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Classic Video Games: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Before Steam, There Was PlayCable
While gamers are now constantly downloading games of Next-Gen console portals such as Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Wii Virtual Console, over 21 years before any of these services existed, and eight years before there were any public Internet service providers, the very first game portal launched: PlayCable for the Intellivision.
How the Sony PlayStation Kick-Started the Disc...
When Sony released the PlayStation console they were beyond a newbie to the industry, having never previously developed a game, let alone a console system, but the PlayStation ended up a megahit that introduced 3D gaming to a mass audience and kick-started the video game CD-ROM revolution. Oddly, had it not been for a contract dispute, the
Fusajiro Yamauchi - Founder of Nintendo
Who would have thought one of the most important figures in the world of gaming would have passed away 12 years before the first video game was even invented?
Cathode-Ray Tube Amusement Device – The...
Cathode-Ray Tube Amusement Device - The First Electronic Game
The Best Classic Video Games Available on Xbox...
Xbox Live Arcade brings coin-op arcade classics, remakes and remixes to the Xbox and Xbox 360. Not only can you download the original titles with crystal clear high definition graphics, but many have been given an upgrade to take advantage of the 360’s next-gen graphics and sound capabilities. This is a constantly updated list of all the classic arcade and console games available on Xbox Live Arcade.
Hardware Profile - Magnavox Odyssey - The First...
As the trademarked saying goes. Classic Video Games.
1889 - Fusajiro Yamauchi Opens the Doors to His...
Having such a rich and long history in the industry it's impossible to try and encapsulate the Nintendo's lineage in just one go, so this is the first in a series of three articles outlining the history of the biggest video game company in the biz. 117 years before they became the next-gen giant, and almost 70 years before the advent of the video game, Nintendo started as a single-man operation in Japan, making and selling playing cards.
The Top 9 Classic Horror Games for Your Computer
While horror might be a mainstay for console games today, there was a time when a home video game system
The Most Important Women in the History of...
The days of the video game business being a boy's club are long over with women now taking charge as some of the industry's top executives, but it wasn't an easy climb. In the '70s and '80s, women had to fight to get their voices heard in the male-dominated business. Those that did made major marks in the industry, not because they are women, but because their innovations and influences changed the world of video games for the better.
Pong – The First Video Game Megahit
The extraordinarily simple-yet fun and addictive electronic tennis game where two players rotate knobs controlling the vertical movement of there paddles, to bop a digital ball back and fourth, was a historic mega hit that kick-started the video game industry and defined its space in pop-culture history. As simple as the game may be by today’s standards, the history of Pong is littered with struggle and controversy.
The Retro Gamers Guide to the Nintendo 3DS
Just 'cause we're retro gamers doesn't mean that we don't dig new systems, especially those of Nintendo that allow you to play old-school classics in an entirely new way. Now with the 3DS, Nintendo is promising all sorts of goodies galore for the retro enthusiast, but it's not all apparent, so to help navigate your way to the old-school goodness we present to you the Retro Gamers Guide to the Nintendo 3DS.
The 12 Weirdest Games for the Atari 2600
In an industry where an obese plumber can become a cultural icon, it’s no wonder that in video games, weird is normal. However nutty they get, these oddities were never as strange as the ones for the Atari 2600. Ironically the most bizarre of these came out around the crash of the video game industry, causing most of them to go unnoticed in the rubble of a once great gaming console. Take a look weirdest Games you'll ever see, all for the Atari 2600.
Super Mario Bros. - The Game that Saved Video...
While the Nintendo Entertainment System may have been the console that bounced the video game industry
The History of Classic Video Games - The CD-ROM...
The Fifth Generation of Console Gaming takes a page from home computers that are starting to invade their turf. With the adoption of CD-ROM based games, video game makers are now able to deliver higher quality game experiences and start to introduce 3D graphics and gameplay.
History of the Sega Genesis – Dawn of the...
As the book of retro tells us, in the late ‘80s a big bang occurred that wrought the dawn of a new age in home gaming. An event of biblical proportions that thrust video games from their 8-bit confined and into a righteous path that would create an evolution into the video games of today. A console created from the rib (or at least tech) of its predecessor, the SEGA Genesis, a dawn of the 16-bit era.
Killer Shark - The Undersea Horror Arcade Game...
Just a year after video games made their debut in arcades, SEGA unveiled the first coin-op cabinet to star the most terrifying aquatic creature, the Killer Shark. While this light gun arcade shooter gained considerable notoriety from its cameo in Steven Spielberg's classic monster shark movie JAWS, it turned out that Killer Shark was actually not a video game at all, but a mechanical achievement in coin-op animation.
The History of Classic Video Games - The...
With too many console choices and not enough good games, the video game industry crashes in 1983. Much like when the dot-com bubble burst, the market was reborn just a few years later with a whole new set of players.
OXO aka Noughts and Crosses - The First Video...
The debate over the first video game is often argued as being Willy Higinbotham's Tennis for Two (1958), Spacewar! (1961) or Pong (1972), but the graphics based computer game OXO (aka Noughts and Crosses) predates them all. Why does OXO so often get overlooked?
Space Invaders – Alien Shooter that Put...
By the mid-'70s arcade games were staring to build a modest popularity thanks to the 1972 hit Pong, but at the pizza parlor and amusement arcades Pinball was still king; that was until 1978 when a Japanese space shooter came along that became such a pop-culture phenomenon it caused a coin shortage, turned arcades into “video arcades” and went on to save the Atari 2600 from tanking.
