Posted tagged ‘retro’

There's always a good reason to keep the classics around

March 28, 2009

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Not many arcades have some of the good old classics on-site anymore but for those who do, there is one great advantage that comes out of it – those games easily attract older players who might not be enamored by newer games. Such is the subject of this brief news article in the Evansville Courier Press, which discusses how attractive classic game titles are at the Two Bit Bandit Family Indoor Sports Complex, located in Evansville Indiana. While the site operator does have some newer titles like Deal or No Deal, he also has a few classics which bring in the older players who might be looking for something else to play while their kids are playing the newer stuff.

I have seen this a little bit at my own arcade, and it’s one of the reasons I like having some classics on hand so that my game variety goes beyond the normal fare and so that anyone can find something that they would like to play. Sometimes the kids will go for the classic games but certainly not as often as the adults do.I even will have some adults ask for classic titles on occasion, such as Ms. Pac-Man or Frogger and my Asteroids Deluxe is played every day by the young and old alike (it helps to have that vector monitor of course). Of course the downside to some of the older games is maintenance, which can become troublesome as they get older but a couple of companies like Namco still release classic compilations on new hardware so you do not have to worry so much about that. Now if we could just see some more classic style games coming along with more modern graphics (that don’t all go to download services like XBL)

[Via the Evansville Courier Press] [Discuss on the Forum]

There’s always a good reason to keep the classics around

March 28, 2009

mspacplayed

stinger11

Not many arcades have some of the good old classics on-site anymore but for those who do, there is one great advantage that comes out of it – those games easily attract older players who might not be enamored by newer games. Such is the subject of this brief news article in the Evansville Courier Press, which discusses how attractive classic game titles are at the Two Bit Bandit Family Indoor Sports Complex, located in Evansville Indiana. While the site operator does have some newer titles like Deal or No Deal, he also has a few classics which bring in the older players who might be looking for something else to play while their kids are playing the newer stuff.

I have seen this a little bit at my own arcade, and it’s one of the reasons I like having some classics on hand so that my game variety goes beyond the normal fare and so that anyone can find something that they would like to play. Sometimes the kids will go for the classic games but certainly not as often as the adults do.I even will have some adults ask for classic titles on occasion, such as Ms. Pac-Man or Frogger and my Asteroids Deluxe is played every day by the young and old alike (it helps to have that vector monitor of course). Of course the downside to some of the older games is maintenance, which can become troublesome as they get older but a couple of companies like Namco still release classic compilations on new hardware so you do not have to worry so much about that. Now if we could just see some more classic style games coming along with more modern graphics (that don’t all go to download services like XBL)

[Via the Evansville Courier Press] [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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Interview with Steve Wiebe & Walter Day about the classics

July 23, 2008

I still need to get the documentary, King of Kong. It’s the kind of film that demonstrates the rivalry that is such an integral part of arcade culture, or at least is most prominent with classic arcade games. In the video below, they talk with a few gamers about their favorite classics but they also get to talking with Steve Wiebe, one of the stars in King of Kong about – you guessed it, Donkey Kong. They also talk with Walter Day from Twin Galaxies about what’s so special about the classic games, which he articulates perfectly. Unfortunately they don’t bother to say if Steve broke the record again or not, which they set up in the video. I checked Twin Galaxies and unless they haven’t updated the score yet, it looks like he didn’t break it this time around.

Video by user mahalodotcom.

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Pacman Ghost Lamps

June 9, 2008

One day I’ll have the cash to get all of this arcade game merchandise and furniture that we’ve been seeing lately. That day isn’t today but if it was I would probably pick up one of these great Pacman Ghost lamps. They are only in the concept stage and are being created by a Brazilian artist by the name of Anderson Horta but when they are complete I’m sure that any Pac-Man fan would enjoy having these at home (in the game room of course).

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Friday Flashback – Sega Rally Championship

May 17, 2008

Here’s a little feature concerning older games which I hope to regularly update in weeks to come. Good, bad or ugly – if I find an old game interesting, you can bet it’ll end up here at some point. First up, Sega Rally Championship.

Sega Rally twin cabinet

Manufacturer: Sega
Hardware: Sega Model 2A
Year: 1995

Sometimes, I forget that Sega Rally is over a decade old. I remember when the game was new and fresh, and in just about every arcade that you could visit. What finally made me accept the game’s age was a recent issue of the UK magazine Retro Gamer, which placed the game at #1 in its list of the top 25 racing games. Of course, a large part of the reason for this lack of perceived age could well be due to the enduring appeal that allowed it to claim the top spot – even now, it’s possible find a Sega Rally machine in the wild (and it was less than two years ago that I last did so myself). That’s pretty stunning when you think about it, because Sega Rally was released into an arcade market which was already saturated with quality racing games.
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Pac-Man – The Real Story

May 4, 2008

[Via Kotaku]

You have to love it when a T-Shirt design turns into a narrative for what really is going on in Pac-Man’s world. Innocent little guy being chased by ghosts in a maze? Scratch that, try a space man overdosing on pills and hallucinating! As it stands, it is a good narrative as to why one should not take drugs in space while running around in futuristic labyrinths. [For the T-Shirt, visit Threadless.com]

For the YMTND animation (which is great for startling people near your computer if the volume is up high) check out Don’t Do Drugs In Space! Please!

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Dig Dug: The Untold Story by the Duo Group

April 26, 2008

I saw this linked on the KLOV forums and had to share it. It’s a couple of months old but if you haven’t seen it, it’s rather funny. There is some violence in it so depending on how your workplace looks at such things, you might want to keep that in mind.

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The Asteroids Lamp

April 26, 2008

Even though Atari never created many memorable characters they created plenty of icons and symbols that people easily recognize. One of those would be the rocks from Asteroids, which have been brought to the 3D world as a unique lamp. According to the website:

An angular plastic encased light, the Asteroid is a unique floor, or table light, designed with 24 facets — each with its own unique geometry. The lamp can be placed on several of the facets, to display as an individual, unique piece, as you like.

If they weren’t listed for only $176 I’d probably pick one up. That and if they were in stock. Either way it’s a unique lamp and would make a cool prop for an arcade or game room. Asteroids lamps by Innermost Ltd.

[Via Retro To Go] [Discuss on the Forum]

What have we been playing…. or not in my case

April 10, 2008

As you can see Shaggy’s been a busy playing all sorts of great games at ASI, unfortunately I have had very little time to play games or do any posts for the website for that matter. I won’t drone on too much about how busy I am, but basically I won’t be about that much for a month or so. I’ll still try and post when I can, but in the mean time I’ll leave you in the more than capable hands of Shaggy.

Shaggy

Blazing Angels (Arcade)
NASCAR Racing (Arcade)
Americas Army (Arcade)
UFO Stomper (Arcade)
Big Buck Safari (Arcade)
F&F: Super Bikes (Arcade)
Mario Kart GP2 (Arcade)
Wacky Races (Arcade)
Hammer 2 (Arcade)
Sea Wolf (Arcade)
RaceTV (Arcade)
Primeval Hunt (Arcade)
Indiana Jones (Pinball)
Shrek (pinball)
Wheel of Fortune (pinball)
Checkered Flag (Atari Lynx)
Robo-Squash (Atari Lynx)
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Starfox 64 (Wii VC/N64)
Light Crusader (Wii VC/ Sega Genesis)
And some air hockey

What have you been playing?