Posted tagged ‘classic games’

The Arcade Hunters visit Richie Knucklez

August 19, 2010

It may be impossible to visit all of the arcades that are out there but at least thanks to the wonderful world of the internet we can get in-depth videos of the locations that are out there. Thanks to the guys at Arcade-Hunters.com we get a chance to see some great arcades out there and in their latest episode they check out Richie Knucklez in Flemington, NJ. They are a classic arcade that works hard at maintaining their excellent selection of games, all of which you can see in the video review below.

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Site: Arcade-Hunters.com

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The American Classic Arcade Museum and the nostalgia behind classic arcade games

August 6, 2010

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This subject isn’t anything new but it’s always nice to see an article from a large news organization throwing a positive light onto arcade gaming. This article in the Christian Science Monitor takes a look at the American Classic Arcade Museum and why there is still interest in arcade collecting today.  ACAM is found in the same building as the famous Funspot in New Hampshire and is home to an amazing collection of classic titles. The article gets into the preservation of the classics, how the simplicity of such games creates a lasting appeal and it touches a little on how arcades still maintain a social experience you can’t recreate exactly at home although it then tries to spin online multiplayer & leaderboards as somehow creating that experience. The thought that the only part of the social arcade experience is seeing a high score on a machine is missing part of the point. Playing with people over the internet is not the same thing as playing against an opponent who is standing right next to you. It’s not the same thing to achieve a new high score on a leaderboard at home that no one witnessed and doing a similar thing in public at an arcade in front of people whether they are friends or strangers.

You can read the article here. You can also visit the ACAM website here.

More arcade goodness from PAX East (updated with Wil Wheaton)

April 3, 2010

As I had mentioned a few days ago, we had some more pictures from the PAX East (Boston) event coming up and here they are, thanks to Adam Pfeifer. Most of these are of the ACAM (American Classic Arcade Museum) that was setup at the show which included some pretty rare and fascinating games. He also caught some of the General Computer Corporation panel that was held at the event and a couple of pics of Johnathan Hund playing his creation, Food Fight.

UPDATE: I had forgot to include the pics of Wil Wheaton (you might know him as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation) at the arcade, they are now there towards the bottom

Hit the break below to check them all out.

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Action buttons – a classic arcade tribute sculpture

March 31, 2010

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When you think of sculptures, the likely thought to enter the mind is something carved out of stone. But that doesn’t always have to be the case, as we see here with this interactive arcade tribute sculpture by Steve D’ Angelo. The video below speaks for itself

Peter Hirschberg's Luna City Arcade up for sale

March 6, 2010

There are a lot of cool home arcades out there but few have attracted as much attention as Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade. He has built-up one of the finest collection of vector titles I have seen and that of course includes many very rare games which happen to be quite valuable. Even though it is a home arcade Peter has opened it up many times for people to go out and play (I think by doing previously scheduled parties). But that is soon to change, with Peter posting on the KLOV forums today that he is looking to sell the home along with much of the collection for someone else to enjoy. He will be keeping several games but for the most part, this is an opportunity for someone to own one of the best home arcades out there. It’s  located in Virginia which is pretty much on the other side of the US from where I am. hopefully a good collector is able to pick this up and maintain it. It certainly will require a bit of work but for an arcade like that, it would be worth it.

[Peter Hirschberg Selling Luna City Arcade – KLOV Forums] [Luna City Arcade website]

Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade up for sale

March 6, 2010

There are a lot of cool home arcades out there but few have attracted as much attention as Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade. He has built-up one of the finest collection of vector titles I have seen and that of course includes many very rare games which happen to be quite valuable. Even though it is a home arcade Peter has opened it up many times for people to go out and play (I think by doing previously scheduled parties). But that is soon to change, with Peter posting on the KLOV forums today that he is looking to sell the home along with much of the collection for someone else to enjoy. He will be keeping several games but for the most part, this is an opportunity for someone to own one of the best home arcades out there. It’s  located in Virginia which is pretty much on the other side of the US from where I am. hopefully a good collector is able to pick this up and maintain it. It certainly will require a bit of work but for an arcade like that, it would be worth it.

[Peter Hirschberg Selling Luna City Arcade – KLOV Forums] [Luna City Arcade website]

Classic Arcade 3D pixel art

October 6, 2009

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In the world of computer graphics, one idea that is starting to gain a lot of attention (even though the concept has been around for quite a while with some games using the technology) is that of the voxel or 3D pixel. For example in iD’s latest game engine, called iD Tech 5 it uses a new technique that involves voxels called Sparse Voxel Octree’s (or SVO’s) and the results can be nothing short of amazing if you have seen iD’s engine in action. But while the use of voxels continues to pave it’s way through video game land it is also being used in art and with that, there are some people creating some interesting pieces that just so happen to involve arcade titles. Of course these are not pictures from real-time demos of arcade titles converted over to voxels but it makes you wonder how such games would work using modern 3D pixel techniques.

For more arcade-related 3D pixel art, including titles like Centipede, Space Invaders, Lady Bug, Donkey Kong and more, click here.

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