The History of Nintendo Part 2 - Goodbye...
When Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Great-Great Grandson of Nintendo's founder Fusajiro Yamauchi, took over the family Business, he cleaned house of those who opposed him and took the company into new directions. When the bottom dropped out of the playing card market, Nintendo risked bankruptcy, until Hiroshi met low level engineer Gunpei Yokoi, and the two teamed up to make video game history.
Haunted House for the Magnavox Odyssey –...
Horror and video games have long been entwined, brining all sorts of freaky frights into our homes and arcades. For years there has been a debate over just what was the very first horror game, and I'm about to put the argument to rest. The very first horror video game was, without a doubt, Haunted House. Not the side-scrolling, multi-screened classic for the Atari 2600, but the screen overlay that came packaged with the Magnavox Odyssey, the world's first video game console.
The Foreign Versions of Stadium Events
It isn’t the gameplay that makes the 1987 Stadium Events so sought after. The game was actually rereleased in 1988 with a new title (World Class Track Meet). For the truly rare version of Stadium Events, the rarest licensed Nintendo Entertainment System of all time, is finding a North American edition with its original title, for only a handful of copies have ever been spotted. Here you will learn why this game is so rare and how to identify a legit copy.
Jerry Lawson - First Black Video Game...
At a time when the computer and video game industry was primarily filled with Caucasian males, Jerry Lawson was an innovator. He created of the first ROM cartridge based video game console (the Fairchild Channel F), designed of one of the first coin-op arcade games (Demolition Derby), was the head of Videosoft, an early independent developer for the Atari 2600, and the first African American in the video game industry to achieve such accomplishments.
Blipsy Barcade – Retro Video Arcade and...
You might accidentally overlook LA’s best haven for retro video game fans. With no sign and blackened windows, it looks like just another closed up storefront with the exception of a single blue neon ghost monster lit up. The inside, however, is far from abandoned. When you take a step in you’ll be immediately blasted with a party every night complete with booze, food, DJs and a cavalcade of classic arcade games, which are still just a quarter-a-play.
Dallas Quest - Nighttime Soap Turned Classic...
From 1978 to 1991 the royal family from the lone star state the ruled the airways were the Ewings from
3-D Gaming Origins – SegaScope 3D for the...
Today it seems like gaming in 3-D (that’s three-dimensional, coming out of your TV graphics) will soon be all the rage as both the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 are prepping with games for the next revolution in home entertainment, true 3D-TVs. Strangely this recently hot pop technology is far from new, it’s all based on a the same process used for in 1988 for SegaScope 3D, a peripheral for SEGA’s first game console, the SEGA Master System.
Classic Video Games on the PlayStation...
Classic Video Games on the PlayStation Network's PlayStation Store
The Kitchen Computer - Most Complicated Recipe...
The Kitchen Computer was conceived as a kitchen and a household managing tool. It promised to do everything
Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the Atari 2600...
One of the most obscure Atari 2600 games is also its most violent. The brainchild of B-Movie maker Charles Band and his ill-fated Wizard Games company, TCM was the most controversial game of the early 80s.
The History of Classic Video Games - The Second...
With a hit like Atari's Pong the home console market is proven to be a success. Soon the console advancements and knock-offs start rushing to market faster than consumers can keep up.
Good Old Games - Classic Computer Game Database
Good Old Games is a new website dedicated to delivering all of those classic DOS based PC games previously lost to us as computers and processors became too advance to play them. GOG.com has painstakingly retrofitted each game to run on the classic gamer hating Windows Vista and XP operating systems. Now you can finally relive or experience for the first time games once thought to be lost forever, each available and a bargain price.
Fairchild Channel F - The First ROM Cartridge...
While the "F" in the 1979 game console Fairchild Channel F stands for the systems microprocessor, Fairchild
Best Arcade Games 1982: Peak of the Video Arcade
In 1982 arcade games reached their peak. Arcades renamed themselves as video arcades and starting overflowing with more new titles coming out faster than arcade owners could find floor space. Little did we know that just a year later, the entire industry video game industry would crash...but let's not worry about that now, we're here to talk about when the video arcade was king. These are the Top Arcade Games of 1982
Le Stick – The First Motion Sensitive...
Long before the Nintendo Wii moved it's way into the motion controller scene, DataSoft Inc. created the world's first motion sensitive joystick/controller: The Le Stick.
History of Colossal Cave Adventure Part 2 - The...
Collaborative Fiction refers to a work of fiction written by a group, with each writer building upon the work set down by the previous authors. A Mod is a homebrewed altering of an existing game that fans create to expand the existing experience, or to create an entirely new game. Colossal Cave Adventure is a mix of both. Not only is it the first text adventure game, but it is also the first computer game to be continually expanded upon by its fans.
History of the Sonic The Hedgehog - Speeding...
When the Sega Genesis launched in 1989 it was off to a rough start. While the Genesis may have been the first true 16-bit console, its direct competitor, the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, was beating it in the console wars thanks to Nintendo's mega-hit Super Mario Bros. 3. Once the news came that Nintendo would be coming out with their own 16-bt system, it was time for Sega to take drastic measures, leading to the birth of one of the most popular video game characters of all time...
Pac-Man – The Most Important Video Game...
