Archive for June 26, 2007

Arcade Games in Your Hands – Part I – Atari Lynx

June 26, 2007

Ever since Space Invaders first came out for the Atari 2600, popular arcade games have found their way to virtually every game console on the market. As such itlynx.jpg creates an interesting look at the transition from arcade to console. It is without question that the arcade versions of the games themselves are superior – whether graphically or audibly or even with the way it controls. Naturally modern systems are able to recreate classic games without any trouble but we still enjoy the games on the original hardware anyways.

As it is special week marking the anniversary of Atari as well as arcades, I want to take a look at arcade classics brought to the handheld scene, specifically we’ll start with the Atari Lynx, undoubtedly the most powerful handheld of the 80′s and 90′s. Atari sought to bring the arcade experience to the palm of your hand and with the Lynx’ great hardware, it did it almost without a flaw. The Lynx was the first color 16-bit handheld which offered great graphics, sound, ambidextrous control and good networking options (generally referred to as ComLynx or ComLynxing). Let’s take a look at some of the arcade titles ported over to it.

Keep in mind I’m not looking to review the games overall, just look at how well they were ported over. Arcade screenshots courtesy of KLOV; Atari Lynx screenshots courtesy of AtariAge. PLEASE NOTE: Screenshots from these sources are generally taken from emulators as capturing good screenshots otherwise is somewhat difficult. As such the actual games up close and in motion look much better than the screenshots shown and they are only used as a general representaion (Lynx games generally appear less pixellated in real life than they do in the following shots). Arcade shots are on the right and Lynx shots on the left. Also stay tuned in the future for a look at arcade titles on other handheld systems including the Game Boy and Game Gear. Just hit the link below to begin!

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Sonic's next outing – Sonic Spinner

June 26, 2007

Sega Amusements USA has updated their website with the addition of a newcabinet2.jpg redemption game called Sonic Spinner. Sega’s famous characters including Sonic, Tails and Knuckles adorn the cabinet itself and the game is skill-based where the players must press the button to stop the spinner and hope that it stops on a high ticket payout. For kids into Sonic this will certainly be a good attraction. There are two cabinet variations, one for any location and another specially made for Chuck E. Cheese’s. Seeing how Sonic has had a hard time on most of his console outings over the past few years, at least it should be hard for him to do a poor showing on this game.

[Sonic Spinner Information Page @ Sega]

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Sonic’s next outing – Sonic Spinner

June 26, 2007

Sega Amusements USA has updated their website with the addition of a newcabinet2.jpg redemption game called Sonic Spinner. Sega’s famous characters including Sonic, Tails and Knuckles adorn the cabinet itself and the game is skill-based where the players must press the button to stop the spinner and hope that it stops on a high ticket payout. For kids into Sonic this will certainly be a good attraction. There are two cabinet variations, one for any location and another specially made for Chuck E. Cheese’s. Seeing how Sonic has had a hard time on most of his console outings over the past few years, at least it should be hard for him to do a poor showing on this game.

[Sonic Spinner Information Page @ Sega]

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Chasing Ghosts Review

June 26, 2007

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A user on the KLOV (Killer List of Video Games) forums has posted their thoughts on the Chasing Ghosts documentary that aired this weekend in LA. Here’s a few snippets:

All I can say is that anyone with a thread of video gaming nostalgia left in their body must see this movie some way, some how…I have to admit though that seeing this on the big screen was a real treat to the eyes and ears. Seeing some of the video game screens and pixels filling an entire large format movie screen was a sight to behold. Imagine seeing the Defender ship filling an entire movie screen and you can see what I mean. Obviously the soundtrack was pure 70’s/80′s sporting movie-booming loud songs like Space Age Love Song (Flock of Seagulls), Space Station #5 (Montrose) and Money Changes Everything by Cyndi Lauper (When Moon Patrol was cited as the first video game offering a continue feature). Hearing the video game music and sound effects in surround sound was also pure magic.

Even more, the movie does some extremely compelling in depth interviews with the many video game gods whose high scores (and legend) still stand to this day. It looks at their life starting with their rise to video game high score fame and updates you on there lives as they are today. Just like in real life many of them turned out ok and are successful people and a few others have hit much harder times within their lives. Some of the interviews almost brought a tear to the eye.

For the full review, hit the link below. It sounds like this is a great documentary although it’s unlikely it will win any awards when going up against stuff that deals with political issues which seems to be the only thing that wins ‘best documentary awards’ these days.

[KLOV Forums - REVIEW Chasing Ghosts] [Discuss on the Forum]


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