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Today is Tetris’ 25th anniversary, but let’s not forget D-Day

June 6, 2009

I noticed that Google today is paying homage to the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest video games of all time – Tetris. Tetris of course has graced the arcades several times and it’s influence on puzzle gaming reaches heights that are hard to trace. I too tip my hat to the game as it is a favorite of mine when it comes to puzzles but at the same time I would like to throw out the reminder that today is also the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a profoundly important part of history that ultimately led to the defeat of Nazi tyranny. It’s impossible to say what the world would be like without the sacrifice made by all of  those who fought in WW2, especially on this day so I think that it’s far more important for us to remember that sacrifice than to pay homage to a video game, even if it is a hugely influential one. With that I am slightly at a loss as to why Google would choose to honor Tetris and not D-Day or couldn’t find a way to honor both since a lot of sites pick up on the things that Google does on certain anniversaries.  I have also noticed many other gaming sites mentioning the Google Tetris page but overlooking D-Day and that’s why I write this, which is a little different from what I normally write about. Either way it’s possible to remember both so perhaps today I’ll hook up my Tetris board to a JAMMA cabinet and later follow up with some Call of Duty.

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Today is Tetris' 25th anniversary, but let's not forget D-Day

June 6, 2009

I noticed that Google today is paying homage to the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest video games of all time – Tetris. Tetris of course has graced the arcades several times and it’s influence on puzzle gaming reaches heights that are hard to trace. I too tip my hat to the game as it is a favorite of mine when it comes to puzzles but at the same time I would like to throw out the reminder that today is also the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a profoundly important part of history that ultimately led to the defeat of Nazi tyranny. It’s impossible to say what the world would be like without the sacrifice made by all of  those who fought in WW2, especially on this day so I think that it’s far more important for us to remember that sacrifice than to pay homage to a video game, even if it is a hugely influential one. With that I am slightly at a loss as to why Google would choose to honor Tetris and not D-Day or couldn’t find a way to honor both since a lot of sites pick up on the things that Google does on certain anniversaries.  I have also noticed many other gaming sites mentioning the Google Tetris page but overlooking D-Day and that’s why I write this, which is a little different from what I normally write about. Either way it’s possible to remember both so perhaps today I’ll hook up my Tetris board to a JAMMA cabinet and later follow up with some Call of Duty.

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Top 10 post of the year

February 20, 2008

Now I know our years anniversary was back on  December 3rd, (write that in your diaries so you don’t forget to send us a birthday card), but WordPress, the lovely people who provide this free blog service, have now added a feature were you can see your most viewed posts of the year. It’s either new, or I haven’t seen it before. Anyway, I thought you guys might like to know what everyone have been looking at on Arcade Heroes in the year. So here it is, hit the links to check them out;

1-First images of the next King of Fighter

2-America’s Army Coming to Arcades
3-Pro Keds Releases Arcade Series of Shoes
4-iPhone Spotted In Arcade Crane
5-Silent Hill: The Arcade – UK Location Test
6-WCCF 06-07 Info & Pictures
7-Getting the kids into the arcade and Mario Kart 3?
8-Big Buck Hunter Pro’s Debut in US Maxim
9-Gone Fishing From Tsunami
10-Video: The Act gameplay

If I remember correctly the “Pro Keds Releases Arcade Series of Shoes” story was one of our first big hitters. Other honourable mentions must go to “The Silent Hill Location Test Video” & “The Act Video”. Both of which were original Arcade Heroes scoops by myself and Shaggy respectively. Scoops in the sense they were pretty much the first video of these games on the web. Pats on the back for us then. And you guys too of course because if you guys hadn’t watched them we won’t be were we are today, thanks 🙂

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