Today it would be a shock to meet a gamer who hasn’t heard of Pac-Man. The game as well as our hungry hero have become icons of arcade games and ‘80s pop-culture, thrusting video games from a fad into a phenomena. Pac-Man spawned it’s own market beyond just video games with toys, clothes, books, cartoons, even food products, and it all started with a little idea for a game about eating.
Steve Jobs – Apple CEO and Atari Breakout...
Everyone knows Steve Jobs as Co-Founder and CEO of Apple Inc., and that alone makes him a major historic figure in classic computer games, but one little tidbit that has been nearly forgotten in the history of gamedome is that one of Jobs first gigs in the industry was as a designer on one of Atari’s most successful video games.
2600 Terrors - Horror Games for the Atari 2600,...
Turn off the lights, put that Ouija board away and get ready to summon some spirits, retro video game style, with part one of a complete list of classic horror video games for the Atari 2600, starting with...
Best Arcade Games of 1980 – The Year of...
In 1980 a game released that changed the industry forever, shooting video games from a cult following into a North American pop-culture phenomena, Pac-Man. Arcades became the place to be in the ‘80s, and in order to meet the demand, some of the best, most innovative games flooded into pizza parlors and coin-op arcade havens.
Game Boy Innovations - The Retro Handheld's...
Game Boy Innovations - The Retro Handheld's Biggest Influences on Modern Gaming
Brad Stallion in Sex Olympics - The Weirdest...
Brad Stallion, porn star of the future, is back for his fourth and final game where he must compete in the intergalactic Olympic games against his arch nemesis, Dr. Dildo.
Gotcha: The Original Sex Maze - Atari 1973
Video games are always the topic of controversy, but have you ever wondered what was the very first controversial video game? Surprisingly it wasn't due to violence, or even the game's content. The ruckus was all about how you played it - buy rubbing pink rubber breasts...and it was all the brainchild of Atari.
The ColecoVision/Nintendo Partnership and the...
From 1982 to 1984 the ColecoVision was the most advance, powerful and popular console of the time, breaking sales records and digging deep into the Atari and Intellivision's profits. While the ColecoVision was well on its way to becoming the most successful console in history, its life was cut short by the crash of the video game market and a gamble on converting the console into a home computer.
The History of Classic Video Games - The Golden...
Jumping from the super computers and into the first coin-op arcade and home console video games, this is The Golden Age and First Generation of Classic Video Games.
Computer Space – The First Mass-Market...
Before becoming the founders of Atari, Inc. and introducing the world to Pong, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney made their first historic stamp in the video games industry when they reworked the popular computer lab game Spacewar! into a mass produced coin-op arcade cabinet. In doing so they created the very first commercially distributed video game: Computer Space, and an entirely new gaming industry.
Top Classic Video Games About Food!
Let's face it, nothing goes together better than food and video games. Heck, for many of us retro gamers of the '80s the local arcade and pizza place were one in the same. Perhaps that's how Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Atari, came up with the idea of starting Chucky Cheese. So what better way is there to attract gamers in the retro days than combining the two things that are always on their mind, eating and video games? This is the top 10 of video games about food and eating! Bon Appétit!
Fast Food for the Atari 2600 - Please Don't Eat...
You are all-mouth as you rush from burger to pizza to ice cream to soda as you binge eat your way though as many calories as possible, but be careful not to gulp down too many of those purple pickles, or your gonna end the game with more indigestion than points.
History of Popeye the Arcade Game
A year after negotiations for the Popeye video game license fell apart, Nintendo and their legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto got a second crack at a Popeye arcade game thanks to the success of Donkey Kong.
Ms. Pac-Man – The Unauthorized History of...
After landing the North American license to distribute Namco's megahit Pac-Man in North America, Midway Games came up with a foolproof plan to keep the Pac-train moving. They put out an unofficial, unauthorized mod of the video game cash chow and titled it Ms. Pac-Man, which was not only the first arcade game with a female protagonist, but is also the most successful unofficial video game mod in history.
Sweet Home - The NES Gorfest That Inspired...
The goriest 8-bit game for the Nintendo Entertainment System was based on a moderately successful J-horror movie Sweet Home, and served as the inspiration for the Resident Evil games. While it was the seed that spawned the survival-horror genre this elaborate and effective horror-RPG never made it past the shores of Japan.
Shigeru Miyamoto - The Historic Creator of...
After years of developing his latest epic, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, historic game designer Shigeru Miyamoto announced he is going to return to his retro video game roots. Nintendo claims it isn't true, rumors say he's doing it to motivate his team, but either way you can guarantee whatever he has planed will be great. Let's take a look back at how the master of arcades and consoles got his start and the journey that led him to Skyward Sword and his next great adventure.
A Look Inside a Classic Arcade Cabinet
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked.
Track & Field - The Most Popular Olympic Arcade...
In anticipation of the 1984 Summer Olympic games, and to ride on the merchandising success the global competition brings with it, Konami released an innovative button mashing arcade title that was destined to become the most popular Olympic-themed video game of all time at both the video arcade and home.
A History of Classic Indiana Jones Games - 1982...
Indiana Jones might have been the inspiration for two of the most successful video game franchises in history, Pitfall and Tomb Raider, but Indy has also starred if quite a few games himself. This is a breakdown of every Indiana Jones game released between 1982 and 1999.
The History of Classic Video Games - The Age of...
