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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
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?
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.
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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 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.
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 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.
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.
While horror might be a mainstay for console games today, there was a time when a home video game system
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While the Nintendo Entertainment System may have been the console that bounced the video game industry
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.
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.
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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.
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.
In 1975 programmer Will Crowther conceived a new type of interactive computer game, one that could be as rich, deep and expansive as the text that described it, and would go on to create an entirely new genre that started with the name Adventure, but would go on to become Colossal Cave Adventure,
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?
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From 1978 to 1991 the royal family from the lone star state the ruled the airways were the Ewings from
While the "F" in the 1979 game console Fairchild Channel F stands for the systems microprocessor, Fairchild
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The release of Street Fighter II in 1991 was a genre defining moment,expanding fighting games from hardcore
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
It's time to return to the days of swords and dragons, drawbridges and killer bats, of...portable bridges and..uh...giant magnets? The 1979 Atari 2600 classic Adventure is back and the world's first action-adventure game for home consoles is making its handheld debut on the iPhone to lower the drawbridge for a whole new generation of gamers. The question remains, is this app worth the download or should you stick with dusting off the 'ole cartidge.
Game Boy Innovations - The Retro Handheld's Biggest Influences on Modern Gaming
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Known for their oddball kid-friendly licensable characters such as Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Get-Along Gang, and Holly Hobbie, American Greetings distributed this giveaway Commodore 64 game on floppy disk during the 1986 holiday season to get the word out on their weirdest creations yet. Just how weird? The secrets behind one of the strangest holiday advergames will be revealed in this retro walkthrough gallery of A Popples Christmas Adventure!
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.
Top 5 Atari 2600 Controller Oddities - Paving the Way for Next-Gen Gaming
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.
While most are familiar with Duke as the bad boy of first-person shooters, he actually got his start as a 2D side scrolling platformer. Developed and self-published by Apogee Software (aka 3D Realms), Duke Nukem was a fast success and was one of the early ‘90s games instrumental in setting many gaming standards of the ‘90s as well as a few standards that are seeing resurgences in today’s market.
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.
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.
For the most part the basic gameplay, graphics and mechanics are similar to the original, Silas Warner's sequel to Castle Wolfenstein has players seeking the ultimate goal; infiltrating a secret Nazi bunker to assassinate Hitler. Page 3.
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.
At the height of the console wars Sega took the battle in a whole new direction by releasing a game so popular that it would allow the Sega Genesis to become the dominating console of the 16-bit era, and it was all thanks to a blue, spiked haired speedster named Sonic The Hedgehog.
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.
Originally built in 1971 and painstakingly restored by a private collector, take a rare look at an original working model of the very first video arcade game. Page 5.
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.
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.
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.
Originally built in 1971 and painstakingly restored by a private collector, take a rare look at an original working model of the very first video arcade game. Page 6.
A full array of online guides, manuals, and supplies for maintaining your retro gaming system as well as a look under the hood how they work.
During the holiday season, Christmas is celebrated all around the world, but what about alternate cartoon/video game universes that have never heard, nor seen a reindeer, gotten a present from Santa Claus, and the closest thing they've come to a Christmas Tree is covered in Power Pellets?
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.
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.
After the SEGA Saturn failed to match the competition of the PlayStation One, the once-juggernaut of console systems reputation and relationships with third party publishers began to crack. To try and regain their street cred and market share, SEGA's next console was designed to innovate how games were played. Not only was the Dreamcast the most powerful console at its launch, but it introduced the home console world to online gaming as the first to have a built in modem.
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.
Take the animated sprites featuring Quasimodo, the hardware of Donkey Kong, add Track & Field-style Olympic gameplay and you've got the most oddball mash-up video game ever released. It was all part of a conversion kit known under four different titles, across multiple manufactures and developers,Ã‚ and today is know by it's most famous title: Hunchback Olympics.
A profile of the historic console that saved the video game industry after the crash of '83 and ushered in the 8-bit generation.
In the 22nd century, the insect-like creatures called Bydo are plaguing the galaxy. The only hope for humanity is the latest in the Earth Defense League’s R-Type nuclear space fighters, model R-9a. Controlling R-9a, you blast your way though hordes of fast-paced enemy vessels and organic bosses in one of the best, and most difficult side-scrolling arcade shooters.
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.
After the success of Pong , Atari sought to expand home video games beyond the dedicated console by creating
Today we be taking an exercise in video game comparison and contraction by examining the similarities and differences of two unreleased Atari 2600 games. Saboteur and the A-Team were thought lost due to the 1983 crash of the video game market, but were resurrected thanks to some leaked prototypess, which bounced around from collector to collector until a couple of generous hackers unleashed them onto the world wide web.
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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.
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.
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.
Originally built in 1971 and painstakingly restored by a private collector, take a rare look at an original working model of the very first video arcade game. Page 7.
Today with graphically rich games in high definition, with 3D art so detailed that you can literally see the pours in a characters skin, and every strand of their flowing hair, it's hard to believe there was a time when the visuals for an adventure game existed only in the mind's of the players, because in the early days of home computing we had text adventure games.
During the spring of 1996 the innocence of the blossoming season quickly became cloaked in darkness, blood, and death for gamers across the nation. Little did they know when placing a single thin disk into their PlayStation consoles and skipped past a cheesy live action intro, they would discover hidden behind the opening titles awaited a horror the likes of which they had never witnessed before. The first truly scary console game: Resident Evil.
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!
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.
Santa Claus has finally been pushed too far! An evil Snowman and sinister Timekeeper invaded Kris Kringle’s North Pole toy factory, captured all of the elves, imprisoned the reindeer, and stolen all of the toys! It’s time to take off the snow gloves! Santa goes on the attack to reclaim his workshop, his staff and the presents for the good boys and girls all over the world; but to do so he must unleash his dark alter ego, the Anti-Claus!!!!
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.
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.
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.
The coffee table art book The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect, was put together by the team who spearheaded the Smithsonian Institute exhibit by the same name, showcasing the games from the exhibit, along with the history and musings of the console game greats...and some not so greats.
Using their patented voice synthesizing speech chip, Texas Instruments developed the very first voice
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.
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!
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.
Preview art and screenshots from the largest collection of classic SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) titles in one package. Releasing for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the collection features over 40 Genesis titles plus bonus games from the SEGA Master System, all upgraded to true HD! Page 4.
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.
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.. Page 7.
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.
Just about everyone, gamer or otherwise, has tapped their feet to the hit single Pac-Man Fever, a song that reflects the impact video arcade games had on 1980s pop-culture. The chart topping tune was not only a song, but represented America's obsession with video games, because at the time they all had Pac-Man Fever.