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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
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. Page 3.
While horror might be a mainstay for console games today, there was a time when a home video game system
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
While the Nintendo Entertainment System may have been the console that bounced the video game industry
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
A profile of the historic console that saved the video game industry after the crash of '83 and ushered in the 8-bit generation.
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.
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.
Game Boy Innovations - The Retro Handheld's Biggest Influences on Modern Gaming
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.
From 1978 to 1991 the royal family from the lone star state the ruled the airways were the Ewings from
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
In the first Batman video game ever, The Joker, Penguin, and the Riddler have infiltrated the Batcave, but instead of assassinating the Dark Knight they've kidnapped Robin, then filled the rooms of Batman's hideout with a brood of freakish nightmare creatures and traps. Before the Caped Crusader can rescue his old chum, he must make his way though the corridors and creatures to find all the pieces of his Batcraft. Will he make it in time? Stay tuned...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
After four months and finally releasing all of the features they promised at launch, Nintendo dropped the price of the Nintendo 3DS by $80. So what about those folks who shelled out the full price? Nintendo is making it up to them by offering 20 free Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Advance classics as part of their Ambassador Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
From computer software engineer, to producer and of course groundbreaking game designer Gary Kitchen is one of the most successful and influential game developers to come out of the early days of Activision. With titles such as Keystone Kapers, Pressure Cooker, GameDesigner and BattleTank to his credit, Kitchen has innovated gaming and changed the way we play throughout his 32+ years in the industry.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
While the "F" in the 1979 game console Fairchild Channel F stands for the systems microprocessor, Fairchild
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 7.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
For over two decades computer adventure gamers have kept a loving flame burning for a short, awkward lounge lizard looser named Larry. With his long nose, double knit polyester suit, receding hairline and aging libido, Larry has weaseled his way into our hearts, and far more bedrooms than you would think.
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.
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 3.
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.
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.
" New York City - At the mercy of the Green Goblin ! He's bobby-trapped the city's skyscrapers with Super
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.
Top 5 Atari 2600 Controller Oddities - Paving the Way for Next-Gen Gaming
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.
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.
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.
This hit NES game based on Tim Burton's blockbuster flick starring Michael Keaton, is considered one of the all time best movie licensed video games. Among the creative level design, a variety of enemies, weaponry, and excellent music, what you end up remembering most about Batman for the Nintendo Entertainment System is that it's one of the hardest games you'll ever play.
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.
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.
Pac-Man may not be the first arcade game, but it sure was the most popular, crossing boundaries never before experienced by a video game, making it a pop culture phenomena. Not only was Pac-Man a household name in the '80s, but he pushed gaming from a small industry into the mass-market. With the exception of some novelty records and animated series, the Pac-Man never got the Hollywood treatment that many of his successors enjoyed, but his stamp on our day-to-day lives continues its influences.
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.
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.
Dr. Victor von Frankenstein is up to his corpse reanimating tricks again, and it's up to you to strop his creation from coming to life by building the monster's only weakness, a brick wall. Frankenstein's Monster is a short, but surprisingly fun action platformer mixing Mary Shelly's classic horror novel with elements of Pitfall!
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.
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.
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.
Since their game launched in '89, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have become a gaming staple with 17 arcade, console and handheld titles so far. Now Ubisoft launching a remake of the seventh TMNT game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. This upgrade delivers 3D graphics and online co-op, but keeps the retro side-scrolling design of this lesser known entry to the franchise. At the 2009 E3 Expo we got a chance to sample this Xbox Live exclusive with a bonus image gallery to boot. Page 3.
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Now you know Santa and Rudolph and Sleigh Bells that ring; Frosty and Yule Logs and Carolers who sing; but do you recall the most obscure Christmas icon of them all...PAC-MAN!
Since The Secret of Monkey Island swash bucked its way into computer shops in 1990 from LucasArts, the Monkey Island series spawned numerous sequels and remakes, with the latest chapters being developed and published for modern computers and consoles by Telltale Games. Page 5.
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The original fantasy adventure that blends RPG and arcade action into the largest, richest, most powerful game created for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Using their patented voice synthesizing speech chip, Texas Instruments developed the very first voice
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 4.
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 8.
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!
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 12.
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.
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 4.
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.
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 5.
A remake/reimagining of the historic 1999 PlayStation One classic, which spawned one of the survival horrors most popular franchises, was on hand with a demo preview at the 2009 E3 Expo along with some screenshots. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories takes the original narrative, concept and setting, but creates a new experience, adding to the immersions while still speaking to both old-school fans and modern gamers. Page 8.
November 21st, 22nd, 23rd Philadelphia, PA - Pennsylvania Convention Center VGXPO this year is three gaming events in one - The annual VGXPO - America's Video Game Expo, RetroCon - A huge classic gaming convention, and East Coast Games Summit - Where Gaming Pros and those looking to break into the Biz learn all about the professional side of video games.
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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.
Long before that tubby plumber Mario turned himself into a video game superstar, the original morbidly obese super hero was Santa Claus. It was only a matter of time before the obsessive compulsive gift giver took his place in the ranks of classic gaming weirdness. So sit down by the warmth of the old picture tube, fire up your Commodore 64, and I'll tell you about the most bizarre and outrageous Christmas-themed classic video games. Page 9.
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.
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.
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
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.
Long before that tubby plumber Mario turned himself into a video game superstar, the original morbidly obese super hero was Santa Claus. It was only a matter of time before the obsessive compulsive gift giver took his place in the ranks of classic gaming weirdness. So sit down by the warmth of the old picture tube, fire up your Commodore 64, and I'll tell you about the most bizarre and outrageous Christmas-themed classic video games. Page 4.
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!
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 8.
In Part 2 of our interview with Michael J. Bassett, he talks about the process of transitioning the story of the classic Survival Horror video game Silent Hill 3 into Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, and how to recreate the feeling of the haunted town into a live action movie.