The very first electronic games didn't begin in arcades or even home consoles; they got their start in early super computer labs and as top secret military training programs.
A History of the Atari 2600 - The Beginning of...
The Atari 2600 took the industry by storm and dominated the market during it's 15 year run. But the success of the console left in it's wake the exodus of Atari's founder as well as their top programmers, and inevitably brought forth the crash the same market it created. Page 2.
Chasing Ghosts - Beyond the Arcade - Review of...
Chasing Ghosts follows the rise and fall of America's obsession with the arcades of the early-80s with the nearly forgotten phenomena of high score world record competitions 80s though the stories and words of the champions from their first discovery of arcade games, to the climactic Life Magazine photo, and then the crash and eventual end of the arcade fads when the industry crashed in 1983/84.
The Oregon Trail - Edutainment's First Video...
Trail blazing across the archives of video game history is an elaborate and innovative game conceived by student teachers and established as one of the first edutainment game to be a commercial hit and a precursor to sim games. Page 2.
Zombie Zombie for the ZX Spectrum – The...
The very first video game about Zombies was actually the sequel to Ant Attack, the first truly 3D Isometric video game. Although it is well loved by those who've played it and defined a new genre in gaming, over the years Zombie Zombie has nearly been forgotten.
Frogger – From Lily Pad to Arcades
He jumps, he hops, he eats flies and sometimes he even falls in love. He’s Frogger, the most addictive amphibian in arcade history and it’s up to you to make sure he makes it home safe without getting splattered.
Magic Sword - Coin-Op Arcade Game - Review
Lost in a sea of early 90s fighting games, Magic Sword is a hack ‘n slash arcade classic that never gained the recognition it deserved. Slashing your way through evil wizards, dragons, flying wasp men…and Grizzly Bears…has never been so much fun.
Halloween for the Atari 2600 – Babysitter...
In 1978 John Carpenter terrified movie audiences and gave birth to the slasher genre with Halloween, an independent film following the blood trail of psychotic serial killer Michael as he slaughters his way to innocent teenage babysitter Lori Strode. Five years later another B-movie mogul got his hands on the home video rights to Halloween and decided to spawn the violent film into an Atari 2600 video game.
Nintendo Entertainment System aka Famicom - The...
A profile of the historic console that saved the video game industry after the crash of '83 and ushered in the 8-bit generation.
Blacks In Gaming - A Non-Profit Video Game...
Basic Facts: Organization: Blacks In Gaming Type: Non-Profit, Networking, Career Opportunity, Social
The Great Giana Sisters: Commodore 64 Game...
Mario Bros. meet the Mario Sisters...er...that is the Giana Sisters. Unlike you and your brother Luigi, these sisters aren’t Super, their Great! The Great Giana Sisters! The weirdest and most controversial Super Mario Bros. rip-off ever made. With their bizarre and creative take on the platforming Mario style and the game's oddball history, this rare title has been kept alive solely by its small community of fanatical fans.
The History of Nintendo Part 3 - Dominating the...
After the launch of the NES, Nintendo not only reignited the video game market in the United States, but went on to become the most dominating force in the industry, making themselves a household name by the end of the 1980s.
The Best Classic Video Games of 1979
The success of Space Invaders in 1978 caused a lot of cloning and rip-off titles to see a release the following year as many jumped on board the game making bandwagon, but 1979 still proved to be filled with innovations such as the first handheld gaming system, the first star trek game and the debut of a little hungry yellow ball that would go on to become the most successful game in the world.
Best Arcade Games of 1981 – The Year of...
In the early '80s video games were hot, with video arcades popping up all over the country. While the arcade market had been saturated with rip-offs and clones of previous hits such as Pong and Space Invaders, the release of Pac-Man in 1980 broke the market out of the rut, thrusting video games from a niche fad into a major industry. The result was 1981, one of the most prosperous and innovative years for video arcades, Spawning major hit games the likes of which no one had ever seen before, which still influence today’s modern gaming.
Adult Retro Video Game Costumes for Halloween
The devil’s night is upon us and what would a Halloween party be without horrifying ghouls, ghosts, witches, Mario and Pac-Man…wait a sec...Mario and Pac-Man? While All Hallows' Eve was originally reserved for the spooky set, the retro video games have been festering their way into pop culture. Everything from Prince of Persia to Tomb Raider are the top fashions in must have Halloween costumes!
A Nightmare on Elm Street - Freddy's NES...
In 1989 the most anticipated video game for horror movie fans finally hit the Nintendo Entertainment System. A Nightmare on Elm Street the video game promised to deliver all of the freaky fantasy and brutal violence of the film franchise, but the only nightmare that it ended up delivering was every gamers fear: A cheap, poorly designed game that has no passion for the film series on which it's based.
The Most Important NES Games of All Time
Not only was the Nintendo Entertainment System the console that resurrected video games after the industry crash of '83, but the system's top titles set the gameplay standard by which modern platforming, RPG, action, adventure and narrative are designed today. These are the most influential and trend setting titles from the NES.
Pigskin 621 A.D. Medieval Football Archrivals...
Are you ready for some Medieval Football! Teams from two villages straight out of the dark ages battle with brutal violence and hilarious action in one of the most unusual, addictive and rare football video games ever made.
Captain America and the Avengers Dis-Assemble...
When Data East assembled the Avengers for the beat-'em-up 4-player arcade experience, Captain America and the Avengers, the game was successful enough to see a series of 2-player ports for the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and Game Gear, but for the Nintendo Entertainment System they created an entirely different game with the exact same title.
