Posted tagged ‘retro gaming’

R3Play retro gaming expo coming in November to Blackpool, UK

April 8, 2010


If you live anywhere near Blackpool in the UK then heads-up – a classic gaming expo (which will include an arcade presence as well) is scheduled to be taking place there this coming November. While that is a little far off at the moment, at least by knowing now you can plan ahead accordingly. There is a teaser site up for the event at and we get a basic idea of what will be there from the image, which you can see above. Modern consoles will be there, classic arcades from companies like Sega, Taito, Atari, Midway and Capcom are seen and old computers like the C64, Sinclair, Amiga and others will be on hand too. So in other words, expect to see something like the Classic Gaming Expo in the US. We’ll have more info when it’s made available.

[R3Play site]

Midwest Gaming Classic coming next week, with more arcade goodness and Bill Paxton Pinball!

March 18, 2010

This is just a friendly reminder for many gamers out there that the Midwest Gaming Classic is upon us, with the show coming up on March 27th (a Saturday) and the 28th. As usual they will have a number of arcade games to play there (in addition to a large assortment of console gaming) and among the unique arcade-related games you’ll find is one of Ben Heck’s recent projects, Bill Paxton Pinball (which as far as I know, is not being picked up by Stern) which we discussed a little while ago.

Also it’s important to note that Eugene Jarvis (owner of Raw Thrills’ as as you know, maker of many great games from the 80’s up to today) will be speaking there and Play Mechanix, Raw Thrills’ and Stern Pinball are sponsors of the event so I imagine they willb e showing off some new product there as well.

You can get the full rundown on what to expect here, at the Midwest Gaming Classic website.

French player group working to build a classic game museum

September 22, 2009


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With nostalgia for classic games stronger than ever, what better way to satisfy the need to play such games than with a museum built in their honor? In France, a group of gamers are working to do just that, as they go through the hoops to build a retro gaming museum in that country. Now that games have nearly 40 years of history behind them it certainly makes it easy to cater to players who feel such nostalgia and you can bet that arcades will play a role in that mix. The effort is still in it’s infancy so it will be a while before it will come to fruition but we are eager to see what they will put together for such a museum.

More details can be found at the link below

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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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Galaga Legions coming to XBLA so could there be an arcade version?

July 14, 2008

Back in March when I was at ASI I asked the guys at Namco about the possibility of bringing PacManCE or something like it to the arcade scene they said that they recently had been kicking the idea around but since then we haven’t heard anything about it. Today at the Microsoft e3 press conference it was revealed that the first “true” sequel to Galaga will be coming to XBLA soon (next month sometime) and it fits the same vein that PacMan CE did. So when I heard that I immediately wondered if Namco’s arcade division is still considering the idea of PacManCE in arcades but will combine it with the new Galaga game, much like the recent PacMan/Galaga combo units that were released not long ago. I will have to contact Namco and see if I can get any sort of response on this so I can stop speculating.

BTW- as far as Galaga not having a true sequel, I guess the four other games that came after it didn’t count somehow, such as GaPlus(which also was called Galaga 3), Galaga ’88, Galaxian 3 and Attack of the Zolgear? I’m just not sure how those aren’t considered sequels, especially where Galaga is essentially Galaxian 2, hence the Galaga 3 game. I guess it doesn’t matter really, I just thought I’d set the record straight since I’m already seeing reports repeating the line that it’s the “first true sequel” which must depend on what the meaning of “true” is.

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Another retro home arcade cabinet

March 5, 2008


There must be the demand out there because there seems to be an endless amount of these types of cabinet being produced. I pretty sure I haven’t covered this one before, apologies if I have. Spotted this one over at Retro Thing who have a nice little theory that these things practically pay for themselves.

[Cosmic MultiGame Cabinet – Retro Thing]

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A look at arcade ports on retro consoles today

February 23, 2008


Ever since Atari released Space Invaders on the Atari 2600 console, arcade ports have been something of a standard in the console industry. It becomes something of a conundrum however as console releases have been a problem for arcades as developers have begun releasing some titles on consoles shortly after the arcade release killing sales or releasing them first on the consoles and then arcades. I have found one interesting trend however – homebrew developers recreating classic games on classic game consoles. Many classic arcade titles never saw a release on a retro console so enthusiast programmers are bringing those games to life on old systems and in some cases pulling off what was believed to be impossible. It has taken me a few hours to gather all of the games I could find on this list but it’s possible that I overlooked a few games.

Update: I have added a few ColecoVision homebrews that I previously missed.

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