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Plimpton's Video Falconry

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Jun 2, 2011 | 5:48 PM EDT

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Enjoy a sport that has been the pass-time of kings, hunters and warriors for 4000 years!

George Plimpton's Video Falconry was brought to our attention by the Judge John Hodgman podcast. Originally made for the Colecovision in 1983, we've gone to great lengths to painstakingly port one of the few existing copies.


1 - Yaw
2 - Pitch
3 - Claw Grab
4 - Beak Grab
5 - Flap
6 - DoubleFlap
7 - Claw

Happy Falconing!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Excellent Coleco-remake!

Jon Martin, Jak Baron King, and I-Mockery have hit the nail on the head. This is a neat homage to the games that were made before the NES, which I happen to familiar with. To be honest, I never expected that you guys would go out your way to pay tribute to that commercial, but considering that Room game that you did with Oney; it makes a bit of sense. Let's get started, shall we?

Graphics: Jeff did a great job with the spritework making it accurate with the actual system that was the subject of this flash. I think more people could look into custom spriting on this site. It may not win beauty contests, but still gets the job done none-the-less.
Sound: Stamper, This is just another reason why I still look up to you, Mindchamber, and Tom. The chiptune music, while repetitive, was nice and fit the game perfectly. Plus, great job on behalf of Nerdist for the narration.
Content: It is what it is and that's all that matters because I enjoyed playing this game. You even went and simulated the Colecovision controller on the numpad just for the novelty, which while confusing, never wore off. In addition, great job on the Alien Hominid cameo in the space stage. Of course, the only real gripe I have is the intro. While it is informative, it felt tacked on like an afterthought.

What's Good:
-Excellent spritework
-Fun to play
-Nice chiptunes
-Underused subject

What's Bad:
-The intro, while informative, felt forced.

Overall: Here's your ten guys.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

And a hot plate!

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I'd ever see a video game starring George Plimpton (and here I was thinking that I was one of the few people on Earth who knew who he was)! Once again, Newgrounds has made me laugh more than I have in a looong time.

Awesome music, awesome gameplay... just all around great.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


I saw Double Fap instead of Double Flap, this made me go all WTF xD

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Have you seen my falcon anywhere?

Great game. Really impressed by the intro and how you guys managed to weave in truth with fake stuff, really entertaining and well-written.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

How much of this is true?

I doubt the name Newgrounds was existing during that time. I always assumed it was a altered name to Tom's favorite company "Neo-Geo" which literally translate into Newgrounds.

Fact: ColecoVision is a REAL game system.
Fact: George Plimpton was involved with the early development of video-games.
Speculation: Video Falconry is probably not a real title.
Speculation: The commercial was cleverly fabricated with a talented voice actor and specialized video editing.

Hard game! REALLY hard, but oddly fun to play.
Gonna take some practice getting use to the controls.

Judging by the original controls of the ColecoVision system, you use a "Number Pad" plugged via USB port, it'll probably simulate it perfectly!