Rambo for the Nintendo Entertainment System...
When you envision Rambo, do you imagine high-octane, machine gun turrets and explosions? Well you must be thinking of some other game, because the NES title simply titled Rambo - yet based on Rambo: First Blood Part 2, doesn’t have any of that. With giant spiders, killer birds and man eating piranha, this review gives you a look at the most un-Rambo game imaginable.
Defender – The Scrolling Space Shooter...
In a far off galaxy alien invaders torment an innocent planet, kidnapping the humanoid inhabitants and transforming them into berserk killer mutants. Their only hope for survival is in the hands of the Defender, a lone gunner space ship who must destroy the enemy crafts and rescue their victims in the first side-scrolling video game.
Little Frogger, Big Game
Konami brings back yet another arcade classic with upgraded graphics, new levels and more dangers, all while maintaining the addictive dodge-and-run gameplay of the original Frogger. This preview shows you step-by-step what the retro remix Frogger Returns has to offer. Page 6.
The Atari 2600 – A Profile of the Longest...
When the Atari 2600 hit the market, being able to play video games at home similar to those in the arcade blew everyone's mind. Once it caught on, the 2600's layout and specs became not only iconic, but an industry standard for the console system, games and accessories of the late 70s and early 80s home consoles.
Puck Man aka Pac-Man - Arcade
The success of Space Invaders in 1978 caused a lot of cloning and rip-off titles to see a release the following year as many jumped on board the game making bandwagon, but 1979 still proved to be filled with innovations such as the first handheld gaming system, the first star trek game and the debut of a little hungry yellow ball that would go on to become the most successful game in the world.
Wizard Games – Bringing Grindhouse Horror...
In 1983 b-movie mogul Charles Band set his sights on releasing adult-only Atari 2600 games based on hit splatter and slasher horror flicks such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween. The results became the most controversial classic video games of all time.
MAME - Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
How can there be a Best of the 2000s for Classic Video Games, a time that's been dedicated to new technologies all attempting make every previous tech obsolete? Because great games never die! This decade we've seen innovative new formats, platforms, and portals all dedicated to keeping retro games alive. These leaps in classic game portals and innovations make the very best of the decade for retro gaming. These are the best releases, outlets and events for Classic Video Game lovers in 2009! Page 10.
Ghost Monster Autopsy – A History Pac-Man...
The yellow circular hero with an over-eating disorder, Pac-Man has hogged the spotlight enough! It's time for his nemesis, the Ghost Monsters to get thier due. Part undead spirits, part obsessive compulsives, the Ghost Monsters have only one goal, putting the hurt on the chomping champ. This is the history of video gamedoms most famous ghosts and monster, the Ghost Monsters!
The Best Arcade Games of 1978 - A Classic Video...
It was the year that Grease and Halloween made their theatrical premiere, the Blues Brothers debuted on Saturday Night Live, The Village Peoples’ song Y.M.C.A. was at the top of the charts and the Star Wars Holiday Special was heating up the boob tube, but 1978 was also the year that arcade games shot from amusement fad to pop culture phenomena.
Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in...
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Video Game History Debunking - Adventure Game...
When researching articles of the early days of Text Adventure games, I discovered so much misinformation out there, not online, but with some bad facts dating all the way back to the early computer magazines of the ‘80s. So here you’ll find the most common myths and facts about adventure games, how they originated, and the real truth behind who truly invented the genre.
MidwayArcade.com Classic Video Game Database
List of all the classic arcade games available on the PC digital download service MidwayArcade.com, all of the bundle packages they have available and how to navigate their complicated site.
Haunted House - Survival Horror Origins on the...
There have been numerous games with the title Haunted House, but the 1981 release for the Atari 2600 still stands today as the most popular, often credited as the pre-cursor of the survival horror genre.
Video Olympics - Pong Goes for the Gold, Atari...
After years of consumers seeing hundreds of different versions of Pong, and Pong clones sold in an endless stream of systems, how do you repackage it yet again? Well, when Atari was brainstorming launch titles for their upcoming cartridge system, the Atari 2600, they ditched the name, package it in a cartridge promising 50 different games, and gave it the title Video Olympics.
Gun Fight aka Western Gun - The First People...
While there are loads of popular non-violent video games ranging from Pong and Tetris to Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, video games have always been associated with violence. There is no real mystery behind this as the very first video arcade games, Computer Space and Galaxy Game were shooters where the goal was to shoot down your enemies. Soon after the killing of enemies went from ships to people when the very first arcade game where the goal to kill a human was released.
Spacewar! Precursor to the First Video Arcade...
One of the earliest graphical computer games started out as a tech demo at MIT computer labs and went on to become the foundation of the very first coin-op video arcade games.
The Expendables 8-Bit Game – Review of...
Take me back to the 1980s, where video games were action packed side-scrolling shootouts made of squared off 8-bits, and our action movie heroes were so grizzled and muscle-bound that they could have been pixilated sprites themselves. In honor of the hit '80s action throwback flick, The Expendables, the folks at Break.com have released a near flawless old-school Nintendo Entertainment System tribute promo game.
Frogger and the Purple Frog
Ah, digital amore! Even in the world of gaming romance always springs eternal. While most of the lady loves are Princesses who need rescuing by their dashing working class heroes, video games have continually shared the same goal we all have in the real world, true love. Join me for the most infamous romances in the history of classic video games. Page 7.
