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CES 2011 – Microsoft’s Retro Game Room Announced for Windows Phone 7

By January 9, 2011

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During their keynote address at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Microsoft introduced us to Game Room, a classic video game portal for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC that allows you to create your very own video arcade and invite your friends over play classic video games that you can either purchase, or pay for a single play.

At this year's 2011 CES Microsoft once again touted the retro infused Game Room by announcing that it will soon be available for all Windows 7 phones.

For those who aren't technobevers, the Windows 7 phone is Microsoft's answer to the iPhone and Droid, containing an operating system similar to Windows 7 and uses exclusive apps that mirror their PC brethren.

So far Microsoft has not provided an exact release date, and only announced one guaranteed title: Asteroids Deluxe, however a 1up.com video of Game Room mobile in action shows working demos of Centipede and Shao-Lin's Road.

I like how they are able to mirror the trackball controls of Centipede by sliding your finger over the directional controls. Of course nothing can replace the true arcade cabinet experience, but this looks like the closest anyone's gotten on a modern system.

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