Archive for the ‘Retro Arcade Gaming’ category

The Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2009

August 5, 2009

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[Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info]

UPDATED – Had to fix an error regarding where the event is taking place.

If you live in or near the Portland area then heads up, a retro gaming expo which will include some excellent retro arcade gaming will be getting some love on September 19th-20th. Pre- and post-party events will be taking place at Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland with the main event taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, there will be a lot of arcade love to go around, from classic games set on free play to a raffle prize of a full-size Konami Multicade machine. The admission is quite inexpensive and if you are looking for more details, check out the press release after the break.

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Mutliple Gaming Goodies!

March 27, 2009

Here a few bits of gaming gear that I spotted this week which we can all add to our list of “Definitely going to buy one of those, but never do”.

Click on the thumbs to enlarge!

A Space Invaders chopping board via Arcade Lounge.  Hopefully this little bugger will stay still while your chopping.

 

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Get cosy with a Goomba in this Mario Bros quilt via Wonderland.

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and this rather unique sewn Atari game box! Also via Wonderland.

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look closer…

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California Extreme 2009

March 6, 2009

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Dates for California Extreme have been confirmed for 2009. The 13th annual celebration of pinball, videogames and other games found in arcades of the past, is to be held on the 11th & 12th July at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California.

Organisers are always interested in hearing from anyone who would like to bring along their arcade or pinball machine, or from anyone interested in volunteering at the event. Those interested can contact info@caextreme.org for more information.

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Virtual On heading for XBLA

February 25, 2009

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If Sega’s Border Break news has wet the appetite for some mech action, then your in for another treat as Sega are bringing the classic  mech game; Virtual On to Xbox Live Arcade. Not any old VO, but the final release Oratorio Tangram which was the final release for the Naomi. The game is pencilled for an April release at 1200 points. Can’t wait, but one thing that does concern me is the more and more common 1200 point price tag for XBLA games. Are Microsoft gradually sneaking them up, me thinks? 

[via Kotaku via Famitsu]     [Discuss on the Forum]

Review: Asteroids Deluxe by Atari

January 30, 2009

While we eagerly await our ATEI coverage to be posted (it should be up very soon so stay tuned) I figured it might be nice to get in a video review before hand. I’ve been needing to do more of these but time is a precious thing as you know and I can’t seem to find enough of it lately. But here is one of my favorite games, Asteroids Deluxe, in all it’s vector glory. While I didn’t have a very good game here, I think that it’s always cool to see a vector monitor in action. Surprisingly, AD has been a popular game at my place, even kids who are only dazzled by today’s modern graphics constantly play this because “it looks so cool”. Too bad I don’t have a full color vector game to show them what that looks like but one day I’ll get my hands on a Major Havoc and that will change.

There is an HD version of this if you click here

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Space Invaders Piggy Bank

January 20, 2009

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There’s a certain irony of a Space Invaders cocktail cabinet piggy bank. So much money put in to them back in the day, but now you get to save the coins this time around!

[via JeanSnow]     [Discuss on the Forum]

The Tetris and Breakout playable piggy banks

November 29, 2008

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Way back in the early 80’s, at the height of the arcade craze, some companies produced some portable or table-top games based on popular arcade titles. The screens used weren’t anything close to what we have today but they also were not bad for the time. I have a Galaxian table-top game and it’s actually playable.

Now someone in Japan has brought the idea back with similar units although they have also added the feature of it being a piggy bank as well. You can get either Tetris or Breakout for about $40 each (which doesn’t include shipping from Japan)  and from the video below it looks like they play close to the originals, although I’d prefer for Breakout to have a proper paddle controller.

[Video game Piggy Banks @ Strapya World] [Discuss on the Forum]


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