Top 5 Atari 2600 Controller Oddities - Paving...
Top 5 Atari 2600 Controller Oddities - Paving the Way for Next-Gen Gaming
Video Game Console Database – The Second...
After getting overwhelmed with a market full of Pong clones during the first generation, the industry started to shift away from repackaging the same game over and over, to releasing cartridge based systems thanks to the advent of the ROM cartridge. Not only did the ROM carriage create an easier way to distribute multiple games for the same system, it also allowed for higher quality graphics and memory, ringing in the second generation of video game systems.
ColecoVision - Profile of the Record Breaking...
The most advance video game console of the early 80s, ColecoVision, was the first console to use a computer processor, allowing for arcade-quality games to be played in a home system, and add-ons to advance the system capabilities.
Making History with Tetris - An Interview With...
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tetris we had the chance to sit down with the minds behind the games success, creator Alexey Pajitnov, and the man responsible for getting Tetris out to the mass market, Henk Rogers. Page 5.
Street Fighter – The Arcade Fighting Game...
While the original Street Fighter is not the first fighting game or even considered one of the best in the genre, it is the most innovative, paving the way to a perfected iteration with the historic Street Fighter II.
Haunting starring Polterguy - Review - SEGA...
Total bummer dude. Corporate stooge Vito Sardini is gaining his fortune by putting out substandard skateboards and, as you all know, you don't want your plank on wheels to bail and crumble while you're in a mid-acid drop that's kickturning into a backside. Well our hero learned this the hard way and slammed so hard it broke his neck. The skater dude has now come back from the dead as Polterguy on a mission to scare the pants off the Sardini family.
The Life of Jack Tramiel Part 4 - The Atari...
After bouncing back from being forced out of Commodore, the company he founded and single handedly built into an empire, Jack Tramiel was now the owner of Atari, with plans to be the first to release a 32-bit home computer. In attempt to keep their hold on the market Commodore bought Amiga and went up against their former owner in a race to be the first to reach the 32-bit home computer age.
Digging Up Mazes and Monsters With Dig Dug, The...
Hey man, can you dig it?! There is this dude named Dug and he's got himself a problem. You see this cat is a miner, and what a miner has to do is dig, but they're these monster-like cats who gone and taken up subterranean stakes in Dug's digging site. Well, a Dug has got to dig, so that's just what he does, and when he reaches them burrowing baddies he's gotta pump them up 'til they blow, baby blow. And like I keep telling him, it's all about the Dig, Dug.
Classic Console Games on the Wii Virtual...
You may not consider the Nintendo Wii a classic video game system quite yet, but for those that yearn to play the great console titles of the 80s and 90s the Wii is a dream come true. This is a database of all the classic SEGA Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx-CD, Neo-Geo, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and the Nintendo 64 games available for download to the Wii.
Get To Know Your Retro - Arcade Conversion Kits...
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The Life of Jack Tramiel Part 3 - From...
After Jack Tramiel took his company, Commodore, from a small typewriter importer/manufacturer to become one of the biggest players in the home computer market with the release of the Commodore 64, at the peak of the companies success Jack Tramiel sought to push things further by being the first to release a 32-bit home computer, but after a falling out with Commodore investor Irving Gould had a major falling out with Tramiel, forcing him out of the company he founded. Not one to be reckoned with Tramiel bounced back, and turned things around to form a new computer company, then acquire the one time home console giant, Atari, Inc.
Weirdest Pong Cabinets - Atari's Classic In...
Ever spot Pong in a barrel, or see Snoopy taking a snooze on top of the game cabinet? Don't you wish your doctor had a Pong cabinet in their waiting room? Well at one time all of these weird versions of Pong existed, and they were all officially made by Atari.
Kangaroo The Video Game – Monkey Punching...
Oh no! Those trouble-making monkeys have kidnapped the baby Kangaroo. Luckily Mother Kangaroo is on her way, and this is one marsupial mama that ain't about to let her joey become monkey chow. Taking all the skills she's learned from playing Donkey Kong and Popeye, Mama unleashes a platforming, ladder climbing, gap hoping, Monkey punching can of whoop-roo on the menacing simians in the ultimate arcade game about a boxing Kangaroo
The History Behind the Wolfenstein Game Series
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Leaping Local Multiplayer
Konami brings back yet another arcade classic with upgraded graphics, new levels and more dangers, all while maintaining the addictive dodge-and-run gameplay of the original Frogger. This preview shows you step-by-step what the retro remix Frogger Returns has to offer. Page 7.
Get To Know Your Retro Gaming Genres -...
One of the most famous and common retro video game genres is the platformer. Since the genre's first introduction in arcades thanks to Donkey Kong, the platformer is a familiar and fun standard in video games, allowing for multiple styles and presentation. From the single-screen, to the side-scrolling platformer, and in the more modern age of gaming, the 3D platformer.
Ant Attack for the ZX Spectrum – Classic...
Inspired by the 1950s sci-fi big bug flicks, two lone survivors of a city destroyed by giant killer ants fight to survive and escape the monstrous killer colony. Not only an innovative game for the ZX Spectrum UK computer system, but considered the first truly 3D isometric game.
The Magic Sword Cabinet
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked.
