Sega CD. By pure coincidence, the Castlevania game I mention in my bio, Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (aka, Rondo of Blood), was one of those CD games and released only in Japan. Yes, what I consider to be one of the greatest masterpieces ever made was exclusive to this dumpster fire.

The console only sold relatively well in Japan, where it was known as the PC Engine. In North America and elsewhere, it was a failure due to lacking third party support and having underpowered hardware compared to the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and eventual competitor, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Yet somehow, considering how few American households actually had this thing, Kanye West’s was one of them.

Can he do this – just jack a name off of someone else’s intellectual property? I’m not entirely sure. Again, the TG16 was a joint venture by Hudson and NEC. Hudson Soft died a few years back and to my understanding, everything they owned was absorbed by Konami. NEC still exists and works in Japan with computer infrastructures. I wouldn’t be surprised, given the nature of the two companies, if Hudson kept the naming rights to the TG16 and that eventually transferred over to Konami. A Konami vs. Kanye legal battle would be fun to watch. I’m not sure who I’d want to lose more.

In all seriousness, I’m not too thrilled by Kanye’s naming choice here. I don’t follow mainstream music closely, so what Kanye is doing with his career is of no concern to me. Although, I must say, I rather love that subtweet he directed towards Wiz Khalifa saying that Wiz had distracted from his “creative process.”

No, I’m upset at the fact that if Kanye actually goes through with this, he’ll likely drive the price up on what’s already a scarce retro console.

Right now, a loose TG16 will run you about $100 according to, which is more than what the Genesis and SNES will cost. If Kanye does drop an album by the same name, I can only imagine how ridiculous that graph from Price Charting is going to look in the future. In other words, if you want a TG16 in your collection, now may be a good time to invest in one. I, in the meantime, will continue looking into getting an RGB modded PC Engine CD for me to play Rondo of Blood on.