Galaga - The Ultimate Space Shooter - Arcade Game
What began as a sequel to a Space Invaders rip-off became one of the most popular arcade game of all time though it's addictive, unique, and fun gameplay that never gets old.
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker - Dancing from...
Michel Jackson is known for a lot of things, being a talent musician, revolutionary dancer and having a zoo in his front yard, yet one of his least touted achievements was his work as a game designer. Not only were there versions of Moonwalker for Arcades and Consoles, there is also a computer version that had nothing to do with MJ, aside from his name and likeness.
Mario, Princess Peach and Bowser Love Triangle
Ah, digital amore! Even in the world of gaming romance always springs eternal. While most of the lady loves are Princesses who need rescuing by their dashing working class heroes, video games have continually shared the same goal we all have in the real world, true love. Join me for the most infamous romances in the history of classic video games.
Spy Hunter – Arcade Game Profile
When Spy Hunter first hit arcades in 1983, no gamer had ever seen a driving or shooter game like it. An instant hit, Spy Hunter has become a staple of Midway Games arcade classics, and although it has gone through several remakes and sequels, none of its descendents hold a steering wheel to the original.
Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man
Ah, digital amore! Even in the world of gaming romance always springs eternal. While most of the lady loves are Princesses who need rescuing by their dashing working class heroes, video games have continually shared the same goal we all have in the real world, true love. Join me for the most infamous romances in the history of classic video games. Page 2.
Corey Haim Stars in Double Switch for the SEGA-CD
To try and take advantage of SEGA's first disc based system, the SEGA-CD, game developer Digital Pictures used the extra power to release several games featuring full motion video (FMV). For the first time players could control live action movines from their game consoles...kind of. One such game was Double Switch, a nearly all live action game staring legendary child star Corey Haim.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Retro...
In a bleak future the "great recession " has put the 99% in financial ruin, forcing them to live in ghetto-like
Pac-Man: The Cartoon – The 1982 Arcade...
ABC's Saturday Morning fall line-up featured some of the weirdest cartoons ever, all based on existing TV shows. There was the Mork & Mindy cartoon, Lavern and Shirley in the Army, Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, the new Little Rascals, and of course Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, but the weirdest and most anticipated show of the line-up starred the historic retro video game hero, Pac-Man
Arcade Cabinet Back Removed
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked. Page 4.
Howard the Duck - Adventure on Volcano Island...
Come with Howard the Duck and travel to the tropical Volcano Island, get in some jet skiing, see the sights from a gliding airplane, battle giant headed baddies on the beach and save the world from the evil Dark Overlord. This forgotten Commodore 64 classic game based on the Hollywood flop by George Lucas is one weird, and totally frustrating, game to play.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers for the...
In 1990 Ted Turner conceived an environmentally conscious, multicultural animated series geared towards educating children on the dangers of destroying the environment, featuring a team of teenagers who can summon the elemental super hero Captain Planet. As the show grew in popularity it was only inevitable that a Nintendo Entertainment System game would release based on the show. Unfortunately the game was not as well thought out as the ground-breaking (and protecting) cartoon.
The Legend of Zelda – Console Game Profile
The original fantasy adventure that blends RPG and arcade action into the largest, richest, most powerful game created for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Outhouse for the TRS-80: Defending Video Game...
Doesn't it just go figure? You finally get an outhouse all to yourself, in the middle of nowhere, where no one can bother you; then out of nowhere a bunch of thieves and squatters come along to use up all your toilet paper. Even worse you gotta deal with fireballs and aliens from space aiming to destroy your personal privy before you even get the chance to use it. Your only chance of getting some privacy is to man a space ship and blast away at the TP thieves and alien menaces that aim to blow up your bathroom, all in a title that could easily be one of the weirdest video game of all time.
Pac-Man
In 1980 a game released that changed the industry forever, shooting video games from a cult following into a North American pop-culture phenomena, Pac-Man. Arcades became the place to be in the ‘80s, and in order to meet the demand, some of the best, most innovative games flooded into pizza parlors and coin-op arcade havens.
Breakout – Atari's Block Breaking Single...
After Atari made a big splash on the arcade and home-console market with Pong, the company's co-founder Nolan Bushnell, sought to find a new way to milk the franchise. They had already exhaustively repackaged Pong as much as they could, so the only option was to create an all-new type of game using the same mechanics - a single-player Pong with the goal of breaking blocks.
Mystery House - The First Graphical Adventure...
Back in 1980, Ken and Roberta Williams released a homebrew game that Roberta designed at the kitchen table, and Ken programmed on their home computer. The result gave birth to an entirely new genre, the graphical adventure game, which also became the start of what would become one of the top video game publishers in the industry, Sierra On-Line.
Captain America and the Avengers Assemble In...
Nazi's on the moon?! When the Red Skull constructs a giant laser pointed at Earth, it's time for the game's title hog Captain America to assemble Iron Man, Hawkeye, and The Vision in a 4-way beat-'em-up adventure that ends up being more hilarious than serious thanks to some horrible English translations.
Donkey Kong – The Story of a Big Ape and...
Pac-Man may have been the icon of ‘80s arcade games, but it was Donkey Kong that put Nintendo on the video game map, spawned two of the most enduring characters in video game history, and turned newbie game designer Shigeru Miyamoto into an industry legend.
The Commodore 64 – The Computer That...
With over 30 million units sold in its 12 year run, The Commodore 64 stands as the best selling model of home computer in history. For most adults the C64 was their first family computer, which brought to homes the high-tech world of word processing, digital art, online content and the most advanced games of the time, and it all was built on technology originally intended for a high end home video game console.
Video Game Console Database – The First...
From Magnavox Odyssey to Pong, a breakdown of the first round of video game consoles to hit the market.
The Toxic Crusaders Video Games – Toxic...
Long before Captain Planet came onto the scene, the very first super hero to battle baddies bent on polluting the planet was the Toxic Avenger. While this hard-R rated “hideously deformed creature of super human size and strength” never got his own M-Rated video game, his Saturday morning cartoon counterpart in the Toxic Crusaders, saw not one, but three classic console games.
Questprobe Featuring The Hulk - Hulk No Smash,...
The first adventure game in the comic book/computer game cross-over series from Marvel Comics and game designer Scott Adams stars the Incredibly Hulk who has been kidnapped and forced to hunt out a series of gems to earn his freedom.
Microsoft Game Room - Classic Video Game Database
In the Spring of 2010 Microsoft will launch their new Classic Video Game portal, Microsoft's Game Room, available for the Xbox 360 and Games for Windows. In Game Room players can create their own virtual video arcade, purchase retro game rereleases and populate their arcade with recreations of classic coin-op arcade cabinets. This is a breakdown of all the classic hits Game Room has to offer
Magic Sword Marquee
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked. Page 3.
Power Supply
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked. Page 6.
Donkey Kong, Pauline and Mario Love Triangle
Ah, digital amore! Even in the world of gaming romance always springs eternal. While most of the lady loves are Princesses who need rescuing by their dashing working class heroes, video games have continually shared the same goal we all have in the real world, true love. Join me for the most infamous romances in the history of classic video games. Page 5.
All About The Atari 2600 - A Retro Video Game...
With all the various retro gaming consoles, computer, arcade, and dedicated gaming systems created, it can get tough finding info on the specific system you love, so to help I’ve put together this hub of all things Atari 2600 brought to you by your About.com Guide to Classic Video Games.
Berzerk
In 1980 a game released that changed the industry forever, shooting video games from a cult following into a North American pop-culture phenomena, Pac-Man. Arcades became the place to be in the ‘80s, and in order to meet the demand, some of the best, most innovative games flooded into pizza parlors and coin-op arcade havens. Page 6.
Back of the arcade monitor
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked. Page 7.
Printed Circuit Boards - PCB
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked. Page 5.
Dog Patch – Retro Weird Video Arcade...
Back in the 1970s folks didn't think of Hillbillies as some chainsaw wielding, inbred, mutant, machete killers, like we do today. In those days the public had been fed a steady diet of Beverly Hillbillies, Li'l Abner, Snuffy Smith and Ma & Pa Kettle, all showing off hillbillies as lovable, slack-jawed, moonshine swilling simpletons, and they was right popular in TV, comics and in the Movies. It weren't but a matter of time before someone gone up and made themselves a Hillbilly video game.
The Evolution of Bionic Commando - From Arcade...

Although it never spun into a juggernaut franchise, old-school fans always had a yearn for Bionic Commando, that pseudo sequel to Commando which stretched its mechanical arm from arcades to consoles, handhelds and now both a Next-Gen HD Remix and a remake.

Let's take a look at the evolution that the robotic super-soldier has undergone in his 22 year career, not in his powered cyborg bits and pieces, but how the classic platformer has grown along with the changes in the systems that we play.

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Questprobe Featuring The Hulk: Adventure Game...
Questprobe Featuring The Hulk: Game Review Part 2
The Brand New Commodore 64 Bringing Next-Gen...
While not the original company that started the Commodore 64 craze back in the 1982, Commodore USA owns the rights to the system and all the first party software. Instead of just rereleasing old C64 classic computer games for modern systems, they’ve taken an even greater leap by bringing the Commodore 64 computer back!
Spider-Man For The Atari 2600 – Spidey...
" New York City - At the mercy of the Green Goblin ! He's bobby-trapped the city's skyscrapers with Super
Princess Zelda and Link
Ah, digital amore! Even in the world of gaming romance always springs eternal. While most of the lady loves are Princesses who need rescuing by their dashing working class heroes, video games have continually shared the same goal we all have in the real world, true love. Join me for the most infamous romances in the history of classic video games. Page 3.
Leisure Suit Larry and Passionate Patti
Ah, digital amore! Even in the world of gaming romance always springs eternal. While most of the lady loves are Princesses who need rescuing by their dashing working class heroes, video games have continually shared the same goal we all have in the real world, true love. Join me for the most infamous romances in the history of classic video games. Page 6.
Magic Sword - Glass and Bezel Removed
Come join us as we take a fantastic journey inside a classic coin-op arcade game and learn just what makes those awesome old-school games tick. In this day of Next-Gen tech, most hardcore gamers have a pretty good understanding of how their consoles work. You pop in a game disc, a laser reads the info and sends a digital output to your TV. Although consoles of today hold several hundred times more info, it makes you wonder just how all those old arcade cabinets worked. Page 2.
Tecmo Bowl for Arcades and the NES - The Legend...
Long before EA, Madden and the NFL teamed up to make football video games a mass-market staple, the original digital pig skin history maker was Tecmo Bowl. With its superior 8-bit graphics and the greatest realism of its time, it was the Nintendo Entertainment System version that shot the game into success that still resonates in gaming today.

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